Che "Rhymefest" Kweku
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One of hip-hop’s most respected artists, Che "Rhymefest" Kweku delivers powerful insight on healing divides, finding your purpose, and empowering communities through the arts.
Rhymefest is a writer, artist, activist and teacher known for shattering negative stereotypes about hip-hop and establishing himself as a positive role model for underprivileged youth. Among his career accomplishments, he won a Grammy for co-writing Jesus Walks with Kanye West, and in 2015, earned a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for "Glory," his collaboration with John Legend and Common for the film, Selma. That same year he was the subject of the powerful documentary, In My Father's House.
Co-founder of the Chicago nonprofit Org Art of Culture, Che mentors, teaches writing classes and exposes youth to various career options in music and business. He was named Co-Chair of The Year of Chicago Music 2020, an initiative by the city to highlight Chicago’s vibrant and diverse music scene.
Che co-starred in the motion film The Public alongside Gabriel Union, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater written and directed by Emilio Estavez.
Che’s newest project Love Lessons, Part 1 & 2 is a memoir and album that details the last 2 years of Rhymefest’s personal and professional life including; how he processed and healed from a recent divorce, tenuous relationships with his Hip hop peers and how he lets the spirit of Love light his path.
A dedicated community leader, Rhymefest is the co-founder of Donda's House, a youth arts nonprofit that provides a safe and inspiring environment for young people in Chicago.
In 2023 he was named as a fellow with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, which was founded by former political consultant David Axelrod.
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