Cheryl James, a.k.a. Salt of Salt-N-Pepa, is speaking out ahead of their upcoming biopic for Lifetime about the subjects she did not want to cover in the movie.
The miniseries will feature some of their greatest hits and will be executive produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and Jesse Collins. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere will also executive produce from Flavor Unit, the report states.
“They’ve been, in the past, delicate relationships. Nothing so much with myself or with Pep, because it’s our story,” she explained.
James and Wray divorced in 2019, and she dished about it to theJasmineBRAND,telling the outlet: “I’m newly divorced… for about a year. And I went through a really difficult divorce. It was hard… one of the darkest times of my life because it took so long. I was with my husband for… my daughter’s 27… so 28 years.”
Lifetime’s biopic on Salt-N-Pepa is set to air on Jan. 23, 2021, with an after-show interview special to follow.
As previously reported by TheWrap, the 3-hour miniseries follows the story of nursing students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a friend’s school project.
The main cast of the untitled series will include G.G. Townson as Cheryl "Salt" James and Laila Odom as Sandra "Pepa" Denton. Monique Paul will play the group's DJ, Deidra Roper aka DJ Spinderella.
Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go platinum and earn multiple Grammy wins while paving the way for female rappers.
The miniseries will feature some of their greatest hits and will be executive produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Jesse Collins. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere will also executive produce from Flavor Unit, the report states.
“As much as I could be involved, I was involved. When we got approached to do a movie on Salt-N-Pepa, our legacy, I was like, ‘Yes, it’s the time! Oh boy, we got some stuff to tell you.’ I’ve been wanting to do it for years.”
She continued: “My first reaction was, of course, ‘Yes, let the jasmine brand,-Pepa has so much story. We pioneered the story that we have that has never really been told. We knew what kind of story it was. We only talked about it in interviews, never really got to see it visually, and the timing was right, so I was like, ‘Yes.’”