Missy Elliott has Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid.
"You live with it for the rest of your life," she tells People.
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According to the Graves' Disease Foundation, the illness affects 2 to 3 percent of the population. Elliott, 39, was diagnosed in 2008 after suffering such ...
Hip-hop diva Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott currently plays Mama to a tour bus full of wannabe rappers on UPN's Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET). In tonight's episode, Missy's brood attempts to put new spins on classic country ditties at a Nashville honky-tonk bar. Next month, the ratings-challenged Road gets a sweeps boost from special guest star Madonna. Here, TV Guide Online gets a saucy update on all things Missy. So listen up, y'all!TV Guide Online: What made you do a reality show?Missy Elliott: As an artist, I felt like kids need to see you don't just [become] a superstar and jump into a Bentley as soon as you get on TV. It's hard work. You have to have drive, be on time and believe in yourself. You're gonna feel sad, have doors closed in your face, have people talking to you any kind of way [they want] to make you feel like you ain't got the skills. There are some people like [Road judge] Mona
On Tuesday night, the broadcast portion of the TCA press tour wrapped up in fine style. That's when UPN hosted an all-star clambake at Shutters on the Beach, a posh shorefront hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. In Party Boy's humble opinion, the belle of the beach was Missy Elliott, whose hip-hop talent search, On the Road with Missy Elliott, debuts this fall.
Although surrounded by her entourage of sexy sistah friends and bulky bodyguards, Missy was surprisingly friendly and accessible. (Especially since I happened to know Road's exec producer, who also helms Big Brother.) I took advantage of our meet 'n' greet to ask a question that's been burning in my mind for years now.
Party Boy: In your racy "Work It" song, you say, "Is it worth it? Let me work it. I put my thang down, flip it and reverse it." What "thang" do you mean, exactly?Missy: [Laughs] I'm just talkin' about my rap skills. It ain't nothin' nasty!
This fall, the hip-hop world was rocked by the fatal shooting of Run DMC member Jam Master Jay. In the tragedy's wake, bandmate Daryl "DMC" McDaniels stays strong by holding onto his fond memories of the pioneering rap group's work.
"Run DMC was always about love," he tells TV Guide Online. "We weren't really the greatest rappers in the world, but everybody gave us love and we always gave it back. It was 70 percent love and 30 percent talent with us! We only did what the people wanted us to do."
With the release of her Under Construction album, his pal Missy Elliott has lit a fire under the grieving rapper. "That s--- is so deep and real," he says of the hip-hop bad girl's latest work. "I told Missy that's a perfect 10 album. I think that might be album of the year. People don't really make albums like that no more. That s--- inspired me to keep rapping!"
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