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Comedian Bill Cosby faces Trial for Sexual Assault Accusations

Famous comedian Bill Cosby has been in the spotlight for last two years. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault on several women.
The accusations came about following a comedy show that took place in October of 2014. 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. Brian Vitagliano, Holly Yan and Kristina Sgueglia of CNN published a story discussing the current issues surrounding the on going case.
A judge in Pennsylvania found enough evidence during a hearing in May to proceed with a criminal trial. If found guilty, Cosby could serve 10 years in prison.
Cosby’s defense attorney was not please with the decision to move forward with trial. Following the decision to continue with a trial, the attorney made this statement:
“The evidence presented today was evidence of nothing. They had 12 years to bring an accuser to confront Mr. Cosby. They chose not to,” defense attorney Brian McMonagle said.

Sources:

The photo’s used in the animoto video were obtained from the google photo sheet for Bill Cosby. 

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/.

Vitagliano, B., Yan, H., and Sguelia, K. (2016) Bill Cosby to stand trial for assault charges, judge rules. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/us/bill-cosby-hearing/.

Fort Bragg Harley Davidson hosts Second Annual All American Weekend

Motorcycles and cars lined up and down road on Sunday May 22, for the second annual All American Weekend hosted by the Fort Bragg Harley Davidson, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The event was promoted during the Myrtle Beach Bike Week as well as All American Week in Fayetteville. This event was free and open to the public. There were activities and entertainment for people of all ages. There were bouncy houses, balloon animals, and face painting for the children, and a live band, motor show, and vendors for the adults. The planner of the event was Harley Davidson marketing manager, Christine Montgomery.

“I really just wanted to see everybody come out and see what we are all about. This event is for the community and to see this many people come out to enjoy themselves is great to see”, Montgomery said.

The main attraction was the Ives Brothers’ Wall of Death stunt show. The live music came from RiverMist and Jasmin Cain.

Nat Robertson, the Mayor of Fayetteville, attended the event and did a raffle drawing for a Harley Davidson T-shirt quilt.

The representatives at Harley Davidson say “if you want the real deal, come to Fort Bragg Harley Davidson”. They are the only authorized dealer on Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cliffdale Public Library promotes Reading “Under the Sea”

On Monday, May 16 at the public library located on Cliffdale road in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a reading event was held for children in grades K-5. The event theme was “under the sea”. The theme song was “Under the Sea” from the classic movie The Little Mermaid.

The Association for Library Service to Children is the world’s largest organization. This organization focuses on the support and enhancement of library services provided for children of all ages. The ALSC’s creative programming includes more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other dedicated adults that want to help children succeed in the area of reading and literacy. The events that are hosted at the North Carolina public libraries are held to promote reading in a fun and engaging way that motivates children to want to read everyday. These events help the children to learn to read through music, art and crafts and games. Youth Services Library Associate, Jaime Orsini is a part of the ALSC. She encourages children to read and create and their own stories.

“The goal is to get the children to read and understand what they are reading so that they too can create their own stories to tell” Orsini said.

The public libraries in North Carolina host events every week for children of all ages.

 

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.

 

All photo’s from the previous video were retrieved using google images. (Type Celebrities Boycott the Oscars)

 

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.