Chicago charity Donda’s House will be changing its name to Art of Culture Inc. following a public dispute involving Kim Kardashian West and long-time Kanye West collaborator Rhymefest last month.
The arts charity, which Kanye West co-founded with the Chicago rapper Rhymefest (full name Che Smith) was originally named after Kanye West’s mother Donda West. In a new statement, they say that following Kanye West’s recent “public political statements” the organisation “will have a new name both to avoid confusion and honor the stated wishes of the West family.”
Last month Rhymefest accused Kanye West of abandoning his home city, claiming that when he asked for financial support, West responded by saying “fuck the youth of Chicago”. Kim Kardashian West later responded to his claims in a lengthy Twitter thread, saying “you have the audacity to use Kanye’s mom[‘s] name to try and shead [sic] a negative light on Kanye”.
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Donda’s House also issued a previous statement distancing themselves from Kanye West in light of recent tweets that express support for the US. president Donald Trump.
“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,” they said in a statement.
“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.”
According to the organisation’s official website, it “provides unprecedented access and education from leading experts in the arts, culture & entertainment industry to Chicago’s creative youth.”
A statement posted from Art of Culture Inc’s Twitter account added “We encourage Kim and Kanye to pick up the baton of service,”