REMIX: Ga. colleges say Chance The Rapper NOT coming for NAACP event


The NAACP sent out an incorrect press release Wednesday morning announcing that Chance The Rapper would be coming to several Georgia universities to get students to register to vote, which was a surprise to the colleges.

The NAACP sent an email to local media at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday with a subject line of "Press Advisory: NAACP & Chance the Rapper 'Stay Woke & Vote' Tour Visits Georgia Campuses" that included a press release with details and quote about the event.

Then The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contacted the NAACP along with two universities to confirm the shows and if the rapper would appear at them.

At 6:47 p.m., the NAACP sent out an updated press release — 47 minutes after the first show was supposed to have started at Savannah State University.

The new release was titled: "NAACP 'Stay Woke & Vote' Tour to visit Georgia Campuses."

Also included was a note from NAACP Georgia's Voting Empowerment Team Director Demetrius Fisher: "We apologize for the miscommunication."

Fisher clarified that the voter drives are still happening at the schools but without the rapper who is currently touring on his critically acclaimed album "Coloring Book."

The rapper was slated to perform tonight at Savannah State and Friday at Kennesaw State universities, but spokeswomen fromboth schools said they were unaware of the shows. And Chance's own website along with ticketmaster.com show him in Kansas City, Missouri, for an 8 p.m. show tonight, which the venue confirmed is still happening.

The following schools were supposed to get a visit from Chance aside from KSUand SSU: Georgia State University, Interdenominational Theological Center and Spelman College.

The Chicago rapper, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, released his album "Coloring Book" in May to widespread appeal. According to Pitchfork: "Coloring Book is one of the strongest rap albums released this year, an uplifting mix of spiritual and grounded that even an atheist can catch the Spirit to."

But don't worry because Chance was already slated to perform at the Fox Theatre on Oct. 8 for his Magnificent Coloring World Tour.

The NAACP said that, while he's in town for the show, Chance will appear at a voting drive, Fisher said. Asked when and where that event will be, Fisher said the organization is still working out the details.


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