Sharing Our Truth: Statement About Kanye West & Donda’s House Inc.

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Sharing Our Truth: Statement About Kanye West & Donda’s House Inc.

Statement Regarding Kanye West & Donda’s House Inc. 

In December of 2011, Rhymefest, Donnie Smith and Kanye West came up with the idea to create Donda’s House Inc., a foundation to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Donda West by supporting Chicago’s young creatives. Kanye became one of our Founding Board Members, with Donnie Smith serving as the Executive Director and Rhymefest serving as the Creative Director. We decided to name the organization Donda’s House because of the impact that Dr. Donda West had on our Creative Director Rhymefest, her students at Chicago State University and the larger Chicago Community. It took us 2 years to determine what type of programming we’d do, where we could best serve and to explore the appropriate partnerships.

Within that time frame, Kanye supported the organization by designing the logo with his creative team, paying for legal support as we filed for exemption status and eventually through the Louis Vuitton Foundation, secured our largest donation to date of $133,000. In the last 5 years we have supported over 500 youth through our programs including “Got Bars” for young rappers and vocalists, our “Behind The Mic” program which has been supported by the physical presence of No ID, Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T. and others, and more.

Over the last few months due to Kanye’s statements and tweets, we have fielded requests for interviews and statements. We have been tagged in comments on social media about Kanye West, and we have been questioned by our foundational supporters and corporate supporters about Kanye’s public involvement in our organization. While we cannot and do not speak for Kanye West and his views, we can and will speak up for the youth that we serve. We ask that those who feel hurt, angered by or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us.

We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you not forget that we are a non-profit organization that like other non-profits needs donations, corporate support and volunteers. We do not want your rejection of Kanye West, to be a rejection of Dr. Donda West and the thousands of lives she impacted including her own son. As we prepare to launch our summer programming, we have been bombarded with inquiries about Kanye West. As we seek support to convert Kanye’s childhood home into a recording studio, museum and learning space – we have been unable to secure the financial support of Kanye despite multiple attempts, and despite those early conversations about his plan of support and advocacy for the youth in our programs.

Dr. Donda West’s motto and our motto at Donda’s House is “share your truth,” so today, we are electing to do just that. If you would like to support Donda’s House and our mission of providing access to the arts you can make a contribution here. If you would like to volunteer, our next volunteer meeting is Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at  Dyett High School for the Arts, click here to RSVP. If you would like to offer words of encouragement or support, to our students, volunteers and/or staff you can contact us via e-mail at hello@dondashouseinc.org. In solidarity, we ask that you use the hashtag #supportdondashouse, and link to our website and social media. The youth are watching, and we want them to know that despite whatever their favorite celebrities are doing, or not doing, we are here for them and we will continue to serve and uplift them.

Watch this video to learn more about our work here,

We were featured in a Facebook Stories documentary here.

You can learn more via this interview with our Executive Director here.

And you can watch more testimonials, watch clips from our events and programs and more on our YouTube Channel here.

Please subscribe to our mailing list here.

Thank you for your time and for allowing us to share.

 

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