Obama stresses education, youth empowerment at Chance the Rapper concert
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to visit Kenya, South Africa for Obama Foundation in July Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Clarifying the power of federal agencies could offer Trump a lasting legacy MORE stressed education and the empowerment of the nation's youth during a video message at a Chance the Rapper concert in Chicago on Saturday.

In a recorded message, Obama congratulated the rapper for serving as the grand marshal of Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken parade — the oldest and largest African-American parade in the country — and thanked him for his efforts to help provide school supplies to the city's students.

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"I wanted to just have the chance to say to all of you that the Bud Billiken parade stands for so much of what our community is about," Obama said.

"We want to make sure our kids are safe, we want to make sure that they are ready to go back to school. We want to make sure that we are nurturing and protecting and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all throughout the city of Chicago. So Chance, I'm grateful for everything that you've done on behalf of the young people back home."

Pitchfork first highlighted Obama's remarks to his hometown crowd.

Chance the Rapper's charity, SocialWorks, and Brooklyn-based backpack company STATE bags reportedly donated 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Chicago students at the parade, the news outlet reported, adding that the rapper also handed out free tickets to his concert. He previously donated more than $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools foundation.

Chance the Rapper in a recent interview said his platform and voice are “bigger” than President TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE’s.

“I have a bigger voice than Donald Trump, you know what I’m saying? Than literally anybody that works in politics,” he said.