Update to the Tale of the Ph.D. Rapper

About a week ago, the New York Daily News reported a happy tale of Dr. Roxanne Shante, a former rapper who won a legal battle to have her record label pay for a Ph.D. education at Cornell University. Deven blogged briefly about the story here at Concurring Opinions, and the blogosphere was generally pleased by the notion of a young artist winning her fight for an education against a corporate bully.  But now Slate is reporting that Shante by her own admission never received a Ph.D. from Cornell and that many other important elements of the story are untrue. Too bad. It was a great story but apparently one full of factual inaccuracies that undercut it completely.

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