Fri | Sep 21, 2018

Entertainment on the Wire

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Kanye West
Selena Gomez

Kanye West's childhood home being turned into'community arts incubator'

Kanye West's childhood home is being turned into a "community arts incubator".

The rapper's long-time collaborator, Che 'Rhymefest' Smith, revealed on Instagram that the house in Chicago has been bought will be the first in a series of 'Nationwide Lite-Houses' run by Donda's House, the charity he co-founded in memory of Kanye's late mother, Dr Donda West.

He wrote: "I'm excited to announce the purchase of Kanye's childhood home as a community arts incubator. It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of-the-art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and Southside music museum. We want to show bright spots in communities that've been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated.

"Please click the link in my bio & donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth (sic)."

A message on the charity's website states: "Donda's House, Inc provides unprecedented access and education from leading experts in music, fashion, and tv/film to Chicago's youth and young adults. Donda's House was created in 2013 by Grammy-award-winning artist Che 'Rhymefest' Smith and distinguished educator Donnie Smith, Donda's House, Inc.

"In order to deepen its impact, Donda's House has acquired a home facility that will provide a permanent location for all of the Donda's House family to gather, offer programming, and grow. Donda's House envisions this facility as not only a home-grown hub of economic activity for the Southside, but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts. Donda's House selected this location in particular because it is the former home of the organisation's namesake Dr Donda West, who at one time provided similar services and support to incubate young artists. Donda's House is committed to the success of Chicago's young creatives and this property will help these young people flourish."

Donda passed away on November 10, 2007, following complications after a breast reduction and abdominoplasty surgery.

Selena Gomez Says 'No Thanks' To Thanksgiving At Taylor Swift's House

Selena Gomez turned down Thanksgiving at Taylor Swift's house in order to spend time with her family.

Taylor threw a beach party for her 'squad', including model pals Lily Donaldson, Martha Hunt, singer Todrick Hall, her brother Austin and her parents Scott and Andrew at her lavish estate in Rhode Island, New England, to celebrate the holiday; but Selena flew to Texas to be with her family.

A source told "Taylor invited Selena to her big Thanksgiving dinner, but right now Selena just wants to be with her family. Spending time with them is her priority."

Selena, 24, admitted herself to rehab earlier this year in order to treat depression which was brought on as a result of her battle with autoimmune disease lupus, and she spoke openly about her battle at the American Music Awards last week.

And sources close to the singer say she has been leaning on Taylor, 26, as she continues her recovery.

The insider added: "She's been leaning on Taylor a lot though, they're in touch every day and they'll be seeing each other soon."

Lady Gaga also reached out to the "brave" singer to praise her for being so open about her problems.

She said: "I found it very brave of her to stand up and speak about [depression].

"I know her and I had a kindred excitement for her at that moment.

"As artistes, we don't want to let people down. I found it very brave of her to let it out and take the shackles off.

"You don't always have to keep up a good front to succeed, what matters most is you're OK inside. I applaud her."

Madonna spends Thanksgiving

at homeless shelter for LGBT youth

The 58-year-old singer took to Instagram to reveal that she had spent the US holiday supporting the charity in New York which helps young people who have been rejected by their families because of their sexual or gender identity.

She wrote: "Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn! This center protects LGBT youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives. Each year the Ali Forney Center provides care for over 1,200 youth who are rejected by their family due to their LGBT identity. AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent and more importantly, AFC provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home (sic)."

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Madonna released a statement in the wake of her son Rocco Ritchie's arrest for possession of marijuana.

The 16-year-old son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie was arrested after he was allegedly caught with the drug in his rucksack in Primrose Hill, London, and the star asked for "respect" and "privacy" whilst the matter is dealt with.

She said: "I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

The news of Madonna's support for her son comes after it was previously reported that Rocco had become a "well-known figure" in the area and could often be seen "acting suspiciously".

A source said: "Rocco has become a well-known figure in the area and not for the right reasons. He's been repeatedly seen acting suspiciously.


"This incident was the final straw. Local residents are fed up with him acting in this manner and called the police."

According to sources, Rocco was on a wall with a friend when police approached them and the officials noticed traces of cannabis on his clothes.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A 16-year-old has been arrested for possession of cannabis. He was bailed and dealt with by Camden Borough's Youth Offending Team."

He is said to have been dealt with under the Triage system, which aims to ensure young people who are arrested for low-level offences for the first time are diverted out of the criminal justice system with the use of restorative practice.

As a result, it is not thought he will get a criminal record, but may have to attend a number of workshops.