Chance the Rapper Honoured With Humanitarian Award At 2017 BET Awards

Chance The Rapper was presented with the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award, which he received for “positively impacting both local and national communities.”

"We are so incredibly proud of you Chance," said Former First Lady Michelle Obama, in a short speech before the award. " With these passionate efforts, 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,” she said. “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.” Find a snippet of her message below.”

" Thanks  this is really heavy," Chance The Rapper said while accepting the award. “This is wildly overwhelming, I didn't think it was gonna be this crazy. I didn't prepare a speech, because I really wanted to see what would happen when I got up here and try and speak from the heart.I'm 24. To be receiving something like this at my age it feels a little bit... it feels good as hell. [Crowd cheering] I love this. I love black people, y'all. Please, gas me up! Gas me! [Cheering] I was gonna say, it feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn't make mistakes, and I like to think that he's putting this enormous pressure on me to see how I react. And I had plans originally to try and tell the world and everybody watching how to make it a better place. To tell everybody in this government that y'all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off of it.”

“I was gonna tell the Chicago Public School System not to take out a loan from Chase Bank when they know that our schools are planning on failing in our district. I was gonna tell those judges that we just need a conviction when you know these ------s wrong for doing this. But my big homie [and childhood friend] Reese told me we gotta work on ourselves before we work can work on the world. So I wanna be a better father. I wanna be a better father to [my daughter] Kensli — I want to spend more time with her. I wanna be a better big cousin to Dejon, Dekwan, Dejay, Taja. Who am I missing? Who am I missing? To Jaden, all of them. I want to be more involved outside just my community of Chicago. I want to travel overseas and help out people all over the world. And like I said, being 24 and getting something like this, it doesn't feel deserved yet. But like I said — my God is putting the pressure on me so I can become who I'm supposed to be. I'm a good man, and I'm gonna become a better man. Thank you Ms. Lee, thank you BET, thank you black people, thank you mom. I love y'all.”

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