December 4, 2014 |
It's hard to reconcile the accumulated accusations of sexual assault facing Bill Cosby with the charismatic comedian and pudding purveyor of yore. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try. The collective will to ignore these incongruous incarnations only enabled the Philadelphia native to go on about the latter chapters of his charmed career - and allowed much of the public to be blithely entertained by it - without facing the accusations. Having embarrassingly persisted in this pretense even after the rest of the country abandoned it, Temple University became one of the last major institutions to distance itself from Cosby, who resigned from its board of trustees this week.
December 4, 2014
I REALLY HAD NO intention of writing about this ever again. I'd said most of what I needed to say in print, on Facebook, on the radio and on television, and was getting tired of going around in circles about the phrase "statute of limitations. " There were other things to think about during my birthday week, like how many Starbucks gift cards I was likely to get and whether actually asking for a bottle of Sambuca with a bow on it was declasse. But then, someone said something that, like a red flag in the face of a bespectacled 5-foot-1-inch bull, made the steam flow.
December 3, 2014 |
T EMPLE University's most recognizable face, Bill Cosby, resigned from the Board of Trustees yesterday after 32 years, amid swirling controversy over sexual-assault allegations from 20 women. Cosby, 77, had been on the board at his beloved alma mater since 1982, and was a regular attendee at university events and a speaker at class commencements. Other schools associated with the television icon, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston's Berklee College of Music, also cut ties with Cosby recently as the assault allegations resurfaced in October and went viral.
December 3, 2014 |
FINALLY, it was Bill Cosby who put Temple University out of its misery. More than a month after a comedian's comments on Cosby allegedly being a rapist went viral and long after others distanced themselves from the comedian amid increasing allegations of rape, Temple continued to stand by their Pudding Pop man. And then yesterday, Cosby did the necessary deed himself and resigned from Temple's Board of Trustees, a seat he held for 32 years....
December 2, 2014
ISSUE | GIVING Open museum doors to more city teens This week's #GivingTuesday global day of charity donations offers a chance to pause from the frenzy of holiday shopping and give back to your favorite nonprofits and causes. Our agency's goal is to raise $15,000 for STAMP: The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program. STAMP (razoo.com/story/stamp) gives Philadelphia teens free access to 15 top museums. Our 2014 Portfolio research shows that children's attendance at cultural institutions is up 17 percent since 2009, and now at more than 3 million visits annually.
December 2, 2014 |
EVERY DAY, it seems, there is a new sexual-assault allegation against Bill Cosby. Women who first accused him years ago, and whose stories are getting a new hearing, are being joined by others only now coming forward. While the famous 77-year-old actor and comedian remains silent and his career totters on the brink of collapse, the scandal raises many uncomfortable questions about justice and the court of public opinion - questions made even more difficult by the dynamics of race, gender and politics.
December 1, 2014
Because I'm happy / Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof . . . - Pharrell Williams I'LL BET Pharrell Williams, known for the song of the year, isn't happy he waded into a heated national discussion about the incident of the year. I'm not too crazy about it myself. In this month's issue of Ebony , he responded to an interviewer's question about a convenience-store video that purportedly shows Michael Brown stealing cigarillos just before his deadly run-in with Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. "It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with," Williams told the magazine about the video.
November 30, 2014 |
Several universities, most recently the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have cut ties with Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted women, but Temple isn't one of them. University spokesman Ray Betzner repeated Friday that Cosby, 77, a Philadelphia native who attended Temple, remains a member of its board of trustees, a post he has held since 1982. But calls are increasing for the Philadelphia university to take another look at its beloved benefactor and longtime public face, a man who for decades has worn Temple sweatshirts proudly and who featured the school flag on episodes of The Cosby Show . A change.org petition started by Kerry Potter McCormick, a Manhattan lawyer and 2005 graduate, calls on Temple to sever ties with Cosby, who has been accused over a period of years by 20 women - at least 10 by name - many of whom contend he drugged them.
November 27, 2014 |
Ferguson: Celebs weigh in Taking their role seriously as keepers of the nation's conscience, and their living power within us all as a moral compass, movie stars and musicians are tweeting up a storm in reaction to the civil unrest in the wake of the decision by a grand jury Monday night not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Solange , recently wedded sis of Beyoncé , was honest: "I don't...