Rhymefest Bought Kanye West's Childhood Home To Turn It Into Arts Center
In a post made to Instagram, Rhymefest (born Che Smith), the Chicago activist and rapper announced the purchase of Kanye West's childhood home with plans of turning it into an arts incubator and community center. The home is located in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. Rhymefest holds the position of creative director of Donda's House, a youth arts organization based in Chicago which was named after West's late mother Dr. Donda West. Kanye was recently hospitalized and is under observation following a welfare call. In the post made to Instagram, Rhymefest wrote:
"I'm excited to announce the purchase of Kanye's childhood home as a community Arts incubator. It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museam. We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated. Please click the link in my bio & Donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth."
A statement regarding the organization's mission with the purchase of the house reads:
"In order to deepen the organization’s impact, Donda’s House has acquired a home facility that will provide a permanent location for all of the Donda’s House family to gather, offer programming, and grow. Donda’s House envisions this facility as not only a homegrown hub of economic activity for the southside but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts. Donda’s House selected this location in particular, because it is the former home of the organization’s namesake Dr. Donda West, who at one time provided similar services and support to incubate young artists. Donda’s House is committed to the success of Chicago’s young creatives and this property will help these young people flourish."
If you want to donate to the organization head here.