Rapper Travis Scott, whose Astroworld concert in his hometown on November 5 in Houston caused a crushing crowd that killed 10 concertgoers and injured hundreds more, has been trying to exculpate himself since the tragedy. . Kind of.
The hip-hop entertainer was accused of ‘inciting the crowd’ during the November show, as frantic fans raged through a crowd where 10 people died, including a 9-year-old child. Scott was also criticized for continuing to perform for 37 minutes after the first audience member was injured, even as paramedics and ambulances fought their way through the crowd.
On November 6, the day after the concert, he posted a statement on Twitter saying, “Houston PD has my full support as they continue to investigate the tragic loss of life” and writing, “I am absolutely devastated by this that took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and to all those affected by what happened at the Astroworld Festival.
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021
Scott has since been sued, with event promoter Live Nation, by the families of the victims, and in 400 separate lawsuits filed by injured spectators. The hundreds of lawsuits will advance as one in a Texas court. They represent 2,800 people and are claiming billions in damages.
Travis maintained that he was “unaware” of the events until after the show. In the process, he offered to pay the funeral expenses of the victims, an offer which was rejected by at least half of the families.
Scott was also criticized more recently for “liking” a post by Kanye West (who is Kim Kardashian’s future ex-husband, sister of Scott’s partner Kylie Jenner) in which West asked singer Billie Eilish to apologize to Scott for what West perceived as an affront to Scott when Eilish stopped a gig to help out a fan and said, “I’m waiting for people to be okay before I continue.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Scott’s team announced Project Heal, a “multi-level, long-term series of community-focused philanthropy and investment efforts.”
Applications are now open for the total of $1 million in scholarships for 100 black students in their senior year at a historically black college. In order to qualify for the $10,000, prospective graduates must be “financially challenged” and have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The second part of the initiative focuses on mental health services and includes “seven figures in digital counseling and helpline funding pledges”, according to the statement. “Scott will provide free programs with licensed professional counselors and social workers.”
The third part of the project, in collaboration with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation, is a “seven-figure expansion of TXRX Labs’ CACT.US Youth Design Center in Houston, a nonprofit creative space for young artists, designers, technology innovators, including free studio space, workspace, tool spaces, job and apprenticeship training, youth education and events,” the statement read.
And finally, the project “will address security challenges for large-scale live events by funding the United States Conference of Mayors Task Force on Event Security and a technology-focused device currently in development” , according to the press release.
The Waymon Webster Scholarship Fund is named after Scott’s grandfather, who taught at Prairie View A&M University.
“My grandfather was an educator who made a difference in thousands of young lives throughout his life,” Scott said in the statement. and whose future he made great. It is in his spirit that we create projects and programs that will look to the future of our communities and create hope and excellence in as many lives as possible.