Recently Rhymefest, the Creative Director of Donda’s House, which serves as an arts instruction institution, announced he purchased Kanye West’s childhood home. Why is this significant? Well, Donda’s House is named in honor of the late Dr. Donda West, Kayne’s mother.
???#Repost from @rhymefest: I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator. It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museum. We want to show bright spots in communities that have been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated. Please click the link in my bio & Donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth. #givingtuesdays #DondasHouse #ILGive
Donda’s House, Inc. was designed to provide access to premium arts instruction to youth. Arts and music programs are routinely the first casualty in schools facing budget crises, specifically institutions in at-risk communities that directly benefit from access to safe environments and developmental opportunities.
“Got Bars” was created by Chicago rappers Rhymefest and Kanye West, to simulate the creative environment of the late 90s that offered open-mics, rap battles and other creative outlets for budding artists. That collaborative environment ushered in a new era of nonviolent and socially conscious music. Dr. Donda West provided the necessary recording equipment in her home and is remembered for asking “is that your truth?” to the young artists who frequently visited.
Dr. Donda West will be remembered as the mother of Kanye Omari West, but she stands on her own merit as doctor of education, professor of English, curriculum designer, entertainment manager, and world traveler who inspired her students to fulfill their potential and inspired her son to be a fearless star.