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April 9, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Rap artist Common announced Wednesday that his Common Ground Foundation will partner with youth arts organization Donda's House Inc. and the Chicago Urban League to develop a music festival and an initiative to create 20,000 jobs for Chicago's black teens. The three organizations developed the initiative to help lower the Chicago-area jobless rate among black males, representatives said. A recent study conducted by the Chicago Alternative Schools Network found that 92 percent of black males aged 16-19 were jobless in 2012.
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April 9, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Rap artist Common announced Wednesday that his Common Ground Foundation will partner with youth arts organization Donda's House Inc. and the Chicago Urban League to develop a music festival and an initiative to create 20,000 jobs for Chicago's black teens. The three organizations developed the initiative to help lower the Chicago-area jobless rate among black males, representatives said. A recent study conducted by the Chicago Alternative Schools Network found that 92 percent of black males aged 16-19 were jobless in 2012.
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November 30, 2011 | By Ernest Wilkins and Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
We already know Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose Watch the Throne tour hit the United Center this week, can drop serious rhymes. Our question: Who is the best entertainer? Kanye West Rap shows used to be pretty dull from a sheer spectacle perspective. You'd have the MC, his hype man, his DJ, various crew members, bodyguards and the occasional groupie (or six). Kanye West didn't re-invent what a rap show could be, but he sure did put his stamp on it. The second he got the level of fame he desired, he put on a certified rock show (The Glow in the Dark Tour)
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November 30, 2011 | By Ernest Wilkins and Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
We already know Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose Watch the Throne tour hit the United Center this week, can drop serious rhymes. Our question: Who is the best entertainer? Kanye West Rap shows used to be pretty dull from a sheer spectacle perspective. You'd have the MC, his hype man, his DJ, various crew members, bodyguards and the occasional groupie (or six). Kanye West didn't re-invent what a rap show could be, but he sure did put his stamp on it. The second he got the level of fame he desired, he put on a certified rock show (The Glow in the Dark Tour)
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November 13, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
For 30 local aspiring artists, they'll be getting their chance to share their craft Nov. 21, with a little help from Yeezus. Donda's House's Got Bars program takes 30 15-24 year olds interested in writing and performing music for a 12-week arts training, housed at The Ark of St. Sabina. Students take a creative writing, health and wellness and studio recording classes during the training period, culminating in a performance of their original songs at the Lacuna Artist Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport.
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November 19, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Kanye West professes his love for Kim Kardashian to Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday, but avoids the "jump-up-on-the-couch moment. " "I don't know if I can express it enough," he says of his love for his fiancé after referencing Tom Cruise's infamous appearance on "Oprah. " "It's almost like people make fun of me for like how in love I actually am it just sounds. " The Chicago native also debuts his "Bound 2" music video, in which Kardashian appears. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs at 3 p.m. Tuesday on WMAQ-Ch.
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June 16, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye Sound Board
There's no denying that Kanye West has become synonymous with arrogance. Compared with his current, astronomical self-image, though, the Chicago-raised rap/fashion icon's musical beginnings were humble. People actually liked him because of that underdog status. Once upon a time (2004), "College Dropout" came out of nowhere. Progressively, Yeezy's bellowing ego has scorched the world, and with his sixth solo album, "Yeezus," set to drop Tuesday, West again has been hoarding Earth's oxygen with over-the-top interviews containing almost...
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