It was nothing less than a fun surprise when Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper at the BET Awards in a video that no one saw coming. The "forever First Lady" sent a sweet message to the BET Humanitarian Award winner to honor him for his selfless contributions to their hometown of Chicago, Illinois and for being a role model for children. "Time and again, he has been standing up, speaking out, and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve," she said.
For those who may think Chicago is the only connection that the Obamas and Chance have in common, they actually go way back. The rapper's father, Ken Williams-Bennett, worked as former President Barack Obama's state director when he was a senator in IL, according to Esquire magazine.
Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, has worked tirelessly since he first came on the scene to raise awareness about innumerable issues that impact the black community. From gun violence in Chicago to the poor state of public school education, the 24-year-old has reshaped the image of being a rapper. You can have swagger and care about social justice. You can rap and raise awareness about the My Brother's Keepper initiative. Chance proves that it's possible to do it all.
Check out Michelle Obama's heartwarming message to Chance:
Which also needs to be seen to be believed, so check out the transcript as well:
There wasn't a dry eye in the house afterward, I'm sure.