Roxanne’s Apology


Early last month, it was revealed that Roxanne Shante lied about earning a PhD. Now two months after the development, she offers an apology. Read up after the jump.


I would like to thank my long time fans and supporters for your continued support. I am humbled and grateful to all of you for that. Without going into all of the details as of right now, I would like to apologize that this story regarding my post recording career has caused such a ruckus. The entire story will be revealed at a later time.

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.

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  • That aint a apology! Apology: “I’m sorry for lying. I don’t have a PHD. But I’m still a hiphop pioneer”

    She made the PHD claim in the first BEEF DVD. Why did it take so long for this to be addressed? Bang bang! 57thave!

  • mmkayy

    wtf how come the label didnt come forward…?

    i was actually surprised she became a doctor.. now i know why SMFH


    “one error or mistake”… GTFO.. This was an intentional plan to decieve people about your educational background. Wether done to to inspire or for your own need to feel needed, it was wrong and gives people a false impression.
    Shante’ has spoken on many panels and given many lectures. I’m sure most, if not all, were income generating. She is a complete fraud and only came “clean” after being found out, not the same as coming clean. I don’t think this “apology” is anymore sincere than the decade of lies she layed out.

  • cha

    now that we know she didn’t earn a PhD what difference does it make?! she’s only good for steady… ha!

  • CLS550

    Boooooooooo! She was on Hot97 talkin big shit with Miss Jones, using big words and everything! How is it a misunderstanding? How do you misunderstand that you’ve never attended anybody’s school long enough to obtain any type of degree? Roxanne Shante was once a hip-hop pioneer, now … she just rides #thelamebus


    Roxannes from Queensbridge Nuf said, cause thats a tough lifestyle, and this ain’t cause no angst…. I think a total of 2 people care. Roxanne and whoever uncovered the fabrication

  • Tysonz

    This chick aint pioneer shit, she wanted to front and lie and record a diss song like she was the real Roxanne whoopity whoop. This chick just lie to try to be respected but just like her entrance to the game, it was all just a well executed lie.

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