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Old 03-06-08, 09:29 AM
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The Cos gives 'em hell in Cleveland

Bet he feels like he's got a little more company now that Obama has followed his lead.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Bill Cosby issues a challenge at Mount Zion of Oakwood Village

Thursday, March 06, 2008

David Briggs and Stan DonaldsonPlain Dealer Reporters

Oakwood- Actor and author Bill Cosby challenged members of Greater Cleveland's black community Wednesday to take responsibility for themselves and their children.

The 70-year-old advocate told them not to turn away from the problems of teenage pregnancy, crime and school dropout rates that lead to misery over generations.

Cosby, who has been criticized for drawing attention to problems in the black community, also addressed the sensitive issue of sexual abuse of boys and girls by black men.

"Your dirty laundry is out there. I'm telling you it's time to wash," Cosby told a crowd of several hundred who packed Mount Zion Oakwood Village.

Earlier, he spoke at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

His tough-love message, mixed with humor, was embraced by the civic, political, educational and religious leaders and laypeople at Mount Zion.

Before his talk, civic leaders pledged to "work toward health care, nutrition, child care, education, housing and other basic needs together that provide a decent standard of living."

The Rev. Marvin McMickle, chairman of United Pastors in Mission, one of the sponsors of the event, reminded the gathering, "We are not here just to see a celebrity. We are here because the celebrity is challenging us to look at ourselves."

And challenge Cosby did, taking on parents who are afraid to discipline their children and adults who would rather look past the ills facing the black community than address them.

"What do you care what white people think?" he asked. "If you did care, there would be no housing projects. We'd have houses. We'd have stores. We'd have banks."

When someone in the choir said, "Watch out," Cosby responded, to applause, "No, I'm not watching out. I'm going to tell it."

Talking about sexual abuse of children, Cosby said, "I'm saying now: Enough. Enough. Protect these children. It's on you. It's on you."

At Tri-C, about 400 people heard Cosby talk about the importance of education.

Plain Dealer reporter Sam Fulwood moderated the event. He asked Cosby about education, youth and if the actor thought his message was making an impact.

"These kids are lost," Cosby said. "They have no clear idea of the old mantra that used to be put on the youth."

While Cosby criticized poor parenting, the influence of rap music and the mental state of youth with his trademark humor, he also took on those who have criticized his opinions about the state of black America.

"We have so many people saying these people can't do this . . . look at the story of Phillis Wheatley. Look up the story of Frederick Douglass," Cosby said.

Homer Gates, 46, of Cleveland, brought his 14-year-old twin sons Marvelous and Wonderful to hear Cosby.

"It was a good chance for them to see a positive brother and to know that they can be anything they want to be if they put their mind to it," he said.

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Although I'm afraid Marvelous and Wonderful might have a few, er, challenges ahead, particularly when composing a resume ...
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
Homer Gates, 46, of Cleveland, brought his 14-year-old twin sons Marvelous and Wonderful to hear Cosby.

* * * * * * *

Although I'm afraid Marvelous and Wonderful might have a few, er, challenges ahead, particularly when composing a resume ...
Learned Hand seemed to do OK for himself.
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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!"

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I think I'll have chocolate cake for dinner. Wheat, eggs, milk - that's nutrition!
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I like Bill Cosby.
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God: The ark has to be 300 cubits wide.
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I think I'll have chocolate cake for dinner. Wheat, eggs, milk - that's nutrition!
Breakfast. Which is why his wife sent him back to bed. Which is where he wanted to be in the first place.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, The Breathing Cosbys!"

"ZUP. MUF. WEP. MUF. PUUUUUUUUUUSH. PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH.
ZUP. MUF. WEP. MUF. PUUUUUUUUUUSH. PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH."

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"Ladies and gentlemen, The Breathing Cosbys!"

"ZUP. MUF. WEP. MUF. PUUUUUUUUUUSH. PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH.
ZUP. MUF. WEP. MUF. PUUUUUUUUUUSH. PUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH."

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Although I'm afraid Marvelous and Wonderful might have a few, er, challenges ahead, particularly when composing a resume ...
Not as much as their sister Mediocre and their cousin Barely Average.
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