Chicago-based nonprofit Donda’s Home issued a press release Friday distancing itself from co-founder Kanye West after a controversial collection of statements from the rapper pledging his help to President Donald Trump.
“Whereas we can’t and don’t communicate for Kanye West and his views, we are able to and can communicate up for the youth that we serve,” Donda’s Home stated in a assertion. “We ask that those that really feel harm, angered by or annoyed with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their help, respect and advocacy for us.”
The group was co-founded in 2011 by West, former Chicago Public Colleges trainer Donnie Smith and rapper Rhymefest, whose actual identify is Che Smith. It was named in honor of West’s late mom and former Chicago State College professor Donda West, aiming to help aspiring younger musicians within the metropolis.
The inspiration is now asking the general public to chorus from associating Donda’s Home with the actions and statements of its namesake’s son.
“We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you just not neglect that we’re a non-profit group that like different non-profits wants donations, company help and volunteers,” the assertion stated. “We don’t need your rejection of Kanye West, to be a rejection of Dr. Donda West and the 1000’s of lives she impacted together with her personal son.”
Donda’s Home is presently making an attempt to transform West’s childhood dwelling right into a recording studio, museum and studying area. Nevertheless, the muse hasn’t acquired any monetary help from West regardless of repeatedly making an attempt to succeed in out to him, the muse says.
On Saturday, Smith despatched a pair of tweets to Canadian rapper Drake asking him to “assist the a part of Chicago Kanye has Deserted.” Drake launched a track the day prior to this claiming that West’s document label owed him $100,000.
Smith — an award-winning songwriter who was narrowly defeated by incumbent Willie Cochran in a 2011 runoff for 20th Ward alderman — proposed that he use the cash to renovate West’s childhood dwelling.
“I spoke to Kanye about it,” Smith tweeted to Drake. “His response was ‘f— the youth of Chicago.’ ”