Category Archives: education

Chance the Rapper’s Non-Profit Gets $1 Million 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/

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 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 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/

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


Media Questions Of The Week

Is Spelman going against its creed because of its new policy that will allow transgender women to attend?

Will Tisha Campbell participate in VH1’s Hip-Honors tribute to Martin Lawrence for his TV show Martin?


Why didn’t the editors at British Airways’ High Life magazine know that Lupita Nyong’o is not from Wakanda because it is a fictional African country from the upcoming Black Panther movie she has a role in?


Make Science Sexy And Auxetic Present NuMotown; Proceeds To Benefit Ferndale Public Schools Music Education Programs


FERNDALE, MI – July 8, 2015—In an effort to bring together the two worlds of pop and electronic music, Make Science Sexy and Auxetic will be partnering up to produce “NuMotown,” a one night event that will feature live musical performances as well as live DJ sets.
On Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. at The Grasshopper Underground & Studio (22757 Woodward Ave, Ferndale) guests will arrive to hear the music performed by some of the new and upcoming pop and electronic artists in Detroit. Singer, LIN-SAY, will bring together a soulful mixture of Pop and Electronica music genres, while honoring the rich culture of Detroit’s Motown scene with a live musical performance. The event will also feature JRAE, the spunky female rapper, who will offer her own unique version and style of music influenced heavily by Motown’s roots. The event would not be complete without a techno music DJ set by Erno.
In addition, NuMotown will serve as a special fundraising event, where the nightclub will donate a percentage of its sales to various Ferndale Public Schools Music Education programs.
For more information, please contact Maggie Derthick at (248) 284-5565 or email at [email protected]


Big Sean-One Man Can Change Detroit Documentary

Big Sean’s One Man Can Change Detroit documentary is a quick look at his return to Cass Technical High School to build a studio for the students. The space is located at his alma mater but will be open to all Detroit Public School students.


National Black Programming Consortium Launches Webinar Wednesdays For Producers, Filmmakers


NEW YORK (October 13, 2014)—National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), the nation’s primary presenter of stories about the Black experience on public media, has launched a series of webinars on various aspects of producing serial nonfiction broadcast content and nonfiction and fiction webisodic content for public media. Webinar Wednesdays, which features free training sessions by successful producers, is part of the Harlem-based nonprofit’s new funding initiative, NBPC 360.

NBPC 360 is an incubator designed to identify innovative storytellers and to generate quality serial, digital and multiplatform content for public media outlets, including the Web. Producers will compete for funding and the chance to work with veteran producers to develop their series pilots. Up to 10 projects will be selected through an open call for the NBPC 360 inaugural class, with the final three entering the incubator, where they will be assigned a mentor and put through a boot camp—six weeks of intense, hands-on training and preparation for the pitch and pilot phases of the program. With help from an assigned executive producer and/or a producing station—as well as $50,000 to $150,000 in development funds from NBPC—the final three will each produce a pilot over the next four to six months. The three producing teams, together with NBPC, will then pursue broadcast and distribution opportunities for the programs.