Famous Comedian Fighting Sexual Assault Case

On October 16, 2014, famous comedian Bill Cosby became a spectacle after a few comedic remarks suggested that he sexually assaulted women. According to Luchina Fisher, a writer for ABC News, comedian, Hannibal Buress, made the joke heard around the world. While performing in Cosby’s home town of Philadelphia, Burress mocked Cosby’s public persona. “Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ’80s,” he said in the bit. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” Things went into an uproar after that.

Following the October performance by Buress, women started to come forward with alleged stories of sexual assault involving Cosby. According to Fisher’s article the first to come forward was a woman by the name of Barbara Bowman, who first publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault in 2006 and was a witness in another woman’s case against the comedian. Bowman published a story in the Washington Post titled, “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?” She wrote that it was only after a male comedian called Cosby a rapist that the “public outcry began in earnest.”

It did not take long for women to begin coming forward with accusations against Cosby. During the month of November 2014, several women came forward. Among those women was supermodel, Janice Dickenson. The supermodel claimed that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2002.

Dr. Judith Curtis, an award winning professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke shared her opinion on the issues concerning the comedian.

“He broke new ground in the television field in opening up opportunities for black comedians and black actors.  He also made contributions in the field of education.  However, his alleged, and seemingly long-term, pattern of sexual abuse of women is not acceptable behavior,” Dr. Curtis said.

As the rape allegations against Cosby continued to rise, television networks began to pull the comedians shows off the air. Among those networks were, TV Land, BET, Bounce TV, and Centric.

“From a public relations, marketing, and advertising stand point, taking the shows off the air was probably thought to be necessary because his name and persona are so damaged” Dr. Curtis said.

Many have taken to social media to express their feelings concerning the allegations against Cosby. The question is has the media gone to far with publicizing the case?

“The media should report the facts as they are known and offer both sides opportunities to be heard.  The media should refrain from offering their personal opinions about the alleged incidents,” Dr. Curtis said.

At least two of the cases against Cosby have been dropped in the last month, including the case involving Janice Dickinson.

Sources

Fisher, L. (2015) Bill Cosby: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Allegations. ABC News. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/bill-cosby-timeline-sexual-assault-allegations/story?id=36013880.

Seemayer, Z. (2015) Bill Cosby’s Accusers: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Allegations (Updated). ET Online. Retrieved from http://www.etonline.com/news/154160_timeline_of_bill_cosby_sexual_assault_allegations/.

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Celebrities Boycott the Oscar’s

The 2016 Oscar’s have been a major topic of discussion in the world of entertainment. Several Celebrities have taken to social media to express frustrations concerning the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations. The ring leader being, actress , Jada Pinkett-Smith.

On January 16, the actress tweeted,

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain” (pt. 1)

She went further to say,

But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt. 2)

Pinkett-Smith put a video online, expressing her feelings.

In a news exclusive interview on Good Morning America, Pinkett-Smith’s husband, Will Smith said to Robin Roberts “It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize. Jada and I have discussed it, and we’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is okay.”

Other celebrities such as Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg, have joined Pinkett-Smith. Lee took to Instagram to express his frustrations. See the photo here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BArm7C2Sqh_/. He started the Instagram trend, #OscarsSoWhite.

“I have heard about the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards. It has been said that the majority of the nominees are Caucasian. I do not watch the Academy Awards because I do not see a reason to. Celebrity Award shows do not enrich my life in any way. I love movies, but do not particularly care what everyone else things of them or the actors. I like what I like, and that is good for me,” editor and professional journalist, Sara Owen said.

Snoop Dogg expressed his feelings in an explicit video. The rapper, says he will not be attending the 2016 Oscar’s due to the lack of diversity. He expressed his feeling in a profanity filled video that can seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0Kson76_bQ.

“I believe there is a lack of diversity in Hollywood. I’m not going to assume it is racist, but I do see how some can feel the way they do about the issue. They have a right to boycott,” Owen said.

According to an article written in the Los Angeles Times, by Tre’vell Anderson, Nominees, including Rooney Mara and Sylvester Stallone, spoke about the benefits of the conversation prompted by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite as well as their feelings on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ new commitment to ensuring diversity.

The Oscar’s will air on February 28 at 5:30 p.m., with comedian, Chris Rock as the host.

Videos in article retrieved from Youtube.

 

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The Status of News Media

The website, journalgirl15.com, focuses on news media and entertainment. News Media is defined as an umbrella term for all sources of and presentation of news and information, including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, web pages, and blogs. According to data research collected by Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Center, at the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers. (Mitchell, 2015) Mitchell retrieved this information from Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data. Desktop users, as opposed to mobile users, spend more time on news and information sources per visit. This true for 10 of the sites out of the 50, the rest are equal in time. (Mitchell, 2015)

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There are many news media apps for mobile users. According to former Digital Trends contributor, David Curry, there are 18 fast and fluid news apps for iPhone and android. The apps are as follows; New York Times Now, BuzzFeed, Smart News, Google News & Weather, Feedly, Flipboard, Yahoo News Digest, Reddit, Apple News, Inside, LinkedIn Pulse, AOL Mail, News, & Video, News Republic, PocketAP Mobile, BBC News, CNN App, and Al Jazeera English.

Curry wrote, “The past year has been all about the technology industry infiltrating the publication world. Facebook announced Instant Articles, Google launched an open source platform for publishers with Twitter, and Apple announced its own proprietary News app. At the same time, Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and AOL all issued major updates to their respective news apps, showing there is a lot of interest in the world of news on mobile platforms. That said, below are our top picks for the best news apps, whether you’re a die-hard news junkie or merely a casual purveyor of the world affairs”. (Curry, 2016)

In conclusion, news media sources are a part of everyday life because they inform people about what is going in the world. Mobile users have quick access to news media apps, and they can see news updates while on the go. For those who may not have a mobile phone, desktop computers allow for a more attentive view of the news. As mentioned before, out of 50 news sites 39 get more from mobile devices than from desktop computers. But, there only 10 where mobile visitors spend more time per visit on the site than desktop viewing.

Sources:

Mitchell, A. (2015) State of the News Media 2015. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from www.journalism.org/2015/04/29/state-of-the-news-media-2015/.

Curry, D. (2016) 18 Fast and Fluid News Apps for iPhone and Android. Digital News. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-news-apps/.

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Carolina Panthers and their Fans prepare for Super Bowl 50

North Carolinians are still rejoicing over the victory of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 24. The intense football game ended with a score of 49- 15. A sweet victory for the Carolina Panthers. As the the team prepares for the super bowl, the fans are racing to the store to buy t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, key chains, and much more.

“I just need to make sure I get my gear before it’s all gone”, Panthers fan, Christina Pennie said.

On February 7, 2016, the Carolina Panthers will play the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, otherwise known as Super Bowl City. Fans of both teams are proud and ready for the historic weekend. The last time the Panthers played was in 2004 against the New England Patriots. Since then, the team has changed and they are ready to take on the Bronco’s.

Sport’s Specialist, David Cobb, has been following the Panthers since he was young boy. He believes that the Super Bowl will end with a victory for the team.

“It’s obvious that the panthers are hungry. Cam Newton is taking ownership and being a leader for the Panthers. He puts his team first and it shows”, Cobb said.

Cam Newton is the Panthers Quarter Back.  After last season something changed in Newton. He came back this season with a vengeance. He wasn’t accepting any losses. As a result, the Panthers win-loss numbers are 15-1.

“When the Panthers loss to the Atlanta Falcons, their starting running back, Jonathon Stewart was out of game due to a foot injury. When a key player is missing, the team can sometimes suffer. That’s all irrelevant now, because they made it to the biggest game of the year. Props to Coach Rivera for excellent coaching,” Cobb said.

According to the Carolina Panthers team page on http://www.nfl.com/teams/carolinapanthers/profile?team=CAR, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera received a boisterous and supportive Super Bowl send-off from fans and neighbors as he left his Charlotte, North Carolina, home this morning.

“The team was continuously doubted but look at them now, they are on their way to the Super Bowl”, Panthers fan John Pennie Said.

The public NFL website, http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/50, gives fans a glimpse of what is to come in the week ahead.

According to the site, opening night is on Monday, February 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Throughout the whole week, fans will witness the NFL experience. Kick off is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.