The Chi is being taken over by the NBA for the 69th All-Star Weekend and they are rightfully incorporating the city in the events that are taking place. They made sure to reach out and collaborate with organizations like Social Works and even hit up True Star to be a youth media correspondent for the weekend. It was revealed leading up to this year’s All-Star Weekend that the infamous South Shore Drill Team will be performing at the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday and the halftime show on Sunday.
The drill team was founded in 1980 by former Chicago Public Schools teacher, Arthur Robertson, with the intention to use performing arts to engage the inner-city youth and keep them from harm. The group is known for their elaborate performances that include majorette dancers, flags boys, and rifles. I can tell you from seeing them perform at the Bud Billiken Parade for my entire life that they know how to put on a show! Let’s be real, they are the epitome of Chicago dance and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see how we get down.
Joining them will be Chicago’s very own, Chance The Rapper, which will call for an extremely exciting show. This duo truly embodies the talent of Chicago and destroys the misconceptions about the city. All-Star is a global event which allows for the truth of Chicago to shine bright for everyone to see. South Shore Drill Team’s involvement just goes to show we really are a city of insanely bright and talented individuals that have the ability to do anything.
True Star wants to send a very warm congratulations to the South Shore Drill Team on landing this big performance and on all the hard work they have done to get to this point. There’s no doubt that they will make Chicago proud.
By Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School