2. Rosa Parks vs. OutKast
When certain notable personalities don’t have anything else to do, they sue. That’s exactly how this case between civil rights activist Rosa Parks and OutKast came to be, which is still surprising to some that it even made it to the courtroom. In 1999 Parks filed a lawsuit against the ATL rap icons for the use of her name in a song title on the duo’s “Aquemini” album. The alleged disrespect that Parks claimed came from the chorus; “Ah ha, hush that fuss / Everybody move to the back of the bus / Do you want to bump and slump with us / We the type of people make the club get crunk.” Even Johnnie Cochran tried to help Ms. Parks get in the rappers’ pockets, but after three court appearances, a greedy caretaker, and a sensible niece, OutKast settled with Ms. Parks for an undisclosed amount of cash and an agreement to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute For Self Development so that the youth may learn more about Parks and her struggle.
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