Travis Scott's new project is slammed by AstroWorld victim's family
Los Angeles, California - Travis Scott has announced his latest initiative, Project Heal, four months after the AstroWorld tragedy, but it has been reportedly slammed by one of the victim's family members.
On Tuesday, the rapper announced a new series of community-focused philanthropy efforts, which will include an event safety task force, for his newest project.
Project HEAL's creation comes four months after the horrific crowd surge at his annual Houston music festival that claimed the lives of ten attendees. Scott suffered major fallout from the incident, and is involved in hundreds of lawsuits and an investigation that are still pending.
Scott shared the news of his new venture via Instagram on Wednesday, where he wrote in a lengthy post that he's taken the last few months to "grieve, reflect and do my part to heal my community."
"Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change. This will be a lifelong journey for me and my family," the Sicko Mode artist shared in the caption.
"My team and I created Project HEAL to take much-needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever," he added.
The project is a four-tiered initiative with several parts, including $1 million in scholarships for students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and mental health services for young people of color.
Yet the hip-hop star's efforts were not so well-received by some families of the AstroWorld victims.
Scott's newest venture receives backlash from victim's family
On Friday, TMZ reported that the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who tragically passed away after the deadly event, are accusing Scott of solely trying to clean up his image.
Blount's family is just one of thousands who are suing Scott - who's real name is Jacques Berman Webster II - over the mass casualty incident.
Per the outlet, the parents of the late pre-teen filed a gag order, that was put in place last month, to block Scott from making announcements that could potentially sway jurors during the upcoming trial.
Blount's parents want the judge to amend the gag order, as Ezra's father Treston calls Project HEAL a "highly sophisticated marketing campaign" that may sway jurors' perception of Scott.
The 30-year-old performer received immense backlash for continuing to perform at AstroWorld while the crowd surge was taking place during his set. Scott has maintained he was unaware of what was happening.
Before this latest announcement, Scott had been keeping a low profile, and secretly welcomed his second child, a baby boy named Wolf Webster, with his partner Kylie Jenner.
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