Vic Mensa and Lil Durk talked the state of Chicago in the latest installment of were CNN’s United Shades Of America, which aired this week. Hosted by W. Kamau Bell, the series explores race, culture, and explores their intersectionality.


This episode was focused on Chicago, particularly discussing the gang violence in the city and exploring possible resolve.


The  roundtable style conversation also featured insight from local artists and activists from Chicago.


One of the solutions Mensa offered was to get back to creating strong school systems that provide children curricular activities. He blames the disinterest in black students is what leads them to the streets, saying:


“I think the solutions have to come down to investing in the communities. Because the schools have lost gym programs. They’ve lost music programs, because there’s no money being put into the schools. You’ve got schools in the same school district, but the black school is getting way less funding per student.”


Check out the clips from the episode below to hear more of the guys’ thoughts.

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Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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