Family and friends, politicians, celebrities civil rights activists gathered to lay George Floyd to rest in his hometown of Houston on Tuesday.
Gospel and poignant tributes capped the long farewell to the 46-year-old African American whose death ignited global protests against police brutality and racism.
Many of the guests joined in sharing memories of the man they called a “gentle giant” before his golden casket was to be conveyed by horse-drawn carriage to his final resting place by his mother’s grave.
George Floyd- the final farewell
Though it was a solemn occasion, The Fountain of Praise Church in southern Houston was filled with joyous music and words of fond remembrance for a kind and gifted man, whose savage death galvanized a worldwide movement.
George Floyd changed the world. And we are going to make the world know that he made a difference,” Al Green, the local US congressman, told the congregation.
Rodney Floyd puts his arm around his brother Philonise Floyd
Rev Al Sharpton at the funeral for George Floyd
Actor Channing Tatum, back row, left and Jammie Fox
“We have a responsibility to each one of them to make sure that we do not walk away today after having celebrated his life and not taking the next step… to assure the future generations that this won’t happen again,” he added.
Floyd died on May 25 as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee into his neck for almost nine minutes, his pleas of “I can’t breathe” becoming a rallying cry for protesters.
His death has come to embody fractured relations between communities of colour and police in the US and beyond as tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets.
The Fountain of Praise was the final stage in a series of ceremonies paying tribute to Floyd before he is buried.
In a day that capped more than two weeks of tension around the country, the theme inside the building was one of peace and hope as family members and friends took to the podium to share their grief, with civil rights leader the Reverend Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.
Flowers were piled high outside the entrance to the church, attended by part of his family, before a portrait of Floyd whose open casket was visited by more than 6,000 well-wishers on Monday.
Some 500 guests — all masked due the coronavirus pandemic — filled the church, including actors Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, as well as boxing champion Floyd Mayweather who reportedly paid all expenses.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has visited the family, offered words of condolence to Floyd’s children in a video message urging them to “change the world for the better” in their father’s name.
“Today now is the time, the purpose, the season to listen and heal,” said Biden, who suffered his own tragedy with the deaths of a wife and two children.
“Now is time for racial justice… Because when there’s justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
The funeral comes after the Minneapolis authorities pledged to dismantle and rebuild the police department in the city where Floyd died during an arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old white officer who was filmed pressing his knee on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck, faces up to 40 years if convicted on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Floyd was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Houston’s predominantly African American Third Ward where he was remembered as a towering high school athlete and good-natured friend.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets for two weeks of the most sweeping US protests for racial justice since the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
The demonstrations have been marred by several nights of violence that focused attention at home and abroad on police brutality as numerous videos have emerged that allegedly show incidents of heavy-handed policing.
The Democrats have introduced legislation in both chambers of Congress, that they hope will make it easier to prosecute officers for abuse, and rethink how they are recruited and trained.
Some US cities have already begun to embrace reforms — starting with bans on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.
But it is unclear what support the reform bill might find in the Republican-controlled Senate — or whether President Donald Trump would sign such legislation into law.
Watch The Stunning Visuals for Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl featuring Wizkid
The visuals to Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl is finally here and it’s definitely worth the year long wait!
It’s been one whole year since Queen Bey blessed our playlists with “The Lion King: The Gift” album which featured a handful of African artistes including our favorite Nigerian artistes. Shortly after the release of the album, word got out that the music video for fan-favourite, ‘Brown Skin Girl‘, which features Wizkid and Saint JHN was in the works.
Fast forward to July 31st, 2020 the long awaited and much needed video is finally here. Earlier on, Beyonce had teased the video for ‘Brown Skin Girl’, just in time for the release of her visual album ‘Black Is King’ which is currently streaming on Disney+.
“Black Is King” is based on the music of “The Lion King: The Gift,” Beyonce’s album inspired by Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King,” which featured the singer as the voice of Nala. One of the most highly-anticipated releases of the summer, “Black Is King” arrives just over a year after “The Lion King” premiered in theaters.
The video which features iconic black women including Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyongo’o, Adut Akech and a host of others, celebrates women of color from all walks of life.
The quality of the video and the deep representation has garnered positive reactions from Beyonce and Wizkid fans alike, on social media.
Read what people have to say about Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl video featuring Wizkid and Saint JHN;
Watch the video below:
Stream Maleek Berry’s New Project, “Isolation Room”
UK-based Nigerian producer cum singer, Maleek Berry comes through with a brand new project titled “Isolation Room.”
According to the singer, the 7-track project is a collection of songs and not an EP as suggested by a fan on Twitter.
The collection has only one feature, Tiwa Savage on track 3 titled Balance.
“Isolation Room” comes after a hiatus from the music scene. His last project titled “Last Daze of Winter” dropped in 2018, a follow up to his debut body of work titled “Last Daze of Summer,” which dropped the same year.
“Disney owe me $100M !!” — Wizkid
In a recent tweet, Starboy Worldwide executive, Wizkid, announced that Disney owes him one hundred million dollars.
Not exactly sure why Disney owes the Nigerian superstar but fans are talking and it could be tied to his feature on Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl”.
Meanwhile, the American star Beyonce, has released music video for the much anticipated single, Brown Skin Girl.
Good day to wake up! Disney owe me $100M !! 😎
— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) July 31, 2020
REACTIONS FROM FANS
It has become a cause for concern why Wizkid is yet to release his highly anticipated album “Made in Lagos”.
While fans eagerly wait, fans have reacted to his recent tweet. While some have called Wizkid’s bluff, others are seeking ways to help the singer cash out.
See some reactions below.
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