“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,” she said. “Everyone is dealing with their own different struggles. Some of us less fortunate than others. It may sound cliche but things will turn around in your favor, this is the balance of life ups and downs, so stay strong, and count your blessings, not your problems.”
She confirmed on Twitter March 15 the campaign was hers, and thanked her supporters for their messages and donations.
Although she set a goal of $5,000, she raised more than $27,000 as of Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, Barnes said she was overwhelmed by the support and shared more good news.
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“EVERYONE I am so overwhelmed with gratitude by the love & support it makes all the hateful comments trivial and insignificant,” she wrote. “I have not looked at the GoFundMe since last night because I am so emotional... I have been offered my first industry job in 28 years GOD IS GOOD!!!”
Barnes gained popularity in the late 1980s as a member of the female rap duo Body & Soul. She also became host of the popular radio music program “Pump it Up!” during that time.
In 1991, she accused hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre of attacking her, because he was unhappy with a “Pump It Up!” segment. She filed a civil suit against the rapper, who pleaded no contest, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.