Kanye West is the latest celebrity to join the list to make a donation to help the families and the protestors.
Trigger warning: This story may include graphic details of racism and police brutality.
Kanye West has reportedly made a huge donation worth $2 million to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, a representative told CNN. The donation also includes funding for legal fees for Arbery and Taylor's families. It also helps black-owned businesses in crisis in West's native Chicago and other cities. West's representative mentioned that he established a 529 education plan, which will fully cover college tuition for Gianna Floyd, George Floyd's six-year-old daughter. West's donations to support black lives comes at a time when several celebrities from the industry are protesting to put an end to racism and police brutality.
According to TMZ, Kanye West also participated in the ongoing protests in Chicago. The Weeknd also donated a generous amount to organizations in support of the protests, reports USA Today. He shared the screenshot of his donation with his fans, urging them to do the same. He shared: keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives. Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it's a small amount. #blacklivesmatter. The singer's donations amounted to a total of $500,000, and he split them between National Bail Out, Black Lives Matter, and Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp.
Stephanie Beatriz of Brooklyn Nine-Nine took to Twitter to share that the cast and crew from the series are also doing what they can to help out. She wrote that they donated money because they "condemn the murder of George Floyd" and want to "support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally," and started off with a $10,000 pledge to the National Bail Fund Network as she was inspired by actor Griffin Newman's donation for benefiting from "playing a cop" on TV. "If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop," she tweeted, "I'll let you do the math." She then revealed that the cast and crew donated $100,000 in total.
I’m an actor who plays a detective on tv.— Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) June 2, 2020
If you currently play a cop?
If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop?
I’ll let you do the math. (Thanks @GriffLightning for leading the way). pic.twitter.com/Xxf3dU0urF
Kelly Clarkson shared a disturbing Twitter video of a confrontation between Kansas City police officers and protesters. "Just curious.... where are all the 'free speechers' on this?" Clarkson captioned the video, which shows officers seizing a peaceful black protester. "You know, the ones that constantly defend the first amendment but only use this defense when it serves their purpose? I’ll wait....' " Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds also announced that they've donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. "We're ashamed that in the past we've allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is," they wrote in their announcement.
The couple added that they're committed to raising their children to not inflict pain on others either "consciously or unconsciously." "We've been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us," they wrote. "We want to educate ourselves about other people's experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it... especially our own complicity." Chrissy Teigen originally donated $100,000 to bail out protesters, but after receiving a lot of hate comments, she doubled her donations! "They may need more money then. Make it $200,000," Teigen tweeted Saturday. "I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity," she wrote on Instagram.
In celebration of whatever the fuck maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country.— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000 https://t.co/axuJnazJkU— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
"If you don’t know what else to do, every little bit helps." Adele spoke out on her Instagram Monday, saying "protests and marches are happening all over the globe simultaneously and only gaining momentum. So be righteously angered but be focused!" "Keep listening, keep asking and keep learning!" wrote the British musician. "It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked, or manipulated right now. This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality. And this isn’t only about America! Racism is alive and well everywhere."