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...
November 26, 2014 |
Unrelated TV news In "The Mistress," an intervention show debuting Jan. 21 on the new Discovery Life Channel (changing Jan. 15 from Discovery Fit & Health, a channel we didn't even know existed), Sarah J. Symonds , author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer , dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. "Infidelity is like the distant rumble of thunder in any relationship," said Symonds.
November 26, 2014 |
DO WE really have to lose "The Cosby Show"? Don't look here for a defense of Bill Cosby. I believed accuser Andrea Constand in 2005 and nothing that's happened in recent days has surprised me, much less changed my mind. I understood why NBC was finally ready to drop the idea of a new Cosby sitcom - it never seemed like a very good one, anyway - and why Netflix decided that Thanksgiving weekend might not be the right time to release a new Cosby special. I'm not sure, though, that TV Land needed to take the Huxtables off the air just because the man who brought them to life isn't the man he pretended to be. Because it's all pretend, you know.
November 24, 2014 |
"MOCKINGJAY, PART 1" had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates yesterday. The movie opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But it easily topped the $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction. " The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment.
November 22, 2014 |
Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Theodore A. McKee couldn't stop thinking about it this morning: mounting rape allegations against Bill Cosby, who, like McKee, sits on Temple University's board of trustees. As a state-related university - currently under investigation by the federal education department for its handling of sexual assault and harassment cases - what stance should Temple take in regards to Cosby, a longtime trustee and fixture on the North Philadelphia campus? "It's one thing to say it's a public university and we have an obligation to maintain an appearance that does not undermine the seriousness of the charges," said McKee, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
November 21, 2014
I KNOW THE NUNS who had custody of my conscience for 12 long years will be hanging their heads about this, but I've come to the conclusion that you can actually be too compassionate. While it's always good to reach out to those suffering, there are times when you have to say, "Sorry, but you waited too long. I can't help you now. " That's how I feel about the women who are coming out and accusing Bill Cosby of raping them decades ago. I know that most of the ladies are doing it to make themselves feel better and neutralize the shame they say he caused them to carry through their teen years and into adulthood, but the regurgitated revelations have been picked up by people who advocate abolishing statutes of limitations.