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Cosby Has No One to Blame but Cosby for His Sullied Image

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*For decades Bill Cosby has been enshrined as America’s most treasured TV Dad; the quintessential symbol of all that is good and wholesome in family values conscious America.

The adulation for Cosby is so colossal and enduring that he’s been rewarded with yet another run at a TV series and a mostly hero worship widely acclaimed biography. But what do we make of the other Cosby.

The one who a 47 year old artist now claims drugged and raped her when she was 17. She’s just the latest to pile on Cosby as a serial sexual predator. Her tale of alleged Cosby abuse is echoed almost in verbatim detail the identical sordid tales of drugging’s, rapes, and other assorted sexual abuses by thirteen other women that spanned decades.

Those were the same decades that Cosby was propped up on the top rung of the family values pedestal. When the allegations first surfaced some years back an angry Cosby screamed foul, and claimed that the charges were nothing but a shakedown of a rich and famous celebrity. Though no criminal charges have ever been filed against him, Cosby has quietly settled lawsuits against him out of court. This go round Cosby has said nothing about the latest sexual abuse charges. But a spokesperson has called the accusations “preposterous.”

The tragic irony is that he has done more than his women accusers to massacre his own image.
Cosby inadvertently made himself a sitting duck for the finger pointing when in his well-meaning, but ill-tempered tirades he repeatedly lambasted poor black teens and their parents for being lousy parents, educational slackers, for butchering the English language, and for their alleged thuggish behavior. The indictment was way too broad, too sweeping, and it inched dangerously close to reinforcing the same vile racial stereotypes that Cosby has spent most of his professional career fighting against.  To no surprise, a horde of conservative commentators and unreconstructed bigots have stumbled over themselves to hail Cosby as the ultimate truth-giver and laud him for having the courage to air dirty racial laundry.
Now Cosby has been dumped back on the bad behavior hot seat. If America’s number one Dad can ride high up in the moral saddle and lecture other blacks on their alleged bad behavior, than he should be held to the same lofty standard. The hint of sexual misconduct left him wide open to the accusation that he was a hypocrite and a fraud.

There were warning signs that Cosby might eventually be ripe for a tumble. In 1997 he made a bombshell confession that in the 1970s he had an extra marital affair, and was accused of fathering an illegitimate daughter. There were allegations of shakedowns, under the table hush money payoffs, an extortion trial and conviction of the woman who claimed to be his illicit daughter, and an avalanche of embarrassing kiss and tell tabloid gossip stories on Cosby.

He dodged the bullet on that one. In sex scandal driven America, it’s a virtual rite of passage for the celebrity, rich and famous to be embroiled in peep show scandals. The public delights in that kind of titillation. It was hard to ban in Boston a guy who had shelled out millions to minority student scholarship funds, black colleges and had worked tirelessly for civil rights causes over the years. Cosby also continued to rail against the clown, coon, and buck dance image that blacks propagated of themselves in TV sitcoms. He pushed and prodded the film and TV industry to do more to promote more positive black images on screen.

However, the glue on Cosby’s still largely intact good guy image loosened when the parade of women leveled the drugging and sexual assault charges against him. Cosby initially vehemently denied the charges, but swiftly shifted into damage control mode and, as he delicately put it, admitted to having a “sexual encounter” with one of them. But, he quickly added the requisite, that it was consensual. This still fit the jaded public belief that the rich and famous routinely have their little sexual trysts, and who makes a big deal out of that?

Cosby defenders have again rushed to the barricades to defend him reminding all that allegations are just that, allegations, and not proof of any wrongdoing. And that these are nothing more than crass and self-serving put up jobs to character assassinate yet another high profile, outspoken black man and thereby sully all blacks as moral degenerates. They are in part right. They are allegations only, and despite the cheerleading of him, he’s not totally immune to being the recipient of the same bashing he’s unceremoniously piled on other blacks for their plight.
America’s favorite dad may be right that his parade of sexual accusers is out to gouge a star. But this doesn’t change the fact that now many paint him as anything other than a model Dad. He can only blame himself for his sullied image.

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is host of the weekly Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour heard weekly on the nationally network broadcast Hutchinson Newsmaker Network.

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Giants Defeat Royals 3-2 to Win World Series in 7 Games

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*(Via Newsy) – It’s safe to say a baseball dynasty has formed in the Bay Area! The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in game 7 to capture the team’s third championship in the past five years — a feat only five other teams have achieved in MLB history.

Despite an early exit from Giants’ starter Tim Hudson in the 2nd inning after giving up two runs, San Francisco’s bullpen — or should we say, pitcher Madison Bumgarner — pulled through in the clutch and didn’t allow another run for the rest of the game.

To no surprise Bumgarner also walked away with the Most Valuable Player award. The towering lefty was virtually unhittable in the series and now holds the World Series record for lowest ERA in history among pitchers who’ve thrown more than 30 innings. The Giants won all three games Bumgarner took the mound.

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Peter Bailey Claps Back At Hip Hollywood’s Bogus Report (Watch)

Peter Bailey Claps Back At HipHollywood's False Arrest Report

“I hope you didn’t pay your source, you got beat, LOL.”

That was “RHOA’s” Peter Thomas‘ comeback to Hip Hollywood.com. Actually his language was a bit more colorful and you can hear it in the Instagram clip below.

On Wednesday evening, Hip Hollywood claimed it had breaking news about Thomas being arrested in connection with crimes committed by Apollo Nida.

It didn’t take Thomas long post a video on Instagram informing his fans that the site’s report of his arrest was bogus. After all, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” husband was in Charlotte, NC partying when the report hit the internet.

Oops.

Looks like somebody done made a big boo-boo. Here’s what Hip Hollywood published:

Earlier this year, Apollo received a sentence of eight years in prison for various types of fraud. But, it looks like he’s not going down unless he takes a few people with him. Sources tell HipHollywood, that Phaedra Parks’ incarcerated hubby wore a wire and got Cynthia Bailey’s husband, Peter caught up in some mess. As a result, our source tells us Thomas was arrested in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Well obviously that’s not the case. At least not now it isn’t.

What we do know is that Apollo Nida is serving an 8-year sentence and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 7 premieres Nov. 9 and Hip Hollywood says the situation will be part of show’s storyline.

 

(Peter Bailey Claps Back At HipHollywood’s Bogus Arrest Report )
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Suge Knight and Katt Williams Busted for Stealing Photog’s Camera

Suge Knight And Katt Williams Busted For Stealing Photog's Camera

*They allegedly did the deed back in September, but they got busted for it today.

According to reports, Suge Knight and Katt Williams are alleged to have forcibly taken a camera from a female photographer in Beverly Hills on September 5 outside a studio.

Williams was arrested this morning when he appeared in court for an assault case. Meanwhile, Knight was busted in Las Vegas. They were booked for robbery.

Both men have been arrested numerous times in the past. That means if convicted they could see some lengthy jail time. As much as 30 years for Knight and 7 years for Williams.

According to the district attorney’s office, prosecutors want bail be set at $1 million for Knight and $75,000 for Williams.

Meanwhile, the investigation remains ongoing. Detectives were still trying to locate a man and woman who were with Knight and Williams at the time, according to the LA Times.

 

 (Suge Knight And Katt Williams Busted For Stealing Photog’s Camera)
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Sharpton to Ferguson for 4-Day NAN ‘Justice for Michael Brown Weekend’

REV. AL SHARPTON TO TRAVEL TO FERGUSON, MO TO KICKOFF THE FOUR DAY NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) “JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN WEEKEND”—ONE DAY FOR EACH HOUR MICHAEL BROWN LAY IN THE STREET

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Rev. Al Sharpton in Ferguson, MO

National Action Network “Justice For Michael Brown” Weekend Media Planning Schedule:

DAY 1 – Friday, October 31, 2014
8:00 – 10:30AM CST
Leadership Breakfast
Leadership breakfast will feature a keynote address by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Participants include: Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Brown’s parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., NAN Ferguson Chapter President Rev. Carlton Lee, and Brown Family Attorney Anthony Gray.

Location:
Jonas Hubbard Community Center
1629 Biddle Street
St. Louis, MO 63106

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST 
Luncheon Meeting & ‘Justice Disciples’ Orientation
The luncheon will feature a ‘Justice Disciples’ Orientation hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton where he will deputize and instruct Disciples of Justice on their responsibility as volunteers to monitor police-community interactions after the grand jury verdict is released.

Location:
Jonas Hubbard Community Center
1629 Biddle Street
St. Louis, MO 63106

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
Michael Brown Night Out Youth Activity
NAN’s Youth Move leadership program will distribute candy, scarves, and hats to children and protesters.

Location:
Greatest St. Mark’s Family Church
9950 Glenn Owen Drive, St. Louis, MO 63113

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 1, 2014

10:00AM – 1:00PM CST 

Fall Festival
This youth-led event will provide a day of fun for children ages 2-12 with a range of interactive activities.

Location:
Greatest St. Mark’s Family Church
9950 Glenn Owen Drive, St. Louis, MO 63113

1:00PM – 4:00PM CST

How to Get Away with Police Brutality 
Educational workshop on laws that need to be changed that currently enable police brutality.

Location:
Greatest St. Mark’s Family Church
9950 Glenn Owen Drive, St. Louis, MO 63113

6:00PM-8:00PM CST

Youth Hip Hop Cypher
A youth led event that will feature a cypher, providing a safe space and encouraging artistic expression for youth and young adults through hip hop and poetry.

Location:
TBA 

DAY 3 – Sunday, November 2, 2014

5:00PM – 7:00PM CST 

Faith Engagement Day
Gospel Concert hosted by Mary Tillman, NAN’s Ferguson Chapter President Rev. Carlton Lee with STL New G
Corey Barrett, Min. Sheldon Johnston and Love Fellowship, St. Paul A.M.E. Mass Choir, Amber Rose, Rodney Douglas, Michael Rainer and Spoken.

Location:
Greatest St. Mark’s Family Church
9950 Glenn Owen Drive, St. Louis, MO 63113

DAY 4 – Monday, November 3, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm CST 
Community Get Out The Vote Rally
Participants include: Michael Brown’s parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., Brown family Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Attorney Anthony Gray, Judge Greg Mathis, Iyanla Vanzant, Attorney Carol Lexing-Powell and NAN’s Rev. DeVes Toon.

Location:
Greatest St. Mark’s Family Church
9950 Glenn Owen Drive, St. Louis, MO 63113

 

 

source:
Jacky Johnson
National Action Network
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Bill Cosby Accused of Rape and Manipulation by Woman in Daily Mail Interview

Bill Cosby Accused of Rape by Barbara Bowman In Interview

*Reports of comedian Bill Cosby taking sexual liberties and more with ladies over the years is not exactly new news. In fact, 13 women have accused Cosby of rape from the 1970s into the 2000s, but keep in mind that he’s never been charged.

However, in the wake of another comedian, Hannibal Burress, straight up calling the one-time Jello spokesman a rapist in his comedy routine, one of the women who says Cosby violated her recently spoke out about her dealings with him.

In an extensive interview with the Daily Mail/Mail Online, Barbara Bowman (pictured below) said Cosby began manipulating her when she was a 17-year-old model in Denver, Colorado. She said the famed funnyman would fly her to meet him at his comedy gigs across the country, convincing her to treat him like he was her father, Bowman claims.

Whoa, that’s kinda creepy, but, as they say, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Here’s some of her quotes:

•“He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.”

•“He wanted me to act completely drunk, wasted, while he stood behind me and stroked my neck and upper chest. He didn’t touch me beyond that, on that day, but that’s where it certainly started.”

•“Bill used to tell me that he was my father figure and that I needed to trust him as a father, 100 percent. Then he’d drug me and attack me. I was to afraid to talk back.”

•“I never took shut up money. My motivation to speak now is to expose Bill Cosby as the animal that he is. He went after me in that hotel room like an animal with such sexual prowess and force that he couldn’t control himself. And at 19-years-old, I knew it would be the last time he would ever get the chance to hurt me this way again.”

•“By the time I was drugged and raped by him in New York, he’d already broken me down, brainwashed me and made me feel like there was something wrong with me if I resisted his sexual advances.”

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Barbara Bowman (courtesy Daily Mail/Mail Online)

As we said, Barbara Bowman’s interview is quite extensive and some will find a lot of what she describes as disturbing.

Read the full story at Daily Mail/Mail Online.

 

(Bill Cosby Accused of Rape by Barbara Bowman In Interview)