Sunday, November 11, 2007

In Dedication to Dr. Donda West, Chair of the Kanye West Foundation

Dr. Donda West, mother of hip hop superstar and Grammy award winner Kanye West, has suddenly passed away on Saturday at the age of 58. The cause of death was not released immediately.

Dr. West served as the chair of her son's foundation, the Kanye West Foundation, an educational nonprofit that works to decrease school dropout rates and improve literacy. She served as an English professor for 31 years and as Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.

Earlier this year, Dr. West released the book Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From The Mother of A Hip Hop Superstar. In the foreword of the book, Kanye shares about the making of the song Hey Mama, dedicated to his mother:

When I wrote that song, "Hey Mama!" about my mom, I worked on it for months. I wanted to make it as great as she is. I wanted to tell the whole world about our friendship and how it came to be. I also wanted to talk about her in the most artistic way I could. I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her for the way she raised me.


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I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. West earlier this summer in Chicago. My thoughts and prayers are with Kanye, his family, the foundation family and friends during this difficult time.

Related post: Raising Kanye- Happy Mother's Day

3 comments:

Buzz Chick said...

What sad news! It was apparent that Dr. West and her son were very close, so my prayers go out to Kanye and his family during this time.

Anonymous said...

Dr. West was definitely loved by many and left a great legacy for others to follow. How wonderful that she was able to leave this earth after making such a positive impact in her son's life and the many others she came in contact with.

Anonymous said...

My sympathy to Kanye, his family, friends, and foundation staff. Please know that you all are in my prayers. Remember to forge ahead with everything that Dr. West layed out for you all. She'll be watching from the balconies of heaven from now on. What a legacy!! Be blessed!!

A Mathews
East Point, GA