5 Femcees Who Should Get Biopic Movies Like Roxanne Shante

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After watching Roxanne Shante's biopic Roxanne Roxanne, I thought about how dope it would be to see more movies based on the lives of other women in hip-hop. (Black) Women in the hip-hop culture have always been overlooked and ignored due to sexism, misogyny, colorism, and race, and that's why it's important to keep the tradition of what I'd like to call radical promotion. Here are five femcees who should also get biopics:

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Photo: David LaChapelle

1. Lil' Kim

Of course we want to see a movie about the one and only Queen Bee, Lil' Kim. Kimberly Jones has a very interesting life, from being homeless as a teen on the streets of Brooklyn to teaming up with Notorious B.I.G. and Junior Mafia to superstardom. Lil' Kim is hands down one of the most influential figures in hip-hop. Her sexy, raunchy image with her 1996 debut album Hard Core is still credited to this day as a major impact to newer female rappers.

Kim's iconic fashion revolution of diving head first into the high fashion world showing her impact on future femcees would be amazing. Even hitting on her skin bleaching and plastic surgery may be triggersome, but it would be very important to discuss, especially in this climate of colorism and anti-Black woman culture.

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2. Lauryn Hill

L-Boogie might always be late to concerts, but that doesn't mean she hasn't made her mark in the game. To this day The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is one of the top selling albums from a woman emcee and will forever be solidified in hip-hop's culture. While her debut and only studio album may not be 100% hip-hop, she did prove that it's more than possible to sell records without being hypersexualized by the industry. Her story working with The Fugees bringing consciousness to the game and having her first son Zion while her career first took off would make a great story line of perseverance.

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3. Missy Elliott

Who doesn't love Missy Elliott? She's such a game changer and the epitome of creative. I'd love to see her story on film especially showcasing her musical relationships with artists like the late Aaliyah and Timbaland.

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4. Salt 'N Pepa

Okay this makes up three people but you get the point. Salt 'N Pepa is apart of the founding mother coalition for women in hip-hop. They're some of the first femcees to bring sexy and sassy to the forefront for women and were symbolic of camaraderie among women in the game being in a group verses riding solo. While many of their peers were going toe to toe and bar for bar with the menfolk, these ladies were all about embracing the feminine and bossy side of womanhood. I love 1980's era hip-hop movies and it would be pretty dope to not only view the music side of the trio, but also get into their impact on fashion in the culture as well.


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5. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah has been so active as an actress, talk show host, and Covergirl model in the past decade, I think some people forgot she was an emcee at one point. She's goat for "U.N.I.T.Y"  and "Ladies First" alone, two of the most prolific feminist/woman empowerment anthems ever made. Without a doubt Latifah brought not only an Afrocentric flavor to the game donning her Queen Nefertiti hats and Pan-African medallions. but she also was the answer to hip-hop's ongoing misogynistic climate.

Besides her musical accomplishments, let's not forget her business endeavors. Many people credit Nicki Minaj as the primary female rapper being able to snag endorsement deals, delve into acting, obtaining clothing lines, and modeling on the mainstream tip, but before her it was Lil' Kim and Eve, and before Kim and Eve, it was Queen Latifah. If it wasn't for Latifah intertwining her career in hip-hop into other spaces, femcees would still be pretty one dimensional.



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