Ahead of Lifetime’s biopic on the legendary rap group, we pulled this list together. Dig in.

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Rappers Salt-N-Pepa and their DJ Spinderella pose for a portrait in 1988. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Black women’s effects on hip-hop dates back to its inception more than 50 years ago. Founding father Kool Herc had help from his sister when he threw his epic block parties. Sylvia Robinson established a viable business model with Sugar Hill Records. Sha-Rock, Sparky D, and Roxanne Shanté were also in the mix, setting examples for future generations of women who wanted to rock the mic. The Sequence was an early example of what a group of rhyme-slanging women could do on a national level.

Our influence on the genre cannot be discussed without the legendary Salt-N-Pepa, who now have…


Karen Derrico, star of ‘Doubling Down With the Derricos,’ shows us how she and her husband manage their large family

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The Derrico family. Photos courtesy of TLC.

“One, two. This way, now come on,” Karen Derrico says, encouraging her children as they dance down the family Soul Train line in their North Las Vegas home in tonight’s premiere of Doubling Down With the Derricos on TLC. The kids spin and show off their footwork. Dance is one way Karen keeps her 14 kids occupied. “We dance every day, throughout the day,” she explains.

Dance is also what brought Karen and her husband, Deon, together, years before they started their family. The two met in a Detroit club when Karen was supposed to be at church. “The Lord…


Hateful online reviewers attempted to take down Beatrice Dixon’s company. Instead they helped double business sales.

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Bea Dixon.

When Target asked Bea Dixon to star in a Black History Month and Women’s History Month commercial to market her menstrual and intimate care business, The Honey Pot Company, she was overcome with gratitude. It was a big moment to raise the visibility of her company and to spread her message of empowerment for young Black girls. “The reason why it’s so important for The Honey Pot to do well is so the next Black girl that comes up with a great idea could have a better opportunity. …


Meet Jet Setting Jasmine, who is rejecting cultural norms through her work in therapy and adult films

A professional photo of Jasmine.
A professional photo of Jasmine.
Photos courtesy of Jasmine.

Jet Setting Jasmine is all over the place, as her name suggests. Within the past week, she has hosted sold out Steel and Stilettos fitness classes, as well as Kinky Popups in Oakland, San Francisco, Houston, and New York. Charlotte is next on her travel schedule among other places that haven’t been announced yet. The year has only just begun, but her busy life as a sexy entrepreneur is by design.

That design is propelled by all that Jasmine is. But she is “a project chick, first and foremost,” she says. After that, the list is long. The 39-year-old is…

Starrene Rhett Rocque

Wife. Mom. Jaded Journo. Digital Content Producer. Aerialist. Gryffindor/Ravenclaw. Wanderluster. Author of ‘Bloggers Can’t Be Trusted’ on Amazon.

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