Students Thank Chance The Rapper In Open Letter For His Donation To Chicago Public Schools

first_imgIn the beginning of March, Chance The Rapper donated one-million dollars to Chicago’s public school system, only reaffirming that he is, in fact, the man. The Chicago-born rapper and former student of Chicago public schools was moved to donate the money for Chicago public schools following major budgets cuts and after a disappointing meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, in which Chance advocated for the Governor to invest rather than cut funding for schools.As published in Billboard, three 10th grade students from Lake View High School, one of the schools receiving money from Chance’s donation toward the Chicago public school system. The letter thanks him not only for his generous donation but also for advocating to others to do the same, noting the impact his words could have. The students go on to note that Chance continues to give back to his home town, hosting free concerts and donating money as a way to show he truly cares about the city and that fame hasn’t changed him.The letter also addressed gun violence in Chicago, addressing the time that Chance helped stop gun violence for 42 hours in the city using messaging on his Twitter and through local radio stations. The students end the letter by talking about what Chance means to them as non-white students in Chicago: “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”You can read the full letter for yourself here or below, and if you’re feeling inspired, join Chance by donating to the Chicago Public Education Fund here.First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well. If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed. All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn’t changed you.There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back. It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions.In Chicago, a person is shot every 2 hours and 48 minutes. A person is murdered every 14 hours and 27 minutes, and you helped stop gun violence in Chicago for 42 hours with the help of your Twitter account and various Chicago radio stations. Even though this was three years ago, the fact you had such a tremendous impact on Chicago shows how much the people of this city look up to you.You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life. You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids. As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.Once again, thank you for aiding us and giving something back to the city we know and love, Chicago. Sincerely,Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse BetancourtLake View High School StudentsChicago, Illinoislast_img read more

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James Milner says Liverpool’s players can handle the spotlight

first_img Milner admits it is almost inevitable such talk is emerging but all the players are focusing on is building on current form to bring success. “I think it is a talented squad of players, we have a great mix of youth and experience and obviously a new manager, the stadium is being upgraded as well so I think it is a great time to be involved at the club,” he said. “It is exciting times for everyone, if we keep working hard, keep improving, keep doing our job then hopefully we can be successful. “We just want to keep improving, playing as well as we can and getting the wins on the board and hopefully get into January and February and still be in all the cup competitions and give ourselves a shot in one of the cups, see where we are in the league and assess it from there. “It was important to get the win after Thursday night (securing qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League with victory over Bordeaux) and last week as well. “If you don’t get the win here then it sort of throws that good performance (at City) away. “These are the sort of games you have to win as well and it is very pleasing that we showed we can do that. “Every game is different and you have to be able to win in different games and different styles. A sixth win in seven matches with victory over Swansea at Anfield lifted the Reds to within six points of Premier League leaders Manchester City. Now not only is the pre-season top-four target achievable – they are four adrift of Arsenal who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot – but Klopp is now having to field questions about their unexpected title chances. Liverpool vice-captain James Milner insists the players can handle the growing expectation which has materialised from Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as manager. “It is not always going to be pretty football and pretty much how you want it to go to plan. To be able to grind out that win was really important. “With the amount of games we have got coming up and getting into Christmas it is an important time to get some form, hopefully we can keep this form going through Christmas and keep racking the wins up and if we can do that I think we will be in a good place.” Confidence levels were boosted further by the return from long-term injuries of captain Jordan Henderson and striker Daniel Sturridge. They add much-needed quality to a squad ahead of a busy period which could prove to be very profitable for Liverpool prior to a big-game double-header against Arsenal and Manchester United in mid-January. “It is massive. They are two top players and any team in the league would miss them, it is great they are back,” Milner added. “To challenge and get where we want to be you are going to need a squad of players. “It always a crucial period. The league table always looks so much different at the beginning-to-mid-January than what it does at the start of December. “You see suspensions and injuries taking hold and teams losing and gaining form. “It is a great time to be in form going into this Christmas period and hopefully we can keep it going.” The Reds face a midweek trip to Southampton in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup and Milner believes it is important to target silverware and not just focus on Champions League qualification. “It is a great chance of a trophy. The League Cup gets some bad press at times for whatever reason, but if you ask fans they would take a League Cup this season. “We are one game away from semi-finals and then a shot at Wembley. “It comes around quickly but it is a great competition. I have been lucky enough to win it and hopefully I can win it again. “It is the first competition you can win this season and no-one will be complaining if we are sat there in February or March whenever the final is with a trophy in the cabinet with plenty more games to go. “Everyone would be delighted with that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Dutee Chand and Ben Stokes get featured on ‘TIME 100’ list of rising stars

first_imgLast Updated: 14th November, 2019 12:37 IST Dutee Chand And Ben Stokes Get Featured On ‘TIME 100′ List Of Rising Stars Champion Indian athlete and cricketer Ben Stokes are two of the hundred stars who were part of the recently released TIME 100 Next List. Read more for details. Other notable figures in the list include actress Lili Reinhart, YouTuber Liza Koshy, rapper Lil Nas X, and YouTuber Lilly Singh.ALSO READ | Rugby WC: Fans request for Ben Stokes’ inclusion in the England team 10 months ago UAE’s Rameez Shahzad wins fame with Ben Stokes-like catch vs Scotland TIME Magazine is famous for its ‘Time 100’ lists where it takes a look at 100 important people in certain fields or categories. In 2019, TIME has launched a new list called the ‘Time 100 Next’, a list which takes look at 100 people who are forging the path for the future of business, sports, politics, science, and health. Two notable figures emerged in the inaugural list, champion Indian athlete Dutee Chand and English all-rounder Ben Stokes.ALSO READ | Dutee Chand closes season with 200m gold to complete sprint doubleStars of the futureThe 23-year-old Indian sprinter Dutee Chand is a trendsetter in her own right. She became the first Indian to win the 100-metre sprint at the World University Games in 2019. She is currently focused on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Earlier this year, Dutee also made a bold move when she came out about her sexuality and announced that she was in a same-sex relationship. This announcement made her the first Indian athlete to formally come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and made her a symbol of strength and power.ALSO READ | Dutee Chand breaks her own national record on her way to gold SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Rugby WC: Fans request for Ben Stokes’ inclusion in the England team Mrigank Pandey 10 months ago Ben Stokes loses friendly bet as he fails to dismiss brother James FOLLOW US First Published: 14th November, 2019 12:37 ISTcenter_img 10 months ago KBC 11: Check out the written update for the November 1 episode Written By WE RECOMMEND COMMENT Ecstatic and Humbled!Honoured to be in Time 100 Next 2019. On the track, I’ll sprint🏃Off the track, I’ll fight🤼Fight for Inclusion, Equality, Rights and dignity of People. #loveislove https://t.co/8aA5jxiJUu— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) November 13, 2019 In 2016, @audreygelman founded the Wing, a female-focused, members-only co-working space — since then, the Wing touts more than 10,000 members across nine locations, with new spaces set to open in 2020 #TIME100Next https://t.co/VmLAVlMDyw— TIME (@TIME) November 14, 2019 10 months ago Ben Stokes backs ‘The Hundred’ to improve depth in English cricket LIVE TV Ben Stokes is another athlete who is on the list and why would not he be? Stokes has had a magical season for the English team, helping them win their first-ever World Cup in July 2019. After that, Stokes played a very big part in arguably one of the greatest Test match victories of all-time when he led England to a very unlikely victory at Headingley against Australia which kept England’s Ashes hopes alive. The ICC named Stokes in the Team-of-the-tournament for the World Cup of 2019. He is currently fourth on the ICC Test All-rounder rankings.ALSO READ | Ben Stokes loses friendly bet as he fails to dismiss brother Jameslast_img read more

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