Steven Victor, the longtime manager of Pusha T, has pledged $1 million to combat racial injustice.
With the donation, the senior vice president of A&R at Universal Music Group is also launching his Victor Victor Foundation. He detailed the reasoning for his choice of cause in a statement to Variety on Tuesday (June 9).
“The injustices against the black community that persists in our country, fueled by systemic racism and prejudice that lies within the criminal justice system and other institutions, must stop,” Victor said. “No one should be conditioned to cope with the worst of humanity on a daily basis. That’s not what I want for my children or yours. I remain hopeful for the next generation and I am committed to doing my part.”
The veteran music executive went on to explain VVF will be a division of his management company, Victor Victor Worldwide.
“Today, I announce the Victor Victor Foundation (VVF), the philanthropic division of my company, Victor Victor Worldwide, to continue the fight to effect systematic change, to support economic empowerment for our next generation and to aid in the needs of our community,” he stated. “For me, mentorship from leaders in this industry has had an immeasurable impact on my career, but access has been hard won.
He added, “I want to empower the next generation of children of color and give them access to opportunities in business. And more importantly, the know how to exploit and grow those opportunities.”
Along with the $1 million, Victor donated $25,000 to the Fund for Public Schools “to provide aid to students in Brooklyn to support their education and growth.” He’s made plans to go to both his hometown of Brooklyn and his wife’s hometown of Flint, Michigan to give out groceries as well.