Chance The Rapper Teaches Daughter That Black Power Is Her Superpower
There’s no better time than the present for Black parents to teach their children the value that they possess, during this heightened time of racial awareness, and that’s exactly what rapper, Chance the Rapper is doing with his oldest daughter, 5-year-old Kensli Bennett.
The Chicago-based rapper and his wife Kirsten Bennett have two children–the youngest, Marli Bennett, 1 month old–sat down for an interview where Chance the Rapper discussed teaching his daughter Kensli to love herself. He stated,
“My kids are young. Mainly, we’ve been teaching Kensli to love herself, to understand that her opinion is important, to understand that Black is beautiful and that Black power is her superpower.”
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, given Chance the Rapper’s background. His father, Ken Williams-Bennett was an aide to the late Chicago mayor Harold Washington and then-Senator Barack Obama. The rapper’s mother, Lisa Bennett, worked for the Illinois Attorney General.
In 2016, Chance started Social Works, his own charity with initiatives in the arts, education and civic engagement geared toward inspiring the youth.
The website of the organization makes it clear what their vision for their youth is. The back of a t-shirt on the landing page states,
TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY, TO BUILD DREAMS, TO LET YOU, BE YOU.
As for Chance, the social activist, believes that
“we’re starting to address many issues: racism, patriarchy, capitalism, colorism. Until we can recognize the stem of each problem and how all work within the system, we can’t actually make it better.”
When Chance the Rapper teaches Kensli that her opinion is important, he’s strongly practicing what he preaches. Not one to hold his tongue, Chance has vocally lashed out about politics, racism, and militarized police force in his hometown of Chicago.
As for Chance and Kirsten’s youngest daughter, Marli, he states,
“Marli, I’ve just been trying to teach her how to walk.”
Raising children, our next generation, Chance believes:
“It’s a difficult task, but it’s like we were born or live in this time for a reason. I think we have a pretty crazy opportunity right now to change the trajectory of humanity.”
He’s seemingly on his way, starting with spending quality time with his wife and children.
“It’s been an amazing growth point for me. Kensli and I do little arts-and-crafts projects. We did a volcano experiment, and we grew some se monkeys. I built her a bike. The tough part was putting the brakes on. Like, it’s actually one of the most difficult things I ever did, putting the brakes on the bike.”
Chance can be seen continuously working through his organization, Social Works, primarily throughout the city of Chicago.
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