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After posting this story about Kenya Moore’s cancellation of a student assembly where she was expected to make a $20,000 donation, a source close to Kenya reached out to me to attempt to explain the situation. After a bit of back and forth, I believe I have finally gotten the real story.
First of all, Kenya’s donation to the foundation came from her personal funds and was NOT connected to Celebrity Apprentice. Changes in the filming schedules that resulted in Kenya being unable to attend were initiated by Real Housewives of Atlanta production. Also, production was not going to Detroit to film the check presentation. Her high school, Cass Tech ,proposed the ceremony in her honor to say thank you for the generous donation.
Kenya’s storyline this season is going to feature her family ties a bit more. RHOA had scheduled a trip to Detroit to film Kenya with her father. Kenya even set up a personal appearance the Saturday before the week of filming was to begin. The film crew was not going to film the presentation of the check, which makes sense now that I think about it. Filming children is a big PITA because you have to get parental permission to film forms filled out.
Kenya was planning on dropping off the check while she was in her hometown and was disappointed that did not happen. It seems part of the problem involved her father’s schedule and his inability to be in Detroit for filming. I’m starting to understand Kenya’s reaction to my email a bit better I think. You just know that Bravo will want to use her estranged relationship with her mother for storyline. That is just how they operate. It’s unclear whether the family drama will be rescheduled for another time or if Kenya dodged a bullet.
Anyway, Kenya finally decided to just mail the check to the foundation, probably so bloggers like me would quit pestering her about the whole thing. It’s true what they say, no good deed goes unpunished. The foundation received the check yesterday.
Here is a copy of the letter from the foundation:
On behalf of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, and the students of Cass Technical High School, I accept this generous donation from Ms. Moore. Her support will be an important contribution to the arts educational opportunities made available to the students. Her thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
President, DPS Foundation
I feel a bit bad for contributing to the bad press. It was very generous of Kenya to meet Nene’s challenge to her, even though we know Nene was just being rude when she made it. It all worked out great in the long run. Bravo, Kenya.