The charity that Kanye West co-founded in honor of his late mother has revealed it will no longer use her name following tweets from Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian unleashed a slew of tweets directed at Rhymefest, the co-founder of Donda’s House, on Saturday night after he claimed West had abandoned the charity.
Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith, and West co-founded the nonprofit to help serve Chicago’s youth four years after Donda West died in November 2007.
But following statement from the organization distancing itself from West, Kardashian lashed out at Rhymefest.
The charity that Kanye West co-founded in honor of his late mother, Donda’s House, has revealed it will no longer use her name following tweets from Kim Kardashian
Kardashian unleashed a slew of tweets directed at Rhymefest, the co-founder of Donda’s House, on Saturday night after he claimed West had abandoned the charity
Kardashian even proclaimed that she would make it her ‘mission’ to take Donda’s House from him and ‘let my children run it the way it should be run’.
Following Kardashian’s tweets, the foundation revealed it would no longer use the name Donda’s House ‘effective immediately’.
‘This has been an incredibly difficult decision but the social media quotes from Kim Kardashian West, as well as the expressed intent of her family running the organization, has brought up to this decision,’ it wrote in a statement.
‘Over the last five years we have put our students and our community first. We’d like to thank our supporters, and we assure you that our hearts have always been with the City of Chicago and we will continue to support youth in our future endeavors.’
‘We encourage Kim and Kanye to indeed pick up the baton of service.’
Kardashian even proclaimed that she would make it her ‘mission’ to take Donda’s House from him and ‘let my children run it the way it should be run’
Kardashian’s newest feud began on Saturday when Donda’s House attempted to separate itself from West, releasing a statement condemning his recent – and very public – support for Donald Trump.
‘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,’ the statement, obtained by Rolling Stone, read.
Rhymefest (pictured) and the organization attempted to separate itself from West, releasing a statement condemning his recent – and very public – support for Donald Trump
‘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.’
The foundation also claimed that West had not offered any recent financial support to help Donda’s House convert his childhood home into a museum, learning space, and studio.
‘We have been unable to secure the financial support of Kanye despite multiple attempts, and despite those early conversations about his plan of support and advocacy for the youth in our programs’.
The foundation went on to ask that people ‘boycott and protest’ West and send their support and donation to Donda’s House instead.
‘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,’ it added.
‘The youth are watching, and we want them to know that despite whatever their favorite celebrities are doing, or not doing, we are here for them and we will continue to serve and uplift them.’
Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith, and West co-founded the nonprofit to help serve Chicago’s youth four years after Donda West (pictured in 2006) died in November 2007
The foundation also claimed that West had not offered any recent financial support to help Donda’s House convert his childhood home (pictured) into a museum and learning space
Just hours later Kardashian launched her own defense, slamming Rhymefest and even claiming she would take back the foundation.
‘U haven’t been right since u got kicked out of the studio in Hawaii wearing fake Yeezy’s,’ she wrote in her first tweet directed to the songwriter.
‘You’re over levergenging Kanye’s name & asked Kanye to donate money to u so stop w your fake community politics & lies (sic).’
‘Truth is you haven’t been able to sustain the foundation.’
She then claimed Rhymefest had been at the studio with Kanye just weeks ago, asking ‘Why didn’t you bring this up then?’
‘You were trying to get Kanye to listen to your sub par beats. You have the audacity to use Kanye’s mom name to try to shead a negative light on Kanye (sic).’
Rhymefest also claimed on Twitter that Kanye abandoned the foundation he had helped create in honor of his mother in 2011
‘You didn’t say this when Kanye paid you up front then you disappeared during Pablo #RealFriends’.
The reality TV star ended her barrage of tweets by telling Rhymefest his flight to Wyoming, where West is currently working on his upcoming album, was cancelled.
‘You thought you were really worthy to be on this album,’ she wrote, adding an emoji of a face crying with laughter.
‘Sorry to all of my followers for flooding my timeline I know you have no idea who Rhymefest is,’ Kardashian then added as her final parting shot.
Rhymefest hit back at Kardashian’s tweets with a long letter, in which he said West cared more about his record than helping Chicago
Rhymefest has won two Grammy Awards – including for a song written for Kanye – and won an Oscar with John Legend and Common for the song Glory in 2015.
The songwriter also released his own statement to Kardashian, telling her: ‘I don’t care if no one on your timeline knows who I am. The people in my community and in my city do, and that’s what truly matters to me.’
He also claimed it was West who had come to him and asked for help with his new album.
‘I spoke to your husband about peace, and balance, as well as about the work that we have been doing in Chicago regarding Donda’s House,’ Rhymefest wrote.
‘He was more interested in his record.’
‘Understand that the mission of Donda’s House has always been the value of collaboration, community, and empowering youth to pursue their creative goals and dreams. What part about that would make it worthy of you or anyone else destroying it?’
Rhymefest also asked his followers on Instagram to donate to Donda’s House rather than buy Pusha T’s new album, which was produced by West
Rhymefest then asked Kardashian how she could criticize a foundation that she has never physically visited.
‘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,’ he concluded.
Earlier that day Rhymefest had tweeted at Drake to ask him for donations, writing: ‘Asking @Drake to help the part of Chicago Kanye has abandoned’.
‘Will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mother’s house for the youth of Chicago,’ he asked Drake in another tweet.
‘I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was “fuck the youth of Chicago”‘.
Rhymefest also asked his followers on Instagram to donate to Donda’s House rather than buy Pusha T’s new album, which was produced by West.