Kanye West is stepping up to help the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery families, three of the unarmed Black Americans whose killings have sparked outrage across the world. TMZ estimates that West has given the three families $2 million, including setting up a college fund for Floyd's 6-year-old daughter Gianna. West also made a separate contribution for Taylor's legal bills (shot dead by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, house), and Arbery (shot dead by white men while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia). In addition, a TMZ rep said Westhad donated to black-owned businesses across the country, including his hometown of Chicago. West's donations, a newly declared billionaire, come after fans and musicians have criticized major labels and streaming services for their lack of public donations to causes of racial justice and anti-racist activism engagement. On June 3, Warner Music Group set up a $100 million fund for anti-racism causes, without specifying the organizations to which the label would give. West follows boxer Floyd Mayweather, who previously donated to the Floyd family to cover funeral services.
Not only did Kanye West open his bag, he walked the walk too. The Shade Room posted pictures of West wearing a face mask protesting in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday evening. West, without his wife Kim Kardashian West or any of their four children, appeared to attend the protest alone.
West is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold more than 140 million albums worldwide. He has won 21 Grammy Awards in total, making him one of the most prestigious artists of all time. His other awards are the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best Foreign Male Solo Artist. Three of his albums were included on the Rolling Stone 2012 update of All Time's 500 Greatest Albums list, and the same publication named him one of All Time's 100 Greatest Songwriters. West is the tied-holder with four for most albums that top the annual Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2005 and 2015 Time magazine called him one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Let's see how Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Boris Bidjan Saberi and Victoria Beckham are going to act in the current settings. Waiting for their reaction.