Wednesday, September 2, 2009

News: Roxanne Shauntay’s PHD is a Big, Fat Lie

So you'll recall the whole Roxanne Shante gets a Ph.D. from Cornell and makes her record company pay for it; because she had the foresight to put a 'you agree to pay for my education for life' clause in her contract story, right? Well, it was all a hoax. decided dig beyond the warm fuzzies and into the fuzziness they saw in Shante's tale. The results of their reporting are downright depressing:

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.

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