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Old 24 August 2009, 10:21 PM
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Default Rapper behind 'Roxanne's Revenge' gets Warner Music to pay for Ph.D

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...l_for_phd.html

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Roxanne's revenge was sweet indeed.

Twenty-five years after the first queen of hip-hop was stiffed on her royalty checks, Dr. Roxanne Shante boasts an Ivy League Ph.D. - financed by a forgotten clause in her first record deal
Very nice!
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Old 24 August 2009, 10:29 PM
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So finally, the 'real' Roxanne?

She's only 4/5 years older than me, and I remember listening to her records when I was 13/14...
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Old 24 August 2009, 11:25 PM
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Cool story. Good for her!
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Old 03 September 2009, 03:14 PM
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Default Roxanne's Nonexistent Revenge

Heard about the rapper who forced her label to pay for her Cornell Ph.D.? It never happened.

http://www.slate.com/id/2227090/

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.[/*]
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Old 03 September 2009, 03:56 PM
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Hm. You do wonder why people come up with stuff that's so easily refuted.
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Old 03 September 2009, 07:02 PM
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Hmm. I bought this story at first read because it didn't really seem that outlandish. Nice job of actually doing research/investigation by Slate.
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