Daily Archives: December 11, 2017

Chance the Rapper’s Non-Profit Gets $1 Million Google.org Grant for Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper coding with 5th Grade Students at Chicago’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy (photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com)

Chance The Rapper non-profit organization SocialWorks has connected with Google to bring computer science education to Chicago Public Schools. SocialWorks was started last year by Chance The Rapper, Justin Cunningham and Essence Smith CPS Alumni to support Chicago Public Schools arts programs. Google announced a $1 million grant to SocialWorks during a student event at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy on December 6th. $500,000 was also granted directly to Chicago Public Schools–the first school district in the country to mandate Computer Science education for every student–through CPS’ CS4All initiative.

Chance The Rapper surprised students with an appearance during an assembly that also featured remarks from Cunningham, Alphabet Senior Vice President of Corporate Development David Drummond music and industry veteran and philanthropist Steve Stoute Music was provided by 92’s DJ Pharris and food came from Nando’s the casual dining chain known for its history of supporting public schools and non-profits when they open new restaurants. At the end of the event students received new backpacks from STATE and gear imprinted with the word “CODER.”

Justin Steele, who is the Principal for Google.org community work remarked on the event:

“We’re honored to support SocialWorks’ mission to help underrepresented students in Chicago reach their full potential, as well as Chicago Public Schools’ efforts to turn computer science into a pathway for creative expression. There’s so much talent and creativity in the communities that these schools serve—and Chance The Rapper embodies what can happen when that creativity is unleashed. With exposure to computer science, students can use technology to turn their creative passions—whether that’s art, writing, music or something else—into something bigger.”

Steve Stoute, who is a supporter of SocialWorks said this:

“Chance the Rapper has never forgotten about his neighborhood and the people that got him where he is today, and SocialWorks is an extension of that. SocialWorks and Google.org are natural allies in their mission to affect change. I’m excited to see what these teams will do to impact the lives of Chicago Public School students and the message it will send across industries about our responsibility to support the very neighborhoods that supported our dreams.”


Students at Chicago’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy in their ‘CODER’ gear and STATE backpacks (photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com)

(L to R) Steve Stoute, Justin Cunningham, Sheila Barlow (principal, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy), Chance The Rapper, David Drummond (photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.com)


Voice Contestant Jesse Campbell Releases Ain’t No Sunshine

Jesse Campbell is following his summer single “Can’t Live Without Your Love” with a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Campbell’s profile went national when he appeared on Season 2 of The Voice.  His take on Withers’ classic is a warm homage suitable to go alongside the season’s holiday music.



SonReal Performs An Acoustic Version Of My Friend With Babyface

Canadian rapper SonReal connects with Babyface on a new video and version of his single “My Friend.” SonReal’s friend Dane Collision directs as the rapper and Babyface sit side by side on stage with dim lighting. “My Friend” is an autobiographical song about SonReal’s father who passed last year. Their relationship changed from parent and child to friendship over time. SonReal recently released his debut album, One Long Dream that was driven by the popularity of his heavily-streamed  “Can I Get A Witness.” His tour named after the album will resume in his native Canada in February and has various stops in the United States until the Spring.