Delores Tucker is often remembered for her criticism of “gangsta rap,” but she can also be credited with prompting a new form of hip-hop scholarship. In 1997 the activist and politician used several Tupac Shakur lyrics to issue a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the artist’s estate. Teresa Neely, then a doctoral student, heard the news and recognized the lyrics as being taken out of context. To her it was a sign that Shakur’s words needed to be studied as a whole to be understood.
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA) is home to the archives and papers of such dance notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham. In October, LPA acquired its first hip-hop collection with the archives of Michael Holman, New York dance impresario, filmmaker, musician, journalist, and television producer.