Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, the explosive new Lifetime movie based on the true story of R&B singer, Michel’le, and the alleged domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of rappers Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, will be chronicled this Saturday night. Coming on the heels of Straight Outta Compton, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, threatens to blow the 2015 film out of the water. Surviving Compton: The Michel’le Story is directed by Janice Cooke and written by Dianne Houston. It stars Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, R. Marcos Taylor, and Jamie Kennedy.
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Synopsis Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le on Lifetime Television
It’s real. It’s raw, and at times, painful to watch. But this riveting portrayal of NWA’s Dr. Dre and Suge Knight told by ex-girlfriend Michel’le is the untold true story that dedicated hip hop fans won’t want to miss.
Set in Compton, Dr. Dre is on the hunt for a new act when he meets Michel’le, a pint-sized singer with a squeaky voice. Brought to them by Eazy E., Dr. Dre and his group aren’t sure that Michel’le has the look or the sound that they are looking for. But when she belts out her first tune, they are blown away by the quality, texture, and range of her voice.
Sure that her unique sound will be a success, they sign Michel’le on to the label, but not before Dr. Dre takes a romantic interest in her. Soon, a tumultuous and rocky relationship emerges as Michel’le deals with the rising rapper’s thunderous temper and physical abuse.
With a new baby of her own, fathered by Dr. Dre, Michel’le takes a step back and sees that the fast living, the almost-nude pool parties, the fighting, and the shootouts are more than she can bear.
As NWA’s popularity soars, changing the scope of hip hop forever, Michel’le realizes that she, too, has changed. Now, the talented singer must decide between financial security and her own personal safety and freedom.
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In an interview with Wendy Williams, Michel’le stated that she didn’t leave Dr. Dre the first time because she didn’t believe that he would hit her again, and she didn’t want to press charges against Dr. Dre, which would have landed him in jail, leaving her baby without a father.
Dr. Dre, who has denied abusing Michel’le, has supporters who say that there is no record of the domestic abuse, which means it didn’t happen. Michel’le is quick to point out that although she doesn’t have a paper trail for the abuse, she has the testimonies of countless witnesses who saw the beatings with their own eyes.
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Michel’le, whose real name is Michel’le Toussaint, wasn’t shocked that Straight Outta Compton didn’t portray her story in the film, according to Jaw Breaker.
“Why would Dre put me in it? I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up. My part has no value to, probably, what they really want to talk about, unless they want to talk.”
Although Dr. Dre has threatened to sue Sony Pictures if they air Surviving Compton, Michel’le, is still glad to get her true story out into the public, Shadow and Act reported.
“I am so excited about my partnership with Thinkfactory Media. For many years I was unwilling to share my personal experiences. I am now ready to open up about my career, relationships and family. I am confident that Thinkfactory Media will give an accurate depiction of my life and this tumultuous yet amazing journey I’ve been on.”
Some of Michel’le’s more popular songs that hit the airwaves in the late 1980s and early 1990s include “No More Lies,” “Nicety,” and “Something in My Heart.”
According to Deadline, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Think Factory Media for Lifetime. Leslie Greif is the executive producer for the television film. Tune in for the world premiere this Saturday, October 15, at 8/7 p.m. Central on the Lifetime Channel. Previously, Lifetime aired Mommy’s Secret and My Husband Is Missing.
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