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Remy Ma To Establish Fund To Help Women Battle Fertility Issues

The Bronx native stands alongside other women by launching a fund to help those who are fighting fertility complications.

Earlier this year, Remy Ma revealed her experience with an ectopic pregnancy on Love & Hip Hop: New York, that resulted in a miscarriage. Now, the Bronx native plans to stand alongside other women who've encountered this ordeal by launching a fund to help those who are fighting fertility complications.

In a video interview with Essence, Remy said her organization will assist "women who are like me or have a similar situation to me, but they can't afford it, could possibly get these procedures done and have children, because as a woman, that's one of the things that you can do that no other being can do."

Once Remy learned of her condition, the doctor said natural childbirth might prove far too dangerous given the condition of her fallopian tubes. "First I was distraught, I was embarrassed, I was ashamed, I felt less than a woman and [the doctor] assured me that was no way to feel and that for a certain amount of thousands of dollars, it can be fixed," she said. "And because I have the finances, I never even thought twice about it."

In January, the "All The Way Up" rapper published a statement on her Instagram account about her ectopic pregnancy and how she'll continue to power through. "This was a hard time for me & my husband & we thought long and hard before deciding to share this part of our lives with you all," she wrote. "...so I'm here to tell anyone going thru a similar situation that it is not over and God has the last say so."

In a previous interview with Bossip, Remy highlighted the fact that in-vitro fertilization can be expensive for women who seek alternative options for having a child. "So many women have been through the same thing, and I realized that in-vitro is minimum $15,000 or $20,000, easily," she said. "There's no cheaper route. I have the money, so I didn't think about it, but the average woman that this happens to doesn't have that kind of money."

First, thank you to everyone that sent their congrats as well as condolences🙏🏽 This was a hard time for me & my husband & we thought long and hard before deciding to share this part of our lives with you all. I was totally against it but in a fit of crying @papoosepapoose said " you are not the only one going thru this , we will get thru it" ...made me realize how many women like myself experience the same thing and don't have a strong partner by their side to say it will be alright. So I'm here to tell anyone going thru a similar situation that it is not over and God has the last say so Thank you to the staff at the hospital I was in; you all were super nice & respectful and did everything to ensure I was comfortable. And to Dr. Razmzan , who came to perform my surgery at 5am, who tried his best to leave me scarless and succeeded, who eased any fears I had- THANK YOU, & don't retire yet cuz once we find the right in vitro dr you have to deliver my babies 😘#BlackLove #RemyMa #MeetTheMackies

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Extrauterine pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg is stationed outside of the uterus. According to americanpregnancy.org, this "happens in 1 out of 50 pregnancies."

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It all started when a fan pointed out that Badu and R. Kelly worked with one another years ago, which is why she allegedly chose not to be apart of the docuseries. Erykah rejected that comment, stating that she had never worked with him on music or declined to appear in the documentary.

Hampton stepped in by claiming that a producer attempted to contact Badu, but did not receive a response. "I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, 'No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly' & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards," dream tweeted.

Badu quickly responded: No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in [email protected] You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation...But for now, produce this “producer’s” request or... APOLOGIZE. It’s simple."

Badu and hampton's latest back and forth comes only days after the neo-soul artist was criticized for seemingly defending R. Kelly amid his sexual abuse allegations at a concert in Chicago. She later clarified her remarks about the disgraced singer, saying that she did not approve of his actions, but believed he was deserving of love and assistance.

Check out Badu and hampton's exchange below.

I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, "No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly" & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards. https://t.co/yYBvP8bBIj

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019

No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in [email protected] You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation...But for now, produce this “producer’s” request or... APOLOGIZE. It’s simple. https://t.co/cgBcpPePMI

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Judge Removes Tekashi 6ix9ine's Lawyer From Racketeering Case

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The presiding Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled that the 6ix9ine's lawyer, Lance Lazarro, would have to be removed from the case due to a potential conflict of interest. Lazarro reportedly represented Tekashi's co-defendants, Faheem "Crippy" Walter and Kifano "Shotti" Jordan before representing 6ix9ine in his racketeering case.

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When the victim entered the bathroom, he was attack by Benjima and Drake and Beckham's friends. The whole fight was caught on video, showing Benjima throwing the first punch at Sipes. Drake and OBJ are also seen on camera watching from a distance.

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