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.

Magic Johnson Gives $10 Million to Chiraq Youth

Magic "Earvin" Johnson is giving this much money to Chicago youth. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Magic “Earvin” Johnson is giving this much money to Chicago youth.
Image Courtesy: Twitter

Never one to turn a blind eye to a worthy cause. Magic worked his by opening his wallet and pulling out a whopping $10 milly to get at risk Chiraq youth summer work.

Through the Hall-of-Famer’s City Youth Empowerment org, he’s agreed to gift the windy city the massive check to widen the scope of the “One Summer Chicago Plus” and offering 5,000 jobs to kids vulnerable to committing crime.

The two-year program is for 16-to-19 year old’s that are or have been in the juvie system or missed more than six weeks of school. Eligible youth will be placed in a 25-hour a week summer job, become a mentee and enter “cognitive behavioral therapy and social skills building.”

The cause sparked Magic’s interest when studies showed that disadvantaged youth’s chances of committing crime were cut in half when they were in the program. Even 16 months after the two-month jobs ended the statistics remained the same.

Magic told The Sun Times this about his generosity:

Providing disadvantaged kids with alternatives is a step in the right direction toward helping them reach their full potential and curb violence in our neighborhoods.

The paper reports that 1,000 teens were hired and counseled last year. Thanks to Magic it will be 2,000 this year and 3,000 next year.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel thanked Johnson for filling the void the federal govt left–they withdrew from funding summer jobs for youth–with his donation to the city.

“Through this generous grant, more youth will stay safe, active and engaged this summer while getting the skills and on-the-job training necessary for a bright future,” the mayor was quoted as saying.

Anything we can do to turn Chiraq back to Chicago is a plus in my book.

Ludacris and Chance the Rapper Make Surprise Visit to Chicago School

Chance giving out laptops  at the #getconnected event at Chicago's Alcott Prep. Ludacris looks on.

Chance giving out laptops at the #getconnected event at Chicago’s Alcott Prep. Ludacris looks on.

Luda and Chance the Rapper rewarded Chicago’s Alcott high school with brand new laptops for participating in the #getschooled Internet essential project. The goal is to rev students up to use the Web proactively–not just for Instagram and Snapchat–to prepare for college.

Alcott ranked second in the project’s success rate of using the Internet to help pave a career path. So, Chi town native Chance made a surprise appearance and brought along a famous friend…LLLOOOUUUDDDAAA.

Once the excitement died down, somewhat. Ludacris gave the teens these wise words of advice:

Life is all about competition. If I made my dreams come true you can make your dreams come true.”

Chance the rapper’s sage words were more to the point, this is what he told the young’uns.

If you are an aspiring artist, use the internet to promote your work.

Luda helped pass out laptops donated by Comcast Illinois. Followed by meeting all the teens requests to take selfies with him and Chance.

Saaayyyy Chheeesssee Ludacris taking a group selfie at #getconnected event held at Chicago's Alcott Prep.

Saaayyyy Chheeesssee Ludacris taking a group selfie at #getconnected event held at Chicago’s Alcott Prep.

But not before Luda took a group shot.

No doubt Luda and Chance made these kids week.

Willow Smith Joins Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign; Beyonce Expresses Outrage about Gun Violence

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Photo by ggirones09

As often as its been said–kids can be so cruel–that more alarming and true the saying is. I think everyone has at least  one humiliating school memory they wish they can bury deep below the Earth’s surface. Imagine it constantly resurfacing like a dog digging up a bone. Nowadays kids have the harrowing dilemma of reliving those experiences over and over again through cruel text messages and threats on Twitter and Facebook. Cyberbullying isn’t a cute kids-will-be-kids type of behavior, it is unrelenting  hateful acts that occur through the Internet and over 25% of teens face those taunts everyday with damaging effects.

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Seventeen Magazine teamed up with Willow Smith and other teen celebs to start an Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign to show young adults they aren’t alone in the fight against cyber bullies.  The Delete Digital Drama Campaign is a partnership between Seventeen Magazine and Facebook to survey young girls about their experiences witnessing or being a victim of cyber threats online. The campaign also includes a [delete] tee designed by  L’Amour Nanette Lepore sold at JC Penney in which proceeds go to STOMP Out Bullying, a national anti-bullying organization.

Willow, 12, is no stranger to this issue after being cyber bullied last year when she shaved her head. The topic became a firestorm on Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Not only criticizing her decision to rock a baldie, but Jada Pinkett and Will Smith’s laid back parenting style of letting their daughter be in control of her own body.

Jada took to Facebook this week to rant about young celebrities being just as vulnerable, if not, more susceptible to cyber bullies as well as the media and paparazzi:

Are we bullying our young artists?

How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?

If you Bl;nked: Another heartbreaking gun violence story reached the news this week. A 6-month-old baby was shot to death in Chicago. King Bey took to Facebook to express her outrage.

Why kill a 6 month your old baby? i dont understand why another human would do such a thing smh im praying for the little angel GUN VIOLENCE NEEDS TO STOP! its going way to far.

Sources: Facebook, Seventeen