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Remy Ma talks the meaning of "Melanin Magic" and calls for more diversity

"I feel like we can always use something uplifting.”

Kadeem Cobham // REVOLT TV

Last month, Remy Ma dropped her latest single, “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” and her goal with the Chris Brown-assisted record was to celebrate women of all shades. “I didn’t do it based on what’s going on right now,” Remy told REVOLT TV. “But I feel like we can always use something uplifting.”

Although there have been recent moves that have opened up more seats at the table for non-white males, the playing field still is nowhere near leveled. The Love & Hip Hop alumni notes that when it comes to the worlds of entertainment and media, there has never really been proper representation for people of all shades of color.

“The top figures in entertainment, in sports, in news casting, in journalism, in media, do have a certain look about them,” she said. “Very rarely do you see people that are of a darker skin tone.”

Today, she finally dropped the single's music video and, through shades of brown and gold, she aptly gives melanin the royal treatment.

Colorism, the prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color, has low-key been an issue ethnic communities have had to deal with for a few centuries now. Not exclusive to the United States, the form of prejudice has left its mark throughout the Caribbean, South and Central Americas and many parts of Africa. A hotly discussed topic as of late, the form of discrimination has been at the center of many conversations that have been happening across social media platforms, television and music.

“I think that there is something wrong,” said Remy Ma while on the black carpet of last month’s pre-Grammy Roc Nation Brunch. “There should be more diversity, and I think people should recognize that as an issue.”

Always repping for the ladies, the “Conceited” rapper acknowledges that colorism has women in particular feelings ways. “I think a lot of women in general have been feeling discriminated against or feeling like there’s a sense of prejudice when it comes to their skin color,” said Remy.


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