STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — An Atlanta rapper and a former NBA player teamed up to throw George Floyd’s daughter a very special, very sparkly birthday party in Atlanta last week.
Gianna Floyd turned seven this month. Her father, George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis after an officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest earlier this year. His death sparked international outrage and led to weeks worth of protests against police brutality around the world.
This year was Gianna’s first birthday without her father.
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On Wednesday, Rapper Lil Baby and former NBA player Stephen Jackson, along with Atlanta restauranteurs Erika and William Platt, teamed up to throw Gianna a sparkling LOL Surprise-themed party at the Pink Hotel in Stone Mountain.
The party was a little girl’s dream, complete with manicures, hair-styling, baking, dress-up, a DJ, lots of pink and sparkles and of course, slime. Guests wore masks and attendance was limited to just a few of Gianna’s special friends.
A few of Gianna’s very famous friends also stopped by: Along with Jackson and Lil Baby, Shaquille O’Neal made an appearance.
The event was meant to raise funds to support other child victims of gun violence.
“The death of George Floyd has forever impacted the world in a way that left many enraged and traumatized. However, no one has felt this deep loss more than Floyd’s family, in particular his six-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd,” a spokesperson said. “Gianna lost not only her father and support system but also her best friend.”
Jackson was a friend of George Floyd’s and has “become Gianna’s father figure,” according to a spokesperson for his foundation, “Love to all who have love for all.” The foundation supports children who have experienced the loss of a parent.
“During the holidays and on occasions like birthdays, the loss that kids suffer is magnified and the process of grief is unimaginably difficult. We want to offset those moments of pain with happiness especially for Birthdays and Holidays.”
You can donate to the foundation HERE.
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