September 3, 2009

Roxanne Shanté's Revenge on Her Record Label Never Happened!?!

It was the feel-good story of the summer. Unfortunately there's no PhD or any other kind of degree according to Slate.com blog.

According to the New York Daily News, Roxanne Shanté, the 1980s female hip-hop pioneer famous for the 1984 underground hit "Roxanne's Revenge," had finally gotten her own revenge on Warner Music, the record label she accused of "cheating with the contracts, stealing and telling lies," to avoid paying her what she was owed. How? After valiantly fighting, reported Daily News freelancer Walter Dawkins, Shanté had convinced Warner to honor a contractual agreement to "fund her education for life." Warner ended up paying more than $200,000, Dawkins reported, to finance Shanté's education, which Shanté said included an undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell. And now, said the Daily News, "Dr. Roxanne Shanté" has "launched an unconventional therapy practice focusing on urban African-Americans," in which she "incorporates hip-hop music into her sessions, encouraging her clients to unleash their inner MC and shout out exactly what's on their mind."


The story was endlessly blogged and tweeted, heralded as an example of a heroic triumph by a girl from the projects over her evil record label. Credulous music-industry critics lapped it up; Techdirt, after stating flatly that Warner had "tried to cheat [Shanté] out of her contract," reflected the online sentiment: "It's nice to see how Warner Music actually did some good in the world, even if it had to be dragged there kicking and screaming."

One problem: Virtually everything about the Daily News' heartwarming "projects-to-Ph.D." story appears to be false.


An investigation by Slate has revealed: According to Warner, neither it nor any of its subsidiary record labels ever had a contract with Shanté, and it was not obligated to pay for her education. Indeed, there's no evidence that it ever did.
Shanté—real name Lolita Shanté Gooden—doesn't have a Ph.D. from Cornell or anywhere else. Indeed, she admitted it in an interview with Slate. And Cornell has no record of Gooden (or "Shanté") ever attending or receiving a degree.


According to Marymount Manhattan College records, Shanté enrolled there but dropped out less than four months later without ever earning a degree.


New York state records indicate that no one named Lolita Gooden or Roxanne Shanté is licensed to practice psychology or any related field. More at Slate.com

Anyone know what ever happened to "The Real Roxanne"?

1 comment:

  1. Wow...A rapper lied about their past and their dealings/contracts with record labels. Next thing you know, they'll all dis rappers for crossing over then do it themselves and justify why they are different.

    Whst did Deborah Cox sing?...Same SH*T, Different Cast.

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