Though the Daily News freelancer Walter Dawkins surely bares some blame for the piece the paper ran in the late days of August about the revenge of rapper Roxanne Shante against her record label–which turned out not to be a revenge at all–Shante herself has remained quiet since Slate debunked the NYDN‘s story. That’s changed. Yesterday, Shante released a statement to the reconstituted VIBE, promising that “the entire story will be revealed at a later time” and apologizing for the whole “ruckus,” if not the actual alleged deception. (Shante told Slate the Daily News had made a “mistake” in reporting her story the way they did, although some of the inaccuracies do seem to have originated with her.) Her full statement:
Throughout my career and life, I have been faced with many challenges, both professionally and personally. Like all of you, I am human, and may have not made the correct decision all the time. And, like anyone else, I would like to think that my entire life or career is not judged by one error or mistake.
It is very easy to criticize someone and I have left myself open to criticism. That is fair. There are plenty of people that will attest that I have done a lot for them. It seems though, that negativity gets more attention than positivity.
All I can say to that, is before you level any further criticism and cynicism, walk in my shoes. I am making this statement to apologize to the people that truly care about me for any angst that this situation has caused, and to thank them for their continued support. I am proud of what I have been able to do for so many others, and would like to let those persons know that I will continue to be there for them no matter what.
I am proud that during my twenty plus years as a pioneer in the Hip-Hop industry, to have opened doors for those who came after me, such as MC Lyte, Salt N Peppa, and Queen Latifah to name a few. I will have no further statement in regards to this matter at this time.”
So add this to the NYDN‘s hedgy correction and the various attacks on the reporter who debunked the story in the first place in the messy annals of an extremely unfortunate couple of months for everyone involved.
Roxanne Shante Apologizes for Lying About Ph.D [VIBE]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2009