KANYE WEST DONATES $2 MILLION TO VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE
UNDATED (AP) — Kanye West has donated $2 million to support the families and legal teams for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
A representative for the rapper confirms some of the money donated would cover college tuition costs for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. Floyd died last month after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for air.
Donations were also made to the legal teams of Arbery, who was gunned down while jogging in Georgia in February, and Taylor, who was killed in her home in Louisville in March. Friday would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday.
West marched with protesters in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday night.
BEYONCE ADDRESSES ONLINE COMMENCEMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé delivered a stirring 10-minute speech to graduates at an online commencement held this past Saturday. She spoke about the recent protests against racism and police brutality — and shared her secrets to success and the importance of ownership.
“You are achieving things your parents and grandparents never could imagine for themselves,” she said. “You are the answer to a generation of prayers.”
Beyoncé advised graduates to believe in themselves as she did when starting her own company a decade ago. She said doing that was challenging in an entertainment business that is still “very sexist” and “male-dominated.” The singer also said the protests have already made an impact.
“Look what you’ve been able to do in the last 14 days,” she said. “We’ve seen the power of the collective. We’ve seen what happens when we join for the same cause. Please, continue to be the voice for the voiceless.”
LADY GAGA RE-RECORDS REMARKS FOR VIRTUAL GRADUATION
UNDATED (AP) — Lady Gaga had prepared remarks for this past weekend’s online graduation. But she made a late change to keep her comments current. Her first one touched on the effect COVID-19 had on this year’s graduating class. But Gaga changed things up to speak on George Floyd’s death, the Black Lives Matter movement and recent demonstrations against racism and inequality. She told students who saw their in-person graduations scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic that while “there is much to be sad about, there is also much to be celebrated.” She said this year’s graduates are part of what she called “a pivotal movement” in this world.