Chance the Rapper will become the latest recipient of the BET Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards this year.
It was announced Tuesday Chano will receive the award for his philanthropic and societal improvements over the last year. Chance has consistently been a positive voice for the community, having a direct line to mayor’s office in Chicago and even the White House while Barack Obama lived there.
The likes of Muhammad Ali, Al Sharpton, Don Cheadle, Magic Johnson and Dwyane Wade have won the award. Jesse Williams was honored with the award last year.
Back in March, Chance donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools after meetings with the governor of Illinois for more funding fell apart. He was also recently named to TIME’s list of most influential people in the world.
Mr. Bennett has long been a pillar in the Chicago community, hosting open mic events for high schoolers and encouraging kids to pursue art. He recently invited CPS students to pitch a music video concept for his and Jamila Woods’ “LSD” video.
It was also revealed New Edition — the subject of a recent BET biopic series — will receive the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards show airs June 25 on BET.
It’s an immense honor & I’m inspired to do so much more after receiving this. Thank you @IamDebraLee I won’t let you down https://t.co/cz6RSgsrT0
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 6, 2017