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Ludacris Reflects on Attending George Floyd's Funeral: 'I Want to Hear and Learn' From His Family

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Ludacris Reflects on Attending George Floyd's Funeral: 'I Want to Hear and Learn' From His Family
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The rapper shares in a new interview that in attending the funeral of Floyd, who died from police brutality, he doesn’t only want to pay respect to Floyd, but also to ‘hear’ and ‘learn’ from his family.

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Ludacris is among the celebrities who atttended the funeral for George Floyd, who died after being suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer. In a new interview with E! News, the rapper shared the conversations he had with Floyd’s family and how much he’s motivated to “add some positivity and add some solutions.”

The rapper shared that “getting to know more about [Floyd] as a person, affected me a lot.” He added, “And I think the thing that really, really hit my heart was knowing that when he called out for his mother, that his mother had already passed away.”

“And what I heard Reverend Al [Sharpton] say was that might’ve been his mother saying, ‘Come to me.’ And when you start thinking about that, it’s just so many emotions running through your body,” he explained.

Ludacris also stated that in attending the funeral, he didn’t only want to pay respect to Floyd, but also to “hear” and “learn” from his family. “I wanted to continue to hear different perspectives about how we can fight this injustice that’s been going on,” he shared. “And I was actually able to do that.”

He noted that he was happy to see people making an effort to “money into a lot of the black communities that have been underserved for so long.” He explained, “I love that people are learning more about the history of this country and learning more about the history of slavery. I love that there are protests going on–peaceful protests going on in the world–and you’re seeing a lot more multi-cultural and multi-ethnicity individuals galvanizing and coming together. So, there are slow changes. But this is 401 years of oppression, so it’s going to take a lot more. But this is a great start.”

During the interview, Ludacris also talked about who Kid Nation, a project he co-founded with his business partner Sandy Sal, which is set to be launched in the fall. “I’m a parent myself, and you know, I think children are still impressionable and it’s hard having conversations with them about what’s going on today,” Ludacris shared. “And everybody’s looking for answers to all the negativity and things that are going on…especially for the new generation, which I feel we have to secure and try to enrich them as much as possible. So that’s why this is so passionate for me. And I think, what better way to do it than through song?”

Talking about young people, Ludacris went on to say, “They can teach us more than we can teach them right now, when you think about the purity, you think about the innocence, you think about the honesty and leading with love. I think love is always gonna be the answer. Love always trumps hate.”