Surviving Compton

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Michel’le’s upcoming biopic Surviving Compton creates a dialogue with the story told by Straight Outta Compton, which notably failed to portray the roles of the women who helped grow N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. When asked why she believes her story was omitted from the Straight Outta Compton narrative, Michel’le indicated she felt no surprise: “Why would Dre put me in it… If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”

Surviving Compton deals heavily with the abusive relationship between Dr. Dre and Michel’le as it developed alongside the label’s growing success. Watch a trailer for the biopic, which will be released on Lifetime this October, after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →