*Remy Ma, who was expected to be present at this year’s BET Awards, as she was nominated for best female rapper of the year, turned absent as she has not been able to get a complete hold of her life after serving time.
Earlier this week, the 39-year-old mother released a video on the internet apologizing to her crew and fans, explaining her ordeal and utter confusion as to why even with good behavior she’s still being treated like a criminal.
She claims to have lost a lot of money because parole is not allowing her to work. In her video, she said, “Mind you when I got out of prison almost 5 years ago, one of the main stipulations is that you have you have to maintain employment,” and while she is diligently doing that, the parole department does not seem to have her best interests in mind.
New York-born, bred and based Remy Ma (real name: Reminisce Smith) was released from prison in 2007 and since then she has been under parole supervision.
” I currently have about 42 days of parole supervision left and one person, not my parole officer but someone who I do not even understand why they are involved in my parole supervision, is denying my travel to California to work,” she says in the video.
Even though her management sent letters, schedules, flight, and hotel bookings to the parole department, to show proof that the trip was solely for work, she was still denied permission to travel. It is obvious someone in the department is trying to sabotage Remy and her image, presenting her as unserious and unprofessional to her clients, workers and business partners.
After 4 years and 9 months of post-release supervision, with no arrest or bad behavior (except for being charged with assault against her “Love & Hip Hop: NY” castmate, Brittney Taylor), completing anger management sessions, keeping to her curfew, and making payment when due, Remy Ma is still being treated with so much injustice. The judicial system which claims to be fair and just happens to have a gaping hole right in the middle, with certain persons appearing to be abusing the power handed over to them.
Remy Ma was wrongly accused on social media and implied that if those in charge actually did their jobs right, they would have found out the sham and fixed things the right way. But instead, she was treated wrongfully. She turned herself in for questioning, and before she could say anything in her defense, she got an ankle bracelet GPS monitor and also got her curfew switched up from 11 pm to 8 pm.
“Tell me how somebody who has a job and is trying to complete an album and put out a project, how do you even function like this?,” Remy complained in the video she released.
For a female rapper of her status, all of these restrictions will affect the smooth sailing of her career. She also apologized to quite a number of people as she wouldn’t be able to pay them for their services that had been booked, all of this as a result of bad parole management.
Remy Ma appears to be being treated with the injustice of the highest order and in her video, she said there are other parolees who probably committed more crimes than she ever did, but do not get treated as bad and inhumane as she is.
“I get treated in ways no other parolee gets treated, I was sitting close to a parolee who got out on a $60,000 bail for a felony, with no ankle bracelet on.”
Remy Ma also implied that some of these people don’t even have to complete their parole time before they are released. Meanwhile, with under 40 days left, she has an ankle bracelet on and is being monitored. So much for the transparent and just judicial system for all. To top it up she has to report to the department every single week. Week in and out, Remy has to physically be at the department, even though they know where she is every single minute of every other day. Such close monitoring for someone with a very good track record since her release from jail is very unnecessary.
With a couple of contracts and projects in the works which are meant to help boost her career, Remy Ma is facing a lot of challenges solely caused by the injustice impressed on her by the parole department. All efforts to address this has been disregarded, calls have been made, and emails sent to all in a bid to set things straight, but nothing has changed. Seemingly more proof that this sabotage is intentional. Somewhere up the chain of command, there is someone serving injustice at will, and that is completely wrong.