Early 1980s, Queens, New York. At the age of 14, Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC.
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While it has some strong performances by Ali and Long it’s bogged down in biopic formula that doesn’t really the capture the genius artistry of who was truthfully a young prodigy Shante. It’s not as artful as the art that came from her. Which is a shame.