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Donda West


The late mom of internationally acclaimed rapper Kanye West. She was providing as his supervisor when she passed away in 2007 carrying out a complication inside a breasts reduction medical procedures. Before dealing with the part as her son’s supervisor, she was a teacher of British at Clark Atlanta University or college. Her tragic loss of life prompted Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to indication the “Donda Western Law,” rendering it required for patients to supply medical clearance for voluntary plastic surgery. Her ex-husband and Kanye West’s dad Ray Western was a previous Dark Panther and photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She passed away before she could fulfill her grandchildren, North and Saint.

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Full Name Donda West
Date Of Birth July 12, 1949
Died November 10, 2007, Marina del Rey, California, United States
Place Of Birth Oklahoma City, OK
Profession Family Member
Nationality American
Children Kanye West
Parents Portwood Williams, Lucille E. Williams
Siblings Portwood Williams Jr, Shirlie Scoggins Sullivan
Star Sign Cancer

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1Release of her book, "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar".
2A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
3Former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department.
4Was professor and chair of the English Department at Chicago State University from 1980 to 2004, and retired to become her son's manager.
5She served as chief executive of West Brands, the parent company of Kanye's business enterprises, and as chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, a nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy.
6Previously taught in the early 1970s at Brown College in Atlanta.
7In 2007, she released a book called "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar".
8Earned a bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Union University in 1971 and a PhD from Auburn University in 1980. She was also a Fulbright scholar who studied in Nanjing, China.
9Mother of Kanye West.



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