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Kim Kardashian Twitter feud prompts nonprofit to change its name

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Tess Cagle


Published May 28, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:50 pm CDT

Chicago-based charity Donda’s House plans to change its name after Kim Kardashian got into a fight on Twitter with its co-founder, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, about whether Kanye West has “abandoned” Chicago.

The charity was co-founded by West and named after his late mother, Donda West, who opened up a recording studio in her own home to nurture and support young artists, according to its website.

The non-profit provides access and education from leading experts in the entertainment industry to Chicago’s creative youth and young adults ages 14 to 24; curates music festivals, artist lectures and workshops to provide showcasing opportunities for artists; and provides professional development for creatives to enhance skills and help them “close the gap between their reality and their dreams.”

The feud began after Drake invoiced G.O.O.D. Music Records (West’s record label) for $100,000 in the midst of a diss track exchange between himself and Pusha T, who negatively references Drake in a song in the album he released on Friday. Drake told Pusha T in his own diss track, “Tell ’Ye we got an invoice comin’ to you/ Considering we just sold another 20 for you.”

Rhymefest used this moment on Saturday as an opportunity to call out West for his alleged lack of support for his own charity and asked Drake to send him the $100,000 to help rebuild West’s mother’s house.

@Drake when G.O.O.D. Music sends the money they owe you, will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mothers house for the youth of Chicago,” he tweeted. “I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was “fuck the youth of Chicago.”

Kardashian did not take kindly to seeing her husband’s name tarnished online and attacked Rhymefest in a series of tweets. She said she would make it her mission to take the Donda’s House from Rhymefest and let her children run the organization.

I saw you at our studio a few weeks ago so why didn’t you bring this up then @RHYMEFEST ? You were trying to get Kanye to listen to your sub par beats,” she tweeted. “You have the audacity to use Kanye’s mom name to try to shed a negative light on Kanye.”

Kardashian’s statements online caused the charity to tweet out its own statement and announce it would be changing its name.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision but the social media quotes from Kim Kardashian West, as well as the expressed interest of her family running the organization, has brought us to this decision,” the statement said. “Over the last five years we have put our students and our community first…We encourage Kim and Kanye to indeed pick up the baton of service.”

Rhymefest also put out his own statement in response to Kardashian and explained that he was in the studio with West because West requested his help. He said when he approached West about the state of the charity, West was more interested in discussing his own record.

“At this point, if you and Kanye want us to dissolve the organization so that you can do the work, we welcome that,” he wrote. “As we will continue from our home on the South Side of Chicago, to do what we can to support the community we’ve worked five years to build in spite of you and Kanye’s lack of interest or support.”

Not one to miss an opportunity to have the last word, Kardashian responded to the statement to explain this history of Donda’s House.

“I have and will always applaud any efforts to give back to the community,” she tweeted. “To fight for justice and to help uplift the youth. But I will never tolerate someone who was close to Kanye who attempts to use his late mother’s name to publicly shame him while pretending to do good.”

West himself has not yet commented on the situation.

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*First Published: May 28, 2018, 10:49 am CDT