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What do Bill Cosby and Tiger Woods have in common?

Tiger Woods and Bill Cosby are two very successful men. They had fortune and fame, and they had the adoration of America. Woods was a golf phenom and Cosby was an entertainment trailblazer. Cosby was a television star when it was a rarity to see a black man on television. Woods made golf interesting to people who resided in the hood, but most importantly both men were successful pitchmen for Madison Avenue. Both men were married, but sadly both were serial womanizers. Here is where they differ Woods conquests did not claim to be drugged; Cosby’s conquests claim they were drugged by the entertainer. Cosby has never been charged with a crime. One DA has said that he wanted to charge Cosby in 2005 but the evidence did not support a successful prosecution. So why is he talking now? Because he is now a part of the media strategic plan to destroy Cosby. Janice Dickinson, the former super model who never saw a reality show that she did not want to be on has been a dramatic vocal Cosby accuser. She said she was drugged by Cosby and raped. She remembers little about it other than Cosby wore a patchwork robe. No police report just Dickinson’s word. Other women have come forth with similar stories. Last night I saw an actress who says Cosby mentored her and she would wake up with no memory of what had happened, and then she said he might have raped her. The operative word is “might”, but that was enough to get her a spot in the chorus line of accusers. I’m not a Cosby apologist but this drip, drip, drip of accusers stepping to the microphone is reminiscent of the Woods affair. We all know Cosby will never be a pitchman for anything, he will never star in another television show, and people will never look at him the same way again, but at what point will the dripping stop? Woods and Cosby were once at the top and they looked down on the rest of the mere mortals, but now they have both learned despite the former adulation they are both also mere mortals once highly regarded and now object of disdain. Share your thoughts.

NBC drops Bill Cosby project in wake of rape allegations

Bill Cosby broke alot of barriers on television. He is one of the first black men to be a star on a network television show. That show was I Spy. He went on to star on the Cosby Show which was Number 1 for a number of years, but when he dies his accomplishments will be a footnote. The obit will start off with the alleged rape allegations and that is sad. It is sad if he actually did this and it is sad if he didn’t, but we live in a society that likes to build people up and they also like to tear them down. Last night Janice Dickinson appeared on ET and she told the story of how she was raped by Cosby, but her story was riddled with holes, but who cares. Even though she has denied in print that nothing happened between her and Cosby. Now she says she was pressured to leave those parts out of her book. Her version of the facts is being accepted as the gospel. Seriously do you really think there is anything Cosby could say that would quell the noise? Today NBC announced they are dropping cosby’s sitcom project. So now Cosby has lost the deal with Netflix and the NBC project. He is a defeated old man and his obit has been altered.

http://chicagodefender.com/2014/11/19/e-notes/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-nbc-drops-bill-cosby-comedy-project-in-wake-of-allegations-20141119-story.html

Does privilege insulate our children from racism?

This morning I read an article written by a successful black man. In it he shared that he and his wife were educated, hard working people who had achieved “the American dream”. Their children went to private school and during the summer they attended enrichment classes given on some of country’s premier college campuses. This summer the man’s son was minding his own business when a car pulled up full of white guys who casually called their precious son the n-word. The son was so stunned he asked the guy to repeat it and the guy complied. When the son returned to his dorm he called his father and told him what he had just experienced. The father was also shocked but the question is why? Did he truly believe that living the good life provided armor from ignorance? You can raise your children to be color blind but never forget not everyone parents like you do. Share your thoughts.

America Loved Honey Boo Boo and Family Until They Didn’t

Today while watching The Talk I was struck by the contempt America now holds for Mama June. If you don’t know her let me tell you a little about her. We met her when she was showcasing her daughter Honey Boo Boo on the child pageant circle. Her antics and the antics of her daughter captured the attention of America, and ultimately they were given their own show on TLC. We witnessed the family in all kinds of asinine situations. America laughed at them and not with them. The antics went on for years after Honey Boo Boo quit the pageant world. We met her siblings and her mother’s live in boyfriend. They appeared on talk shows and dispensed their homespun wisdom and dropped hilarious soundbites that the media slurped up like country syrup, but the other shoe fell when a convicted child molester came back into the life of Mama June, and the story became more tragic when one of the daughters revealed she was one of his victims. The laughter stopped and the finger pointing started. Mama June will appear on Entertainment Tonight today and she attempts to explain herself, but she is not prepared for the questions. The handlers are gone and she is alone in the sophisticated city and now she is being called uneducated, illiterate, but she has not changed from who she was when America met her. The difference is the TLC (The Learning Channel) has dropped her. They are no longer around to funnel out the information that supported the homespun narrative. She is on her own now left to face the music, and it is no Missouri Waltz.

We should celebrate Mia Love and Tim Scott

Black people in the US are as different as their skin tones. No one voice can speak for all. Over the years the media has anointed the loudest voice as the leader, but that person only represented a segment of our many voices. Tuesday night Mia Love became the first Republican black woman ever elected to Congress, and Tim Scott became the first black man elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. This is historic, but the NAACP has failed to acknowledge these laudable accomplishments and that is simply not right. They are conservatives and many in the black community do not share their view of the role of government. It is ok to disagree with them but to ignore them is another thing. You can applaud their accomplishments without embracing their ideology. They made history and that should not be ignored it should be applauded.

Today is Election Day…if you don’t vote don’t complain

If you are a registered voter and you did not take advantage of early voting you need to vote today. Voting gives each of us the opportunity to choose who will represent us. This year the GOP candidates are viewed as the favorites and while that might turn out to be true your vote does count. I encourage you to vote today because it is an important right that so many people died for you to have.

Ebola Bullying?

African children now being bullied. Watch the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-reid-report/watch/ebola–the-newest-bullying-tool–348993603897?adbid=761471313949123&adbpl=fb&adbpr=273864989376427&cid=sm_m_main_1_20141029_34590427

Walmart apologizes for “fat girl” costumes…is fat a description or an insult?

Is full sized or plus sized a euphemism for fat? Walmart has apologized for using the word fat on their website. What do you think? Share your thoughts.

https://www.ora.tv/embed/0_3bfsvj2m8b1h

Presidential love triangle at Illinois polls

Is Our Ebola Strategy being shaped on the fly?

I took a plane flight this past weekend and I took plastic gloves annd disinfectant wipes to clean the tray tables and the armrest, but I knew that was an act of spitting in the wind. Ebola is here and we don’t seem to know how to handle it. the government seems more reactive than proactive. Health care workers are complaining about a lack of protocol. The government seems to be in some kind of paralytic stupor. The talking heads they send out can’t offer comfort because they know this is more than they can handle. We need a plan and not platitudes. This is not going to get better until someone comes up with a actual plan that is not predicated on reaction. Are we expecting too much from our government?

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