Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd, whose death sparked global protests against police brutality and racism, has received a generous offer from Texas Southern University (TSU). The Houston-based university announced on June 10, 2020, that it would provide a full scholarship for Gianna if she wishes to attend the school in the future.
TSU is a historically black university that was founded in 1927. It is located near the neighborhood where George Floyd grew up and graduated from high school. George Floyd was born in North Carolina but moved to Houston as a child. He later relocated to Minneapolis, where he died on May 25, 2020, after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The TSU Board of Regents said in a statement that the scholarship was a way to honor the memory of George Floyd and to ensure that his daughter has a secure future. “This Board is committed to education and understands that a college degree is one of many powerful steps toward a productive and successful life,” said Albert H. Myres, chair of the Board of Regents. “We know that this gesture cannot take the place of her dad’s loving presence, but we hope that it will contribute to easing her journey through life.”
Gianna has expressed her awareness of her father’s legacy and the impact he has made on the world. In a video posted by former NBA player Stephen Jackson, a close friend of George Floyd, Gianna smiled and said, “Daddy changed the world!” She also shared some of her happy memories with her father in an interview with CBS. “I remember when he used to take me outside … and then I used to get on his back and he used to carry me on his back all the time,” she said. “It was super fun.”
Gianna’s mother, Roxie Washington, has said that she wants people to know that George Floyd was a loving father who cared for his daughter. She also said that she hopes for justice for his death and for an end to racism and violence. “I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good,” she said.
TSU is not the only institution that has shown support for Gianna’s education. Kanye West has also set up a college fund for her, along with donating $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Several celebrities, such as Barbra Streisand and Tyler Perry, have also gifted Gianna with stocks and other financial assistance.
Also in the news, Sire Jackson, the 10-year-old son of rapper 50 Cent, has been recognized as the best student in his class, earning praise from his proud father and family. The young boy, who is also a model and entrepreneur, has shown great academic performance and enthusiasm for learning, according to his teachers and classmates.
Sire Jackson is the youngest son of Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, and model Daphne Joy. He was born in 2012 and has been in the spotlight since he was a baby, appearing in magazines and commercials. He also has his own clothing line, Sire by Kidpik, which he launched in 2019.
But Sire Jackson is not only interested in fashion and entertainment. He is also a dedicated student who loves to read, write and do math. He recently received a certificate of excellence from his school for being the best student in his grade. He also participated in a spelling bee and won the first place.
50 Cent, who is known for his successful music career and his involvement in various business ventures, expressed his joy and admiration for his son on social media. He posted a picture of Sire holding his certificate and wrote: “I’m so proud of my boy, he is the best student in his class. He is smart, talented and handsome like his daddy. I love you Sire, you are my inspiration.” Read more about Sire here.