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Why Spinderella’s ‘Salty’ Over S-N-P Biopic

No one is ever satisfied with tell-all biopics, and Dee Dee Roper, aka DJ Spinderella, is the latest celebrity to voice concerns over the portrayal of her life in a music biopic. Citing blatant omissions of her contributions to the iconic brand in the highly publicized “Salt-N-Pepa” biopic, which is airing on Lifetime TV,  Spinderella, took to social media to air her grievances. Her statement reads as follows:

“Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special. Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives,” she explained. “Back when Salt n’ Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me.

Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production… all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group’s story and success,” she continued. “There’s nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman.

I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that played us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would’ve been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with.

In reflection, I’m grateful I’ve managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds. This will continue in my work and in my service.

The great news is, I’m in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me. 30+ years is a lot of content, and I’m ready to share it.

Thank you, as always, to my family, friends, and loyal followers of Team Spin. I’m forever grateful to all of you for your support and love throughout the years.”

Editor’s Note:
DJ Spinderella worked with Salt-N-Pepa from 1986 until about 2018. She is considered one of the most prominent DJ’s in Hip Hop history. The biopic, Salt-N-Pepa is produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City,” “Baadasssss!”) from a script by Abdul Williams (“The Bobby Brown Story,” “The New Edition Story”).  Robert Teitel (“The Hate U Give,” “Barbershop” Franchise) from State Street Pictures serves as Executive Producer. Executive Produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah. Co-executive produced by Hurby Azor. Sebastian Dungan serves as the Lifetime executive in charge of production.
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