Netflix has released the first trailer for Roxanne Roxanne, a biopic about the life of Roxanne Shanté, who gave females a voice in hip-hop during the early 1980s.
The trailer stars Chante Adams who plays the 14-year-old Lolita Shanté Gooden (aka Roxanne Shanté) who hustles the hard way to provide for her family while protecting herself from the dangers of the streets. In the beginning we see Nia Long, who plays Shanté’s stern mother Peggy, who locks the door at 9 p.m.., even if her daughter is locked outside.
From there we get a flurry of clips of Shanté's harrowing journey from the streets to eventually the stage where she rocks the mic. The trailer also features Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali who plays her boyfriend Cross and Kevin Phillips who portrays legendary hip-hop producer Marley Marl who gave Shanté her big break.
Roxanne Roxanne is written and directed by Michael Larnell and produced by Pharrell Williams and Forest Whitaker. The film will arrive in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, and stream on Netflix starting March 23.