Reminisce Mackie, American rapper, has emerged as a strong voice of women empowerment since releasing her album ‘Conceited’ in 2006. Her music carries the objectives of empowering women, criticize colorism and championing female reproductive health.
Born and grew up in The Bronx, New York, Remy has been active in rap since her debut in 2003. Remy found her way to many accolades including reaching at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, became one of the only five female rappers to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won BET Award for Best Female Hip- Hop Artist, which she won in 2005 and 2017 and has been nominated for three Grammy awards.
Remy’s songs carry a purpose within them. She wants to portray women as they are, through her songs, and not manipulate them especially when it comes to portrayal of dark- skinned women. Remy pointed out the fact that if black women are showed in the videos, they tend to have light- skinned with hair in loose curl patterns. The artist is trying to fight stereotypes and is pushing for more representation for girls like her.
2018 single ‘Melanin Magic’ by Remy featuring guest vocals from Chris Brown , is worth examining. The song praises dark- skinned black women for all the biological traits they inherited. These traits are commonly dismissed in terms of Eurocentric standard of beauty. #MyMelaninMagic went hand in hand with the single to highlight black women across New York City and to get their definitions of melanin magic.
Remy’s family had a tremendous influence on her current views on colorism and black- women identity. She had the privilege of growing up in midst of women like her grandma, mother and four aunts. They instilled in her the idea of what strong black women look like from her early childhood. Remy slowly incorporated this notion into her lyrics and music.
“You always hear songs that are about, ‘I got this exotic girl. She half this and she half that’ or she’s yellowbone or redbone, you never hear anybody glorifying the people or the women that are brown skin or that are dark skin.” Remy said.
Reminisce continues to be a strong voice in the arena of women empowerment and she is also trying to encourage women participation is rap industry. Remy is working toward producing more music which would make dark- skinned women think , “You know what? There is nothing wrong with me. I don’t need to change nothing.”
Remy made an announcement at 2017 Essence Fest that she was going to start a foundation for those women who can’t afford fertility treatments. Remy states that ‘women are always secondary’ when it comes to reproductive health. She is hoping to alter the whole IVF scenario with her new foundation.
Remy’s true identity lies in these words, “I would not be anything but a black woman. That’s life to me.”