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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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French Montana Hospitalized For Series Of Medical Ailments

On Thursday (Nov. 21), medical authorities responded to an emergency call derived from French Montana's Calabasas home. According to TMZ, the "Shot Caller" rapper began to experience health ailments from nausea to an increased heart rate.

Around 1:30 p.m., the officials arrived at the scene and transported the 35-year-old entertainer to a nearby hospital. Authorities were initially responding to a call about a robbery but it was a false alarm. He then began to experience health ailments that encouraged the authorities to take him to a hospital. Details of his condition are still being kept private. The Bronx-bred, Morocco-born artist has been on the go since the charting success of his 2018 hit "Unforgettable." After filming the song's video in Uganda, Montana was inspired to provide adequate health services for over 300,000 people, AXS reports.

"Health care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a right," he said to CNN. "When it comes to humanity I feel like a lot of people gotta step up to make it better." Montana continued to state the power that artists have the power to make a significant change but shy away from doing so. "I feel like a lot of artists and a lot of actors and people that have a platform like mind don't like to touch them kind of subjects because they real risky."

Happy one year anniversary to my family in Uganda 🇺🇬 cant believe we got so much done in one year !! Thank u for the opportunity💪❤️ !! pic.twitter.com/VBeGRIi6Zg

— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) March 14, 2018

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by Self.com, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.

 

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How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald

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