Kanye’s Got Coins! Yeezy Donates Record Amount to Donda’s House

kanyewinkIn case you thought Kanye spent all his money on those fog machines and sparklers, think again.

The rapper/doctor dropped off a $133,000 check to the Donda’s House foundation–a non-profit he created to honor his late mom Professor Donda West–this week.

It’s a record amount for the Chicago org that empowers kids to pursue a career in the arts. Let the Yesus church say amen!

Kanye West took a portion from his earnings at the Louis Vuitton Foundation concert shows and donated it to Donda’s House. Awww… it’s like he combined two of his favorite things–fashion and his mama–to make a difference.

The Creative Director of Donda’s House, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, had this to say about the contribution to their coffers.

I really cannot thank Kanye enough for this incredible contribution. His leadership has enabled Donda’s House to grow quickly and impact the lives of over 160 of Chicago’s young people already in short history. This is a great honor and a true tribute to his mother’s legacy, who did so much for young artists.

Why do we hate him again? Someone remind me.

Rapper Common Makes Surprise Visit to Chicago High School

Common praising Dunbar Academy students for their good grades and attendance. Photo Courtesy: @ChiPubSchools Twitter

Common praising Dunbar Academy students for their good grades and attendance.
Photo Courtesy: @ChiPubSchools Twitter

In between doing press for new movie “Run All Night” and organizing a fundraiser for his Common Ground Foundation–which he and new musical sidekick John Legend performed for—Common squeezed in a mentoring session.

Last week he spoke to honor roll students at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in the South Side of Chicago. The rapper congratulated them on their excellent grades and I’m sure they tossed praise his way for his recent Oscar and Grammy wins. Even if he didn’t bring the trophies for a show-and-tell. Tsk Tsk what a wasted opportunity that could be used to illustrate what the kids possibilities look like. And have them hold it in their hands so they know it’s real.

Oh well.

Instead he chatted with the teens about his past and the value of education.

All issues he covers in his Common Ground Foundation that emphasis’ leadership, money management and artistic expression. Skills that are sharpened the most during high school years.

A few days after the classroom visit, Common held his “Evening of Glory” fundraiser. And posted highlights on the org’s YouTube page.

Drake Donates $75,000 to Struggling High School

Drake performing in the studio. Now he's going to give Strawberry Mansion High Schoolers that same opportunity. Photo Courtesy: ChampagnePapi Instagram

Drake performing in the studio. Now he’s going to give Strawberry Mansion High Schoolers that same opportunity.
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Strawberry Mansion High School is getting a PR boost from lovesick rapper Drake. He donated $75,000 to open a recording studio for students at the troubled high school that was ranked one of the worst in the country.

“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” rapper cashed in (literally) on a promise he made to the teens two years ago. In a surprise appearance to Strawberry Mansion High School, he told the kids,

This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.

Now they can in a newly designed booth–Huffington Post reports finished construction last summer–the Strawberry High principal christened; playing a song from the studio over the PA system.

Let’s hope they go the way of famous Strawberry high alum Meek Mill.

Yankees CC Sabathia and Shark Tank’s Daymond John Honored at Annual RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon

 (l.to r.) C.C. and Amber Sabathia, Russell Simmons, Angela Simmons and guests attend the RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine's Luncheon today.

(l.to r.) C.C. and Amber Sabathia, Russell Simmons, Angela Simmons and guests attend the RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon today.

Celebs BRRaved the Alaskan-like temps in New York City to attend Russell Simmons’ 12th annual RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon, held at the Plaza Hotel, to raise money for his philanthropic arts foundation¬†fostering children’s creativity.

Of course Russell’s niece Angela Simmons, the supreme socialite, appeared on the red carpet.

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Not far behind was Angela’s bestie track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross.

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Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon reclaimed her hosting duties for the event.

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DJ Cassidy, Miss Universe and Law & Order SVU‘s Tamara Tunie¬†also made an appearance.

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And Marsha Ambrosius, draped in feathers, performed at the benefit honoring ABC Shark Tank’s Daymond John, founder of FUBU fashion line, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley for their career efforts and philanthropic efforts.

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Grammy nominated soul singer Marsha Ambrosius singing at the benefit.

To give a brief snapshot, Daymond is not only known as the shark in suspenders, he also mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

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Daymond was honored at the RUSH HeARTS Valentine’s luncheon. He’s holding up a painting kids did of him.

CC and Amber Sabathia are celebrated for their Pitcch In Foundation that empower inner-city kids with sports programs.

And Cynthia Rowley participates in several charities benefitting breast cancer awareness and community outreach.

Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige Donate GRAMMY Memorabilia to Benefit MusiCares Foundation

US-MUSIC-GRAMMY AWARDS-SHOWOther than the video loop of Kanye West bum rushing the stage, but ultimately DID let Beck bask in his Album of the year moment, playing in heavy rotation on Youtube, there are a few other–tangible–takeaways for Grammy’s 57th award ceremony.

Hey, all you super music fans. If you want a lasting reminder of music’s biggest night browse Grammys charity auction that benefits the MusiCares Foundation.

Items include an autographed Sam Smith microphone used to sing his steller “Stay With Me” duet with Mary J. Blige, who also puts her mic up on the auction block.

An autographed copy of Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling.”

An Ariana Grande memorabalia set that includes an autographed copy of her new CD, microphone and its case.

And a Katy Perry autographed and bedazzled guitar.

To peruse all the auctioned items, click here.

Russell Simmons’ Art for Life Charity Celebrates 15-Year Fundraiser

Photo Credit: Global Grind

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Russell Simmons’ Art for Life gala has entered its 15th year and it’s still the most sought after philanthropic ticket in town. The mega-mogul, along with some wealthy friends–rapper Rick Ross and Patriots owner Bob Kraft, put their influence and fat wallets behind arts education for inner city youth.

The Hamptons-based fundraiser also threw a spotlight to honorees with an appreciation for arts in the community. Such as former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and Simmons’ ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons (who returned the favor by donating $1 milly to RUSH Arts Foundation.)

Rounding out the guest list was the fam: brother Danny Simmons, niece and nephew Angela Simmons and JoJo Simmons (duh!!)

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Star Jones

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Gayle King

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Soledad O’Brian played MC for the night

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Bevy Smith worked the red carpet giving interviews

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Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Naughty By Nature got the crowd off their feet.

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Sounds like an epic night that’s worthy of a cash donation.

If you were absent from the festivities there’s still a way to give to RUSH Arts Foundation and meet your fave celeb. Click here to make a bid.

Russell Simmons’ RUSH HeARTS Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Russell Simmons joined by Zac Posen, Alek Wek and Patina Miller, all honorees at the HeARTS Valentine's Day Foundation.

Russell Simmons joined by Zac Posen, Alek Wek and Patina Miller, all honorees at the HeARTS Valentine’s Day Foundation.

Russell Simmons is spreading the love today by honoring two philanthropic women–any man would choose as a valentine–at his third annual HeARTS Valentine’s luncheon in NYC today. Gorg supermodel and UN refugee goodwill ambassador Alek Wek was honored for her efforts to educate young girls in South Sudan, where she was born and had to flee from when war tarnished her hometown of Wau.Tony-Award winner Patina Miller (remember that big voice wrapped around Whoopi Goldberg’s nun robe in Sister Act on Broadway?) used her stellar voice to entertain and possibly show the kids how to unleash creative talent.

Russell Simmons holding up a program for his HeARTS Valentine's Luncheon. Photo Credit: Facebook

Russell Simmons holding up a program for his HeARTS Valentine’s Luncheon.
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The HeARTS Valentine’s lunchion is to raise money for Russell Simmons’ Philanthropic Arts Foundation that develops art programs and exhibitions for children.

Yes, I would be next to the sweet treats too. Photo Credit: Instagram

Yes, I would be next to the sweet treats too.
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Russell’s niece Angela Simmons, who channels her creative juices with her new fashion line and tv hosting, is never one to miss a party. Wonder when she sleeps…

Uncle and Niece stepping out together. Fun Times... Photo Credit: Twitter

Uncle and Niece stepping out together. Fun Times…
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What better way to showcase love then to our future creative Einsteins. Keep giving back, Simmons’.