Chance The Rapper recently announced that he’s starting his own annual awards show called the Twilight Awards, where teachers, principals, parents and students who convey leadership will be honored.
The first ceremony will be in June 2018 in Chance’s hometown of Chicago, and it’ll be hosted by “The Late Late Show’s” James Corden. Plus, there will be musical performances throughout the ceremony, although none of the acts have been revealed yet.
The “Coloring Book” rhymer and activist made the announcement about the awards show at his SocialWorks charity event last Friday (Sept 2), where he spoke at length about helping the kids of Chicago get the best education.
“Funding quality education for public students is the most important investment a community can make,” said Chance. “So today all of us at SocialWorks are excited to take our biggest boldest step yet and announce our first ever grant from the New Chance Fund. Today we’re giving a new chance to kids and 20 more schools across our city. Each school will receive $100,000 over the next three years with budgeting and staffing guidance provided by CPS and Ingenuity.”
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The “Summer Friends” MC also spoke about the grant in a press release and doubled down on his theory that investing in young people is investing in a better future.
“As a parent and proud product of CPS, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts,” he said in a press release. “Over the past month, I’ve crisscrossed the city from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: If we invest in Chicago’s children, we’ll change the world.”
The announcement of the Twilight Awards, as as well as the grant, comes on the heels of Chance getting the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards, which he might be able to place next to his Grammys, but he donated them to the Chicago Museum.
You can watch Chance talk about Chicago’s schools and the Twilight Awards in the clip below.