Missy Elliott paid $50,000 to cover past due rents for 26 families on the first anniversary of “Missy Elliott Day,” in her native Virginia.
The “Work It” rapper and music producer donated the money to the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority on the one-year anniversary of Missy Elliott Day on Oct. 17.
The money Will help 26 families catch up on their back rent.
Elliott, 52, appeared at the Dr. O. Marriner Family Life Center at Grove Church, according to The Virginian-Pilot. She presented the large check to the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s executive director Alisa Winston.
“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,” the “Lose Control” rapper said. “I love my city. I love my state. I love everything about it. Everything about Missy comes from here — the hospitality, the humility, the confidence — if you mess with me, it’s a problem. We sweet, but don’t try us.”
Winston told the audience the donation would cover 26 families’ past-due rents. The move meant a lot to Patricia. “So when you give, you give because you remember those days when you didn’t have,” Wilson said after the ceremony. “If each person would give when they get to the top, then, what a real beautiful world we would be in.”