December 23, 2009 |
Bill Cosby is the winner of the city's 2010 Marian Anderson Award, given to prominent artists who have achieved distinction for their humanitarian work. The Philadelphia-born Cosby, 72, is a much-decorated comedian, actor, and social activist, with nine Grammys, three Emmys, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. This year, he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In the announcement at the Sofitel hotel yesterday, Mayor Nutter called Cosby "a comedian whose gentle humor . . . pioneered a path forward for African American artists.
October 28, 2009 |
PHILADELPHIA is a tough nut, and if people here don't like you, they let you know it in a loud and boisterous voice. The city sometimes has the reputation for being violent, rude and dirty - a place where the level of illiteracy is outranked only by our overcrowded jails, filled mostly with the residue of our almost 50 percent high school dropout rate. But, despite the city's harsh rep, we still have plenty of homegrown gems to boast about. Bill Cosby, for one, a household name and who was just honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Monday night.
October 24, 2009 |
Cosby on dirty jokes Comedians today think a dirty mouth can replace creativity, says beloved Temple U. alum Bill Cosby. "Your dirty jokes are loaded with profanity," Cosby tells USA Today. "Our dirty jokes had innuendo. They were stories and you could see it because they would paint a picture. " On Monday, Cosby will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tidbits 'n' pieces Gabriel Byrne will keep his therapy license: HBO has renewed In Treatment for a third season.
October 20, 2009 |
HEY, HEY, HEY, Bill Cosby has lent his name and street cred (granted it's a different street) to a hip-hop project trying to foster a positive message. Billboard says "Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency" is a socially conscious CD that focuses on critical issues affecting young people, including frustration, incarceration and respect for women. Sorry, no hos here. "Emergency" is the aural companion to "Come On People," the 2007 book co-authored by the Cos and Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint and draws on the talents of Jace the Great, Brother Hahz and Supa Nova Slom.
September 3, 2009 |
BILL COSBY lent his voice and legend yesterday to the kickoff of a grassroots campaign in Olney called Mission: Education. "We have to make sure that our children develop a love for education," Cosby said to a crowd that slowly gathered as he began speaking. Mission: Education, organized by the Father's Day Rally Committee and the Philadelphia Education Fund, is an awareness campaign designed to unite the community in one common goal - the importance of educating every child.
January 29, 2009 |
Is there some John the Baptist to give us a clue about where exactly Barack Obama Superstar is going to lead us? How about one of America's most respected African Americans? Bill Cosby, in his best-selling book Come on, People! (a hipper way of saying "Repent and make straight your path"), detailed what he called the crisis of the black community. The book examined the influence of multifaceted poverty on our youth and the need to lift this generation beyond the vicious cycle of life on the street.
April 27, 2008 |
For Baby Boomers familiar with ABC television's Wide World of Sports , the friendly-yet-serious voice of Jim McKay is forever ingrained. "The thrill of victory," he said, and the music turned dramatic and the footage showed a poor ski-jumper tumbling and somersaulting down a hill, "and the agony of defeat. " McKay's famous line has become so overused, but I couldn't get it out of my mind as Overbrook High senior Tajay Gibson resembled that unfortunate skier at the end of the Philadelphia Public League's 4x400 race during yesterday's 114th edition of the Penn Relays.
April 16, 2008 |
Cos puts cause on record Move over, Dr. Dre; Dr. Huxtable is the next big-name rap producer. Bill Cosby will release Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency next month with Bill "Spaceman" Patterson. The motivational CD is a backlash against rap The Cos sees as "profanity for no particular reason, the misogyny for no particular reason. " All vocals, unfortunately, are provided by guest rappers, and the famous dad does not rock the mike. "People started speculating, is he going to rap about Jell-O Pudding Pops or what?"
December 27, 2007 |
Whether it is the harangues of Bill Cosby or the findings of a recent Pew Research Center study, I find the discourse about the purported values gap between poor and middle-class African Americans extremely troubling. It's disturbing because I don't think values are necessarily defined by education, income or social status. Middle- and upper-class blacks don't have a monopoly on values. Yet, a recent Pew report found that, by a ratio of 2 to 1, blacks say the values of poor and middle-class African Americans have grown less similar over the last decade.
December 10, 2007 |
A recent poll has found that 61 percent of black Americans believe that the values of poor blacks have become "more different" from the values of middle-class blacks in recent years. With the possible exception of Bill O'Reilly - who professed astonishment at the good manners of black patrons at a Harlem restaurant - no one should be surprised at those findings. There have long been two Americas - both black. One is inhabited by the accomplished, the educated, the pragmatic. The other is the home of the marginalized, the undereducated, the incarcerated.