No Support In The African-American Community For Bill Cosby

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billBill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race.

The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public scold, may be costing him support in the black community as he battles decades-old accusations of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

Few people outside Cosby’s circle of family and friends are rallying around him. Besides the gravity of the accusations, Cosby’s own words may help explain why.

“He’s asking people to pull up their pants and act right,” said Fredrick Harris, director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. “People are questioning, ‘Why were you unzipping yours and pulling yours down?'”

More than 15 women have come forward since November claiming to have been drugged, sexually assaulted or both by Cosby, who has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations.

A 2005 lawsuit by a Pennsylvania woman was settled before it went to trial. Earlier this month, prosecutors in California declined to pursue charges against him in the case of Judy Huth, who claimed Cosby molested her 40 years ago. She is one of two women currently suing the entertainer.

Since his iconic sitcom “The Cosby Show” ended in the early 1990s, Cosby has moved away from the benign “Heathcliff Huxtable” father figure to a chastising curmudgeon, scolding African Americans for what he deemed irresponsible behavior.

The most famous of his critiques came in Washington, D.C. a decade ago during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared segregated schools unconstitutional.

Cosby cited a range of behaviors, from speech and attire to single-parent households and dropout rates as high as 50 percent in some cities. “Parenting is not going on,” he said. Lower-income families are not “holding their end in this deal.”

“I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit,” he elaborated. “Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is?”

Cosby’s comments prompted spirited debate. Some commentators backed his call for greater personal responsibility, while others decried the harsh tone he invoked when talking about poorer blacks.

Now, Cosby’s criticism may be causing younger blacks not to defend him, said Tamara Winfrey Harris, author of an upcoming book on black women and marriage. They don’t have the connection and affection with Cosby that older blacks have.

“There are generations of young black kids,” she said, “who didn’t grow up with the Huxtables as the picture of the perfect black family.”

“They don’t see him as being on their side, so they’re not on his,” she said.

That was the attitude of 31-year-old comedian Hannibal Buress, who mentioned the accusations against Cosby during an October show in Philadelphia. That prompted the latest round of accusations from women.

“He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!'” Buress said. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

Hundreds of thousands of people later viewed the segment from Buress’ performance in online videos.

Since the allegations emerged, NBC halted work on a Cosby sitcom that was under development. Netflix indefinitely postponed a special that was set to premiere last month. And at least 10 performances in Cosby’s standup comedy tour were canceled.

Cosby’s wife, Camille, stepped forward earlier this month to defend him. She called him kind, generous and a wonderful husband and father. “He is the man you thought you knew,” she said.

Their daughter, Evin Cosby, similarly defended him on social media as “the FATHER you thought you knew.”

Cosby himself tried to rally the black community to his side, saying he expected “our black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

That prompted Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, to immediately fire back, telling TMZ that, as journalists, “You don’t go easier on a person with color.”

Last week, Cosby’s spokesman David Brokaw issued a statement denying Cosby expected special treatment from black media, expressing dismay with criticism by Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, author of a book questioning Cosby’s call for black social responsibility.

Some entertainers have defended Cosby. Actress/singer Jill Scott, a fellow Philadelphia native, said on Twitter she needed “substantiated proof when media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent Legacy.”

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” said, “I hope somebody gets to the bottom of this, but I’m going to reserve my judgments because I have a lot of questions.”

Some people may just not want to see Cosby as a sexual predator.

“A lot of people are loath to believe any of the allegations,” Winfrey Harris said. “He’s not, ‘quote unquote,’ that kind of person.”

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Jane Fonda Is Going To Build A Shrine

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janeEven Jane Fonda needs a reminder of how great she thins she is.

At 77, the actress is building a “shrine” to herself that she hopes will boost her recently faltering confidence.

“I’ve found myself backsliding a bit of late in terms of where my thoughts have tended to reside (not always with the generosity of vision I wish for) and my confidence has been iffy for the past four months,” the stunning star wrote in her blog post Sunday, her 77th birthday.

“So, while meditating today an idea came to me: I’m going to create a shrine to myself  or, at least, the self I wish to be, the self who began to manifest when I was a young girl before the st hit the fan,” she continued.

The “shrine” will be a small place filled with items that remind Fonda of “the qualities that represent my best self.” So far, she plans to include a school report from the fourth grade.

She’ll spend the new year collecting objects and symbols that “remind me that I’m brave.”

“I’ve been forgetting that,” she revealed.

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This has got to be one of the funniest self-serving Hollywood ‘look at me’ moments. I have ever read about. She needs a shrine to help her get her confidence back….what a joke! Perhaps some of that ‘shrine’ will contain the millions she is going to give back to all those who bought her exercise tapes. Considering she received all that money by lying and pukeing her way to her fortune. She can cleanse herself anyway she wants….she can’t wipe away the truth.

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‘Star Trek’ Gets ‘Fast & Furious’ Director Justin Lin

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trekThe USS Enterprise is about to get a little faster. “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin is taking the helm of the third installment in Paramount’s “Star Trek” franchise.

Lin’s rep confirmed the news Monday.

Lin is no stranger to franchises. He directed several of Universal’s “Fast & Furious” films, including the massively successful “Fast & Furious 6,” which made more than $788 million worldwide.

J.J. Abrams directed the first two films in the rebooted “Star Trek” series.

Roberto Orci was the co-writer on those first two films. He was slated to step into the director’s chair after Abrams left to work on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but he exited that role in early December.

Orci will still serve as a writer and producer on the film. It’s slated for a 2016 release.

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‘Today’ Cancels Amy Adams Interview Over Refusal To Talk About Emails

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amyIn the latest fallout from the Sony Pictures hack, the Today show pulled a segment with Amy Adams after the Big Eyes star wasn’t comfortable answering questions on the controversial issue.

Adams was in New York to promote the Tim Burton-directed film, that included a stint hosting Saturday Night Live. She was slated to do an interview on Today not long after her SNL hosting gig but producers pulled the segment after the actress wasn’t prepared to answer questions relating to the Sony hack.

Among the trove of stolen emails, it was revealed that Adams and Jennifer Lawrence made less than their male co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale for the film American Hustle.

A Today show spokesperson told THR: “As a news program, the Today show doesn’t allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo New Statue Debuts With Huge…..Bulge

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rrrCristiano! The soccer star showed off his well-endowed statue in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal. Fans are getting a huge rush out of the hunk’s junk, too!

Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, is showing his hometown who’s boss. The 29-year-old soccer player posed by the new, erected statue of himself in Funchal, Portugal on Dec. 21. While Cristiano seems to be calm and collected about it, fans are taking to Twitter to express their hilarious responses to Cristiano’s big metal package.

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Joe Cocker Passes Away At 70

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joeSinger Joe Cocker had died at age 70, reports the BBC.

The singer-songwriter best known for his cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” died after a battle with lung disease, reports The Yorkshire Post.

Sony Music released an official statement on Monday, remembering the talented musician:

John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on December 22, 2014 after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer. Mr. Cocker was 70 years old.

Joe Cocker was born 5/20/1944 in Sheffield, England where he lived until his early 20’s. In 2007 he was awarded the OBE by the Queen of England.

His international success as a blues/rock singer began in 1964 and continues till this day. Joe created nearly 40 albums and toured extensively around the globe

Cocker is survived by his wife of 27 years, Pam; his brother, Victor; his step-daughter, Zoey Schroeder; and his two grandchildren, Eva and Simon Schroeder.

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Billie Joe Armstrong On Entering The Hall Of Fame

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gdOnly a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they’re eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news. “I had to go for a walk,” he says. “I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, ‘Oh my God. No way.’ It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.” The singer spoke to Rolling Stone about the induction’s significance and looks back on 25 years of Green Day.

What does this mean to you on a personal level?
For me, rock & roll is not an outdated term. To me, it means freedom. It was a way for me to express myself and I’m eternally grateful for the fact that I’ve been able to do that pretty much my whole life. It’s never lost that meaning for me, whether I’m a fan myself or for Green Day fans. It’s just the most liberating thing in the world. The fact that we’re getting recognized for it in the company we have, it’s just an incredible feeling.

It must be strange to realize you’ve now been in the band for 25 years.
I was talking to [Green day bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and we were trying to figure it out. The first thing that we put out [the EP 1,000 Hours] was in 1989 and he was 16 years old. I’d just turned 17. We were still in the middle of puberty for God’s sake. The fact that we kept on hanging on to this thing we believe in for so many years is incredible. It’s unique that we started so young. It’s almost freakish. We were weird little kids. We got to be weird together and create this thing called Green Day for so many years…Literally, what a strange trip.

When you started playing little punk clubs in California, I imagine the furthest thing from your mind was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We’ve known each other since we were 10. We came up as the MTV kids. I think at some point, when we started getting into punk rock, we thought it was never going to go this route. We never thought we’d actually get on MTV. The stuff that was on there was all surface. I don’t know, man. It’s just a trip.

You’ve been to many Hall of Fame events in the past, but I would guess this one will feel a little different.
The first time we ever went, we played in the place of the Ramones and did a bunch of their songs. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something for me because my heroes were in there. I know it’s still a young institution, but I look at classic rock records as being the modern classics. I look at Tommy by the Who and think that should be played like someone interpreting Beethoven. That’s what rock & roll has always meant to me. It’s the modern classics of the 20th century and now the 21st.

It’s pretty cool they’re taking you in the same year as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Oh my God. It’s great. I’m so happy for her. One of the first records that Mike and I had, it must have been 1983, was I Love Rock and Roll. The way that she is just this badass woman and probably the shit she had to deal with in a male-dominated rock scene, it’s just an honor to be side-by-side with her.

You’re also a big fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, right?
Yeah. I don’t know if you’re aware, but I have this baby blue guitar that I’ve had since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I put “BJ” on it and it’s in the “Basket Case” video. I did it because Stevie Ray Vaughan had a “SRV” on his pickguard. It’s just bizarre the way things worked out and did this full circle

Is part of you bummed that so few of your favorite punk bands have been inducted?
No. It’s not about them [laughs]. I don’t know. I look at it like eventually they will be. Think about doo-wop groups and blues bands and country musicians that wind up getting in after the fact. They’ll get in. I’m sure they will. But it’s not my responsibility [laughs].

It’s cool it’s back in Cleveland next year. There’s always a real great vibe at Public Hall.
I was there the year that Guns N’ Roses got inducted. That was just a trip.

I’m sure there will be less drama this year than that one.
Yeah. I look at Mike and [drummer] Tre [Cool] and what we’ve done and I look at our fans and how everything is just still intact and our relationship is still there. Me and Mike live a couple of blocks from each other. We’ve lived a couple blocks from each other our whole lives. Sometimes I think about the way we met. It happened because our school district went bankrupt. They had to close down one of the schools and it created a middle school that was fifth through eighth grade. Mike went to school across town from me, but we ended up in the same location. Thank God for bankruptcy.

Standing at the podium together will be a big moment.
Yeah, with him and Tre, just…shit. Standing there next to each other and taking it all in. We’re all in a surreal state right now.

It’s great you guys are still an active and relevant band. So often that’s not the case at these things.
We’re family. I’ve always wanted to have that atmosphere where we run things because of the way we learned to do things through the punk years. It’s always been run in a collective way where we’re able to say the things we need to say, but also be able to listen to each other. It’s not perfect. Nothing is perfect. We have this bond and it’s about the music. We’re a gang and we’ve always been that way.

It’s crazy to think it’s been 10 years since American Idiot, which came 10 years after Dookie. It feels like these last 10 years went much faster than those first 10.
It is weird. Time gets sort of squeezed together the older you get. I wish it wasn’t like that, but it is. I like getting older. If you’re going to try and fight age, you’re going to lose. There’s no fucking way. The only thing is that you can take that childhood dream with you. I never want to lose that. It’s that glimmer that’s always in our eyes. It’s why we love what we do.

The band last played in March. What are you doing in the downtime?
We have a lot of heavy stuff going on right now. Everyone needs to be with their families. We keep in touch with each other. If I was to say, “Hey man, let’s make a record right now!” they’d be like, “Are you out of your fucking mind?” I realize that. It’s good to have a little bit of distance from the creative process because you end up wanting to get back to it even more when the time is right.

Are you thinking you might start writing or recording next year?
I think of next year as us kind of regrouping and getting together more. I want to make sure that everyone’s head is in the right place and wants to start doing it again. I think this is a great time for us to reflect. With the Hall of Fame here, we can look back with gratitude and reflect with gratitude without feeling like it’s some nostalgic trip.

We’ve always kept moving forward, no matter what. That’s exhausting. Also, Mike’s wife is just recovering from breast cancer. And [guitarist] Jason White [who was recently diagnosed with tonsil cancer] is going through the same battle right now. We need to be there for each other in a different way rather than standing next to each other and playing really loud.

Are you going to perform at the ceremony?
Yeah, I think so. That’s the plan.

How do you pick three songs when you have so many?
I don’t know. We’ll get there. It’s hard because there’s the Lookout years that are important to us. It would be nice to play something from those years that’s meaningful. We’ll see.

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Rosie And Whoopi Are At It Again

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Rosie O’Donnel got into another epic on screen fight with Whoopi Goldberg during Thursday’s episode of The View, but has learned that the real drama happened off-camera! According ton an insider, O’Donnell heard producers discussing using the dreaded split screen during a commercial break, and insisted if it was used, she would quit, just as she did during her infamous on-air spat with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

This time around, the verba sparring happened while discussing racism during Thursday’s Hot Topics segment.

“Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you, which is fine,” Goldberg pointedly told O’Donnell.

“I’m a gay-American that has been called a dyke,” O’Donnell retorted.

“It’s not the same,” said Goldberg.

O’Donnell added, “I have a black kid I raise, Whoopi. I have a black kid in my house.”

“That is not the same,” insisted Goldberg.

“You don’t have to be black to know what racism is,” O’Donnell replied.

“Yes you do,” Goldberg said.

“No you don’t,” O’Donnell retorted.

After the heated segement was over, a source said, O’Donnell stormed over to producers to voice her displeasure with Whoopi. But there, her frustration only mounted.

“Rosie heard several staffers talking about using a split screen if the fighting continued when taping resumed,” an insider revealed. “Rosie went absolutely ballistic, pointing out that was the reason she had quit the first time. Racism is a very serious subject, and Rosie felt that the staff of the show was trying to exploit it for ratings.”

“She threatened to walk out yet again, so using the split screen was ultimately shelved,” the source continued. “Luckily, cooler heads prevailed when the show returned from a commercial break.”

But the atmosphere on set is still incredibly tense, according to the insider.

“Whoopi and Rosie aren’t even pretending to like each other on the air,” the source said. “It won’t be the last time they spar. Needless to say, the crew is looking forward to the Christmas break. Both of them are acting extremely immature.”

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Isn’t this exactly what the Producers wanted? Rosie is a big mouth know-it-all and I am extremely surprised that Whoopi would put up with this crap. Obviously the 5-10 million she’s pocketing is worth it to spend an hour a day with Rosie.

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Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ – Cancelled

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Charlie Sheen is today looking for a new job after his television show “Anger Management” was not renewed for additional episodes, has exclusively learned.

The news was confirmed to the 49-year-old star along with cast and crew late on Friday.

The cable network, FX, and producers, Lionsgate, announced their decision on the eve of the 100th episode and series finale of “Anger Management,” which is scheduled to air Monday night.

“I am beyond proud of what we accomplished over the course of 100 episodes of Anger Management,” Sheen said in an exclusive statement to Radar.

“We created something uniquely special with some of the most talented individuals I have ever had the privilege to work with. My sincere thanks to all for their unwavering love and support. Here’s to the next chapter.”

That next chapter will include a guest role in an upcoming episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs playing the cameo role he had in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

As for his more immediate plans, Sheen’s publicist, Jeff Ballard, told Radar “Charlie is planning on spending the holidays with his family, children and friends and looks forward to what 2015 has to offer.”

In the wake of Sheen’s demise from Two and a Half Men, Anger Management was initially tested for 10 episodes in a deal where if it met a designated ratings threshold for its initial run, a further 90 would be ordered.

The show opened at an impressive 5.5 million viewers and FX gave the green light to more episodes.

The series entered broadcast syndication this past fall and is airing seven days a week on broadcast stations worldwide.

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North Korea Threatens The White House

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North Korean authorities have threatened to “blow up” the White House.

In the latest and scariest fallout from the Sony hacking scandal, the government of North Korea issued a post published by the state news agency KCNA which included a rant about attacking the White House and the Pentagon.

But the communist country’s leadership continued to deny that North Korea was responsible for the hacking that caused Sony to cancel the release of The Interviewwhich depicted the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.

They also claimed that the U.S. government was deeply involved in the making of the movie as a propaganda attack against North Korea.

A release, translated from Korean, said the White House and the Pentagon were the U.S. citadels and
“The DPRK [North Korea] has already launched the toughest counteraction.

“Nothing is a more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction.

“Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.

“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.”

North Korea continued to deny it had anything to do with the Sony hack which has embarrassed Hollywood. A group called the Guardians of Peace has claimed credit.

However, the FBI has reportedly linked the attack to the Korean regime.

According to the KCNA post, the North Korean government has charged that U.S. officials told The Interview’s directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, to include extra scenes to “insult the dignity” of North Korea.

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This all is becoming quite funny. North Korea or whoever is responsible for the hack is just playing now. If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny. The great America being taken down by a hacker…a hacker? You could almost picture a group of people sitting in a room surrounded by computers just laughing while watching the reaction unfold.

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