A representative of Kanye West has informed CNN that Kanye has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
The donation is inclusive of funding for legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago and other cities.
West’s representative explained that he has established a 529 education plan which fully covers the college tuition for Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter.
West’s donation comes following the mass protests across the country following the deaths. Many voices in entertainment are calling for an end to systematic racism, police brutality and action from political leadership.
Three Minneapolis Police officers arrested in Floyd’s death make their first court appearance Thursday afternoon, while Floyd’s family holds the first of several planned memorial services.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee of Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged him with a more serious count of second-degree murder.
Arbery, a black man, was fatally shot while jogging just outside Brunswick, GA., on February 23. Three white men have been arrested for his death.
Taylor was an EMT who was shot at least eight times in March when three officers entered her Kentucky apartment by force. The FBI have begun an investigation into her death.