Chance the Rapper took home BET’s humanitarian award on Sunday night and gave a speech that was a rallying cry to improve black lives in Chicago. And he did it with a little bit of help from former first lady Michelle Obama, another Chi-town native.

Obama introduced Chance in a video message that praised what she called the rapper’s “passionate efforts” to get Chicago kids “the education they deserve.” She was talking not just about the rapper’s music, but also his $1 million donation to Chicago public schools and the money he’s raised for his own advocacy organization, Social Works. “Chance is showing our young people that they matter.”

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