Sandra Denton

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Sandra Denton
Sandra Denton (Pepa).jpg
Denton performing with Salt-n-Pepa at the Canberra Theatre, Australia in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Sandra Denton
Also known as Pepa, Sandy Denton
Born (1969-11-09) November 9, 1969 (age 46) [1][2][3]
Kingston, Jamaica
Origin Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
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Years active 1984–present
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Sandra Denton (born November 9, 1969) [4][5][6][7] better known by her stage name "Pepa" is a Jamaican–born American hip hop artist/rapper and actress, best known for her work as a member of the female rap trio Salt-n-Pepa.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Kingston, Jamaica,[8][9] Denton's family moved to Queens, New York when she was a child. She's been a performer since her early childhood. Although her personality was full with joy growing up, Sandra was molested. She released a book in 2008 naming it Let's 'Talk About Pep' talking about being molested, her abusive relationships, and how Salt-N-Pepa Formed. Sandra was sent to Logan, Utah so she could have a better life. She was the only African American student there. While attending Logan High Scool, she became inspired by rock music. After a year in Utah, Sandra returned to New York. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High school. In the fall of 1984 she enrolled at Queensborough Community College. While studying nursing at Queensborough Community College, she met Cheryl "Salt" James.[10]

Career[edit]

With production by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, James and Denton released a single called "The Showstopper" which became a moderate R&B hit. They were joined with Latoya Hanson who was the original DJ of the group. Shortly after in 1986, Deidra "Spinderella" Roper joined as the group's DJ as a full-length debut album, Hot, Cool & Vicious, was being released. The trio released a total of five studio albums: "Hot, Cool, and Vicious" (1986), A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988), Blacks' Magic (1990), Very Necessary (1993), and Brand New (1997), plus several greatest hits albums. Salt-n-Pepa disbanded in 2002, several months after their Brand New album was released on Red Ant Records. Denton's group member Cheryl James had stated she was ready to leave the music industry. The trio reunited for a performance on VH1's Hip Hop Honors program on September 22, 2005. In 2005, Denton was a cast member of VH1's The Surreal Life (season 5). Denton's acting credits also include the motion picture Joe's Apartment, an appearance in the HBO movie First Time Felon, and a stint as Officer Andrea Phelan on the HBO drama, Oz. She also starred on The Surreal Life: Fame Games.

Salt-n-Pepa reformed in 2008, and are still in the process of releasing an album since reforming as they work out past issues. Denton teamed up with James for VH1's The Salt-N-Pepa Show. Denton also starred in her own reality show on the network entitled Let's Talk About Pep, a name play-off the group's hit song "Let's Talk About Sex". She can also be heard speaking a Jamaican chant in the song "Need U Bad" by Jazmine Sullivan. In August 2008, Denton released her autobiography, which was also entitled Let's Talk About Pep. It was co-written by Karen Hunter, and it offered a look behind the fame, family, failures, and successes of her life in one of hip-hop's most successful groups. It features an introduction by Queen Latifah, and an epilogue by Missy Elliott. To accommodate the book, Pepa launched her own social network for her fans. On October 23, 2008 Salt-N-Pepa performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards. In January 2011, Denton appeared in an episode of the TBS sitcom "Are We There Yet?" as a woman who falls for the Terry Crews character of Nick.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Denton gave birth to her first child, a son she named Tyran Moore. She made a guest appearance on Ricki Lake in 1992, teaching teenage girls the responsibilities of being a mother.[11] In 1999, she married Treach of the rap group Naughty by Nature. She and Treach had one daughter, Egypt Jahnari Criss (born September 2, 1998). After allegations of physical abuse by Treach, they divorced in 2001.[12][13][14] In 2013, Pepa got married to Gurps Singh Rai.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. http://www.richestnetworth.com/sandra-denton-aka-pepa-net-worth/ Sandra 'Pepa' Denton Net Worth]. richestnetworth.com
  2. ^ Biography Of Sandra 'Pepa' Denton. birthdaydao.com
  3. ^ NNDB: Sandra Denton
  4. ^ "Sandra 'Pepa' Denton Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "SALT-N-PEPA PUSHIN' IT REAL GOOD FOR ... Pep's 51st Bday Surprise". TMZ. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  6. ^ The Richest: Sandra Denton
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  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004869/
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  10. ^ "Sandra "Pepa" Denton Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sandra 'Pepa' Denton Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sandy "Pepa" Denton: Pep Talk". Essence. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Brady, Lois (1 August 1999). "VOWS; Sandra Denton and Anthony Criss". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sandra "Pepa" Denton Biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 

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