The late George Floyd would have turned 48 years old on Thursday, and Erykah Badu remembered him as she invited his family to her concert in Minneapolis.
Five family members, including Floyd’s sister, aunt and uncle, joined the four-time Grammy winner backstage following her show at the Minneapolis Armory Wednesday night, according to HipHopDX.
“People of planet Earth, we’re about four minutes away from George Floyd’s birthday,” Erykah said in an Instagram Story video. “He would’ve been 48 years old and I’m here with his family now. It seems like we have a moment of peace right now and we know that your life was not in vain.”
“Thank you for your spirit and your sacrifice,” Erykah added, “so that we can move on the way that we should, be where we supposed to as a people.”
Floyd died May 25, 2020 in that city after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest. Chauvin was convicted of murder in April of this year and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Floyd’s death ignited Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Badu’s next show is Friday night in Minneapolis. Her tour continues through November 13 in Orlando.
— Riki P. (@itsrikip) October 14, 2021
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