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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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The 2016 ESPY Awards started off on a powerful note by Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — who all teamed up to deliver a #BlackLives Matter speech. Drawing from their personal experiences, each superstar gave words about why America needs to stand up against police violence against people of color. In case you missed it, watch the full address after the jump.

“We all have to do better,” said LeBron James to close.

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In the wake of last week’s tragic events, tension and mistrust between the black community and police force feel like they’re at an all-time high across the country right now. However, even The Game’s 13-year-old son, Harlem Taylor, can see how cops should be properly protecting and serving their communities, which is why he’s launched a GoFundMe page to help support the efforts of “good cop” Tommy Norman.

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