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BREAK-OUT ARTIST, CYRILIA, WOWS CROWD AT GEORGE FLOYD FOUNDATION EVENT PROMOTING SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP, WITH DEBUT OF SONG “IM STILL HERE”


“I’M STILL HERE” WAS WRITTEN BY CYRILIA FOR THE GEORGE FLOYD FOUNDATION AS THE TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH APPROACHED, WITH PROCEEDS PLEDGED TO GFF

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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2022) – Nearly two years after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officers on May 22, the leadership of the George Floyd Foundation (GFF) gathered with community leaders, artists, and social and business innovators in Los Angeles for the first-ever “Breathe Brunch.” The event updated the community on the foundation’s progress and provided social justice awards to leaders promoting social equity and supporting at-risk communities.

GFF co-Founders and George Floyd’s cousins, Shareeduh Tate and Tera Brown, discussed the GFF’s programs and partnerships. Along with his team, Dr. Lance McCarthy, GFF Senior Economic Advisor, coordinated the “Breathe Brunch”, at a private estate in Bel-Air with many celebrities, influencers and legislators in attendance.

Break-out star and social justice advocate, Cyrilia, performed her original George Floyd tribute song, “I’m Still Here.” She wrote and performed the powerful ballad, receiving a standing ovation from a tear-filled crowd. View here: https://youtu.be/tQfOwZdO8Rg

When asked what this event and Cyrilia’s song means to the GFF, Tate and Brown noted, “This anniversary is bittersweet, of course, for the entire family for our loss of George, but we hope that continuing to speak about it and honor his life and desire for a real second chance will increase actions for social change.” Adding, “We are so grateful for Cyrilia’s song, “I’m Still Here,” to remind people of the pain the world felt over the injustice of the loss of George’s life and others like him. We hope it inspires action for more social change! Additionally, to our award honorees Dave Abel, Andre Norman and Keisha Nix, we thank you for your dedication to second chances and to social justice.”

Aventiv Technologies CEO, Dave Abel, and Academy of Hope’s Andre Norman jointly received an award for their work together using technology to reach incarcerated individuals and those reentering society.

Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation’s Keisha Nix was honored for her ongoing community outreach.

Background on this year’s social justice awardees:
Andre Norman, Founder, the Academy of Hope and Aventiv Technologies CEO Dave Abel. Aventiv and Academy of Hope, have worked together for two years to reach incarcerated individuals with meaningful content, furthering connection to loved ones, education, job training, and hope for ‘second chances.’ Andre Norman, reaches hundreds of thousands of Americans serving time through his “Second Acts” podcast on the Aventiv platform. Aventiv is working with GFF to create and distribute the Foundation’s content free of charge.
Kiesha Nix, Los Angeles Lakers Vice President of Charitable Affairs, will also be honored. Keisha has a long history of community outreach with an emphasis on assisting young minority women.

Separate from the awards, the “Breathe Brunch” also included an auction to expand GFF’s social justice programs, youth tech training, and job creation/entrepreneurship efforts. GFF garnered the support of three entrepreneurs to participate in a Mentor Dinner Auction. GFF will be auctioning off a private dinner with these leaders: Jay Bloom, successful entrepreneur who is currently purchasing the NBA expansion team in Las Vegas; Alki David, who owns 26 coca cola distributorships; and Keith McCarty, Co-Founder of cannabis delivery service, EAZE. Winners helped raise

ABOUT CYRILIA
Break-out songstress Cyrlia hails from Trinidad and Tobago and has recently burst on the music scene in America, signed with SwaggMedia and Craig Nobles. Whilst meeting and working with top producers, labels and A&R’s, Cyrilia was asked to participate in an event for The George Floyd Foundation and she wrote and sang her original song “I’m Still Here.” Cyrilia has pledged to have the proceeds from the song be donated to GFF.