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July 9, 2004 | By Acel Moore
At a Fourth of July cookout, my niece, her husband, and some of their friends gathered to eat, talk and debate current events - everything from the economy to the war in Iraq, from the Bush presidency to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. But the topic on the minds and lips of most people was Bill Cosby's critique of black America. On July 1, at the annual PUSH/Rainbow Coalition convention in Chicago, Cosby made the latest of a series of tough speeches about the state of the black community.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2002 | By Stephen Barol Goldstein FOR THE INQUIRER
The Greater Philadelphia Year of the Child event on Sunday will be the area's endeavor at putting children's futures into the forefront. It is a celebration of children and a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was created for children ages 8 to 18 and their parents with the hope of inspiring education and appreciation of cultural heritage throughout the city and surrounding counties. "Our goal is to have children recognize that Mayor Street requires something of them, that they need to take control of their lives and be productive and outstanding citizens, because they are our city's future," said Lana Felton-Ghee.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1986 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Big surprise: NBC won the week ending Feb. 23, and The Cosby Show and Family Ties were the top-rated shows of the week. With the passage of each week, the ratings race becomes interesting more for style rather than outcome. NBC is sure to win; the question is: by how much? In the big Sunday square-off, when all three networks trotted out highly publicized, original productions, NBC didn't do well at all. CBS's Blood & Orchids mini-series landed in the Top 10 with its first installment - the highest-rated start for a mini-series this season since North & South and Kane & Abel.
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April 10, 1986 | By AUDREY EDWARDS, Special to the Daily News
What does Camille Cosby have that the rest of us don't? Bill Cosby for a husband. And these days that seems to be a pretty wonderful thing to have. Bill Cosby is, after all, the No. 1 husband and father on American television. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the character he plays on his hit sitcom, the "Cosby Show," is the charming kind of husband who can keep his wife in giggles with droll little comments that expose the frequent absurdities of family life. He is the wise, sensitive kind of father who can herd the family into the upstairs bathroom to attend the funeral of his youngest child's pet goldfish because he knows it's important for children to learn how to come to terms with loss.
NEWS
August 3, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I suppose he could be mistaken, but Bill Cosby has made the startling claim that he is, indeed, alive and well. A perturbed Cosby called into Larry King' s CNN show live on Monday night to refute what seems irrefutable: The Internet. Specifically widely-disseminated Web reports that the Philly native has died. Cosby, who needs to live long enough to make his Aug. 28 date at the Borgata, seemed especially upset at the conspirator(s) who started the rumor. "I don't want this person, or whatever, I don't want them to do this anymore," Cosby, 73, told temporary host, Kyra Phillips . "I found out when my daughter called the house.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
Undoubtedly, some ill-feelings have arisen since Bill Cosby's unfavorable diatribe concerning the upbringing of African-American children and the almost blatantly irresponsible actions of their parents. Some might wonder how Cosby could muster the unmitigated gall. But, what Cosby so eloquently is attempting to remind us is that the strides made during the civil rights movement, and the many lives lost because of it, should be reflected by our sense of self-integrity. There was a time when our black parents who lacked education, wholeheartedly encouraged their offspring to never settle for a second-hand education, but to excel in their studies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1987 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
The situation is this: Young marrieds were having their first baby by natural childbirth and the husband is remembering the event: ". . . My wife and I were suddenly sharing the greatest moment in our lives. This was what we had asked God for; this was what we wanted to see if we could make. And I looked at it lovingly as they started to clean it off, but it wasn't getting any better. And then I went over to my wife, kissed her gently on the lips and said, 'Darling, I love you very much.
NEWS
January 16, 1989 | By Scott Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
In a field inundated recently with the loud, the neurotic and the sarcastic, Bill Cosby has become a relic on the stand-up comedy circuit. Wholesome, warm-milk-before-bed humor doesn't have a place with too many of the popular late-night comedians of today, but Cosby just chugs along, doing what he has always done, the way he has always done it, and he continues to be a smashing success. During his hour-long appearances at Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino showroom over the weekend, a relaxed Cosby sat back in an easy chair and just talked about what it's like to be 51 years old and married for 25 years with five children.
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March 20, 1990 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
"Don't write me negative on this," Bill Cosby pleads as he launches into a pointed, even downcast, analysis of the jazz record business. "When you hear Kenny G or the Yellowjackets, you get a sheet of good sound," he says. "It's really pleasant. But if you play it for the sixth time, your ear doesn't get past what you heard the first time. There's nobody doing anything underneath. " Cosby, the producer, author and sitcom kingpin, has always been into jazz. His NBC series has featured appearances by jazz artists such as Joe Williams and Wynton Marsalis.
NEWS
December 16, 1987 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, the New York Post and the New York Daily News.)
Bill Cosby was a guest last night at a Society Hill fund-raising event for a new Temple University program of research into AIDS in children. Almost 700 people paid $250 each for dinner at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel after previewing the Cos' latest movie, Leonard, Part VI, across the street at the Ritz 5. For sure, the comedian didn't go to the movie. So dismayed is Cosby over the film ("I don't want to talk about Leonard," he told a reporter Monday) that executives at Coca-Cola, parent company of Columbia Pictures, couldn't get him to attend the movie's premiere Monday in New York.
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January 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cranston breaks (real) good Bryan Cranston , 57, whose five seasons on Breaking Bad have earned him, like, a thousand best-acting awards, has gone about as far from his meth-maker character Walter White as it gets: He's next playing the 36th president of the United States on Broadway. Cranston has the lead in Pulitzer-winner Robert Schenkan 's All the Way , about Lyndon B. Johnson 's struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play opens in March. Cranston is rehearsing.
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December 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
To paraphrase soul's great orator, James Brown, it's time to get off Dave Chappelle's back and let him do the popcorn. He must be allowed to be the sly, rude, observational stand-up we knew him to be before Chappelle's Show , the mega-successful Comedy Central sketch series he ended in 2005 with an abruptness that gave him an unwarranted rep for erratic behavior. The guy didn't want to have a career ruled by catchphrases familiar to Show fanatics. What's weird about that? From the sight of a chain-smoking Chappelle at the Tower Theater on Saturday, the comic was as crudely on point with raunchy material (e.g.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013
WITH BEING a real-life Cosby kid come the inevitable questions: What's Bill Cosby up to? What does he think about Temple University's controversial decision to cut its track-and-field program? Did you catch his recent appearance with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"? Does Bill still eat Jell-O pudding? No, I didn't ask his daughter that. It wouldn't have mattered if I did, though, because Erinn Cosby, 46, wouldn't have gone there with me anyway. When we chatted last week by phone, she politely declined to answer questions about her uber-famous dad. Erinn, the second oldest of Cosby's four daughters, preferred to steer away from the personal and instead focus on her photography exhibit at Art Sanctuary, called "The Extension of Beauty," which runs through Jan. 31. It's a spin-off of a popular exhibit of Erinn Cosby's work that Art Sanctuary staged in May as part of the 29th annual Celebration of Black Writing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
"ANCHORMAN" meets a Man in Black. Malvern-raised "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" director Adam McKay was in town recently to promote his latest collaboration with Will Ferrell /Ron Burgundy. McKay confirmed that his next project will hopefully be a remake of "Uptown Saturday Night" that would star Will Smith . "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" director Nicholas Stoller will update the original 1974 film starring another Philly icon, Bill Cosby , and Sidney Poitier , who also directed.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, For The Inquirer
Almost an hour after the game had ended, Bill Cosby was performing standup and the fans were still in their seats. Behind the creaking Palestra bleachers, Dylan Jones said it was "crazy" to be there. The freshman forward on the Penn men's basketball team had just finished playing the first game of his college career in the season opener against Temple on Saturday night. For Jones, a Houston native, it was also his first experience with the Big Five. He played four minutes in the Quakers' 78-73 loss, meaning he was subjected to jeers and read the signs rolled out by the student sections.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phila. Orchestra's big night The Philadephia Orchestra has details of its concert and ball at the Academy of Music on Jan. 25. The special guest artist is a real surprise! "Who? Who?" you're asking. You'll never guess. "Who? Who?" you're still asking. It's Jill Scott ! Philly's Grammy-winning singer, songsmith, poet, actress, and Philadelphia High School for Girls alumna! Jill's following in some amazing footsteps: Audra McDonald , Jessye Norman , Kiri Te Kanawa , Itzhak Perlman , and Yo-Yo Ma . Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin said Jill "is at the absolute top. . . . What a thrill to combine her magnificent voice with our orchestra's Philadelphia Sound.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE WIDOW of Tom Clancy , the mega-best-selling author who died yesterday at age 66, has roots in Philly. Alexandra Marie Llewellyn , who went by Alexandra Clancy after she married the thriller author in 1999, is the daughter of former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Philadelphia CEO J. Bruce Llewellyn , who died in 2010 with an estimated $160 million in the bank. Llewellyn led a group that bought the company that included Bill Cosby and Julius Erving . Man, I bet those were fun board meetings.
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Down goes CC, down goes CC! The New York Yankees said Monday they have have shut down CC Sabathia for the season with a strained left hamstring. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound ace was hurt Friday in his last start, a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium, in which he went seven innings. They said the lefthander will need about eight weeks to recover. Scully says no. You can name it after him, but he won't drive on it. The Los Angeles Times reports that Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to name a street in the City of Angels after the great Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, still at it in his 64th consecutive season.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
Bill Cosby will be back on TV this fall, if only for one night. Comedy Central announced yesterday - on the Philly-born comedian's 76th birthday - that it would air Cosby's first televised concert special in 30 years, "Far From Finished," on Nov. 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Directed by actor and director Robert Townsend ("The Five Heartbeats"), the special will be made up of material Cosby performed last month at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in Southern California.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
Also playing it again are DVD box sets of vintage TV comedy from Shout! Factory: 1"THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: THE COMPETE SERIES" Piles on all 147 episodes of this teen-angst comedy classic from the late 1950s-early '60s. Dwayne Hickman's Dobie pines extra hard for a kittenish Tuesday Weld, deals with rivals like Warren Beatty and puts up with a hipster dolt played by Bob Denver. 2"FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS" Animated series created, produced and hosted by Bill Cosby, about his experiences growing up in North Philadelphia.
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