October 18, 2016

Remy Ma: "Incarcerated Black Women Are Routinely 'Forgotten'"

Remy Ma, photo courtesy of Huffington Post

Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com 

It's been two years since Remy Ma was released from prison. And although most would think it's enough for her to receive a fresh new start, the system doesn't always welcome it.

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In a recent interview with Huffington Post, the hip hop artist shares both her experiences and challenges with the prison system. "Black women are overlooked all the time," she tells the Huff Post. "People don't know all the hardships that being a Black woman you have to face."

Remy Ma was released from prison in 2014 after serving six years of her eight year sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. According to Billboard, Remy Ma was convicted of intentional assault after shooting a member of her entourage over a missing $3,000. Ma would argue that the shooting was an accident, but would later be convicted.

Despite, her reason for serving time in prison, Ma brings up great points in her interview. She expresses feelings on isolation and neglect. "I know women who haven't seen their children in ten years and they live right here in Brooklyn. They're 45 minutes away from the city. People whose husbands forget about them, boyfriends forget about them. Friends forget about them. Their children forget about them. Black women just get thrown away and I'm tired of it." Watch the video below.





What are your thoughts on Remy Ma's perspective? Are Black women being forgotten about in prison?

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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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