Rapper Lil Baby gave a surprise birthday party for George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also donated 1,000 coats to the Winter Warm Giveaway in Birmingham, Alabama.
Lil Baby, born as Dominique Jones, teamed up with two local restaurant owners and Floyd’s close friend and former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, to celebrate Gianna’s 7th, birthday with a L.O.L.-themed birthday party at The Pink Hotel. According to Roxie Washington, Gianna’s mother, this is her daughter’s first time celebrating her birthday without her father, who died May 25, 2020.
“This is a very difficult time for my daughter, so we’re very grateful that our extended family is creating such a special experience for Gianna on her first birthday without her father,” Gianna’s mother, Roxie Washington, told Forbes.
Gianna thanked Lil Baby on Instagram.
“L.o.l Surprise Birthday Party 🥳 Thank you so much @lilbaby_1 for coming and help me celebrate my 7th Birthday,” the 7-year-old wrote on her Instagram page.
Following Floyd’s death Lil Baby released a protest anthem called “The Bigger Picture” to bring awareness to Black Lives Matter. He earned two Grammy nominations and $1.5 million. In November the “Whoa” rapper announced that he would donate some of the money he earned to a charity and he is living up to his word.
“I got 1.5 million dollars to donate off of ‘Bigger Picture.’ I want the money to go where it’s needed,” he tweeted at the time. “I don’t want to donate to just any organization, but I will be letting my fans [know] exactly [where] the money goes. Lawyers, bonds, playgrounds, jobs, youth activities, things that WE can really benefit off of.”
According to CBS42, the Atlanta rapper contributed to the city’s Winter Warm Wishes Coat Giveaway, by donating 1,000 coats to Alabama residents.
“I’m so excited that rapper Lil Baby has chosen to support Birmingham’s District 9 communities,” John Hilliard, a Birmingham City Councilor, said in a statement. “With COVID-19’s critical impact on our communities, I find it honorable that someone with his influence would provide such an essential resource to our residents.”
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.