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Cosby controversy: guilt by accusation


It doesn’t matter whether Bill Cosby is guilty as accused. He has been judged in the court of public opinion, which has jumped the gun, inciting a frenzied media lynch mob. He is serving sentence — paying penalties, anyway — to the tune of lost gigs, speaking engagements, and connection to at least one prestigious university where he used to be the cat’s pajamas. This all before having seen one day before a judge, all without, for that matter, having been arrested. Jill Scott, Whoppi Golderg and others who’ve dared to speak from the perspective of innocent until proven guilty have caught rabid, knee-jerk confrontation. Continue Reading →

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Cosby still the darling of the right?

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Guest Commentator

In May 2004, comedian, social critic, and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown decision on school segregation. Cosby was being honored for his by then near legendary philanthropy to African American colleges. The mostly Black audience, chock full of veterans of the civil rights and social justice movements past and present, fully expected to hear Cosby reminisce about the gains and importance of the civil rights fight and reflect on the massive racial disparities, poverty, and economic inequality that still ensnare millions of African Americans today. They got a shock. Continue Reading →

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Bill Cosby May 31 performances at Orchestra Hall to be rescheduled



Not unlike, some of the jazz artists that Bill Cosby admires, who have mastered their own personal sound and genius approach to improvisation, he, too has mastered those same skills associated with the art of making people laugh with him, and at the same time made that art form look deceptively simple. His prowess as an all-around entertainer is undeniable, so when he comes to town, it’s usually considered a must-see occasion. The 76-year-old veteran comedian, actor, author, and avid jazz supporter was scheduled to bring his signature style of stand-up comedy to Orchestra Hall for two solo shows on Saturday, May 31, but according to a May 14 press release from Orchestra Hall, the shows were cancelled by the performer due to lower than anticipated ticket sales. The intention is to reschedule in the future. Since his 1963 appearance on The Tonight Show, he has entertained audiences with his roles in I Spy, The Electric Company, and the iconic Cosby Show. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music

Taj Weekes and Adowa
Fri., June 14, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or • St. Lucia native Taj Weekes and his band Adowa blend elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity. The band’s vibrant sound has garnered critical acclaim and a wide audience across the globe. • With Dred I Dread. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music
Nicole Henry
Fri., June 7, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top-10 albums.





Fri., June 7, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or • East Coast hardcore hip hop group Onyx makes an appearance in the Twin Cities • W/SSK of Homegrown Crew and Desdamona









Sat., June 8, 7:30 pm • Myth, 3090 Southlawn Drive St. Paul, 651-779-6984 or • Currently touring in support of his new album Hotel California • W/ Mod Sun









Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis 

Tues., June 11, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned African flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. His music protested about apartheid, slavery, government, and the hardships individuals were living.  






Jay Young’s Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire
Fri., June 14, 8 pm  • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • Jay Young is a monster on the bass, and one of the most versatile musicians to come out of the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Why should I care about DPNs (face flesh moles)?

Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a unique skin condition seen primarily in persons of color. It appears as small, dark bumps and most commonly affects the forehead, cheeks, and neck. The bumps increase in size and number over time, initially appearing in people ages 20-30. Some people call them “flesh moles.” Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman and Condoleezza Rice are notable people with the condition. It tends to occur slightly more frequently in women than in men. Continue Reading →

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