June 25, 2013 |
One of my most vivid childhood experiences is tied inextricably to the kids' cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids . It was the first show my family sat down to watch when my dad finally, finally! , bought a color TV set. It was a hit in America, where it premiered in September 1972 as part of CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It also was a hit half a world away in my native Iran, where my two brothers and I watched religiously as Fat Albert and his gang - seven very distinct kids and one busybody duck named Cluck - had unforgettable adventures in their North Philadelphia neighborhood.
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.
February 19, 2013 |
ROBERT AVERY, the founder and president of the Philadelphia Wax Museum, admits that people often get the wrong idea about his museum: They think it actually exists. Type "Philadelphia Wax Museum" into Google and you might reach the same conclusion - that it's a real place with wax figures of real Philadelphians, from Betsy Ross to Bill Cosby. Why? For starters, the news release says so. "Our museum offers veterans a 30 percent discount on admission," Avery is quoted as saying in a release announcing that the museum is "a reality.
August 31, 2012 |
Think things were bad for Prince Harry back home after reports of his Vegas game of strip billiards? Well, if new reports about his carousing are true, then he's royally funked. RadarOnline says Harry and his retinue didn't engage only in innocent games of strip billiards, but were carousing in manners hard-core. "Things got pretty crazy in Prince Harry's suite that night," Anonymous Source tells Radar. "Everyone was drinking and drugs were also being used by some people.
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?