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Chance the rapper buys media outlet to combat racism

BLACK EXCELLENCE: Chance the Rapper

CHANCE THE Rapper has always been an advocate for his hometown Chicago - and now the rapper has purchased a media outlet in an attempt to combat fake news and racism.

He announced the deal to buy Chicagoist, a news site covering local news in the city, in one of his four new tracks released on Wednesday (Jul 18).

In the song, I Might Need Security, he raps: “I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches outta business.”

Chicagoist.com has been dormant since November 2017, when owner Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, shut down the site along with Gothamist, DNAinfo and others. This came after the sites’ staffers voted to join the Writers Guild of America East as their collective-bargaining rep.

In a statement, Chance the Rapper said, “I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment… I look forward to relaunching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content.”

According to Variety, the 25-year-old rapper acquired Chicagoist from New York Public Radio’s WNYC, through the artist’s newly formed Social Media LLC, which aims to promote local investigative journalism, diversity, and representation for people of color in media. Terms of the deal for Chicagoist weren’t disclosed.

“We are delighted that the Chicagoist assets are finding a new home in the hands of a proud Chicagoan,” Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC, said in a statement released on Thursday (Jul 19).

“WNYC has a strong commitment to local journalism and building community, and we are pleased that these assets will be used to support local coverage in the great city of Chicago.”

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