Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE on Sunday surprised Chance the Rapper at the BET Awards with a video congratulating him on winning BET’s Humanitarian Award.
"Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed, and they have so much to contribute to their community and our country,” Obama said in her video message.
The 24-year-old hip-hop star is the youngest person ever to receive the award, winning it for his philanthropic work in Chicago, the hometown of both he and Obama. Chance made headlines for his $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools and has raised more than $2 million with his nonprofit, Social Works.
“I can think of no better legacy to leave, and I am thrilled to celebrate you here to tonight and honored to call you my friend,” Obama said.
Chance took the stage after Obama’s video to accept the award, delivering a passionate speech on police brutality, mass incarceration and public school funding.
"I'm 24 and to be receiving something like this at my age, it feels good as hell," he said. "I love this."
Chance is a longtime supporter of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOur remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, once launching a clothing line honoring the former commander in chief. He also attended a state dinner at the White House during Obama’s final months in office.