Kanye West’s Donda Academy announced it would be reopening its doors on Thursday, just hours after the principal said the school would shutter for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.
Parents at the exclusive Christian school received an email near midnight on Wednesday explaining that the school would be ‘returning with a vengeance,’ the following morning, a hard U-turn from a message they received just hours earlier from school administrators.
On Wednesday, Academy Principal Jason Angell sent an email to parents explaining that West, 45, had decided to close the school ‘effective immediately,’ with classes being cancelled as of Thursday.
But an internal email from ‘Parents of Donda’ obtained by told a much different story.
‘Join us tomorrow morning in worship for the return of Donda Academy,’ the email read.With the help of our parents and community, we are back and returning with a vengeance!’
‘The children of Donda are going to change the world,’ the message added.’ Apologies for the late email! See you bright and early!’
It is unclear whether the school itself is reopening in an official capacity, or whether parents and staff are taking it upon themselves to continue educating their children.
The bizarre twist comes as around his anti-semitic behavior, which has included repeated claims of ‘Jewish people’ in the media conspiring against him, and planned parenthood controlling black populations through genocidal abortions.
Kanye West’s exclusive Christian school announced it would be closing for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year as the rapper continues to face fallout for his repeated anti-semitic comments
Students at West’s Donda Academy wear black Balenciaga uniforms designed by West himself.Above, Celtics basketball player Jaylen Brown pays a visit to the school
A school in the Simi Valley, just north of Los Angeles, which is believed to be the Donda Academy
West returned to Instagram on Thursday after being banned earlier this month, evdeN evE NAKliYat announcing he lost $2billion in a single day, in an apparent reference to Adidas dropping his Yeezy shoe line
On Thursday the rapper returned to Instagram after being banned earlier this month, posting that he ‘lost 2 billion dollars in one day’ in an apparent reference to the flock of brands which have dropped him in the wake of his bigoted behavior.
This week Adidas dropped his Yeezy shoe line – a deal which was worth $1.5billion – with Gap, Footlocker, TJ Maxx, and Balenciaga all following suit and cutting ties with the rapper.
Donda Academy’s closure and sudden reopening come just two months after it started up in August.The school did not respond to DailyMail.com requests for comment.
The exclusive pre-K through 12 school – named after West’s mother, Donda – is located in a secret location in the Simi Valley just north of Los Angeles, and charges $15,000 per student.About half the student body receives financial aid and scholarships, according to The Post.
The school enrolls about 100 students and employees 16 teachers. Parents sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the school’s location secret and to say nothing about it.
There are reportedly a number of celebrities’ children in attendance – including R&B singer Keyshia Cole’s son Daniel – and the school is well known for its high-powered basketball team.Rising star Robert Dillingham, 17, plays for the school, and NBA players like Celtics player Jaylen Brown have made appearances at the school.
Students wear all black Balenciaga uniforms and Yeezy shoes designed by West himself.
Despite running the school, West’s children do not attend, and he have clashed with Kim Kardashian on the matter.
West previously complained on social media that Kim wouldn’t agree to send their four children for ‘[two] days at one school, three days at another.’
As of September the school had not yet been accredited, according to the , which means colleges might not accept diplomas from the school.
The Donda Academy website states that the school’s goal is ‘to provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.’
The curriculum has a strong focus on Christianity, the arts, and math and science.Students can take parkour as a physical activity, and the school has a strong high school basketball program.
The school enrolls about 100 students and 16 teachers, with a number of students being the children of celebrities
The exclusive pre-K through 12 Donda Academy is located in a secret location in the Simi Valley just north of Los Angeles, and charges $15,000 per student
Parents sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the school’s location secret
The curriculum has a strong focus on Christianity, the arts, and math and science.Students can take parkour as a physical activity, and the school has a strong high school basketball program
Angell emailed parents on Wednesday announcing the school’s closure for the remainder of the school year.
‘At the discretion of our founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately, he wrote.
‘There is no school tomorrow [Thursday].’
Angell noted that the school’s leadership would help parents and students transition into their new school, and added that the Donda would begin ‘afresh’ in September 2023.
On Wednesday the school’s basketball team was booted from the The Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics tournament, saying West’s ‘words and actions violate our values as a company and a country, and what we seek to ensure at all of our events – a spirit of diversity, sportsmanship, inclusion, equity and mutual respect.’
Representatives for the tournament expressed their remorse that West’s words cost his students the experience of participating in the coveted high school basketball tournament.
‘While we are firm in our reasoning for this decision, it does not diminish our heartache and regret for Donda’s hardworking athletes who will lose out the most as a result of Kanye’s actions,’ the school added. ‘Unfortunately, we cannot in good conscience host an organization founded and directed by Mr.West at our events.’
TJ Maxx has become the latest company to sever ties with Kanye West in the wake of his vile anti-Semitic outbursts (pictured yesterday at a bagel shop in Los Angeles before arriving at the Skechers HQ)
He was seen near a parking lot before he was escorted out of Sketchers HQ
TJ Maxx, whose CEO is Ernie Herrman (pictured in 2014) follows Gap and Foot Locker in no longer stocking any Yeezy merchandise in its stores
Yesterday, the rapper was embarrassingly escorted out of Skechers headquarters after showing up unannounced to pitch his Yeezy brand a day after being dropped by Adidas and having his songs banned by Peloton.
Ye was taken out by two ‘executives’ according to a statement released by the company Wednesday afternoon.
said in a statement: ‘Considering Ye was engaged in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation. Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West.
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West may have faced additional opposition if he had gotten a preapproved sit-down meeting with Skechers executives as the CEO Robert Greenberg and evDEn evE nAKliYaT and eVdEN eVE NAkLiyAT a 5 percent stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear firm, Skims.
But as corporations around the world break off deals with Ye, music streaming service said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label requested it.
Recent anti-Semitic remarks made by the rapper are ‘just awful comments,’ and would have warranted removal from Spotify for violating its policies if they had been on a podcast or recording, Spotify chief Daniel Ek said.
However, music from the artist now known as Ye does not violate anti-hate policies, and any anti-Semitic comments he has made cannot be found on the music streaming platform.
‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,’ said Ek, adding, ‘It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’
Universal Music’s Def Jam label, which owns the copyright to West’s recordings from 2002 through 2016, and continued distributing his releases until last year, issued a statement condemning Ye’s remarks, saying: ‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society’.But the label has not asked for the removal of Ye’s recordings, many of which are critically acclaimed works.
Kanye West has seen several high profile and lucrative partnerships with major brands severed amid the backlash from anti-Semitic remarks
Ye has refused to walk back his remarks, blaming Jewish people for his mental health struggles in a recent podcast
A pair of Yeezy shoes are seen in a Foot Locker store on the day Adidas terminated its partnership with the American rapper and designer Kanye West, now known as Ye, in Garden City, New York, U.S., October 25, 2022