On a brutally cold late winter afternoon, an open-mic event at the Chicago Cultural Center was packing them in. More than 250 high school students lined up to enter the Claudia Cassidy Theater, where their school ID's were checked by young adults wearing black "Social Experiment Staff" T-shirts.
On stage, the first performer found himself standing in a familiar position, one he had occupied for years when he was a no-name would-be rapper from 79th Street on the South Side of Chicago. Once again at the microphone with all eyes on him, it was time to show and prove. Only this time Chancelor B...Read more