Kanye West Gives Back to Chicago and Los Angeles Amidst Coronavirus

by Jeremy Spirogis
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As many voters within the US and around the globe are dealing with misplaced jobs, faculties closing, and weeks of isolation, on account of coronavirus (COVID-19) there’s some good being finished in methods giant and small. For his half, Kanye West, rapper, producer, and entrepreneur, is utilizing a few of his wealth to provide again to 2 communities that he has robust ties to. West has donated an undisclosed quantity to organizations that assist feed a number of the most susceptible in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Kanye West grew up within the south facet of Chicago

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Though West was born in Atlanta, GA, his mother and father divorced when he was three and his mom, Dr. Donda West, moved with him to Chicago. She taught highschool and later turned a professor at Chicago State University. Kanye West spent his early life in Chicago earlier than finally transferring to LA. His mom died in 2007 of coronary heart illness after present process beauty surgical procedure.

At one level, West was set to show her previous home in Chicago’s South Shore right into a recording studio and museum, and a spot for underprivileged youth referred to as Donda’s House. Due to a falling out with rapper and friend Rhymefest, who was operating the group, the venture was renamed Art of Culture, Inc. in 2018 and now focuses on operating showcases and workshops.

Kanye West donated to We Women Empowered Chicago

We Women Empowered Chicago is a non-profit run by Josephine “Mother” Wade, a girl so beloved by the group that they named a avenue after her. Wade additionally runs the restaurant Josephine’s Southern Cooking and the 2 teams work in tandem to ship three meals a day to the aged in Chicago’s south facet.

Wade spoke to People journal and stated: “He may not even realize it, but I knew his mother and I used to help them many years ago.” She additionally shared that she was past phrases when she acquired the decision that West wished to assist and that “in one phone call, in an instant today, our world was changed.”

At the time of this writing, Chicago is now beneath a statewide shelter-in-place order as a measure to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19. Many residents are dealing with not solely fears about their well being and security however financial uncertainty within the wake of large job losses.

Kanye West additionally offered funding for The Dream Center in Los Angeles

The Dream Center has a mission to offer “free resources and services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, abuse, education, and human trafficking.” As a part of their companies, they’re offering 7,000 meals a day at their Echo Park heart in LA through drive-thru service. They hope to ramp that as much as 9,000 quickly.

The Dream Center acknowledged that West’s donation will assist present “hundreds of thousands of meals during this time to children and elderly in need.” The state of California can also be beneath a shelter-in-place order.

Kanye West as soon as donated $1 million for Kim Kardashian West’s birthday

West isn’t solely simply offering emergency funds for a world pandemic now however has contributed funds to causes prior to now as properly. One donation made very publicly was the $1 million he donated for his spouse’s 39th birthday.

She posted to her Twitter: “I got amazing gifts from my whole family and Kanye [got] me the most amazing bags. But he also donated $1m to my favorite charities that work so hard on prison reform on my behalf from him and the kids. This makes my heart so happy!”

Prison reform is a trigger close to and pricey to Kardashian West’s coronary heart and impressed her to check legislation. She is learning 20 hours weekly as a part of an apprenticeship program and plans to take the bar examination by 2022.

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