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BET Awards: Michelle Obama Gives Surprise Message to Chance the Rapper

"Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around, and he's shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago," Obama said in a video message.

The 17th annual BET Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones, included performances by chart-topping hip-hop and R&B artists, causing the hashtag #BETAwards to trend all night.

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'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi to Join Malia Obama at Harvard

Shahidi has decided to attend former President Barack Obama's alma mater.

Actress Yara Shahidi will head to Cambridge, Mass., to pursue higher education.

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Michelle Obama Penned College Recommendation for 'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi

The former first lady wrote a letter of support for the teen actress.

Yara Shahidi and Michelle Obama / INSTAGRAM/Yara Shahidi

Former first lady Michelle Obama, who has long been an advocate for education, has personally played a role in Yara Shahidi's pursuit of a college degree. Obama wrote a letter of recommendation for the young actress to include with her college applications.

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