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April 28, 2015

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Encouraging Diversity in the National Parks

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Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.

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In addition to discussing Kanye's rise to fame, Dr. West discussed the early years of her son's life as well as the years leading up to his birth in the tome.

The majority of the second half of the book explores her feelings on issues like homophobia, community service, and politics through the lens of her multiple Grammy Award winning son's actions.

Earlier this summer, our beloved former Programming Chief Ken Gibbs, Jr. spoke with West about her new book -- which was co-written with black publishing titan Karen Hunter.

"Much of Kanye's spirit, brashness and confidence came directly from his mother," Hunter told The BV Newswire upon hearing the news of Dr. West's demise. "She taught him how to be his own person by example."

"Her own story is incredible, her own talents, vast (in addition to having a PhD, she was a poet, an actress and an activist)," the Hunter College professor and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist added. "I only got to know her a short time ago, but what I know is that she was a woman who lived her life with an enviable freedom and above all else, loved her son and her family dearly."

"This news is heartbreaking," she added. "Dr. Donda West will be surely missed!"

-- Check out Dr. Donda West on the More Than Words podcast.

-- Dr. Donda West and Kanye featured in the Mother's Day Photo Gallery.

UPDATE: According to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Dr. West's publicist Patricia Green said she passed away "as the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure." Meanwhile, TMZ has famed black plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams on record stating that he performed cosmetic surgery on Dr. West shortly before she died.

She was 58 years old.


VIDEO: Dr. Donda West on Chicago's WGN TV Show

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