Music icon Kanye West has donated $2 million to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
According to TMZ, West also set up a “529 college savings fund to fully cover tuition for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.” He also donated to cover the legal costs for the Arbery and Taylor families. Beyond that, Kanye West will also be donating money to black-owned businesses crippled by the riots.
“Along with that, a rep confirms Kanye’s donating to several black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago and nationwide that have been in crisis and impacted by the unrest in the U.S,” reported the outlet.
Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical worker, died this past March when police busted into her Louisville, Kentucky, home on a “no-knock warrant,” breaking down her door with a battering ram with no warning that they were police. She died in an exchange of gunfire between her boyfriend and police. No drugs were found in the home.
Despite sitting out in 2016, Kanye West said he will be “definitely voting” come November 2020, and though he did not specifically say for whom, the rapper/entrepreneur hinted that he will pull the lever for President Trump.In an extensive interview with GQ, which was published in April, West reiterated his stance that he will not be told which white person to vote for based on the color of his skin.“Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from,” said West. “They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.”When asked if his wearing the MAGA hat while hugging President Trump in the Oval Office had the “effect” he intended, West responded, “I didn’t intend for anything except to speak my mind and express how I felt. I have no intention other than to be free, and I don’t intend to be free—I just simply am.”
Later, West said that he will be “definitely voting” this time around, implying that we already know who he will vote for.
“I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on,” he said. “And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here! ‘Jesus Is King’ was No. 1! I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her. What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
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