Fail Occurred: 9/3/2009

This was big: The NY Daily News actually ran a positive story about hip-hop. Repeating what she had originally told for the BEEF documentary cameras, Roxanne Shanté, the famed 1980s MC, revealed to the newspaper that-after retiring from music-she had matriculated and studied until she had earned a doctorate degree. The best part, she said, was that her record label had paid for it all! The worst part, though, was that the whole thing was a lie, especially the "getting a doctorate" part, as uncovered in an article on Slate. So much for a positive story.