There are many people who are success stories, their dreams become reality, they move away from their hometown, and never really give back to the community. They "make it" and become Hollywood, if you will. And then, there is Chancellor Bennett, a.k.a. Chance the Rapper. There is no doubt that he is Chicago through and through. For those that know his story, understand his commitment to positivity and uplifting his community.
Earlier this year Chance made history as the first independent artist to win multiple Grammy's from an album released on a streaming platform. He won: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance.
I personally admire his love for his city, and the role model that he is to millions of youth in the city wanting more for themselves, pursuing their dreams or even music. Chance has shown us that you can be in this world, but not of this world. He has inspired millions in his city not only through his amazing music but also by bringing awareness to the injustices that take place every single day in Chicago, specifically the inequitable funding of urban schools in the city. These cuts in funding have eliminated arts programming and after school programs in majority South Side schools. These were the programs that made Chance who he is today.
In the spring of this year, he challenged everyone to put their money where their mouths were by donating 1 million dollars to Chicago Public Schools. He also met with Governor Bruce Rauner and discussed the lack of school funding, and the detriment it is having on youth on the South Side of Chicago.
B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) has decided to award Chance with the 2017 Humanitarian Award, which has gone to people such as Jessie Williams, John Legend, Al Sharpton, Harry Belafonte, and many others. This is a huge honor for the 24 year old, as he has so much more to accomplish in his career.
Chance is an amazing example for all millennials to make your voice heard and inspire change in your community. Chance has a huge platform that makes way for all millennial to follow behind him and bring awareness to those issues that are important to them.