About Donnie


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.

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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”


Donnie cares deeply about abolishing modern day human trafficking and slavery specifically. Visit StoppingSlavery.org to learn more and purchase items from Just Greetings to support families who have escaped slavery.

Donnie believes that art transforms lives and that imagination is one of the most important but underutilized tools to make tomorrow better than today. Consider making a contribution to Donda’s House Inc. today.


2016 Ebony Power 100 Honoree

Akisha Lockhart Interviews Donnie Smith (1 of 2) 

Akisha Lockhart Interviews Donnie Smith (2 of 2)

Head of Kanye’s Charity, Uses Art To Reach Out

Kanye West’s Got Bars Program

Rhymefest, Wife Heading Up Kanye West Founded Arts Program

CNN Biographical Article

Letter To A Formerly Incarcerated Mother

Hip Hop & The Civil Rights Movement: The Dotted Line

Dating Malpractice Is Your Vision Failing You?

Scrapbooking: Writing A Letter to the Future

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.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachelle Law says:

    I have enjoyed the time on your Blog and web page. I look foward to future issues. Thanks for operating in your gifts and talents. Continue to touch lives on this wonderful journey, and much continued success!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting my site. It means more to me than you know. Please keep me in your prayers 🙂

      1. I have to say…. WOW….. I just signed up for the 31 day reset on the “happy black woman” blog, and saw your comment right under mine. I clicked on your link, and was blown away. I cant wait to get home (cause i am at work…shhhhhh) and read on your blog. I just signed up to wordpress so i don’t have all the pictures up and everything, but this is inspiring. I would love to be blog buddies….. Keep inspiring because you are an inspiration

      2. Ellen! Thank you SO much for stopping by 😉 We can definitely be blog buddies. I love your writing! It touched my soul! Feel free to comment and ask questions on any/every thing that you read and I look forward to growing together. I’m going to add you to my link list 😉

  2. Shanese Hibbler says:

    Sorhor, I am soooooooooooo proud of you!!! I look forward to continuously reading great things and gaining an immense amount of knowledge from you as I always have…Thanks for the invite and keep up the great work…Love You Much!!! EEEEE-YIP!

    1. Thank you my dear! I am proud of you! I’ve always admired your strength and your beautiful smile. 😉

  3. Rev Janet Johnson says:

    Hello NeeCee WeeCee/MWOG – glad to see you continue to advance your writing career. I’m praying for you.

    Connected To The Vine (John 15:5)
    Auntie/Rev. JJ

  4. Dr. Dia says:

    Hey Donnie! I love the quotes, your website, and your revolutionary ideals! Looking forward to exploring your site more. Peace

    1. Dr. Dia thanks so much for visiting my site & for taking the time to leave your comment. Please feel free to share your ideas and let’s build together!

  5. Sister, I love this! Your posts are so motivating to all women, all over.


    1. Why thank you my dear sister! I love writing! It so therapeutic and it makes everything better. Love you!!!

  6. Kween K says:

    Just discovered your blog and I must say I like it already.

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and I am happy that you like it! Be sure to subscribe on the homepage so that you can get e-mail updates each time I publish a new article. Thanks!

  7. K. Taylor says:

    Dearest Donnie,

    The more I’m around you the more I’m in awe… Your spirit is truly uplifting & I’m so thankful that God has allowed us this opportunity to cross paths in such a positive way. Thank you for sharing with us all!


    1. Kim, you have been such a blessing to our lives and I am eternally grateful to God for connecting us! You have a beautiful spirit and I’m looking forward to working together for years to come!!!

  8. Robin says:

    Hi Donnie! My friend, Tia Dantzler, told me to visit your blog. I love it. I’m also a member of SGRho, so that was delightful to read. Blessings to you. And thank you for the goodness.

    1. Hey Soror!!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Writing was my first love and I am so thankful to have people like you who actually read my stuff!!!! Feel free to suggest topics, ask questions and keep reading. Hugs and kisses!

      1. Robin says:

        Absolutely! A soror-writer-philanthropist is a sister. Thank you for replying. I’m excited to have ‘found’ you!

      2. Likewise! Checking you out too sis! Love and light 😉

  9. Brenda says:

    I just finished watching In My Father’s House, it was truly moving, I am not religious but I will keep good thoughts for you and yours. I hope your marriage is still going strong, you seem to uplift each other And that is what a positive relationship should do.

    1. Hi Brenda! Thanks so much for stopping by! Our relationship is amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner or friend. Take care!

  10. Dawn Wagner says:

    I want to say that you are truly an inspiration to me. Your faith. Your fight. Your work ethic and your perseverance is extraordinary. I too know what it’s like to feel the pain you have endured. I wish you the best. I wish us both the joy of a happy motherhood some day.
    I will pray for you.
    Always believe that something amazing is about to happen.
    God will lead us to our victory
    Dawn ❤️🙏🏻

    1. Dear Dawn,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers. I do believe that God does give us the desires of our hearts. This is one of the toughest battles I’ve had to fight, as you know, but it will only make the day I do become a mommy that much more sweet! Thanks for stopping by!

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