DJ Spinderella a.k.a Deidra Roper, is not looking to reunite with her former band until they apologize. The Salt-N-Pepa alum has often seen her name left out of the conversation when it comes to the hip-hop trio and their legacy. Most recently, group members Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton moved forward with a biopic via Lifetime that excluded the DJ.
The group is famous for their falling outs. After first disbanding in 2002, the group reunited in 2009. Then as recent as 2019, it was reported that DJ Spinderella was fired.
Days before the biopic came out, she told fans via social media that she had been excluded from the film and its development. “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.
She continued to say “Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives.” She also told fans that she was developing a memoirs to tell her side of the story. “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 it.”
Speaking with the ladies of the Real recently, Pepa said, “When Spinderella says that we excluded her, that part—Salt and I did reach out for her to consult with the movie.” Salt chimed in saying “We’ve come to crossroads where we have decided to agree to disagree. I definitely am open and Pep is open. We’ve talked about it. Our hearts are open and have always been open to Spinderella.”
Spinderella seems to share the same sentiment with Salt. Speaking recently with Billboard, she let it be know that while she is not opposed to a reunion, the girls would have to apologize to her first.
“The relationship is over” she told the publication “The only way something like that would happen is if we get this business handled and that they offer an apology to me.”
She added: “When you have a legacy, you want to make sure that would outweigh this stuff. So I’m not, you know, I’m not closed off to that, but I will be respected. I will be treated fairly. … I will never be in a group that does not want to be with me.”