Los Angeles, CA – Pump It Up! host Dee Barnes shot to notoriety when she grew to become the primary feminine Hip Hop journalist to have a broadcast tv present. Launched in 1989, the present featured in-depth interviews with outstanding Hip Hop artists equivalent to Ice Cube, Ice-T, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane and, in fact, N.W.A.
Everything modified in 1991 when she was brutally attacked by Dr. Dre throughout a Hollywood report launch social gathering. Subsequently, her profession got here to a screeching halt and her days had been out of the blue filed with court docket appearances. Barnes filed legal fees in opposition to Dre and a civil go well with adopted. They finally settled out of court docket in 1993.
Now, Barnes has discovered herself in a precarious state of affairs — homelessness. With nowhere else to go, the previous Delicious Vinyl artist reluctantly launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to boost sufficient cash to safe a spot to reside. It wasn’t a simple choice.
“What made me lastly say sufficient I’m going to ask for assistance is that quote, ‘You can overcome something in life, however you need to first be prepared to reside in your fact,” she tells HipHopDX. “I noticed that I had come too far and had been by an excessive amount of to simply quit with out making an attempt.
“I had by no means requested for public assist earlier than, however I then remembered a very long time in the past whereas I used to be going by the assault trial in 1991 individuals had been sending me checks for my authorized charges. I by no means cashed any of them — not one — however figuring out I had that assist saved me sturdy sufficient to proceed to face every court docket date. Right now, I’m formally homeless. My purpose with the marketing campaign is to regain stability, which is crucial for survivors of any trauma.”
— Sista Dee Barnes✊🏾 (@sistadbarnes) March 15, 2019
In the previous, Dre had principally dismissed the incident as “no large factor.” Eminem even raps about it on 1999’s “Guilty Conscience” that includes Dre, decreasing her to nothing greater than a popular culture reference or a bit of Hip Hop tri.
But throughout an episode of HBO’s The Defiant Ones, which revolved round Dre and report exec Jimmy Iovine, he talked about his historical past of abusing girls and seemingly addressed the assault, admitting he was “out of his fucking thoughts.”
He additionally referred to it as “a significant blemish” on who he’s as a person.
Despite Dre’s public apology, the impact the assault had on Barnes nonetheless impacts her life at present. Not solely does she proceed to have migraines 28 years later, however she’s additionally felt blackballed by an business she continues to assist.
“As far as the subject material of my previous historical past with Dr. Dre and my present state of affairs, I’ll say any time a girls tells her account of abuse from a public determine, there may be all the time excessive backlash,” she explains. “There are too many examples of this — the Hollywood actresses who discovered themselves jobless after taking a stand in opposition to [Harvey] Weinstein, the ladies who gave up their desires of comedy after incidents with comedian Louis C.Ok.
“But most just lately, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh hearings. After her testimony, she’s needed to have safety resulting from dying threats, change her job, transfer her household, et cetera. Women are punished first by the crime dedicated in opposition to them after which for holding abusers accountable for his or her actions and talking out in opposition to home violence and sexual assault. Survivors ought to have the ability to maintain individuals in positions of energy accountable for his or her actions with out shedding their very own energy. Times up.”
Until Barnes is ready to get again on her toes, she’s asking the Hip Hop neighborhood to band collectively and assist her by this tumultuous time. To donate to her GoFundMe web page, take a look at the hyperlink here.