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Charity Formerly Named After Kanye West’s Mother Announces New Name

June 6, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The charity formerly named after Kanye West’s mother has chosen its new name and explained why it decided to rebrand. The organization, which works to improve access and education from leading experts in the arts, culture & entertainment industry to Chicago’s creative youth, announced via press release that it will now be known as Art of Culture, Inc. It was previously known as Donda’s House, but it dropped the name in the wake of Kim Kardashian taking shots at the organization on Twitter due to claims by Rhymefest that West had lost interest in supporting the grouo.

The organization was founded by Kanye West, Rhymefest and Donnie Smith, with West becoming a founding board member, Smith serving as Executive Director and Rhymefest acting as Creative Director. However, the charity said in the press release that “Over the last few months, due to Mr. West’s controversial public political statements, the organization received communications of concern from sponsors, foundations and supporters.” As such, they decided to rebrand away from West’s public persona “both to avoid confusion and honor the stated wishes of the West family.”

Donnie Smith, Executive Director, said, “We will always respect the memory and example set by Dr. Donda West. We revere her work and were fortunate to have been taught by her. As we continue our work, we hope that this name change will represent an evolution of the organization and will result in more service and greater impact.”

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