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Ms. Debra Antney started the No R.I.P. (No Reckless Internet Posting) campaign in 2014, months after her 22-year-old son Coades Scott, AKA KayO Redd, committed suicide.
Antney, who is the owner of the foundation, executive producer of “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, mother to Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame and former manager to Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane, wants to stop the very thing that contributed to her son’s death.
Her goal is to stop hurtful and reckless posting online, whether you are part of the general public posting on social media, or you are part of the media posting online.
On Thursday night, No R.I.P. held a fundraiser to collect items for James H. Brown Elementary School and needy families. Items collected included bedding, pots, pans, and toiletries.
“Because it’s something that they’re throwing away, it’s something that we all suffer from,” Antney answered when the A-Scene’s Francesca Amiker asked her why it was so important to bring mental health to the forefront of the black community. “Nobody wants to deal with it and it’s something that needs to be dealt with.”
Speaking of programs to grow financial literacy and mental health awareness in elementary-age kids, she leaves us with a call to action, “I’m challenging the industry, period… I’m challenging them to offer all inner-city schools, it is something that we need.”