January 24, 1997 |
When Bill Cosby arrived on the Temple University campus in the early '60s, it was a time when the color of one's skin could easily divide us, tincture our choices of friends and push us to accept sweeping stereotypes. But he made us blind to color. He chipped away at our black-and-white consciousness, not with stirring rhetoric or remonstration, but simply by being who and what he was: humble, generous, self-effacing, loyal - and humorous. There was never any kitsch to Cosby. Then and now. Cosby's obvious humanity and sincerity explain why Philadelphians felt such a personal sense of loss when his son, Ennis, was murdered in Los Angeles last week.
July 13, 2004 |
BILL COSBY seems not to be deterred in his criticism of the black community. Just a month after citing the need for personal responsibility among blacks at a 50th anniversary commemoration of Brown vs. Board of Education, Cosby delivered another verbal tirade. Addressing the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund's annual conference, Philadelphia's native son launched a biting attack against juvenile delinquency in the black community. He defended his earlier remarks by saying that his detractors were trying to hide that community's "dirty laundry.
January 17, 1997 |
The son of entertainer Bill Cosby was killed early yesterday on a dark and desolate road leading from a freeway where he had pulled over to change a flat tire. Police said they suspect Ennis William Cosby, 27, was shot once in the head by a would-be robber who may have followed Cosby's disabled Mercedes sports car off the San Diego Freeway. A woman who drove past at 1:45 a.m. discovered his body and flagged down a highway patrol car. He was sprawled on the ground in a pool of blood next to the hunter green convertible.
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.
December 12, 2014 |
A LOT of industries may be downsizing but if you're looking for areas of employment growth, you need look no further than Bill Cosby 's legal team. If they're not hiring now, they will be. Tamara Green , who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist when she spoke out about his alleged conduct in 2005. Green said in the suit filed in federal court in Springfield, Mass., that Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was an aspiring model and singer.
July 19, 2004
RE JAMES Morton's Cosby letter ("Memo to Bill," July 13): Mr. Morton, unlike your, I refuse to take the blame for missed values in the black community. I am one of those who agrees wholeheartedly with Mr. Cosby because I am a man and parent who has instilled moral values in my children, as well as others. I beg to differ with your theory that black America has adopted white American values. Our values don't carry a color. People, black and white, do exactly what they want regardless of the consequences.
December 5, 2014 |
FORMER NAVAL HOSPITAL corpsman third-class Bill Cosby 's career has been torpedoed recently by numerous allegations of sexual abuse. Now the U.S. Navy is getting into the act. According to the Washington Post , the Navy is taking the honorary title it bestowed upon the Cos in 2011 and dropping an anchor on it. The Navy announced yesterday that Cosby will no longer be an honorary chief petty officer. "The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment," it said in a press release.
December 8, 2014 |
Whatever they did, it seems Temple University's board of trustees couldn't win. Their most famous and loyal member, Bill Cosby, was the subject of an escalating string of ugly accusations of decades-old sexual assaults. Many of the board members are lawyers or judges, upholders of a system where one is presumed innocent until proved otherwise. And Cosby has never been found guilty of any sexual impropriety. So board members took their time, weighing what to do. While that annoyed some people, others expected nothing less.
February 21, 1997 |
Achair and a microphone. That's all that Bill Cosby will need in the way of a stage set when he appears for two performances March 29 on the Camden waterfront. Because his TV show, Cosby, is shot in New York, Philadelphia's favorite son gets back to his home area only once in a while to tell his comic stories. He will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre. Tickets for "An Evening With Bill Cosby" are priced at $26, $33 and $46, and are available from Ticketmaster.
May 17, 2015 |
Cosby talks, says little Given the sexual-assault allegations made against him by 40 women, we'd have thought Bill Cosby would avoid the media. But there he was, chatting away Friday on Good Morning America . He disclosed little of any substance . "I have been in this business for 52 years, and I've never seen anything like this," Cosby, 77, told Linsey Davis of the sheer tonnage of trouble piled his way. "And reality is the situation, and I can't speak. " So what would Cosby, a champion of education, tell youngsters if they asked him about the women's charges?