Donnie Nicole Smith is the Executive Director of Donda’s House, Inc., a writer, wife of Multiple Grammy- & Oscar-award winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and step-mother who surfs the winds in The Windy City (Chicago). A “glass-half full” type of gal, born on the cusp of Aquarius & Capricorn. Donnie has east coast style, midwestern motivation and southern values. A woman whose life mission is to leave the world in a better place than she found it. DonnieNicole.com is her mental workroom/studio.

Caption: Donnie with her husband, best-friend & partner in crime Che “Rhymefest” Smith. 

Donnie used to think her blog had an identity crisis and tried to force herself to stick to just one theme – relationships, art, fitness – but then she embraced the reality that “[She’s] like Che Guevara with bling on – [She’s] complex…” so you never really know what you’re going to get here. She writes whatever the spirit tells her to write. Donnie is also a scrapbooker, an organizer and a lover of all things cute. View her photo collection here: http://pinterest.com/donnienicole/.

Caption: Adinkra Symbol – Hye Won Hye which translates into “that which does not burn.” A symbol of imperishability and endurance.

Donnie is a barrier buster. She survived a sexual assault, grew up struggling with a crack-cocaine addicted/incarcerated mother, and she’s lost three babies due to fertility challenges. She refuses to be a victim of or imprisoned by circumstance and instead uses her negative experiences to empower others.

Get more of Analog Girl Here:

@blkgrlunmasked (Twitter)

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Favorite Books: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison/The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Affiliations & Awards: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, 2014 Echoing Green – Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellow, 2015 New York University NYU Hip Hop Award Recipient, 2016 Ebony Power 100 Honoree in the “Women Up” Category

The Bucket List: Travel to Africa, Italy & Europe, Start & run a successful business, Skydive (and do something adventurous every year!), Take Pictures of Everything (and scrapbook it all!). See the whole thing here: https://donnienicole.com/personal-manifesto/


Quotes She Lives By:

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” – Esther Hicks

“Ignorance is a voluntary tax.” – Unknown

“You must know who is the object and who is the subject of a sentence in order to know if you are the object or subject of history. if you can’t control a sentence, you don’t know how to put yourself into history, to trace your own origin in the country, to vocalize, to use voice.” – Nina Pinon

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent that history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” – Robert Fulghum

“This is nothing to me, difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.”  – Jay-Z

“You must act as if it is impossible to fail.” – Ashanti Proverb

“A girl should be two things: classy & fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

“The definition of revolution is love.” – Che “Rhymefest” Smith

“True power is the power to empower others.” – Che “Rhymefest Smith”


2016 Ebony Power 100 Honoree

Akisha Lockhart Interviews Donnie Smith (1 of 2) 

Akisha Lockhart Interviews Donnie Smith (2 of 2)

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NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent Donda’s House Inc. or any of the organizations, agencies or private entities I am affiliated with.

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Donda's House, Inc. Wife to Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Believer. Writer. Scrapbooker. ΣΓΡ.

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