February 11, 1999 |
A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a gangsta rap critic against two newsmagazines for their reports on her earlier lawsuit against the estate of slain rapper Tupac Shakur. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter threw out C. DeLores Tucker's lawsuit against Time, Newsweek, writers for those two publications, and Shakur estate lawyer Richard Fischbein. Buckwalter ruled that Tucker, a former Pennsylvania secretary of state, was a public figure in the eyes of the law.
August 1, 1997 |
C. DeLores Tucker, who built a national reputation criticizing the violent and lewd lyrics of gangsta rap, has found a new and personal objection to rap lyrics. Tucker, in a lawsuit filed this week in Philadelphia federal court, contends that Tupac Shakur's estate should pay her $10 million because lyrics on a 1996 album made derogatory references to her. Among other things, the lawsuit says, the anguish caused by those lyrics cut down on her sex life with her husband.
May 31, 1996 |
Escalating their attack on "gangsta music," anti-rap crusaders C. DeLores Tucker and William Bennett called on major record labels Thursday to sever their relationship with artists whose songs contain explicit sexual and violent lyrics. "Music conglomerates [are] putting money before the overall welfare of our children and the community," said Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women. "These companies have the blood of our children on their hands."
March 20, 1996 |
C. DeLores Tucker captured the outrage of many parents three years ago when she declared war on gangsta rap music. Prominent politicians leaped to her side. She became a celebrity by denouncing companies that "pimped porno rap" to children. The 67-year-old African American feminist never stopped the distribution of any music. But now she is embroiled in an increasingly bitter and personal dispute with Death Row Records, home to such rap stars as Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Doggy Dogg.
February 8, 1996 |
Rap music critic C. DeLores Tucker has asked the federal government to investigate whether record retailers are breaking the law by selling what she calls "obscene" rap lyrics to minors. Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, wrote the Justice Department a letter in December complaining about the negative impact of gangsta rap music on children. The Justice Department asked her to direct her complaints to the FBI.
December 23, 1995 |
EMI Urged to Stop 'Gangsta' Rap Distribution: C. DeLores Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, has written a letter to Thorn-EMI Chairman Colin Southgate asking him to stop the music division of his British conglomerate from distributing "gangsta" rap music that she says "glorifies drugs, gang rape, gun-toting and violence." Tucker helped orchestrate the anti-rap campaign that pressured Time Warner Inc.