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Kanye West Donates $133,000 to Chicago Based Non-Profit Donda’s House

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Acclaimed musician Kanye West donated a portion of his proceeds from his recent Louis Vuitton Foundation concert series to the Chicago community organization named in honor of his late mother, Dr. Donda West. The donation of $133,000 is a record for Donda’s House, whose mission is to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform the lives of youth.

Donnie Smith, the Executive Director of Donda’s House, expressed her gratitude saying, “Kanye’s generosity is greatly appreciated and will improve our capacity with new staff as we deliver the high-quality arts programming that our participants deserve.”

An iconic musician, Mr. West is also noted for his design work in the fashion industry, including his relationship with the Louis Vuitton Fashion House and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. To close Paris Fashion Week, Mr. West performed four stunning concerts on March 7-10, 2015 on the outskirts of Paris in the Bois de Boulogne and quickly announced his donation to Donda’s House.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith, the Creative Director of Donda’s House & longtime friend & collaborator of Mr. West said, “I really cannot thank Kanye enough for this incredible contribution. His leadership has enabled Donda’s House to grow quickly and impact the lives of over 160 of Chicago’s young people already in our short history. This is a great honor and a true tribute to his mother’s legacy, who did so much for young artists.”

For more Info on Donda’s House and how to get involved/volunteer visit.

http://www.dondashouseinc.org/

Chance The Rapper Helps Raise $100,00 for Chicago Schools

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Chicago bred emcee and lead man for Social Experiment collective teamed up with Get Schooled To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognize the hard work of more than 3,000 students in the Get Schooled Get Connected Challenge, who partnered with Internet Essentials by Comcast, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago City of Learning, and several other community-based organizations.

Internet Essentials by Comcast (www.internetessentials.com) aims to bring the power of the Internet to students and families across the country for $9.95 per month.  They have teamed with Get Schooled (www.getschooled.com) and many of today’s Hip Hop stars to make this opportunity a reality.

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Common & Kanye West Partner to Create Jobs for Chicago Youth

In April, Black Youth Project reported that Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Kanye’s Donda’s House teamed up with the Chicago Urban League to create more than 20,000 jobs for teens in Chicago.

Common stated at a press conference, “Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this?’ And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”

This partnership will result in the launch of the AAHH! FEST, according to FUSE, that will take place this year in Chicago on September 20-21.

Looks like these two Chicagoans have not forgotten where they’ve come from and are doing their part to empower and inspire teens in Chicago.

Joakim Noah & Chicago Center Focus On #PEACE

Chicago Bulls center, Joakim Noah #13 has a goal and mission of his own. March 2014, Joakim’s, Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF), hosted a Peace Tournament in Chicago. Joakim teamed up with family, fellow teammates, community leaders and religious counsel to help rebound Chicago streets of gang activity, violence, and poverty. Chicago city’s West and South sides united for a one day basketball tournament to promote peace. Joakim and friends came together to coach the successful event. Following the Peace Tournament, a discussion among the participants involved a lesson on the accomplishment of the event and revelation of each players concerns for their community. Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF), works to develop a strong sense of self in all children via art and sports programs. Co-Founder of NAF and mother of Joakim, Cecilia Rodhe heads the art program, “Expressions From The Inside”. The children create artwork that help to express feelings and create original designs. Joakim heads the sports program portion of NAF, helping coach and mentor basketball games. Through these games children learn life lessons in discipline and teamwork. Click Here For Official Video

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 Minaj  took time out of her busy schedules to give back to the nation’s educational system at two different high schools. Nicki Minaj joined The Get Schooled Foundation and surprised students at Collins Academy In Chicago. Nicki Minaj acted as the “Principal for the Day” to the more than 400 eager students.  Then she presented three exemplary students with $10,000 college scholarships from Comcast.  And if that wasn’t a full day’s work, she also helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV’s Sway Callowayin an all-school assembly to celebrate the students’ and teachers’ accomplishments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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