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Miss B - MB

Miss B - MB

"Life can go up and down. A lot. But you gotta find your hope. Whatever that is. And hold on. Hold on tight. Don't let go. I've let go of mine a few times, but I won't ever give up." - Miss B

QUICK FACTS

HOMETOWN:

Eureka, CA

DREAM JOB:

Professional artist

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Writing

WHAT SHE'S READING:

The book of Ruth in the Bible

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Insane Clown Posse

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

UNLOCKED

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Single Strand Bracelet

HOMETOWN:

Eureka, CA

DREAM JOB:

Professional artist

FAVORITE PASTIME:

Writing

WHAT SHE'S READING:

The book of Ruth in the Bible

WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO:

Insane Clown Posse

FAVORITE SPOT IN NASHVILLE:

UNLOCKED

FAVORITE PRODUCT TO MAKE:

Single Strand Bracelet

PERSONALITY

“I’m a redhead, so I’m a firecracker. I’m little bitty, and dynamite comes in small packages. I like that I’m very empathetic. I like the fact that I can still pray for people and worry about them more than I worry about myself. I love everybody. I tell everybody I love them. I like being ‘Miss B’ and ‘Aunt B’ or just ‘B.’ One of my strengths is my faith in God.”

STORY

“I had a rough childhood. We were very poor. Mom had very bad depression and did not know how to bond with her children, so we felt like she didn’t love us and that she was just mean, but what it was was her depression and Parkinson’s, and she didn’t even know it was Parkinson’s at the time. After I got out of high school and foster care, I moved to Tulsa. I had been a pom pom girl in high school, and I saw this sign outside this club that said ‘dancers needed,’ and I thought to myself, ‘Okay, I’m a dancer,’ so I went inside and these girls had no clothes, but I needed the money, I had no place to stay. So I got the job. I was only 18. Then I got pregnant with my oldest son, and it got me away from a really bad situation, his father was very violent. He beat the crap out of me when I was pregnant with [my first child] because he didn’t want me to be pregnant, he wanted me to continue to work. I quit dancing to raise my son and got married.. I married [my first husband] because he was the oldest of eight kids, and he knew what he was doing with a baby. I knew nothing about raising a baby... My first husband and I had another baby together, and he tried to sell her for crack when she was two months old. So the dealer beat the crap out of him, took the baby away from him, brought the baby back to me, and told me, ‘pack what you can and tell me where you want to go. I’m buying you a one-way bus ticket to get you the hell out of here. Go somewhere where he won’t know where you’re at.’ And so I did. I got the hell out of there. It was me [and my two children]. And when my daughter was about two and a half, in ‘91, I was told that I was HIV positive, and I didn’t have any boyfriends, so I knew it had to be from my first husband. [My third child] was born HIV positive, and he passed away in 2017. I don’t hide that I have AIDS; it made me the strong woman that I am. I’ve been fighting it for 30 years, and I’m not done fighting.”

“I’m an artist now. [My mother] was the artist in the family. She used to try to get me to paint, and I was really scared. I wouldn’t touch the canvas because I was afraid I’d mess it up. We were poor, and I didn’t want to waste her money that she spent on all those canvasses.

“I’ve lived in Tennessee for 14 and a half years. I moved to Murfreesboro first. I lived there twelve years. I was homeless [when I moved to Nashville], and I moved into [a local non-profit]. It was better than living on the streets. I was only there for three months. I learned some humility when I became homeless, and I had to leave everything behind and start out brand new. Well, most of it started out used. I finally got into shared housing... and met Miss Gwen. And she just kept telling me, ‘You’re an artist.’”

AT UNLOCKED

“I started working with Unlocked. I met Alexis and fell in love and couldn’t wait to get started. They put me to work right away, and it’s been a joy. I feel like I believe in myself. I feel like I can do something productive and people like it, they buy it, and I feel like I’m actually learning to sell. I love to talk, and I’ve gotten to where I’ve come out of my shell a little bit and can talk to people and tell them about the company and jewelry and why Unlocked is here, which is to help homeless women transitioning into housing to earn a good wage. It’s all love, and we’re a family. I love all of you.”

“I get paid to play.”

“While I’ve been working with Unlocked, I’ve been saving a little bit back out of each check. It took me a few months, but I saved up enough so I could buy my very first laptop. When I got my laptop, I needed a hotspot, but I didn’t know I was eligible for an upgrade, so I got a brand new phone. That was a blessing.”

FUTURE PLANS

“In a few weeks I’ll be moving into a loft on the East side of Nashville. I feel the prayers. Future plans? Just be with my friends.”

“I’m gonna live forever, either here on earth or in heaven. I really shouldn’t be scared; I should be excited.”

UPDATES

“I have pancreatic cancer, and I was diagnosed in December, but I’ve been fighting it since about May or June last year. When my hair starts falling out, I’m doing wigs. I’m all excited about that. I may be going through a lot right now with my health, but I feel safe. I know I’m going to be okay. I’ll be cured if God wants to be, if that’s His will, but I’m not going to be mad at him if it’s not his will. Either way I win because I know I’m going to heaven. If I got a choice between being miserable or going to heaven, my choice is heaven. That’s my whole goal anyway. I’m not going to rush it, I know it’s all going to be in God’s time, all God’s will. And if I can turn these diseases into something that will glorify God, then this will be all worth it.”



Miss B passed away on April 6th, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by people who love her. We, at Unlocked, will forever be thankful for the love and light that Miss B brought into each of our lives. Her spirit will live on in our company and community as we seek to love others well, emphasize the importance of laughter, and make the best of any situation with a resiliency previously unknown to us.