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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.
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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
November 12, 2014
THE REPUTATION of the man known as America's Dad took a huge hit after fellow comedian Hannibal Buress joked last month in Philly about rape allegations by a number of women against Bill Cosby. Suddenly, ugly rumors that somehow had faded away were front and center once again. A much-shared Washington Post headline asked: "Is the World Starting to Turn Against Bill Cosby?" But that hasn't stopped the Cos from being, well, the Cos. The 77-year-old actor-comedian was relaxed and jovial as he talked to me by telephone in his Jell-O voice on Friday.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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March 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cosby breaks no silence   On Monday, Bill Cosby released a video in which he speaks excitedly on the phone about his upcoming show in Wheeling, W.Va. "You know I'll be hilarious," he says. No mention of anything else. None. Also on the site: "Hey. Hey. Hey. I'm far from finished. "   'Toy Story' wants love They're doing a Toy Story 4 ? Really???? So says Pixar prez Jim Morris to the blog Disney Latino. "It will be a love story," he said. "It will be a romantic comedy.
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March 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was for Julie Christopher Plummer missed last weekend's Academy Awards, which paid tribute to his 1965 classic The Sound of Music , to allow costar Julie Andrews to bask in the glow. "It was really a tribute to Julie. It's her movie," Plummer, 85, tells People. "Had I appeared there, I would have looked like a spare [obscenity] at a wedding. That's the most perfect description of how I would have looked. " Plummer heaped praise on Lady Gaga 's version of the title song, proving that her Ladyship transcends age. "She knows how to do two styles.
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February 20, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH THE movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey a box office sensation, the novel's author E.L. James wants more, more, more. Variety reports that the celebrated writer of housewife porn wants to pen the movie's sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker. " Universal execs are understandably nervous about James' screenwrithing, er, screenwriting. If James does get the green light, the second film could be delayed, Variety writes, in what could only be described as "cinematic coitus interruptus.
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February 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Comedian Hannibal Buress deserved to sell out the Music Box at Atlantic City's Borgata on Saturday - just on the merits of his sharply incisive talents. Anyone making topics such as toilet paper, racist babies, and sports heroes on steroids ("Thank you for ruining your long-term health for our short-term entertainment") funny should be celebrated. But face it: Buress owes much to Bill Cosby. Before Oct. 16, Buress was a silly, observational stand-up known mostly for acting bits on 30 Rock and Comedy Central fare like Broad City . At September's end, I caught Buress opening for Aziz Ansari at the Wells Fargo Center with Seinfeld-ian parking shtick: Cranky stuff, but nothing innovative or memorable.
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January 29, 2015 | Howard Gensler, The Daily News
Contract balks According to the Hollywood Reporter , "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has complained to the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that signed him from the show. "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," Phillips said. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leno backs Cosby accusers It's easy to understand why so many celebs have avoided taking sides in the Bill Cosby rape scandal - its scope and weight make it almost deadly. "People jump on the bandwagon, I'm going to wait," The View 's Whoopi Goldberg said. Late-night hosts are keeping their jokes descriptive, neutral. "Why did Bill Cosby cross the road?" Seth Meyers said. "To avoid a reporter who was asking about sexual assault allegations. " Not so Jay Leno . The Tonight Show alumnus says he's disturbed that so many fans refuse to believe the more than two dozen women who have accused Cosby.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Tina Fey a deadly weapon? Is it too early to mine the Bill Cosby rape scandal for jokes? Nope, say Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . Asked by Access Hollywood if they'd broach Cosby at Sunday's awards gala, Fey immediately said, "Oh, heck, yes!" Celebs need not fear the two gals. "We don't want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us," said Fey, who may be as beloved in Philly as Cosby once was. "In the grand scheme of the world, it couldn't be less important.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
L'affaire Cosby and l'affaire Rashad   SideShow favorite Phylicia Rashad , who played Claire Huxtable for years alongside Bill Cosby on his show, was quoted as telling ent-blog Showbiz 411 that the accusations against him are a plot. "Forget these women," she was quoted as saying. "What you're seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. " In the gentle, kind way of the world, she then got blasted. Three Cosby accusers called her out. Mondo-scary lawyer Gloria Allred , who represents the three, said: "Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter.
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January 9, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. is planning a trip back to the future. The Republican commissioner announced yesterday that he's giving up his seat on the three-person board of commissioners to run for district attorney. Now that current Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has announced plans to leave office to run for judge, Castor said he saw an open window and is ready to throw his hat back in the ring. "Although I enjoy the public service of the Office of County Commissioner, especially with my duties supervising the county's public-safety efforts, I admit that I have known for some time that my most professionally satisfying years with the county were spent in furthering the interests of law enforcement," he said.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
DAILY NEWS TV critic Ellen Gray is in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association's winter meetings (read her updates here ) and she spoke to Upper Darby's Tina Fey about her third time co-hosting the Golden Globe Awards, to air this Sunday. The first year she and Amy Poehler hosted, Tina said, someone wanted the pair to hold glasses of Scotch, possibly not realizing that Tina's not much of a drinker. "I thought they were just going to pour Diet Coke in the glass and somebody poured" the real thing, Tina told Ellen on Wednesday, as she and producing partner Robert Carlock ("30 Rock")
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