2017 has come and gone, but we're not done celebrating black excellence of the past year!
This time, we're taking a look at charity! DoSomething.org has released its annual Celebs Gone Good list for 2017, and the celebrity that tops the list is no other than: Chance the Rapper!
Chance's dedication definitely paid off because the popular indie artist jumped 11 spots from last year!
The time has come to announce our Celebs Gone Good winners! This Top 20 list contains the celebs who had the most star power + biggest overall impact + number of retweets. Number one jumped ELEVEN spots from last year! Let's Do This: pic.twitter.com/G5loOh8khy— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
The honor is certainly deserved as Lil' Chano has proved himself to be highly dedicated to using his money and influence to help his hometown of Chicago, making sure he's doing his part to improve upon the city.
From creating an Arts and Literature Fund for Chicago Public Schools to giving away over 30,000 backpacks at the city's annual back-to-school parade to hosting a party to help the city's homeless population, Chance has gone above and beyond donating his time, energy and coins to his hometown, and it doesn't look like he plans on stopping anytime soon.
Do Something.org rounded out the list with a number of black stars, including: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ava DuVernay, Colin Kaepernick, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Nicki Minaj, Yara Shahidi and Zendaya also made the list of twenty do-gooders. Bey topped the list back in 2016.
17. @ava is number seventeen on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! In addition to her advocacy for diversifying Hollywood, the award-winning director's ARRAY company teamed up with Netflix to create a documentary, Teach Us All, which focuses on America's public education crisis. pic.twitter.com/CnUXHlwclb— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
11. @NICKIMINAJ is number eleven on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! Knowing how difficult it is for students to pay off their student loans, Nicki took to Twitter and helped pay off dozens of fans’ student loan debts. pic.twitter.com/0SWZCA8Ll7— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
9. @Zendaya is number nine on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! In addition to donating to Hurricane Harvey relief, she asked that fans donate through the @ConvoyofHope for her birthday. pic.twitter.com/OnCyYOcqVm— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
8. @YaraShahidi is number eight on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! The Black-ish star was one of the keynote speakers at Teen Vogue’s inaugural summit. Yara is a part of a group of leading voices in areas of civic leadership and social justice. pic.twitter.com/3jr5SiiLna— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
5. @Beyonce is number five on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! Queen Bey announced the Formation Scholars program, created to support young women. #BeyGood provided Harvey relief in Houston and partnered with @UNICEF to bring clean water to women and children in Burundi. pic.twitter.com/T2rV0h27Ij— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
4. @rihanna is number four on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! Ri was honored with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. She also launched the groundbreaking Fenty Beauty makeup line. With over 40 shades of foundation, it is a major step forward for inclusivity. pic.twitter.com/foiLAqbwfc— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
2. @Kaepernick7 is number two on our Celebs Gone Good 2017 list! This athlete-activist pledged to donate $1 million to various charitable orgs, including Meals on Wheels and 100 Suits. His protest has sparked national conversation about police brutality and racial injustice. pic.twitter.com/2yj1ECASSh— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
1. Congrats to the 2017 winner of https://t.co/vElkND8yR8’s Celebs Gone Good, @chancetherapper! This musician launched the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, an investment in arts programs in Chicago schools. He's also raised over $3.2 million for Chicago Public Schools. pic.twitter.com/4bRMq2mQyN— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) December 27, 2017
Congrats to this year's honorees! We salute you all!