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Remy Ma On Meek Mill: "They Set It Up So That You Go Back"

"A lot of people, they don't understand that when you go through something like that it's traumatizing." ~ Remy Ma

Remy Ma is gearing up to release her sophomore solo album, Seven Winters, Six Summers, a title that was inspired by her prison stint at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. The subject of her incarceration has surfaced in multiple interviews and on reality television since she was released three years ago. The Bronx native is continuing that discussion on "The Breakfast Club" (Nov. 9) when asked about Meek Mill's recent sentencing.

The MMG rapper began his two to four-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Nov. 8), after he reportedly failed a drug test and sidestepped the procedure for notifying the court of his travel itinerary, ultimately violating his probation. Remy then used herself as an example of how the criminal justice system sets one up for failure from your first offense.

"Take me for instance, I did all the years that I did. But after you got out, I still have five years - not parole, no. If I was on parole I would've been off a year, two years ago because it only goes as long as your sentence," she said. "What they're doing now, they put this post-release provision on top of it where for three years, or five years, or however many years afterward, you can't do nothing. I literally have a curfew still, I have a curfew of 12:30 every day until 2019 and I got out of prison in 2014."

To remain on the topic of that post-release provision, the "Wake Me Up" rapper said, "They set it up so that you go back, and it's sad when you're a celebrity it's even worse because people are paying attention...It's hard sometimes when you're trying to be good, and you're trying to do the right thing. It's like no matter what you do, you never finish paying your debt to society."

A reason why the award-winning artist remains open about her experience in prison is that she wants to help prevent anyone who hears her story from landing in the criminal justice system's quicksand.

"A lot of people, they don't understand that when you go through something like that it's traumatizing. I spent most of my adult life in prison and I became the person I am now because of what I went through," she said. "When I speak about it, it's not because I'm proud of it or because I'm bragging about it, I want to help you not go through this. Or if you are going through this, this is what you can do afterward...It's things that happened to me that I share so that maybe I can prevent other people."

Remy also shared her thoughts on a misunderstanding with 2 Chainz, her forthcoming album, Love & Hip Hop, and more.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Opens Up About Past Porn Addiction

Jada Pinkett Smith discussed her previously "unhealthy" addiction to porn on her Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk.

The actress opened up on Monday's episode (May 20) about her relationship to porn, which she revealed occurred shortly before her relationship with her husband Will Smith began.

"If I was still on my porn game, I'd be able to show you some good porn," she said to her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne shortly before the episode began.

"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction, but I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness," she said. "...Maybe I’ll say now that I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence."

When prompted by her daughter on what brought on this "fixation" to adult entertainment, Jada discussed that it came from an emotional place.

"It was actually like feeling like an emptiness, at least you think it is," she explained. "But it's actually not."

Later on in the episode, the trio brought in a couple who explained how the man's porn addiction nearly cost them their marriage.

Watch the full episode below.

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Nipsey Hussle's Sister Maintains Custody Of His Daughter

According to reports, Nipsey Hussle's sister Samantha will retain custody of his 10-year-old daughter, Emani.

TMZ says that the late rapper's family believes that Emani's biological mother, Tanisha Foster, is "unfit" to take care of the child. Foster was interviewed briefly by the gossip site's cameras regarding the verdict, where she voiced her disappointment.

"I'm pissed off," she said. When prompted about matters such as visitation rights for the child, Foster did not comment. There is reportedly another hearing in July.

"Tanisha's lawyer, Larry Lewellyn, tells TMZ he's working with Nipsey's family on a visitation schedule that will be in Emani's best interest," reports the site. Emani has been living under the care of Smith since her father's untimely death in late-March.

As VIBE previously reported, a warrant was reportedly sent out for Foster's arrest after she failed to appear in court for a DUI case. "Foster skipped out on her court date on May 15... which resulted in her probation being revoked and a bench warrant for her arrest being issued," we wrote.

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Congrats: Ciara To Study At Harvard Business School

Props are in order for Ciara. The singer will reportedly be attending an Ivy League school– Harvard University to be exact– to continue to level up.

According to People, a representative for CiCi confirmed that the superstar will be taking classes at the prestigious Boston college's business school in the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program. The school's website notes that "admission to Ciara’s specific program is a 'selective process based on … professional achievement and organizational responsibilities.'"

As we know, attending college is no easy feat, and the "Thinkin' Bout You" singer will reportedly learn to "develop and execute more effective business strategies" as well as “debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry."

"I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for," Ciara wrote on Instagram. "This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS."

Ciara's latest album, Beauty Marks, dropped earlier this month, and she also recently became a full-blown business woman when she announced her plans to start her own label and company, Beauty Marks Entertainment. BME will reportedly live at the crossroads of entertainment, "where music intersects with Film, Fashion, Technology & Philanthropy."

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I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS. #WhyNotHER

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