Source- Chance the Rapper held a press conference today at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding. The announcement follows his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they discussed public education and other “important issues affecting” the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole. Immediately following the meeting, Chance expressed his frustration, saying, “It went a little different than it should have,” and that he was given vague answers when speaking with the governor. At the press conference, he reiterated that Gov. Rauner gave him “vague” answers, and shouted, “Gov. Rauner, do your job!”

I know on the The Ledge we like to make jokes and highlight hilarious stories from the sports and pop culture world, but sometimes I like to write about something real.

On Monday, Chance The Rapper announced he was going donate $1 million dollars to his hometown Chicago Public School system. By now everyone in the US probably understands how dangerous Chicago is right now. I mean Trump almost mentions the crime rate within the city during each one of his public speeches, that’s really how bad the city has gotten. But to me, people like Chance The Rapper give the city hope.

How many rappers do you see know-a-days spending exorbitant amounts of money on material goods such as cars, houses, and jewelry? I would say almost 80% of them. Which is sad because the tough neighborhoods that most rappers talk about within their songs, are the same neighborhoods they ignore once they get their big break and start making millions of dollars.

Part of being a well-paid athlete, rapper, celebrity is realizing you have a least a glimmer of social responsibility. Chance The Rapper totally understands this fact of life. So much so, that he’s taking hard-earned money out of his pocket to help improve the lives of kids who he’s never met, because he wants kids with a similar upbringing to have a better life than him. Our society today lacks so much empathy, and there’s so much selfishness, especially in politics. So seeing a recognized public figure like Chance stand up and put his money where his money is, emits such a refreshing feeling into our cyclical news cycle.