PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth community members and city officials are gearing up to lose control with the arrival of hip-hop star Missy Elliott in October.
Missy Elliott was born and raised in Portsmouth and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, which is now Manor High School.
The award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter and producer expressed her excitement on social media earlier this month after learning that a roadway had been named after her.
A portion of McLean Street will be renamed “Missy Elliott Boulevard.”
“My Grandma who passed when I was young told me to stay PRAYED UP & DREAM BIG,” said the Portsmouth native. “I have been blessed so much, but this right here hits my heart differently. I am so humbly grateful to be from P-TOWN.”
Portsmouth Vice Mayor De’Andre Barnes echoed the sentiment with an announcement Wednesday evening stating that Missy Elliott herself will be coming to Portsmouth to celebrate the dedication of the new roadway.
Elliott will be accompanied by a still-unnamed “very special guest,” according to Barnes.
The City of Portsmouth confirmed it will be holding a ceremony on October 17. The festivities will begin with a parade at 2 p.m., followed by the renaming ceremony.
“We’re beyond proud of Missy’s accomplishments and so thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate her right here in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia,” said Portsmouth City Manager Tonya Chapman.
Officials will present Missy Elliott with the Key to the City during the event.
“Missy Elliott Boulevard” will impact McLean Street, from Airline Boulevard to Greenwood Drive. McLean Street runs near the Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College, and the future Portsmouth Rivers Casino.
Documents show no residential home addresses would be changed and no existing businesses would be impacted. The property is a public right-of-way owned by the City of Portsmouth.
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