Kanye West honored by city of Atlanta and HBCU

The 'DONDA' listening party took place in ATL on Thursday night
When Kanye West couldn't find his mask to take the Atlanta proclamation presentation photo, he quicly grabbed a stocking cap.
Kanye West (seen with face covering) is presented with the City of Atlanta Proclamation by City Council member Natalyn Archibong Thursday night.

Kanye West now has a proclamation from the city where he was born, Atlanta.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong presented West with the document proclaiming Thursday as "Kanye West Day".

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The rapper was in Atlanta last night at a listening party for his new album DONDA, named for his late mother Donda West.

According to Archibong, "after more than 18 months of being isolated and socially distanced, I was honored to celebrate the return of a native son of Atlanta to his roots."

Morris Brown College gave Kanye West with a plaque honoring his late mother and a resolution recognizing Kanye.
Morris Brown President Dr Kevin James presents Kanye West with a meritorious award honoring the rapper's late mother Dr. Donda West who started her career at the Atlanta college. It happened following West's listening party in Atlanta for his 10th studio album 'Donda'.

Dr. Kevin James, President of Morris Brown College, presented West with a meritorious service award for his mother. "Dr. Donda West started her career at Morris Brown College as a professor and eventually Department Chair of English. We wanted to convey the utmost respect that we have for his mother's legacy." James also presented the rapper with a resolution.

A crowd packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the unveiling of West's 10th studio album.

According to the Associated Press, West gifted 5,000 tickets to faculty, staff and students from some Atlanta HBCUs including Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

There are no restrictions against large gatherings in Georgia.

"With COVID, people wanted to get out", said Archibong, "It was a safe event and with no incidents." She went on to say, "Kanye could have hosted his listening party anywhere. He chose to come home. Kanye West Day in Atlanta. From Grady baby to mega star. That's the Atlanta way."

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