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Kanye West donates $2M to black-owned businesses, families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

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Kanye West 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 Ellison (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.

Tags Ahmaud Arbery Breonna Taylor Chicago CNN deaths in police custody Derek Chauvin Forbes George Floyd Georgia Gianna Floyd I can't breathe Illinois Kanye West Keith Ellison Minneapolis Minnesota Murder Police violence

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