You may or may not have heard but Chicago's Chance The Rapper has a new production company called Social Function Productions. One of the first major events the company will help produce is a concert in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The concert will reportedly include performances by the legendary Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., and more.
Chano announced the news on social media on Thursday (June 14). “I’m happy to announce that my new production company SFP and I are producing the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics here in Chicago,” he wrote, along with an official concert poster.
The Special Olympics will officially be held in Seattle on July 1, but the concert will kick off in Chance’s hometown of Chicago on July 21. You can purchase tickets to the concert here.
Leslie Jones, one of the top member's of the Saturday Night Live cast, is going back to the Olympics. Jones, who showed off her super fandom for Team USA on social media just before the 2016 Summer Games, has been rehired by NBC to be a special contributor to there coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
Jones more recently has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on Saturday Night Live, hosted the 2017 BET Awards and was included in the Time’s list of 100 most influential people for 2017.
NBC’s Live Primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8.