Truth Exposed: NY Daily News Co-Signs Roxanne Shante’s PHD Lies

It seems that online magazine Slate Magazine takes the ideals of journalism more seriously than the Daily News, which ran a story celebrating lies old-school rapper Roxanne Shante has spread over the last decade about receiving a PH.D from Cornell University.  In this digital age, Slate used old-fashion methods of fact checking that apparently slipped the mind of Daily News writer, Walter Dawkins.

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.

With more recent female rappers Lil Kim, Remy Ma, Da Brat and Foxy Brown spending time in jail for various forms of “keeping it gangsta,”  Roxanne Shante’s fraudlent story was thought to be a point of inspiration for young women and men seeking to find purpose beyond rap.  While working on my thesis documentary Little Miss Hip Hop, I briefly spoke with Roxanne Shante who said she would be up for an interview and speaking at the University at Buffalo about opportunities for women in hip hop.  However, I never heard from Roxanne Shante after I explained that I wanted to set up an interview at her office and I wanted her to share information about her practice.    I thought that I was just being dissed, when in reality Roxanne Shante was avoiding the truth.

Click Here for the full article at Slate Magazine:  Roxanne’s Nonexistent Revenge

[audio] Remy Ma- If You Only Knew

Remy Ma

I was originally fighting posting this but then it hit me that not only will we be no longer hearing any tunes from Remy but rarely do you hear two artists in Hip Hop express genuine love for one another so I’m like f*ck it, why not! This is Remy’s ode to Papoose called “If You Only Knew.”


[Editorial] A Day In Brooklyn


By PMoor

Yesterday I managed to pull myself away from the computer and make my rounds in the world, like when my namesake Morpheus jumps into the Matrix. What I found was surprising to say the least. Brooklyn is undergoing a transformation right before our eyes and as entrepreneurs we’re focused on getting in where we can fit in. At the end of the day Jay-Z and Bruce Ratner will change the landscape of what we now know to be Brooklyn forever just like Harlem will be transformed into something that is less cultural but more business. And you know how the old adage goes, “when you can’t beat ’em you better join ’em” (I can only vouch for what’s going on in Brooklyn, I can’t vouch for the BS taking place Uptown).

So, me and my mentor, Jacqueline Rowe held meetings this afternoon with some good folks from BUILD (Brooklyn United For Innovative Local Development) to see how we can inject ourselves into the future because its all about the future, my friends. Then we made our way up Flatbush Avenue taking note of all the landmark businesses we used to frequent that are now displaying “OUT OF BUSINESS” signs in their windows. While the point wasn’t lost on me that this may be as a result of the Nets Arena coming to town what resonated even more louder in my mind is that in this changing dynamic you gotta play to win, because one thing is certain, “Change Gon’ Come.”
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Radio Hosts Stoop to New Lows as Remy & Shooting Victim Air It Out On Air

Remy Ma & Shooting Victim Makeda

The travesty continues…on the morning of the 14th, both Remy Ma and shooting victim Makeda Barnes-Joseph called into New York radio (Hot 97) to state their case. The radio hosts, DJ Envy and Miss Jones took this opportunity to stoop to new lows by ridiculing the young lady who was “allegedly” shot by Remy. Not only were they accusing her to be ‘out for the money’ but while she was explaining her ordeal you could hear them ad-libing her vocals with sounds of gunshots and snickering laughter. Jonesy, as she is so passionately referred to, stated her bias from the gate by telling Makeda that Remy was her girl and she was riding with her rendition of the event. Even though this girl was clearly hysterical on the phone, pleading with someone to show some compassion and hear her story these buffoons up at the radio couldn’t extend her an ounce of decency.
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Is Remy’s Conviction an Indictment on Hip Hop?

Remy Ma

This is a tragedy on all sides. First Kimberly. Then Inga. Now Remy. Hip Hop’s female hierarchy is heading to the slammer at an unprecedented ratio. Sure, dudes are getting locked up but at a ratio of one out of every twenty. Mind you there is only like 10 female emcees and at least 6 of them have been in potential penitentiary-bound circumstances. Nobody wins when there are children involved and I’m sure you’re like, ‘she should’ve thought about all that before she pulled the trigger.’ My thing is not only are you right, but the irony is that the reality of her actions are too much for us to swallow, but when its the content in her raps we don’t have any problem jammin’ out to the sh*t on our iPods.

Yet we expect some authenticity from our “stars.” If they let their thing off they are deemed to be the “real deal” the “genuine article.” How many songs have come out to applaud the “realness” of Shyne for letting his thing off in the club but yet they clown him behind his back for taking a dive for Puff? “How can he be so stupid” but “He so gangsta.” Which one is it? I was in Club New York that night and it wasn’t nothing gangsta about what went down. How many of his fans write him? Visit him? Send him bread? We abandon our own during their times of need and neglect the very relationship that was forged by us buying into their fairy tales. Continue reading

Papoose Pulls Stunt To Avoid Remy Ma Jail Wedding…

Source : Nahright via Daily News

Well this story is one for the ages. It is being reported by the Daily News that the wedding between Papoose and Remy Ma was not to be. This story is too unbelievable to repeat so please read below:

Wedding – or prison break?

Remy Ma’s jailhouse nuptials were abuptly called off Monday when her rapper groom Papoose showed up with a most curious wedding present: a handcuff key.
“A wedding was scheduled today and a visitor to that wedding service was found to be in possession of jail contraband so the wedding was canceled,” a corrections official told the Daily News.
“The key that was found today easily opened handcuffs that we and other law enforcement officials use,” the official said.

The Brooklyn-born Papoose – real name Shamele Mackie – won’t be able to see his fiance now until November.
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Remy Ma & Papoose Set to get Married Today on Rikers Island

Papoose & Remy Ma

Source: WNBC

Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, will marry rapper Papoose at New York’s Rikers Correctional Facility next week, her lawyer Ivan Fisher told The New York Post.
Fisher told the Post the wedding would be held on Monday and that the bride and groom would each be allowed two guests for the prison ceremony, reported WNBC-TV in New York.
Ma is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday for shooting acquaintance Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen after an argument outside Pizza Bar, a Manhattan nightclub, in July 2007.

Ma claimed Barnes-Joseph had stolen money from her purse.
In March, a Manhattan jury convicted Ma on charges of assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion in connection with the incident.
She has been held without bail at Rikers since her conviction and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Ma, a former member of Fat Joe’s “Terror Squad,” is one of three female rappers to ever have a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Terror Squad’s hit “Lean Back.”

Remy & Pap 2 Wed On Rikers Island


Hip Hop’s newest it couple Remy Ma & Papoose are due to be married on Rikers Island while she awaits sentencing on her recent convictions for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion.

Source: Breitbart via AP

They’re much in love,” Fisher said. “They’re very committed to each other, and they had intended to marry one way or another.”

About 200 weddings are performed each year at Rikers Island, which offers chaplains and chapels, said city Department of Correction spokesman Stephen Morello. Only two guests will be permitted, and the couple won’t be allowed to wear rings with protruding gems.

Remy Ma was nominated for a Grammy as part of the Terror Squad for the 2004 hit “Lean Back.” She also has recorded with rap stars Busta Rhymes and Eminem.

Papoose’s “Born To Win” was featured on the top-selling football video game “Madden NFL 06,” and the music magazine Rolling Stone named him one of its “10 Artists to Watch” in 2006.

The Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Shamele Mackie, also attracted attention with a track called “50 Shots,” in which he vented his anger about a fatal 2006 New York City police shooting of an unarmed man who was hours away from getting married.

Remy Ma Trial: Convicted, TI Trial: Pleads Guilty-UPDATE SEE VIDEO


Well it seems that Remy Ma has been convicted by the jury and faces and hell of a long time in the slammer. Its a shame that she will probably spend at least a decade in jail and this will probably end her career. Shameful indeed. According to SOHH, who said their reporters were present in the courtroom when the verdict was handed down, Remy was caught off guard by the outcome.

Her lawyer, Ivan Fisher said, “Remy didn’t expect this…she didn’t tell her eight-year old son, who she left this morning [she would not be returning home].”
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Remy Lawyer Says It Was Accident In Closing Arguements


Remy Ma trial is coming to a close and her lawyer has stated that this was all an accident and that the victim’s testimony supports that. Her defense lawyer hopes the jury will believe this scenario and find her not guilty of first-degree assault amongst other charges. This verdict in this case is one that will definetly resonate in the hip hop community,due to the fact that this will be the third prominent female star(Lil kim & Foxy Brown) that would have been convicted and sent to jail. In a genre that is already starved for female stars this doesn’t look good. More of the story at Sohh

Busta Rhymes Ducks Jail Time



While Remy awaits her fate to be handed to her in Manhattan Court Busta Rhymes could let out a sigh of relief as his legal shenanigans seem to have come to an end.  After copping out in January a day before his case was slated to go to trial, Judge Larry Stephen imposed the sentence of three years probation, 10 days of community service and $1,250 in fines on Rhymes for drunk driving and assaulting a former driver and a fan.  The judge warned Busta, “If you mess up, you’re going to jail.”  Rhymes responded outside the courtroom, “I thank the judge for giving me a chance and I thank everybody for being supportive.” 

Remy Ma Trial: Day One & Day Two


 See Also : Remy Ma’s Assault Trial Starts

Remy Ma has started her trial today with a startling revelation that she and Makeda Barnes- Joseph struggled over the gun which then accidentally went off and critically injured Barne -Joseph. This is actually the first time that Remy Ma born Remy Smith has said her recollection of her former friend’s shooting. Facing up to 25 years in prison, this defense strategy will be crucial to Remy’s case because it is unlikely she will testify in her own defense due toOluwole Ajudun, 21, testified that early on July 14, 2007, after a party in Greenwich Village, he saw Remy get out of her Cadillac Escalade with a “silver chrome” gun.

“I saw her cock it back and jump in Makeda’s car,” he said.

Just moments later, he heard a pop and saw Remy leave Barnes-Joseph’s car.

Another witness, Crystal Ricks, testified that she saw Remy get in the car, she heard a pop and  her having committed violent acts  in previous incidents. Good defense lawyers always shy away from having their clients testify at trial. More on the trial at SOHH

Brandi Harper Update:

Oluwole Ajudun, 21, testified that early on July 14, 2007, after a party in Greenwich Village, he saw Remy get out of her Cadillac Escalade with a “silver chrome” gun. “I saw her cock it back and jump in Makeda’s car,” he said.

Just moments later, he heard a pop and saw Remy leave Barnes-Joseph’s car.

Another witness, Crystal Ricks, testified that she saw Remy get in the car, she heard a pop and she saw Remy get out of the car, but Ricks never saw a gun. (SOHH)