It’s back to school time! In order to joyfully bring in the occasion, Chance The Rapper is continuing his charitable spirit and will be providing Chicago students in need with supplies. That’s right, Lil’ Chano from 79th teamed up with STATE Bags to donate 30,000 backpacks to children living in Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods, distributed through Chance’s SocialWorks empowerment charity.

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“What too often gets lost in the negative narrative swirling around the city’s most underfunded and embattled communities is the undeniable love, hope, and pride that is bursting from these very neighborhoods and the incredible, resilient kids living within them,” per an official initiative press release. “This is the story STATE co-founders Scot and Jacq Tatelman have seen firsthand, and the one they are committed to sharing with the world.”

Scot and Jacq Tateleman will be joining the artist to personally handed out the bags to thousands of Chicago kids and their families at the Bud Billiken parade this past Saturday. The parade is Chicago’s official back-to-school affair.



Chance even surprised the parade-goers with a free concert!





Overall, it was such a positive event. With Chicago’s reputation rife with crime and gang activity in the national news, it was nice to see that this event was filled with pure joy and a giving spirit.




So, now that it’s back-to-school time for the kids from the Chi, what does Chance have to say to those students?




Chance is definitely one of the good ones!

Source: EBONY

What do you think inspires Chance The Rapper to give back so often to his community? 
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

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