WHO’S IN IT?
Chanté Adams (film debut), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Nia Long (Big Momma’s House), Elvis Nolasco (I’m Not Rappaport), Kevin Phillips (Red Tails), Shenell Edmonds (Front Cover)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Michael Larnell (Cronies), director, writer; Mimi Valdes (Dope), Forest Whitaker (Fruitvale Station) and Pharrell Williams (Hidden Figures), producers; RZA (The Man With The Iron Fists), composer; Federico Cesca (Patti Cake$), cinematographer; Claudia Castello (Creed), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In the early 1980s, teenager Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden (Adams) slowly but surely rises from obscurity to become a hip-hop legend, all while hustling to provide for her family and avoiding the dangers of the streets in Queens, New York…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The early life of 80s rapper Roxanne Shanté is dramatized in this gritty and thoughtful biopic that allows us to see the determined and fearless person beneath her even more hardened exterior.