She insisted that her sons receive a well-rounded education—all three attended L.A.’s exclusive Buckley School, where they excelled in sports and made the National Honor Society.Tamara Antrice "Taj" Johnson-George (born Tamara Antrice Johnson; April 29, 1971) also known as Tamara George is an American singer, rapper, actress, and author.Best known as one-third of the R&B singing group Sisters with Voices (SWV), she was also a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins.Hoping she wasn’t seriously injured, the boys arrived at the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood, Calif., and asked her doctor how she was doing. Shocked and grief-stricken, the brothers at first did not contest preliminary findings that their mother’s death was accidental. After going into the house briefly, Bohana told investigators, he returned to find Delores’s body at the bottom of the pool.But three months later her sons’ growing suspicions about the circumstances of her death—their mother, they knew, could not swim—were confirmed when the L. County district attorney’s office reopened the case following a coroner’s report that numerous contusions, lacerations and abrasions found on her body suggested she was the victim of a “non-accidental…assisted drowning.” Frustrated because the district attorney’s office has yet to prosecute the case, the Jackson family filed a wrongful death suit against Bohana in August, a year after Delores’s death.
The couple married in 1972, when the Jackson 5 was at the height of its success.“It’s plain to see that it was more than a simple drowning,” says Tito of the suit, which details 58 injuries suffered by Delores, including fingernail gouges found on her breasts.“My sons came to me and said, ‘Dad, don’t let him get away with this.’ ” In the suit the Jacksons hypothesize that Bohana, a Denny’s restaurant franchise-holder who had filed for Chapter 13 in April, beat and then drowned Dolores, whom he’d been dating for nine months, when she refused to help him out of his financial difficulties.When Johnson was 14 years old, her mother died, which caused Johnson and her siblings to be parceled amongst several relatives; Johnson wound up with a cousin who molested her, Johnson was known as the background dancer/model in the music video for Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin" and had a bubbly, upbeat personality.
This caused friction between Taj and Coko, who felt that Taj's recognizable face and cheerful demeanor shielded her from criticism from the press.
“It was tough for them, especially at first,” says T. “We realized she would have wanted us to finish it.