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The non-profit organization that Kanye West founded in honor of his late mother, Donda’s House, Inc., has announced that it will undergo major restructuring, effective immediately. Just a day after Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian went on a Twitter tirade against Donda’s House co-founder Rhymefest, the organization has decided to discard the name of the organization…

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The American Black Film Festival is celebrating its 20th year of existence. This year, the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and television enthusiasts will meet in Miami, Florida, June 15-19. The kickoff to these festivities took place at The Godfrey in Chicago recently.  Hundreds of Black actors, actresses, directors, producers and writers were present and…

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Over five million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are unemployed in the United States. There are 3.5 million jobs in the US that don’t require a four-year degree. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative looks to bridge this gap by matching the youth with these companies, creating gainful employment. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative was launched…

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On the anniversary of her birthday, Dr. Donda West continues to affect the world in a positive way through the organization that was named for her. Donda’s House Inc., Creative Cypher and Blue 1647 recently screened a short film, The Cycle, directed by Michael Marantz, produced by Already Alive and executive produced by Sway of…

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When Kanye West co-founded the organization Donda’s House, his intention was to honor his later mother, Dr. Donda West, and give back to his hometown of Chicago in a big way. With his latest donation of $133,000, the rapper known as “World Wide West” continues to make good on his intention. West used monies earned from…

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Awarding-winning Chicago rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith made a big splash over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival with the premiere of his documentary, In My Father’s House. The stirring film takes a close look at the Grammy-winning rapper’s efforts to re-establish a relationship with his estranged father, Brian Tillman. Over the course of a year, Rhymefest purchases…

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G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Big Sean and his charity, The Sean Anderson Foundation, recently stopped in Chicago to take part in the “Behind the Mic” lecture series presented by Donda’s House and The Chicago Track. Hosted by Grammy Award-winning rapper Rhymefest, and Young Chicago Authors artistic director and Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, the night…

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A few of Chicago’s most known and beloved celebrities have banded together in a new promotional video in hopes of encouraging President Barack Obama to “bring it on home” and select the city’s South Side to house the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, media personality Val Warner, and hip-hop artist Rhymefest are just…

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If you’ve been following the growing #blacklivesmatter protest movement over the last couple of months, you may have noticed that the publicly celebrated (and often ridiculed) civil rights era leaders (ie. Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton) have been getting the extreme cold shoulder from at least a few of the millennial generation leadership that’s on the…

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Yesterday (Sept. 21) the city of Chicago got a treat as native son Common, in conjunction with the Common Ground Foundation, and Kanye West’s Donda’s House Inc., launched the inaugural AAHH! Fest in Union Park on the city’s near West Side. The day long event kicked off with a community showcase that featured young talent…

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  Hip-Hop is once again doing something good in the ‘hood. This past Wednesday (April 9) hip-hop artist, actor and philanthropist, Common held a press conference to announce his foundation’s alliance with Donda’s House Inc., and the Chicago Urban league to create a jobs initiative program and music festival created specifically for the youth of…

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On March 19, Lexus brought its live Verses and Flow event to Chicago with much fanfare. Held at the decadent Chicago Illuminating Company in the South Loop neighborhood, much like the popular TV One series, the night featured thought-provoking spoken word and captivating live music. DJ Vince Adams was on the ones and twos to…

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