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After appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, Big Sean continued his recent promo run with a visit to The Daily Show. Sitting down with Trevor Noah, the G.O.O.D. Music MC spoke on his new album I Decided, his single “Bounce Back” and how to recover after taking a loss and more. The 28-year-old also touched on a subject close to him, the water crisis in his home state of Flint, Michigan.

I just know it’s not even close to being over. In that situation, I feel like, it’s not a natural disaster,” says Sean. “It’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning.” The Detroit-native revealed his mother was a victim of lead poisoning, falling ill due to the contaminated water. “It was very hard for her to deal with, but she was able, through holistic care and homeopathic remedies, was able to reverse a lot of the effects of lead poisoning.”

Big Sean announced that his Sean Anderson Foundation has raised $100,000 to support those affected by the water crisis in Flint, and he hopes the closing track on I Decided that features the Flint Chosen Choir called “Bigger Than Me” will inspire the city.

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It was time for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers franchise to redeem themselves. Sevyn Streeter got to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Friday night (Dec. 16), wearing her black “We Matter” jersey which was the center of controversy two months ago. Back in October, the R&B singer was set to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Sixers game, when her performance was cancelled die to her jersey.

After much backlash, the team later apologized and invited Streeter back, as sang before the Sixers matchup vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. “Great feeling it is to return to the @sixers arena & sing the national anthem in my #WEMATTER jersey Thanks to everyone for your love & supprt,” said Sevyn on Instagram.

Moments before hitting center court, Sevyn spoke with ESPN about returning to sing and what it means to wear the jersey. “I’m feeling great,” she said. “I’m happy that we were able to turn an unfortunate situation into something positive. I’m singing the anthem tonight. I’m wearing my ‘We Matter’ jersey. I was just able to play with kids from the Boys & Girls Club…I feel awesome. I think that me saying ‘We Matter’ and me singing the anthem, there’s no conflict in the two for me. I love my country. When you love something so much, you just want it to be better.”

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Pharrell has been running around New York City this week, promoting the Hidden Figures film and sountrack that’s out now. The Grammy Award winner took time out of his busy schedule to make a surprise appearance at The Equity Project (TEP), a Manhattan charter middle school on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8).

The Neptunes hitmaker was called on stage as a group of kids were performing his Hidden Figures single “Runnin.” As expected, the audience and kids on stage screamed and broke down in tears when Pharrell popped up. “The emotional intensity that I saw on that stage, I don’t remember seeing before in my life,” Pharrell told the NY Daily News after the show. “It was really special.”

Pharrell would later join the kids as they performed another song off the soundtrack, “I See A Victory.” The concert was put together with Amp Up NYC, a nonprofit partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock dedicated to music education. “It’s amazing because you’re hearing the next generation who are being mentored and being taught by a school whose sole purpose is to build a future one lesson at a time,” said the 43-year-old, who took time to shake hands and pose for photos with kids from TEP.

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After making his long-awaited comeback with Endless and Blonde this year, Frank Ocean is ready to make his equally anticipated return to the stage next summer.

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It’s been a tough old week for Mr. West, but here’s some good news for Ye stans. Fellow Chicago rapper and activist Rhymefest has announced he’s purchased Kanye West’s childhood home and plans to convert it into a “community arts incubator.”

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From social media to last weekend’s Hillary Clinton rally, Chance The Rapper has been one of the leading voices in hip-hop this year urging people to go out and vote. But he’s isn’t all talk. Last night, Chance threw a free “Parade to the Polls” concert in his hometown of Chicago. After wrapping up his set, Chance literally marched thousands of fans to an early voting site to cast their ballot. According to Cook County officials, more than 284,000 people voted early, smashing the record set in 2008.

Who says conscious rap is dead?

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After an almost decade-long hiatus, Chris Rock is making his return to stand-up next year in a record-breaking deal with Netflix.

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“I love my community,” said Diddy during the launch of his first charter school in NYC. “I love New York I love Harlem and it’s great to be able to do something for the community.” Teaming up with Steve Perry, the founder of Connecticut’s Capital Preparatory charter schools, Puff is hoping to make an impact on the lives of young students.

Capital Preparatory Harlem, located on 104th on 5th ave, is the only new charter school opening in the borough this year. This project was years in the making for Diddy and Perry. “You can have a dream to be a doctor, a rapper, an engineer,” Diddy continued. “After you have that dream you have to actually open your eyes and handle the reality of what it’s going to take to achieve that dream.”

The school has 176 sixth and seventh graders now and plans to expand a grade a year until it is a sixth through twelfth grade school with 700 students.

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Heads up: I know you’re super busy catching Pokémon and sharpening your Nintendo skills right now, but there’s an even bigger batch of nostalgia coming our way next month. MTV has announced the launch of MTV Classic, a new channel (that will probably feel more like a time machine) airing episodes from beloved ’90s shows like Beavis & Butt-Head, Daria and Pimp My Ride.

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As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare to do Presidential battle in November, the world needs Jon Stewart more than ever. Lucky for us, he made a spectacular return to TV last night by hijacking his good friend Stephen Colbert’s late night show.

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