Chance Wants To Attend A Historically Black College, & He's Already Getting Wooed
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 22, 2017 8:04PM
Chance the Rapper has notably donated his own money to Chicago Public Schools in the midst of the district's ongoing funding woes. But he apparently has his own aspirations when it comes to educational advancement, too. (Maybe handing out those backpacks at Bud Billiken got him thinking about his own return to the classroom.) The Chatham-native rapper said on Sunday on Twitter that he wanted to attend a historically black university, specifically Clark Atlanta University, and would still like to—a missive that prompted a mini frenzy of interest not just from CAU, but another Atlanta HBCU, too.
"Can someone help me sign up?" Chance tweeted, noting he was interested in the real deal, not an honorary degree.
I was tryna go to Clark ATL. I'm still tryna go. Like not honorary, the full blown ya dig. Can someone help me sign up— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 20, 2017
That's when another Atlanta University Center consortium school slid in. Morehouse College chimed right in and made the sell as "an even better House to call home!"
The AUC is a great place to be. Morehouse is an even better House to call home! Welcome home my brother, we would love to have you in Atl.— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) August 21, 2017
But when Chance names your name, you don't allow any usurpation; and CAU wasted no time in steering the convo back their way.
He said #CAU. Stop the madness.— Clark Atlanta Univ. (@CAU) August 21, 2017
The university on Monday maintained the soft sell in a statement, letting Chance know that they'd be in town when CAU plays Grambling State University in football at Solider Field next month, in case he's free, no pressure. The university extended an invitation to attend or perform at homecoming in October, too, as they nudged him to consider their campus. (Chance briefly attended classes at Harold Washington Library out of high school but didn't complete the semester.)
CAU added, "Immediately CAU alumni and staff encouraged Chance to pursue his dreams... Sources close to the Bennett family reveal that Chance always wanted to attend CAU and that 'his tweet didn’t come out of the blue.'"
But as The Root noted, the best reaction of all probably went to a current CAU student, who noted the irony of the university's hair-trigger reply to Chance compared to the radio silence with which he apparently sometimes gets greeted.
so, y'all can answer his tweet in .02 seconds. but never answer ya phones or email??? pic.twitter.com/hx57lp77zm— Tay. (@taayanthony) August 21, 2017