Kanye West Donated $2 Million to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery's Families

Kanye West has donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and will fund college for Floyd's daughter, Gianna.

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  • Kanye West has donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd (opens in new tab)Breonna Taylor (opens in new tab), and Ahmaud Arbery (opens in new tab), TMZ reports.
  • West also established a 529 college savings plan to fully cover college tuition for George Floyd's daughter, 6-year-old Gianna.
  • What's more, West will cover legal fees for the families of Taylor and Arbery, and has donated to Black-owned businesses across the U.S.
  • He joined protestors marching in his hometown, Chicago, on Thursday.

Kanye West made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd (opens in new tab)Breonna Taylor (opens in new tab), and Ahmaud Arbery (opens in new tab), as CNN reports (opens in new tab). West has also established a fund to fully cover college tuition for Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. He made another donation to cover all legal costs for Taylor and Arbery's families, according (opens in new tab) to TMZ, while he's also donating money to Black-owned businesses both in his hometown, Chicago, and across the U.S.

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On Thursday, West joined demonstrators in Chicago; a video shared (opens in new tab) by Complex has accrued over 13,000 likes. Protests across the country continued for a tenth night Thursday evening, after the murder of George Floyd (opens in new tab) by white police officer Derek Chauvin sparked both national and global outcry.

Protestors are also demanding justice for Breonna Taylor (opens in new tab), who was shot dead by police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove in her own home in March; Ahmaud Arbery (opens in new tab), who was murdered by two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael, while jogging in February; Tony McDade (opens in new tab), who was shot dead by an unnamed police officer last week; and countless other Black victims of police brutality and anti-Black racism. Click the links below to find out how you can help. 

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Emily Dixon
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.