For several years now old skool rapper Roxanne Shante (real name Lolita Shanté Gooden) has been telling the world that she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount Manhatten College and received her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University.
We were also led to believe that Warner Music Group funded Roxanne’s education because of some clause in her recording contract with them.
But it was all lies I’m afraid!
Slate Magazine decided to investigate the story after a ‘feel-good’ article about Roxanne appeared in the NY Daily News, and this is what they discovered…
New York state records indicate that no one named Lolita Gooden or Roxanne Shanté is licensed to practice psychology or any related field.
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
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This is just sad and disappointing.
I don’t understand why she felt it necessary to lie!
One point to liquor & poor judgement, zero to common sense.
this lie has been going on for time then – plus im vex cos i have passed on this tainted knowledge how they paid for this so called education!1 You fooled me girl!!!
Infact i would have rather of been left believing the lie !!!
What a mess of a story. Looks like she’s going 2 end up in therapy herself. Graduated in absentia? Smh
That is f’d up!!! She has been counseling folk and charging money… fraud fraud and mo fraud!!! I feel charges coming!!!
I mean, didn’t she know that something as well documented as a degree (especially from a celebrity figure) would be readily accessible to the media, and therefore easily (dis)proven?