Common, Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith and Kanye West are teaming up with the Chicago Urban League to create 1,000 year-round jobs for city youths, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A recent study which shows that 92 percent of young black males in the city are jobless led to this partnership. Teaming up for the effort are West’s charity Donda’s House Inc., run by Rhymefest and his wife, and Common’s Common Ground Foundation. The two organizations and the Urban League are also being joined by five other Chicago-based nonprofits. An annual musical festival launching in September, the AAHH! Fest, will help raise funds for the jobs program. “Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago”, Common explains to The Chicago Sun-Times.
“Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
Talk about giving back to your neighbourhood. Respect!