Roxanne Shante: Forest Whitaker Producing Film About Female Rap Star

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker has signed on to produce a feature film about the legendary Roxanne hip-hop wars that occurred in the music industry back in the 1980s.

According to Roger Friedman at, the film is titled “Roxanne, Roxanne” and is about 14-year-old lyricist Roxanne Shante—born Lolita Shante Gooden—who become the first female star of rap.

As legend goes, Roxanne Shante broke through when she recorded a response record to U.T.F.O.’s 1984 rap classic “Roxanne Roxanne.” A slew of answer records followed, most notably another single called “The Real Roxanne” by another female singer who assumed the role under the auspices of U.T.F.O.

Roxanne Shante

Roxanne Shante

“Done properly, this could be a funny, clever movie about the pioneer days of hip-hop. It could be the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ for New York,” Friedman wrote.

Michael Larnell is slated to direct the film and former Vibe magazine editor Mimi Valdes will also produce.

The film “Roxanne, Roxanne” will feature actors playing the roles of Kurtis Blow, Biz Markie, Nas and many other prominent hip-hop pioneers from the time period.

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