Lil Baby made sure George Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter Gianna had the best birthday celebration possible by sponsoring her party with the help of Atlanta restaurant owners Ericka and William Platt and NBA star Stephen Jackson.
It’s the first birthday she’s spending without her father, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. His death sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests for racial justice.
The Platts planned the party along with Jackson, who was best friends with Floyd and is a father figure to Gianna. “I think I adopted another child, God put me into this position,” Jackson told Forbes. “I’m going to do the best that I can.”
So Jackson’s kids, along with the children of Lil Baby and Future, attended the socially distant L.O.L Surprise! dolls-themed birthday bash at Atlanta’s Pink Hotel on Wednesday night. Lil Baby sponsored the party, where the little girls enjoyed candy, manicures and pedicures and other sweet treats, according to his Instagram Story.
“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.
Lil Baby’s 2020 protest anthem “The Bigger Picture,” which he released in the wake of Floyd’s death, earned him two Grammy nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. It remains the Atlanta rapper’s highest-charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after it debuted at No. 3 in June. The music video captures Lil Baby and his entourage attending a George Floyd protest in his ATL hometown.