Spinderella, Salt-N-Pepa's former DJ, is blasting an upcoming biopic about the trendsetting group.
"Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special.., Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. Back when Salt n' Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me," Spin, 49, tweeted on Jan. 22. "Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production…all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success."
Spinderella's fallout with the group has been ugly.
Spin claimed she started being financially phased out in 1999 when the legendary group released its "Best Of" album. She said she was promised a third of the royalties from the album but never got them — despite getting a phone call indicating she was getting $125,000. She also alleged that she was excluded from Salt-N-Pepa's VH1 TV show that was based on the group's history. She claimed she was promised one third of the group's fee for the show but got way less than that.
TMZ also reports Spin was shocked to find out that the twosome had been paid more than $600,000 in royalties over the past decade. Spin says she hadn't received any royalty payments.
In her Jan. 22 social media tirade, she said, "There's nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman. It is for this reason, I will not be supporting [the Lifetime movie.] I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would've been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with."
"In reflection, I'm grateful I've managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds," she continued. "This will continue in my work and in my service. The great news is I'm in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me. 30+ years is a lot of content and I'm ready to share."