Lifetime is delivering a backstage pass into the lives of hip-hop queens Salt-n-Pepa, this Saturday, January 23, at 8 pm/7c, immediately followed by the “Let’s Talk About Salt-N-Pepa” Documentary at 11 pm/10c. Tea With Tia brings you an exclusive sneak peek!
Salt-N-Pepa details the journey of Queensborough Community College students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they enter the world of rap and hip hop after recording a song for their friend Hurby Azor. Salt-N-Pepa fearlessly spoke their minds and expressed their sexuality, which opened doors for women of rap to be unfiltered and unbothered.
The film will feature performances of Salt-N-Pepa’s greatest hits, including: “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “What a Man,” “Shoop,” and “Push It.” The movie stars GG Townson as Cheryl “Salt” James, Laila Odom as Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Cleveland Berto as music producer “Hurby Azor,” Jermel Howard as rapper “Treach” and Monique Paul as “DJ Spinderella.” Salt-N-Pepa is produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City, Baadasssss!) from Abdul Williams’s script (The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story). Robert Teitel (The Hate U Give, Barbershop Franchise) from State Street Pictures serves as executive producer. The biopic is also executive produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, Shakim Compere, and Queen Latifah and is co-executive produced by Hurby Azor. Sebastian Dungan serves as the Lifetime executive in charge of production.
James and Denton, who both served as executive producers on the project, Provided a lot of input into how their roles were developed and gave the actresses who portrayed them lots of background into the why behind many choices they made in their lives. During an interview with ET, James said,
The reservations that I had was definitely the story being as true to life as possible. You can tell your story and then by the time it goes through a writer, director and a movie company, sometimes it’s not exactly what you want to portray. Also when you’re telling your story there’s other people in your life that are involved you have to be. I felt like I had to be delicate about incorporating other people’s stories in my story.
Townson and Odom said during a press conference for the biopic that they were honored to take on the iconic roles and spoke with the ladies to make sure they were staying true to how they portrayed them throughout filming.
The Biopic premieres this Saturday, January 23, at 8 pm/7c, immediately followed by the “Let’s Talk About Salt-N-Pepa” Documentary at 11 pm/10c.