Just days after Chance the Rapper took $1 million out of his pocket and handed it the financially-strapped Chicago Public Schools, a columnist from the Chicago Sun-Times decided to write about the artist…but not about his donation.
The column, written by Mary Mitchell, is all about Chance’s “messy split from the mother of his 18-month-old daughter,” which she claims, “threatens to overshadow the positive vibes created by his $1 million donation to the Chicago Public Schools.”
Mitchell, who is African American, begins by lamenting the fact that she has to “go hard on one of the good guys.” As a Chicagoan, she expressed pride over his Grammy wins, while admitting, “I hadn’t heard a single lyric the 23-year-old penned.”
She also wrote: “Besides, given the amount of bad news coming out of Chicago, it felt good to see a young black man from the South Side in the spotlight for something other than criminal behavior.”
And then she pivoted, writing:
Unfortunately, Chance’s personal affairs are less storied. Court filings show he’s been supporting his daughter financially, but a long-term child-support agreement hasn’t been reached. Last month, Kirsten Corley, the mother of Chance’s 18-month-old daughter, asked in court for temporary child support, as well as money to obtain and furnish a home. She also wants an automobile. Corley, who is unemployed, maintains that she is the child’s primary caregiver.
“Kirsten is essentially being held hostage in Chancelor’s residence as, on one hand, he will not assist her with the support necessary to obtain her own residence unless this entire matter is resolved on his terms, yet on the other hand, Kirsten does not have knowledge of what specific objections Chancelor has to her counter proposal and therefore, it would be impossible to resolve,” states Corley’s child-support petition.
A major bone of contention appears to be Chance’s request for the court to set “a child support award below statutory guidelines.” Typically, child support for one child is about 20 percent of net income. The rap star has asked the court to require that “both parties” contribute to the expenses incurred on behalf of the minor child.
People love gossip, and nothing’s juicier than the breakup of a celebrity couple. And there’s likely to be a lot of interest in this breakup for another reason. Right now, Chance looks like a hero in the ‘hood. But child support is an emotionally charged issue that plays a big role in the high level of poverty in the black community. If this personal issue is handled callously in the public, Chance the Rapper’s clean-cut image could take a big hit. After all, you can’t hand out money to benefit children you don’t know and come off looking like you are being stingy when it comes to your own child.
Chance the Rapper fired back immediately with a video posted to his Instagram account featuring himself, his daughter and her mother disproving the article’s claims that they are having issues.
They look pretty happy to me! First and foremost I am biased when it comes to @chancetherapper, I have REAL love for him. So let me get that out the way. This boy is simply AMAZING and I can say that first hand. After reading Mary Mitchell's article in the Chicago Sun Times I was very disappointed because there is no need for it! Anyone who follows Chance on social media knows first hand he is an awesome Dad! So what his child's mother took him to court to outline their child support agreement, THAT IS WHAT SHE IS SUPPOSE TO DO! Why do we make the assumption that just because a woman would like to have a legal agreement with her child's father over child support that the parents do not get along? I can't speak in all cases but I can speak on this one because I know him personally and he is truly amazing! There is no need to try to throw dirt on his name when he is trying to do so much for the city of Chicago. Is he perfect? Hell no. BUT are you? I know I am not perfect at all, I fall short every day in life, as we all do. SO Mary Mitchell, I know your goal was to write an article that could make it on the cover of the Chicago Sun Times, so job well done. I hope it was worth losing your "Black Card" over because as a black woman I am very disappointed in you for trying to take another black man down who is trying to uplift our city. As we know, black men are killed in Chicago often by either another black man or the police. Today we witness a black woman, Mary Mitchell, as the shooter. Fortunately, your bullets won't touch him because as the bible states, " No weapon formed against him shall prosper, And Every tongue which rises against you in judgement, shall be condemned, This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is from ME." So Mary Mitchell, go have some tea with Ben Carson inside the Trump Towers and enjoy the rest of your day!
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