Kanye West Has Donated $2 Million And Set Up A College Tuition Fund For George Floyd's Daughter

    West also pledged to cover legal fees for the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

    Over the past week, celebrities across the world have been speaking out, donating, and protesting against anti-Black racism and police brutality following George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

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    Floyd died begging for breath after a white police officer put him in a knee chokehold for 8 minutes.

    Celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and Billie Eilish, have made donations to the Black Lives Matter movement while encouraging their followers to do the same.

    Americans have the first amendment right to peacefully protest oppression and injustice. Chrissy and I will be donating to these 3 organizations which are organizing, supporting and defending those marching for justice: @Mvmnt4BlkLives @nlgnews @bailproject https://t.co/whxOPQQuTu

    Others, including Halsey, Ariana Grande, and John Boyega, have participated in protests, sharing their experiences in powerful social media posts.

    And the latest celebrity to get involved is Kanye West, who has made a donation of $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.

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    Arbery — an unarmed 25-year-old Black man — was shot and killed by armed white residents while jogging in a suburban neighbourhood back in February.

    Taylor — a 26-year-old Black woman — was fatally shot by police in her Kentucky home on March 13.

    In addition, West also pledged to cover legal fees for Arbery's and Taylor's families and confirmed that he'd set up a college fund to cover tuition for Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.

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    In his hometown of Chicago, West will be making financial contributions to Black-owned businesses.

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    Shortly after the donations were confirmed, West joined protesters marching on Chicago's South Side.

    .@KanyeWest was spotted attending the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Chicago yesterday.

    West has been criticised by fans over recent years for his alignment with President Donald Trump, and this action comes days after they urged him to make a public statement or donate to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Later in the day, West's wife, Kim Kardashian, announced that she and her various companies would also be donating to Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Urban League, and Color of Change.

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    "We firmly believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we are committed to supporting and participating in the change that needs to take place," she wrote alongside the announcement.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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