Kanye West donates $2M to black-owned businesses, families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor
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Kanye WestKanye Omari WestAfter fleeing Trump, will celebs return to DC under Biden? Amazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses 2020's top political celebrity moments MORE has donated $2 million in support of the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor this week, as well as to black-owned businesses across the country, according to multiple reports.

The donation will fund legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, a representative for West confirmed to CNN. It will also include support for black-owned businesses in the rapper's hometown of Chicago and additional cities in the wake of ongoing protests over Floyd’s death. 

West has also set up a fund to cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd, Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, CNN reported Thursday.  


Protests have erupted across the country following Floyd’s death late last month. Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonSunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight Omar: Minneapolis community is 'on edge' around Chauvin trial Derek Chauvin trial Day One: Five things to know MORE (D) on Wednesday upgraded charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, to second-degree murder. 

Three other former officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s death were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder Wednesday.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville, Ky., city police in March. The FBI has opened an investigation into her case.

Arbery was shot and killed by a pair of white men in February while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. Federal prosecutors are investigating the slaying as a possible hate crime.

Forbes named West the second highest paid celebrity Thursday with a "real time net worth" of $1.3 billion.