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Kanye West’s Childhood Chicago Home to Become 'Community Arts' Center

by Lynda Brendish 2:18 PM PST, November 27, 2016
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The memory of Donda West continues to inspire!

Donda's House, a nonprofit co-founded by rapper Rhymefest and Kanye West, has purchased the "Fade" singer's childhood home to house a music and arts center for youth on Chicago's South Side.

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Rhymefest, who's Kanye's longtime friend and collaborator, confirmed the news on Instagram earlier this week.

"I'm excited to announce the purchase of Kanye's childhood home as a community arts incubator," he wrote. "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 [sic]. We want to show bright spots in communities that've been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated."

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Donda's House was established in the memory of Kanye's mother, a respected Chicago educator who died in 2007 the day after she underwent several surgeries. According to its website, one of the nonprofit's programs, "Got Bars," was designed to mimic the collaborative and creative environment that Donda supported at her home in the '90s, providing recording equipment and encouragement to local youth.

The "Famous" rapper, who has publicly struggled with his mother's death, is currently in recovery after a recent hospitalization. Find out more in the video below. 

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