Hollywood is once again turning to hip-hop for a great story.
According to reports, Forest Whitaker will co-produce Roxanne Roxanne, a feature about the 1980s Roxanne hip-hop wars in New York. The film will tell the story of 14-year-old Roxanne Shante, who became a superstar and was involved in one of the biggest hip-hop beefs ever.
"[Roxanne Shante] came to prominence at the tender age of 14 via her related answer record to U.T.F.O.'s 1984 rap hit, ' Roxanne, Roxanne'. Gooden was walking outside a New York housing project when she overheard three men discussing U.T.F.O.'s cancellation of a show they were promoting. In turn gooden offered them a reply record. The onlookers, DJ Mister Magic, Tyrone Williams and Marley Marl took her up on the offer. Her version 'Roxanne's Revenge' mixed sassy, indignant raps with a funky backbeat. It was a massive hit, which sold over a quarter of a million copies in the New York area alone, and spawned a flood of answerback records (well over a hundred at the final count), as rappers queued to take up the challenge. U.T.F.O. replied by sueing her for using their b-side as the rhythm track." #GlobalDarknessDotCom #RoxanneShante #WomenInMusic #BlackMusicMonth #Music #June #Summer #LoveYourself #LoveAnother #BeautyIsMYName #BeautyPersonified #BeautifulMessage #EmpowerYourself #FemaleEmpowerment #EncourageYourself #FemaleEncouragement
With the success of biopics like Straight Outta Compton, this movie has the chance to not only entertain audiences, but to tell the story of one of the genre’s greatest trailblazers.
No word on when the feature will debut, but Michael Larnell will direct, and Whitaker will be joined in production by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Mimi Valdés, and Erica Brady.
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