You would think in a paper with such a reputation as the New York Daily News errors would be few and far between.
But, when the New York Daily News printed the tear jerker, rags to riches story on the Real Roxanne Shante (gubment name: Lolita Gooden), and how she had fought her record label, Warner, to get what was rightfully hers, obviously a fact-checker was nowhere near the piece.
The alleged compensation from her record label was to come to her in the form of a free education for “life.” So she was able to attend a couple prestigious universities, ultimately resulting in a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University. Wow! right?
The whole story, according to Slate.com, is completely false. They checked her story with a fine tooth comb, even calling folks in the Daily News story who would not corroborate the story or who chose not to comment. And as it turns out, she’s not a college graduate of any kind, much less the recipient of a Ph.D.
Now why would anyone want to turn their back on such a story? People would pull out the stops to be a part of a story on Roxanne Shante that sounds so gritty, yet inspiring.
I guess 25 years later, the joke’s still on us. Would the real Roxanne please stand up? Oops! You better not.
Reading the NY Daily News story, then reading the Slate story there might be a few legal ramifications resulting from this little fiasco. I mean, is she really treating folks without the credentials? Is she really giving the $5,000 scholarships?
Everyone say goodbye to Walter Dawkins. He’s sure to receive a pink slip for falsifying a story to this degree.