Kanye West is putting his money towards good. The rapper donated $2 million to support the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The money will also help support black-owned businesses in his native Chicago, a representative for West told CNN. He also started a 529 education plan to cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of the late George Floyd.
But that’s not all. The 42-year-old isn’t just paying it forward, but he’s also putting himself out there. The Sunday Sermons leader joined protestors in Chicago. Nationwide protests took place just days after George Floyd’s death. Protestors are creating awareness to police brutality and racial injustice.
Kanye West donates $2 million and pays college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter
Per Koco News 5, Kanye West donated $2 million to support the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. His money will also support black-owned businesses in the Chicago area. Additionally, West directed his donation to the legal teams for Arbery and Taylor’s families. This comes amid the mass protests across the country following their deaths. Many celebrities have come forward and called an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Three Minneapolis police officers arrested in Floyd’s death made their first appearance on Thursday, June 4. Meanwhile, Floyd’s family held the first of several planned memorial services. Prosecutors arrested and charged Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned down Floyd on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, with a serious account of second-degree murder.
Kanye West joins the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Chicago
He also reportedly donated $2M to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd and set up a college fund for Floyd's daughter Gianna 🙏🏾 #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/zH1uhXbJDF
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Arbery was a black man who was fatally shot while jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23. Three men associated with his death were arrested. Then back in March, Taylor was shot eight times before officers entered her Kentucky apartment by force. The FBI opened an investigation into her death.
Rapper joins protesters in his hometown of Chicago
Kanye West showed more support by joining protestors in his hometown, per People. In a rare sighting, “Jesus is King” rapper was photographed among the crowd of protestors in Chicago on Thursday, June 4. West wore a black mask, dark gray hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, and boots. NBC Chicago shared a video that showed a protestor yelling, “We need everybody to stand where they are because we are going to march.” This comes after he tops the Forbes’ list of highest-paid celebrities.
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Kanye tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid musicians
Kanye West isn’t just the highest-paid musician of 2020. He’s also the second highest-paid celebrity, according to Forbes’ annual list, which published on Thursday. This list arrives at an unprecedented time in the world and in the music industry. Many artists on the list made a percentage from touring, which won’t be the case this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of West’s income comes from his sold-out Yeezy sneaker line, and from his diverse income streams, per Variety.
But he fell behind Kylie Jenner, who topped the highest-paid celebrities list with $590 million. West came in No. 2 with $170 million. Check out the full list here.