Kanye West is assisting the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor in a huge way.
According to TMZ, the Jesus Is King rapper has donated $2 million to their families. He also set up a 529 college savings fund to fully cover college tuition for Floyd’s daughter Gianna. Additionally, ‘Ye made a separate donation to help cover the legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families. A rep also told the outlet that the “Ultralight Beam” MC will donate to several Black-owned businesses throughout his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
Protests have erupted across the country after Floyd was killed at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. With access to social media at our fingertips, many of these protesters have shared their experiences with police brutality in real time.
Many celebrities have come forth with donations for bail relief efforts across the country. Megan Thee Stallion recently donated $10,000 to the Restoring Justice organization in her hometown of Houston, Texas. “I love my people and I love my city!!!” she wrote on Instagram. “Any contribution helps! Swipe to see some sites where you can donate money to the bail funds of protestors!!! #Blacklivesmatter.”
Drake recently donated $100,000 to National Bail Out after he was challenged by songwriter Mustafa The Poet. “My Toronto Kings [Drake] [The Weeknd],” Mustafa wrote on Instagram. “Swipe up & match my donation, but add 3 zeros! Let’s help reunite black families.” The “Toosie Slide” MC replied to the request on his Instagram Story by writing, “[Mustafa the Poet] say less.”
The Weeknd donated $500,000 to several organizations to support protesters. Of his large donation, $200,000 went to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, another $200,000 was given to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights campaign and the remaining $100,000 went to the National Bail Out Fund.