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The African American community is in need of some guidance and structure.  Somewhere we have lost our way and our voices to greed and materialism.  Many of us never knew C. Delores Tucker and most of us don’t remember her if we did.  What she stood for and fought for has gone unappreciated over the years and maybe it is time for another C. Delores Tucker to emerge.

C. Deloris Tucker born Cynthia DeLores Nottage (October 4, 1927-October 12, 2005) was a Politician and Civil Right activist.  She is mostly remembered for her long battle with gangster rap and rappers.

As a Civil Rights Activist she participated in the March on Salem with Dr King.  Ms. Tucker succeeded the Honorable Shirley Chisholm in 1992, to head The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW).

In 1971 she was appointed the first African American female Secretary of the State of Pennsylvania and served until 1977.  As the Sec. of State she instituted the first Commission on the Status of Women where she helped to get women get appointed Judges and Officials, African Americans appoint to boards and commissions.  She later helped Pennsylvania to become one of the first states to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

If that was all she accomplished that would be amazing, but it was a small portion of what she was, was about or did.  Later in her life and up to her death she fought the images and language of gangster rap.  To the point rappers placed her name in their songs and interviews.  She bought stock in companies that distributed rap music to be able to protest at shareholder meetings.

‘“A number of famous rappers have taken their stance against her. In his song “Church for Thugs“, The Game raps “I’ve got more hatred in my soul than Pac had for DeLores Tucker.” Jay-Z chimes in as well, with the lines “I don’t care if you’re C. Dolores Tucker or you’re Bill O’Reilly, you only riling me up,” from The Black Album’s “Threat.” Much of KRS-ONE and Channel Live‘s “Free Mumia” is a direct criticism of what the MCs see as Tucker’s misplaced energy. Eminem added “I’m all for America, fuck the government tell that C. Delores Tucker slut to suck a dick Motherfuck ducked, what the fuck? son of a bitch Take away my gun, I’m gonna tuck some other shit”in a D12 song called “rap game” from the “8 mile” album”‘

She went against the NAACP decision to honor Tupac Shakur with and image award.  She later filed suit against the late rappers estate on grounds of emotional distress and privacy issues for lyrics in the song “How Do U Want It?” on the album All Eyez on Me, in which Shakur rapped ” C.DeLores Tucker you’s a motherfucker / Instead of trying to help a nigga you destroy a brother” and lyrics from the song “Wonda Why They Call U Bitch” from the same album.

Coming off the antics of the BET Awards, shows like “Basketball Wives” and the likes; negative imagery of the African American community is at an all time high.  Is there a need for another C. Delores Tucker?  I say YES.  I look at so-called leadership from the likes of the Rev Al Sharpton and Rev Jesse Jackson and wonder if their time has past.  Tavis Smiley and Dr West are too intellectual and don’t connect with those who they want to help the most.  All four of these individuals at one time or another served their causes and were successful in their own rights.

Is there another C. Delores Tucker out there?  If there is who are they and what should be their role in changing the collective mindset of the African American Community?   There needs to be a cultural shift and it starts with remembering those of us who made changes.

The People are the losers

With both the President and Congress deep into campaign modes the people are becoming to losers in all of this.  The saying goes, “Washington moves at a glaciers pace.”  Well what happens when it grinds to halt and the wheels fall off.

That is just what might happen.  Congress as the President puts it, is there one week and off the next.  The people can not and should not except this type of behavior and actions.

The last bit of big legislation that will get completed will be a decision on raising the debt ceiling.  After that a few small bills but nothing to brag about.  Nothing that will push this country forward any.

The Republican not afford to give the President and the Democrats any victories large or small before the 2012 election.  The Democrats can not afford to go home went continued efforts of helping the Republicans.

So say goodbye to the thought of a jobs bill or any other major legislation coming from Washington.  It is time to have the discussion about term limits.  If there were term limits than maybe just maybe Washington could think past two years.

Tavis Smiley was interviewing Dr. Julianne Malveaux a few nights ago and she made the statement that broke and poor where two different things.  The full statements was, “Well, broke and poor are two different things. Broke is a state of pocketbook. Poor is a state of mind.”

After reading that, after seeing that I’m not all the way convinced that they are all that different.  I understand that they are fundamentally different in nature; but when used in the context of finance, not so sure.

Full interview:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2029359828

I watched the documentary “Fair Game” by Mario Van Peebles.  He had a host of celebrities and successful men of color contribute to this project.  The most powerful moment was the beginning when he lead with this quote.

“If you strive to be a surgeon and fail you will still be a Dr. If you strive to be a Supreme Court Justice and fail you will still be a judge, but if you strive to be a basketball player and fail you will just be a tall brother who washes dishes. If you strive to be a rapper and fail you will just be a broke brother with rhymes.”

What I take away from that statement is the failure of a people to put importance of education first in the lives of our youth.  They went into many inner-city schools and asked the students what they wanted to be and baller, rapper and pimp was the top.  Not surprised because those are the images that are glorified throughout their lives.

There is now a man of color who lives in the White House and I don’t know if that is enough to combat the images that are fed to these kids daily.  They are bombarded with music, media and advertisement saying what should be their focus.  Like Sprite says, “Image is everything”.

I guess it can be tough when you have ideals that proclaim to never have read a book and proud of it.  Thanks Jim Jones.  Others singing about wanting every girl in the world and father numerous babies.  I can see how school can get in the way of that.

I don’t want to lay all the blame of society’s door.  There are a host of positive people out there going into community and attempting raise the level expectations.  Mr. Cosby does this even if this message sometimes get lost in the delivery.

At a time when black America’s image, can I say it “in flux”.  We have stories of black men being arrested on planes for sagging.  We are the posters children for crime and violence in America.  We are on record for having the highest rate of illegitimate children.  Drug, alcohol and any other deviate behavior here we are.  Just about every image of a Black woman on television of one of some negative stereotype.  One of the few positive images we have is a Black family in the White house.  Usher in the BET Awards Show.

I watched the awards like I have in the past, but this time I decided to take a critical look at what I was viewing.  I understand that the show is meant for entertainment.  I get it.  As a community don’t we need more, shouldn’t we expect more?  In the end this is supposed to be our award’s show and in such it is the representation we send out to the rest of the world.  Are these the images we truly want the rest of the world to believe that is what we stand for?  Is Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown really the spokes people of Black America and Black American Youth?  I would hope not.

The negative images of the night the stood out were.  Just about every young man had his pants below his butt.  Roland Martin had a funny tweet, “When did the #BETAwards turn into an underwear commercial? Hanes or Fruit of the Looms should sponsor it next year”  not mention a few others about the lack of coverage going on.  The women were no better in regards to dress and imagery.

The award show in comparison to other shows seem to my be as crisp.  Presenters seem to ad-lib a lot.  Award recipients all seem unprepared to the point that there acceptances speeches all started the same, “I did not expect to win” was the common response.  Made it look less credible.

The most disappointing was the regarding of negative behaviors.  Chris Brown fresh off some disturbing behavior on GMA  had a couple of performances and awards.  Lil Wayne almost coming from jail to award show.  Understandably everyone show be given second chances.  What about third and fourth chances?  At what point is enough really enough?

The show had its bright spots of the night.  Steve Harvey was recognized for his work and Humanitarian efforts.  Patti Labelle stole the show with her performance and grace.