August 2, 2012
Fat Albert probably won't be there. He grew up in the Richard Allen Homes project mostly in the imagination of Bill Cosby, who, in his comedy routines, recounted their adventures as kids in the iconic North Philadelphia public-housing project. But hundreds of others are expected to attend the 22nd Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion, Saturday at Lemon Hill, 33rd and Poplar streets, in Fairmount Park. The Original Richard Allen Committee is hosting the annual picnic starting at noon.
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
April 16, 2012 |
Bill Cosby went on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday to discuss the Trayvon Martin case with host Candy Crowley. Tattle has no idea why he was on. Or what he said. Cosby tried to make the point that the Martin shooting was about guns and not race, but his reasoning and syntax got so convoluted, his point got lost. Cosby: "I believe that when you tell me that you're going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don't want you to have a gun. I want you to be able to see something, report it, and get out of the way, because you happen to be a part of the neighborhood.
December 15, 2011 |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Heaven help Bill Cosby if he loses his TV remote control Saturday afternoon. The comedian and actor, arguably Temple's most famous graduate, said Wednesday that he plans to spend Saturday watching Temple's football bowl game, which starts at 2 p.m., and the Owls' basketball game, which starts at 2:30. But he won't be using two TVs or picture-in-a-picture technology. He'll do it the old-fashioned way. "I have a remote that says 'previous channel,' " Cosby said by telephone from his home in Massachusetts.
September 6, 2011 |
Kevin Hart's new film Laugh at My Pain , which opens Friday, captures his record-breaking 90-city stand-up tour this year. It also contains documentary-style footage of the celebrated comedian revisiting his roots in North Philadelphia. We talked with Hart, 33, about the unusual hybrid project. Question: Why did you put the homecoming in the film? Answer: I took a risk. I wanted to show you guys where I come from, what I stand for. Going back to Philadelphia where I grew up at, where I lived, where I went to school at. Q: What did you learn growing up in North Philadelphia?
August 11, 2011
WITH AN angry blast (following earlier ones that didn't pinpoint race), an impassioned Mayor Nutter said what no white person could (safely) say: Philadelphia's flash-mayhem mobs are black and black parents must accept a role in stopping them. It was his Bill Cosby moment. By playing the race card in an unexpected way, Nutter can expect a lashing from the black apolog- I mean academics who are more interested in justifying bad behavior than in condemning it. This nonacademic white boy knows the vast majority of African-Americans are law-abiding and hardworking.
August 9, 2011 |
Once again, Michael Nutter is not messin' around. You know he's not playing when he pulls out the black vernacular. And there was a whole lot of it during his 30-minute rant - I mean, sermon - from behind the pulpit to a packed congregation Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Disgusted by the mobs of African American youths who have been terrorizing folks in City Center lately, he gave the black community a good old-fashioned whipping. I could almost hear my grandmother say, "Get me a switch!"
August 2, 2011
I'M GOING to try to keep this spoiler-free for those who haven't yet seen this week's installment of Oxygen's "The Glee Project," but after watching the episode this morning, I started to wonder why I thought I'd seen the person who left the show last night walking by the hotel's poolside bar about the time it was airing here. A few of us had run into three of the show's remaining contestants in the hotel lobby earlier in the day and I'm afraid I'd even gushed a bit, for all the world as if I hadn't earlier in the day talked to Mira Sorvino and Elizabeth McGovern (Sorvino was here to talk about an "American Masters" on Woody Allen , McGovern to promote the much-anticipated "Downton Abbey II")
June 10, 2011 |
Bill Cosby, one of the world's best-known comedians, brought his more serious side to address Girard College's Class of 2011 yesterday. "I'm 74 years old," the native Philadelphian began, "and when I was a kid, this school was known as Girard College, and no Negroes, no coloreds, [were] allowed. And so it sat here, in the city of Philadelphia, as a symbol of racist thoughts. " But Cosby reminded the largely African-American graduating class - which also included several Hispanic, Asian and white students - that they were not the first "to have broken that particular barrier.