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Black History Month: February 2014

To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week beginning on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.


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BILL COSBY

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby has broken racial barriers in Television. Cosby is the first African-American to star in a dramatic role on network television. Cosby is also known for producing and starring in The Cosby Showfrom 1984-1992. The Cosby Show was the highest rated sitcom for five years. Cosby is also the first African-American to win a Primetime Emmy for I Spy. Cosby recently announced that he will be coming back to television with a new family comedy for NBC.

TRIVIA

  • William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Cosby dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy.
  • He later dropped out of Temple University to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian.
  • Cosby's first acting job was I Spy aired from 1965-1968
  • Cosby created, produced and starred in Fat Albert and The Cosby KidsThe New Fat Albert Show andThe Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids.
  • In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.
  • Cosby starred in films like Uptown Saturday NightLet's Do It Again, A Piece of The Actions, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Ghost Dad, etc.
  • Cosby had an endorsement deal with JELL-O
  • The Cosby Show was based on Cosby's real family -- his wife Camille and their four daughters and son.
  • In 1997, Cosby's only son Ennis was shot and killed while changing a tire on his car on the side of a California highway.
  • In 1997, a woman named Autumn Jackson claimed that Cosby was her father and tried to black mail him for $40 million. She was arrested and later convicted of extortion, and was sentenced to 26 months in prison. 
  • In recent years, Cosby hasn't been shy about criticizing the African-American community. Back in 2004, after receiving an award at a celebration of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Cosby criticized Black people who put high priorities on sports, fashion and "acting hard" than on education, self-respect and self-improvement.
  • In another speech, Cosby asked Black parents to teach their kids better morals at a younger age.

BILL COSBY QUOTES

  • Cosby on parenting: “Parenting needs to come to the forefront. If you need help and you don't know how to parent, we want to be able to reach out and touch" 
  • Cosby on his childhood: "It was because of my father that from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. "Dammit, will you stop all that noise?" And, "Jesus Christ, sit down!" One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, "Dammit will you get back in here!" I said, "Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!"
  • Cosby on success: "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
  • Cosby on the opposite sex: "Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice."
 

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