Desperate for help, Dee Barnes’ GoFundMe page has now surpassed its $5,000 goal.
Nineteen years ago, Dee Barnes, a hip-hop reporter and former TV host, portrayed Dr. Dre and N.W.A. in a negative light.
She ran a segment about the popular rap group on Fox’s Pump It Up, a rap video show. The show featured N.W.A. members outright lambasting former partner Ice Cube. It also featured a video interview with Cube bad-mouthing the rap group.
The segment infuriated N.W.A. members, most notably Dr. Dre. So, on January 27th, 1991, Dre – real name Andre Young – decided to take measures into his own hands.
Encountering Barnes at a record release party in Los Angeles, Young reportedly picked her up and repeatedly slammed both her face and the right side of her body against a wall near the stairway. His bodyguard held off anyone who tried to intervene.
Then, after the rapper tried throwing Barnes down a flight of stairs – and kicked her in the ribs and hands – Barnes escaped into the women’s restroom. Young followed her and grabbed her from behind by the hair, punching her in the back of the head.
N.W.A. member Ren later claimed,
“She deserved it – b—h deserved it.”
“Yeah, b—h had it coming.”
Dr. Dre never denied that he committed the heinous crime. Instead, he pled No Contest in a subsequent lawsuit, and proudly boasted of his actions.
Now, while the iconic rapper/entrepreneur enjoys meteoric success, his victim lives on the streets.
Barnes begs the public for help.
Setting up a GoFundMe page, Barnes had admitted she is now homeless.
Explaining she remains in the process of being evicted, she wrote,
“Standing in our own truth not the definitions or the expectations is powerful, and this is my TRUTH.”
Barnes has created the page as an “emergency fund” to stop the eviction process as well as pay her legal fees.
“Even though I am facing extreme financial hardship, I keep my head up. I know who I am, I know my worth, and I know I’m not alone.”
Stating that everyone faces their own struggles, Barnes adds that “some of us [are] less fortunate than others.”
On Twitter, Barnes confirmed the GoFundMe page belonged to her. Asking for $5,000, she has since raised nearly $30,000.
Concluding the post, she writes,
“It may sound cliché, but things will turn around in your favor.
“This is the balance of life’s ups and downs, so stay strong, and count your blessings, not your problems.
“I have the sincerest gratitude for your help and thank everyone for your love and support.”
Featured image by Dr. Dre (YouTube screengrab).