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Chance the Rapper had a busy weekend as he returned to his hometown for the annual Bud Billiken Parade, and his efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed. During his surprise concert on Saturday night, the artist received a special message from Barack Obama thanking him for all that he does for the community. “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,” the former POTUS said in a prerecorded video. “Chance, I’m grateful for everything that you’ve done on behalf of the young people back home. I am hopeful that everybody who is at the concert today, everybody who is getting involved, everybody who’s been part of the parade, that all of you are in the mindset that you could do anything that you want to as long as you put your mind to it.”
Aside from serving as grand marshal during the parade, which is the largest and oldest African American parade in the United States, Chance’s SocialWorks charity also distributed 30,000 backpacks filled with supplies for Chicago school children. And this isn’t the only time the rapper has given back to the community. Earlier this year, he donated a whopping $1 million to Chicago Public Schools before launching an arts and literature fund.
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