Starrene Rhett Rocque is a New York City-based entertainment and lifestyle journalist who enjoys telling the stories of people who are hiding in plain sight.
Her award-winning website, GangStarrGirl.com, focuses on women in hip-hop, pop-culture, beauty, travel and other lifestyle interests like pole dancing. Most people discover that upon reading her quirky musings they learn something new while chuckling in the process.
Previously, she served as digital manager for JETmag.com, pop culture editor for VIBE.com, and has written for JET magazine, VIBE magazine, BET.com,The Grio and AllHipHop.com. She also worked as assistant editor at XXL magazine, web editor for Roc4Life.com, and as a production assistant for NYC TV on shows like Blueprint NYC and Eat Out New York.
Starrene has been a public speaker since elementary school, participating in panels for The National Urban League, The New York Urban League, Merrill Lynch, Kingsborough Community College and her alma mater, Hampton University. She won the popular vote in the 2009 Black Web Log Awards for Best Hip-Hop Blog and Best Music Blog and has been featured by Essence.com, BlackEnterprise.com, Rocawear’s 10th Anniversary C’Webrity Campaign, The Michael Baisden and she appeared on Vh1′s Love & Hip-Hop Season 2.
Occasionally, Starrene will receive beauty products for review, as well as sponsored posts. Reviews are honest and thorough and not considered unless it’s a product Starrene believes in. Sponsored posts are always specified.