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About the Author

Donda West previously served as the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University.

Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and coauthor of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy’s Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (March 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141654478X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Donda West, English college professor, and unlikely mother of rap superstar Kanye West had some interesting points to make about parenting. She says she made sure that she raised Kanye to be respectful but also to be truthful -- hence his famous rant that George Bush doesn't care about black people. On the other hand, when Kanye fell asleep at the wheel in a car accident, the insurance company broker advised him to say he had been trying to avoid another car in order to get paid out. He refused to do that either. Growing up, she pretty much gave Kanye anything he wanted, in return for doing his chores and whatever else was expected. (I was surprised when she gave him $1,000 to buy recording equipment at age 13!) My biggest problem was that she had changed her opinion of the N-word and found it acceptable speech because words shouldn't have that much weight. Could that have ANYTHING at all to do with the fact that her son uses it alot in his music and she is involved in managing him? Hmmm. All in all, a fast entertainng read.
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Donda West was a amazing woman. Although, I am not a big fan of Kanye's music, I like how Kanye manipulates media and bought this book to learn about him and where he really came from. Truly amazing book.
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After reading this I understand a little more why Kayne is who he is. I enjoyed learning about his childhood and how his mother raised him. It's a quick read with lots of family photos. Worth reading if you want to know more about Kayne West growing. He was an interesting son and childhood was not typical.
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Well written, as you'd expect from a maj publisher - though there are more than the usual frequency of spelling mistakes. It gives good insight into parenting and the background that built Kanye. But it can be dull at times
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I think that this is a very good book. Ms. Donda West was inspiring to a mother raising a son in this period in history. She was practical, encouraging and frank. I feel that Donda's parenting techniques adds a dose of reality in today's society. She recognized the differences, yet affirmed her basic beliefs and standards for life.
Congratulations Donda West, you pressure developed a jewel.
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Donda West was a role model. She raised Kanye amazingly. While his behavior recently has turned heads, he listened to her. She believed in him. She loved him. She confronted him when he was wrong. She raised him right. This book should be taught in schools. It is a real-life example of life as it is now. Children can't relate to Ann Frank or the other usual school books that are shoved down their throats.
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By Jessica on February 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was fascinated with Kanye long before this book came out or his mother passed, but this book made me love him that much more.
It gives you a look into his world before all the money and fame.
It portrays a young, hungry kid who's wanted nothing more in his life.
Easy read, finished in 3 days!
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