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“He Is The Father You Thought You Knew” Evin Cosby Defends Her Father

December 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Following in the footsteps of both of her parents, Bill and Camille, Cosby’s daughter Evin has issued a few statements of her own regarding her father’s rape allegations and the backlash because of them.

Evin Cosby, a Spelman College alum, is, as you might assume, personally affected by the news cycle over the past few months which have painted her father as a serial rapist. In addition to the twenty-something women who have come forward with allegations, now including supermodel Beverly Johnson, and Spelman College deciding to suspend Dr. Cosby’s professorship endowment, Evin has a few things to say. She took to her Facebook account to express her thoughts.

First she expressed her gratitude to everyone who has been supporting her family through this very difficult time.

I would like to thank EVERYONE that has been sharing, voicing and putting their beautiful positive energy out there for me and my family. There will always be jealous, vengeful and crazy people out there to break anyone down. Everyday we wake up and appreciate the love and support from everyone. There’s more positive in life then we think. It’s the BS that can be overwhelming. We keep fighting each day. The challenges in life can only make us stronger. The ones that are angry can’t live as easy as the ones that can love, RESPECT and not to find the easy way out by making FALSE accusations. It’s a shame how some people sit behind the computer waiting for bad things to happen to someone. Isn’t it easier to be happy? And to want the best for someone that has done such great things in life? It could be a friend, a family or a pet…. Just be HAPPY! It’s waaaaay easier. Thank you again! 

Then in a statement she released to Access Hollywood, she said:

“He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today’s tv reality show. Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :),”

Then, again on her Facebook page:

“Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison. THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocent victim. They are not ONLY destroying innocent people’s life they are ALSO making it hard for the MEN and Women to find justice when they have been raped.”

She also shared her thoughts about the story Beverly Johnson shared on “The View” yesterday:

Questions- if someone isn’t feeling well…. What you do? Do you A. Call a doctor B. Go to the hospital or C. Can’t believe I called someone BLEEP??? It’s either A or B!

Drugged – you can remember the whole damn day but you were drugged? Just sayin. Memory – you can remember you looked at (allegedly) each other, people were starring allegedly remembering your home address allegedly the name you called him allegedly but you were allegedly drugged,”

And then to Spelman College.

Spelman College should be ashamed of themselves. Morehouse College is a all BLACK school for men. Does anyone remember 4 Black men that were SENT to PRISON because a fellow Spelman student said she was raped. Well…… This Spelman woman was caught and turned out she lied about being raped after these men had their faces posted on the cover of ever news paper and held in jail. Someone please look up this article it was called Rape of the Spelman coed and it was in emerge magazine. Shame on YOU Spelman. You need to go to Sister’s Chapel and talk about this article revisit how many other innocent MEN that have been WRONGFULLY accused!!

“He Is The Man You Thought You Knew.” Camille Cosby Releases Statement About Husband’s Rape Allegations

December 15th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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After months of mounting rape allegations and silence from the Cosby camp, Bill and Camille are both speaking out.

This weekend, Bill Cosby came forward claiming he expected the Black media to stay neutral. And now in a statement released to CBS News, Camille is speaking out as well, defending her husband.

Camille Cosby Releases Statement About Husband's Rape Allegations

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You know… I’m starting to understand why these two haven’t been speaking out. Now, it just seems like emotions are running as high as they ever were and they’re speaking off the cuff, no preparation and apparently no guidance. If I had to put my finger on it, I’d say that Beverly Johnson’s story in addition to Spelman College suspending his professorship, has them…for lack of a better term, shook.

The fact that Mrs. Cosby compared her husband to a rape victim in this situation is not only ironic, it evokes a very damning image, in a statement that was probably meant to elicit sympathy for him. And while there are some holes in Jackie’s rape story, it hasn’t been completely disproven. There are still several people who support her account. And comparing one faulty story to some pretty consistent ones from twenty different women, over decades and decades of time, saying that your husband drugged and raped them, is a different matter.

And the line about her husband being the man we knew on television…it’s problematic. There are no discrepancies between Heathclif Huxtable and Bill Cosby? That just seems hard to believe.

Spelman College Suspends Cosby $20 Million Professorship Endowment

December 15th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In the 1980s, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille established a $20 million professorship endowment for Spelman College, The Cosby Chair for the Humanities. With the recent sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Spelman has decided to suspend its professorship program indefinitely. A Spelman College spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal- Constitution:

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life. The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met.”

Spelman alumna and former Cosby professorship chair Pearl Cleage believes the suspension is the right move for Spelman as the college reevaluates their current relationship with Cosby, whose daughters attended the institution.

Spelman’s move follows Cosby’s resignation from Temple University’s Board of Trustees and as University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s honorary co-chair of its capital campaign. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reports that High Point University, located in North Carolina, removed Cosby from its national board of advisers, and Berklee School of Music located in Boston will no longer grant scholarships in Cosby’s name.

Spelman’s decision comes as a surprise after TMZ reported in November that the college would not comment on the almost daily allegations mounting against Cosby. Because of their initial stance, Spelman students started the #NotMyFather Twitter hashtag trend, pulling their support of Cosby and his Cosby Show father figure image.

Last week, supermodel  Beverly Johnson stepped forward accusing Cosby of drugging her in the 1980s while she auditioned for a role on The Cosby Show, at his home. In one of the few brief statements he’s made regarding the accusations, Cosby told to a New York Post reporter, that he expects Black media to maintain a neutral stance when reporting these allegations and “uphold the standards of excellence in journalism.”

Separately but related, Spelman just received $75,000 in scholarships and grants from Ford Motor Company for its program creating in-home vegetable gardens in the college’s Atlanta neighborhood. So where one door closes, another opens.

Bill Cosby Expects “Black Media” To Stay Neutral

December 14th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Another day, another headline about Bill Cosby. 

This time around the comedian broke his silence in a phone conversation with PageSix. During the conversation Cosby refused to talk about the rape and sex abuse allegations he’s facing. However, he did manage to tell the reporter one thing. 

“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,”

The reporter he told this to, Stacy Brown, is a black woman. 

Bill Cosby also said his wife is doing just fine. 

“Love and the strength of womanhood,” he said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

Before the reporter could ask him any more questions, he stated, “They don’t want me talking to the media,” and ended the conversation. 

This is the second time, Cosby has spoken about his rape allegations. Previously he told Florida Today, that people “shouldn’t answer to innuendos” and “fact check.”

LAPD Investigating The Bill Cosby Sex Allegations

December 6th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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The Los Angeles police department has opened an investigation into a woman’s claim that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old.

The woman, Judy Huth, is suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery in a civil suit. The civil suit implies that Cosby forced her to perform a sexual act on him while at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Huth met with two detectives Friday to discuss her case and her allegations. After meeting with her, the detectives decided to launch a full investigation. Although many of these cases are outside the statute of limitations, police officers are still urging victims to come speak with them.

Huth is among the 15 plus women that have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them. These assaults range from groping to being drugged and raped. Judy Huth is one of the only women claiming she was assaulted while she was underage.

Cosby and his lawyer have filed countersuits against the women accusing him as well as deny all charges. Cosby believes the women are trying to extort him.

In situations like these, we hope the truth comes to light. No women should ever have to go through something like this.

“U know Bill Cosby?”: Celebrities Who Support The Embattled Comedian

December 5th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Oprah and Jill Scott aren’t alone. These celebrities say they’ll always support Bill Cosby — even after decades of rumored rape allegations represented by 20 women so far.

Is this solidarity? Or do these celebrities deserve a collective SMH? Read on to find out just who has stood behind Bill Cosby and why.

Janice Dickinson Breaks Down Discussing Cosby Rape Allegations

December 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Janice Dickinson Breaks Down

Many like to regard Janice Dickinson and her claims against Bill Cosby to be exaggerated or improbable or unlikely because she’s been so open about her past with drugs and sexual encounters with various celebrities. People have called her an attention-seeker, whore or flat out liar.

That’s rape culture for you. The burden rests with the alleged victim and not the victimizer. We like our rape victims to be perfect. So Janice coming forward, even after she already did so nearly a decade earlier in her 2002 biography, before all the others, seems suspicious to many because she presumably likes attention.

Whatever your thoughts on Janice, her recent interview with CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield is interesting.

If you don’t believe Janice, I don’t post this with the intent to change your mind but it is interesting and even educational about the ways in which women can be affected by rape and sexual assault, why they hesitate to speak out and even how the assault can still affect someone decades after it’s happened.

What has kept you from telling this story?

I remember being humiliated, disgusted. I had revulsion toward Cosby. Cosby was a very powerful man and still is. I stuffed it, I compartmentalized it because I was embarrassed. 

The details

Mr. Gardner, Stu Gardner left the dinner table. I was alone with him. And I had menstrual cramps. And he said, ‘Oh, I’ve got something for that.’ And he gave me a pill.

Did you ask what it was? Why did you trust him?

Because of his demeanor and the promise of a career. I trusted him. I wanted a television career. I had had a successful career for commercials and I wanted to take it to the next level. 

When I started to black out, I had a polaroid camera on me and that’s when I started to take photographs. Last thing I remember I had blacked out and Cosby mounting me, like the monster that he was. I just remember passing out. But I remember more specifically waking up and that he…there was a lot of pain in… downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and the top was opened. And at that point–fight or flight– I just packed up and got the hell out of there. 

What she needs to hear from Bill Cosby right now. 

I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a monster, that he is a pig and he raped me.

And then she thanks Fredericka and CNN before breaking down.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know how to process this. I don’t know how to process these emotions. I don’t. I don’t. I’m going to meditate. I’m going to go to church. I do not know. This has affected me in my house. It’s affected me. And it’s probably affecting these women.”

You can watch the full interview in the video below.

“We Lost Robin, We Lost Joan, And We Kind Of Lost Cosby”: Chris Rock Talks Bill Cosby, Obama, And His Daughters Preferring Kevin Hart

December 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In the new issue of The New Yorker (which he covers), Chris Rock talks in depth about the struggle to be as funny as he wants to be in a politically correct-obsessed culture, fatherhood, the suicide of Robin Williams (and the dark sides of comedians), the ups and downs of Obama’s presidency, and of course, the accusations against Bill Cosby. There are quite a few great quotes as the Top Five (movie out on Friday, and it’s hilarious!) star has always been deep and hilarious at the same time, but these are the tidbits that stuck out to us the most:

Criticism Over His Jokes About Not Wanting To Visit The One World Trade Center After 9/11 And Political Correctness:

Oh, it’s back stronger than ever. I don’t pay that much attention to it. I mean, you don’t want to piss off the people that are paying you, obviously, but otherwise I’ve just been really good at ignoring it. Honestly, it’s not that people were offended by what I said. They get offended by how much fun I appear to be having while saying it. You could literally take everything I said on Saturday night and say it on Meet the Press, and it would be a general debate, and it would go away. But half of it’s because they think they can hurt comedians.

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Comedian Gave Him A Hard Time When He First Came Out:

I mean, maybe Cosby early on, but he turned pretty quick. Other than that, nobody.

His Thoughts On The Allegations Against Bill Cosby:

I don’t know what to say. What do you say? I hope it’s not true. That’s all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it’s not true. It’s a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby.

What He Thought About Robin Williams’ Suicide:

Comedians kill themselves. Talk to 100 comedians this week, everybody knows somebody who killed themselves. I mean, we always say ignorance is bliss. Well, if so, what’s the opposite? Some form of misery. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice sh*t, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.

You try to give yourself other things to focus on. I always say, my children saved me from my miserable self.

His Thoughts On President Obama’s Legacy:

I’m trying to figure out the right analogy. Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there’s a little more peace. Not as much peace as we’d like, but I mean, that’s kind of the gig. I don’t recall anybody leaving on an up. It’s just that kind of job. I mean, the liberals that are against him feel let down because he’s not Bush. And the thing about George Bush is that the kid revolutionized the presidency. How? He was the first president who only served the people who voted for him. He literally operated like a cable network. You know what I mean?

He’s the first cable-television president, and the thing liberals don’t like about Obama is that he’s a network guy. He’s kind of Les Moonves. He’s trying to get everybody. And I think he’s figured out, and maybe a little late, that there’s some people he’s never going to get.

There’s an advantage that Bush had that Obama doesn’t have. People thinking you’re dumb is an advantage. Obama started as a genius. It’s like, What? I’ve got to keep doing that? That’s hard to do! So it’s not that Obama’s disappointing. It’s just his best album might have been his first album.

If There Has Been Much Change In Race Relations:

There’s always going to be people that don’t know that the war’s over. I’m more optimistic than you, but maybe it’s because I live the way I do. I just have a great life, so it’s easier for me to say things are great. But not even me. My brothers drive trucks and stock shelves. They live in a much better world than my father did. My mother tells stories of growing up in Andrews, South Carolina, and the black people had to go to the vet to get their teeth pulled out. And you still had to go to the back door, because if the white people knew the vet had used his instruments on black people, they wouldn’t take their pets to the vet. This is not some person I read about. This is my mother.

If His Daughters Find Him Funny:

Sometimes. My daughter Lola was like, “Kevin Hart’s funnier than you.”

Be sure to read Rock’s full interview with The New Yorker here and share your thoughts, and be sure to check out the new movie, Top Five, written and directed by Rock, out on Friday.

Bill Cosby Offers Ticket Holders Refunds On Upcoming Shows, Resigns From Temple U Board

December 1st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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As the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations keep growing, the comedian is now saying he will offer refunds to ticket holders who don’t want to attend upcoming Tarrytown, New York shows.

According to the Journal News, Cosby’s two December 6 shows at the Tarrytown Music Hall will still be going on as scheduled, but ticket holders received emails from the box office offering refunds.”The email said Cosby’s management would reimburse patrons who don’t want to attend the show,” reports The New York Daily News.

Some of Cosby’s other shows were canceled after various women came forward alleging he sexually assaulted them. However, Cosby still has more than 30 shows left on his calendar through May 2015.

Many of the shows Cosby has already performed have been sold out, such as shows he recently did in Florida. In Melbourne, FL, Cosby was greeted with a standing ovation, reports Reuters. The show was sold out even though there were some empty seats.

Many ticket holders at that particular show said they weren’t concerned about the allegations.

“It’s his personal life, and I don’t really care,” said Melbourne resident Russ McDonald, 62, a retired teacher.

Separately, Temple University has accepted Cosby’s resignation from the school’s board of trustees. The board was just about to convene a meeting to discuss his relationship with the school. In a terse statement, Cosby said:

“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the University and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from temple University Board of Trustees.”

Additional contribution by Tonya Garcia

Jill Scott On Bill Cosby: The Media/Society Are Trying To Destroy His “Magnificent Legacy”

December 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Jill Scott is a firm believer in the principle of presumption of innocence and she proved as much today when she got into a bit of a tiff with her Twitter followers over the Bill Cosby rape allegations. The debate seemed to jump off when Jill retweeted the tweet below, likening the accusations against Bill Cosby to those against Michael in the ’90s.

Of course that stamp of approval led many to lash out at the singer and accuse her of victim blaming. And though Jill’s initial response was “We will respectfully have to agree to disagree,” she soon began providing more detailed explanations of her support of Bill Cosby. When one follower said she was hurt by her position, Jill responded with, “hurt? By an opinion? I’ve been a solider on many levels for women. I know rape but I’m also aware of propaganda.” The debate went on from there:

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@JasBaileyTweets sides with Mr. Cosby? No. I side with substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy — ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014

Though Jill tried to wrap the argument with this bit of positivity below, several followers still questioned the singer and urged her in so many words to do better.

But Jill kept her calm in a debate with one woman, refusing to accept that her support of Bill Cosby’s legacy is akin to telling women not to come forth after they’ve been raped. She then went on to encourage women to do so.

It’ll be interesting to see how this ends. What do you think about Jill’s comments on Bill Cosby’s legacy and the media/society’s attempt to tear it down without proof?