Hip- hop artist will help curate a room at Chicago's new public housing museum

Spinderella, once part of the popular 90's hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa, will assist with curating a room in Chicago's National Public Housing Museum. Photo credit Dan MacMedan/USA TODAY

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- She was once part of Salt-N-Pepa, one of the most successful hip hop groups of the 90's. Now, Diedra Dee Roper otherwise known as DJ Spinderella is lending her musical expertise to the new National Public Housing Museum.

Roper said curating is new territory for her. However, public housing and its influences are deeply personal as she began her music career as a DJ when she was living in public housing in Brooklyn, New York.

"Music was just like-it was like a basic need in my home," Roper said.
"Once my dad put on a certain song, it would change the mood of the household."

NPH music room, the room in the museum that Roper will help curate, will tell the untold story of public housing's influence on American music and culture.

Roper wants to bring a hip, retro vibe to the room.

"Of course nostalgia that's what I'm going for," she said. "To be a part of this museum and to contribute in this way, it's gonna be a lot of fun for me.

The National Public Housing Museum’s home is currently under construction at the historic Jane Addams Homes on Chicago’s Near West Side, and is set to open to the public in early 2024.

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