Radio One is the largest African American-owned broadcasting company in America. Cathy Hughes created the company and began by buying small failing radio stations and converting them into urban stations. Not only did she change the style of music, but Hughes all included talk shows that focused on topics like sports and politics, from an African American perspective. Now, Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth is suing Radio One for defamation.
Trae hosts an annual event called “Trae Day” in his hometown of Houston where famous musicians perform and community aid is given out, such as school supplies and medical tests. A reporter that worked for Radio One in 2009 attended the “Trae Day” event and claimed that an altercation was started by the rapper himself. The reporter then continued to slander Trae for years based on the alleged incident.
On Wednesday, Trae filed a lawsuit in the 269th District Court against Urban One, Inc., Radio One of Texas II, LLC, and Program Director/Operations Manager Terri Thomas. Thomas works for Houston’s Urban Hip-Hop and R&B Station 97.9 The Box. According to the court papers, Trae is suing for defamation, gross negligence, and tortious interference with prospective relations by an on-going ban against Trae Tha Truth from all things Urban One/Radio One.
DeRon Beasley is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of FreshAsFrankie.com. After starting out as a musician-producer he went on to study the music business and work in Urban Promotions, followed by artist management. Mr. Beasley entrepreneurial spirit has led him to launch numerous businesses in music and fashion marketing. He’s a huge fan of the ’80s and ’90s Hip Hop and R&B, and he’s a firm believer that Hip Hop Music will never die.