June 5, 2012
THE MOST RECENT recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are actress Mia Farrow in 2011, actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2010, author Maya Angelou and screenwriter Norman Lear in 2008, actor Richard Gere in 2007 and actor Sidney Poitier in 2006. No award was given in 2009. n
February 26, 2013
Actor Lou Myers, 76, best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series A Different World , has died. Tonia McDonald of Mr. Myers' nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., said the actor died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. McDonald said Mr. Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently. An autopsy was planned. His TV credits included NYPD Blue , E.R. , and The Cosby Show . He also appeared in a number of films, including Tin Cup , and How Stella Got Her Groove Back . A Different World ran from 1987-93 and originally starred Lisa Bonet of Cosby fame.
December 27, 2006
I FOUND IT somewhat ironic that Bill Cosby, while preaching to his admirerers last week, would use the phrase "put a body on them" to describe how to handle some of their out-of-control children. If nothing else, at least Mr. Cosby is consistent. It seems to be the same policy he used while dealing with many of his female associates. John B. Hall Philadelphia
March 19, 1998 |
Psychiatrist Paul Jay Fink, a member of the 195th class of Central High School of Philadelphia, laughs as he talks with entertainer Bill Cosby, a member of the 204th class. The two, along with Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher and Joel N. Myers, founder of AccuWeather, were inducted into the Central High Hall of Fame at a ceremony last night.
May 22, 1992 |
Former student and now Temple trustee Bill Cosby gets a little help with the academic gear yesterday at the Civic Center before speaking at the university's graduation ceremony. The actor brought down the house of more than 10,000 with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the grads sue the school for rebates because the job market is tight.
October 18, 1996 |
Only once in James Cosby's life have people gotten away with calling him brainless. That was last school year, when he played the Scarecrow in Thomas Edison High's production of "The Wiz. " "I can act. I can sing, too," Cosby said, laughing. "Aside from my speaking lines, I sang two solos and did a duet with the Tin Man. "I'm concentrating on football right now, but someday I might get into acting. It's a lot of fun. " Yesterday, Cosby, a 5-8, 165-pound senior quarterback, completed four of six passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Owls dumped Benjamin Franklin, 24-22, in an entertaining Public League game.
August 27, 2004
AS AN African-American, I am appalled by some of the negative reactions of my fellow African-Americans toward Bill Cosby's comments over the decline of moral and social structure in black communities and families. If what Bill Cosby has said does not refer to you, and if you are decent, productive parents, then you should not be offended by his remarks. I agree with Bill. Many African-Americans put too much importance on $200 sneakers, for example, and less on cleaning up their neighborhoods, respecting one another, pursuing a decent education - need I say more?
February 1, 2005
I'M SURE there's no credibility to the woman who has accused Bill Cosby of groping her. Why would anyone with a valid claim for sexual assault wait a year before filing a complaint? A valid complaint should have been made no later than two days after it had happened. What was she afraid of a year ago that she is not afraid to tell the world about it now? If she is after money, I hope she does not get one penny. Such a waste of the judicial system. Cheryl Gilbert Collingswood, N.J.
October 25, 1994 |
According to a product/pitchman recall survey of 2,200 consumers by research firm Video Storyboard Tests, these are the current top celebrity spokespersons. SPORTS Michael Jordan - Nike, Hanes Nancy Kerrigan - Revlon, Ray-ban, Disney Shaquille O'Neal - Pepsi, Reebok Charles Barkley - Huyndai, Right Guard Bo Jackson - Nike ENTERTAINMENT Cindy Crawford - Revlon, Pepsi Candice Bergen - Sprint Bill Cosby - Jello, Kodak Elizabeth Taylor - White Diamonds fragrance Jerry Seinfeld - American Express Among the former top endorsers who failed to make the list: Larry Bird, Joe Montana, Chris Evert, Cher, Burt Reynolds, Regis Philbin, Ray Charles and Kathie Lee Gifford.
December 24, 2013 |
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.