Missy Elliott Donates $50,000 to Her Hometown in Support of Families Facing Eviction

Melissa Arnette Elliott, nicknamed Missy Elliott, donated $50,000 to the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority in recognition of Missy Elliott Day.

Patricia Elliott, the star’s mother, offered a moving account of their family’s financial difficulties prior to the R&B and hip-hop sensation’s meteoric climb to fame. Patricia Elliot described how Portsmouth fans arrived in the pouring rain singing, “We love you.” The donation, according to Missy Elliot, represents the reciprocation of that love.

Missy Elliott expressed gratitude for the donation, stating that she had been in the same circumstances as the families facing eviction.

“For me, who has been in a situation like that with my mother, a single mother, that’s what made it important. I felt like I could relate to being in a place where you don’t know where you are going next,” Missy Elliott expressed.

The rapper’s donation comes one year after a boulevard titled “Missy Elliott Blvd.” was named after her, according to 13NewsNows. The city of Portsmouth presented her with an honorary key, and she visited the high school where she graduated in 1990, among other things.

“Instead of it being a celebration of Missy Elliott—you know, about me—I wanted to give back and let that be the celebration of Missy Elliott, just to show that I love everybody out here,” she said. “Just know that P-Town is with me no matter where I go,” she said, according to HipHopdx.

“I love my city. I love my state. I love everything about it,” she added. “Everything about Missy comes from here—the hospitality, the humility, the confidence. If you mess with me, it’s a problem. We are sweet, but don’t try us.”

“On behalf of the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, our board of commissioners, our staff, and most importantly, our residents,” Alisa Winston, executive director of the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, stated in response. This would allow 26 of our families who are behind on their rent to stay in their homes.”

Missy Elliott is a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 

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