Ladies Last?: 8 Reasons the Women of Hip-Hop are Oppressed

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Ms. Melodie“If we want to develop and grow to another level, we can’t be guinea pigs for the devil.” – Ms. Melodie, who passed away on July 17, 2012

[Rest in Poetic Peace to Ramona “Ms. Melodie” Parker, best known as the First Lady of Boogie Down Productions and the musical muse of her ex-husband, “The Teacher”, KRS-ONE. Ms. Melodie is Hip-Hop History! And she should be remembered in those regards!]

The Women of Hip-Hop are forever. From Roxanne Shante to MC Lyte, to Monie Love to Queen Latifah to YoYo, The Lady of Rage to Da Brat, and from Lil’ Kim to Foxy Brown and beyond – oh, and can’t forget Lauryn Hill or Rah Digga, Missy Elliot or Eve, Jean Grae or Remy Martin, to Nicki Minaj and every woman of Hip-Hop in between – they are forever. And, they are hurting. They’re stressed. They’re one false move from…

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