Chance The Rapper Among Celebrities Who Made A Difference In 2017
According to Alex Stedman from Variety, 2017 saw some dark times, to say the least. From the aftermath of an especially divisive election to terrorist attacks, the troubling headlines — both in the U.S. and abroad — kept rolling in.
And celebrities, like so many other citizens, felt compelled to led a helping hand. While there are countless stars who spoke out politically on social media, raised money for various causes, and gave rousing speeches at awards shows and rallies, we decided to look back at some of the stars who made a measurable difference in the past year. Whether they were championing diversity in Hollywood, inspiring hope after tragedy, or exposing some of the entertainment industry’s dark secrets, there were celebrities who truly made a difference in 2017.
Chance the Rapper puts his money where his mouth is. The Chicago native has always been an advocate for his city, but 2017 saw Chance the Rapper step up in a big way, when he and his charity SocialWorks donated a whopping $2.2 million to the Chicago Public School system. In addition, Chance the Rapper announced the Twilight Awards, which will take place in June 2018 in the Windy City and honor the often-underappreciated educators. On a smaller but still important scale, he handed out toys to children, collected by Chicago-area students, on Dec. 20 at the city’s Field Museum. And that’s not to mention the other work he’s done, like live-streaming his Hollywood Bowl concert in October to raise funds to aid Hurricane Maria victims. Chicago truly couldn’t ask for a better hometown hero.
Besides Chance the Rapper, other celebrities were listed by Variety for their accomplishments in 2017: Ariana Grande, Chris Evans, Gina Rodriguez, Alyssa Milano, Colin Kaepernick, Ed Skrein, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Logic. Variety mentioned also ‘the victims who spoke out’ referring to the victims of sexual abuse who were brave enough to go public.