During a free concert, put on by Chance the Rapper in Chicago on Saturday, former President Barack Obama appeared in a pre-recorded video with a message for the youth in the crowd, and for the rapper himself.
Chance had served as the grand marshal of Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken Day Parade parade. The parade, a tradition since 1929, was named for a fictional character named Bud Billiken, and is presented as a celebration of African-American life.
“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,” Obama said in the message. “We want to make sure our kids are safe, we want to make sure that they are ready to go back to school. We want to make sure that we are nurturing and protecting and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all throughout the city of Chicago.”
Obama continued, “So Chance, I’m grateful for everything that you’ve done on behalf of the young people back home,” referring to Chance’s school supply’s contribution, benefiting the city’s students. Through his charity, SocialWorks, with the help of the Bud Billiken Bash and a Brooklyn-based backpack company named STATE bags, 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were reportedly donated to Chicago students at the parade.
Chance also reportedly donated $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools foundation. While Chance’s philanthropic efforts are commendable, in a recent interview, the rapper was less than respectful of the current president’s influence.
“I have a bigger voice than Donald Trump, you know what I’m saying? Than literally anybody that works in politics,” he said.
Last month, at a Chance the Rapper event in Connecticut, 50 underage concert attendees were influenced to drink, each being issued a summons to appear in court. At the same event, several others were arrested and 90 people were hospitalized, according to the Hartford PD.
Obama’s appearance Saturday was captured in a video that was later tweeted out.
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Obama also took the opportunity to promote his foundation, previously unveiled in May. He said the foundation would be focused on helping the next generation of young leaders. He also promised to offer help in achieving safe streets, strong schools, and a community that encourages the youth to achieve their full potential.
The huge structure, planned for placement in Jackson Park, IL, will be comprised of three separate buildings to include a museum, library, auditorium and restaurants along tree-lined walkways and cover over 200,000 square feet.
Rough estimates of the cost are into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Obama Foundation is already focused on raising mega-contributions from corporations for the construction. At least 8 donors so far have donated over $1 million dollars each, including pledges from Microsoft corporation and Chicago based Exelon.
Recently, Obama, who is often criticized for dividing the nation more than any president in modern times, launched a 3-part tweet on Saturday evening regarding the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA.
In the three-part tweet, Obama posted a quote from Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela was the South African anti-apartheid politician and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Obama’s 3 tweets, when put together as a whole, reads: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion… People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
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