Response to Kim Kardashian-West

Dear Kim Kardashian-West,

I don’t care if no one on your timeline knows who I am. The people in my community and in my city do, and that’s what truly matters to me.

Your husband and I have been in correspondence for the last two months, which as you stated, even you saw me in the studio recently.

Kanye, asked me if I would come help him with his album again. I wasn’t seeking Kanye… he was seeking me. I spoke to your husband about peace, and balance, as well as about the work that we have been doing in Chicago regarding Donda’s House. He was more interested in his record.

Understand that the mission of Donda’s House has always been the value of collaboration, community and empowering youth to pursue their creative goals and dreams. What part about that would make it worthy of you or anyone else destroying it? Speak to the 500+ youth that we’ve worked with!

Show up to the upcoming audition that we have scheduled for young people to perform at festivals this upcoming Friday. Foot the bill as we have done, for youth to record or contact more of your famous friends to actually come and sit down with youth.

How can you criticize an organization that you’ve never physically been to OR that you’ve never even talked to the Executive Director or any of the team. And lastly, I actually knew and was mentored by Dr. Donda West personally, and have met with and spoke to hundreds of her students and mentees who not only support the work that we are doing in Chicago, but compel it.

At this point, if you and Kanye want us to dissolve the organization so that you can do the work, we welcome that. As we will continue from our home on the South Side of Chicago, to do what we can to support the community we’ve worked five years to build in spite of you & Kanye’s lack of interest or support. You have been not privy to the conversations that we’ve had, the emails that have been sent, and frankly the positive press that Kanye has received has a result of our work. I encourage you instead of attacking me personally, to google us, watch the videos on our YouTube channel featuring our work and come actually speak to the young people who have been involved in our program before you, in your position of privilege from God knows where in the world, via social media attempt to dismantle this valued community asset.

You and your team know how to get in contact with me, and we are awaiting your decision, because our community will be ok, regardless.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith