TV Land Pulls Cosby Show Repeats, NBC Drops Plans for Comedy Series

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TV Land Pulls Cosby Show Repeats, NBC Drops Plans for Comedy Series (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

BILL COSBY SEX ASSAULT SCANDAL:  TV Land has pulled “The Cosby Show” repeats and NBC dropped plans for a comedy series as the sex assault scandal continues to swirl. Netflix also scrapped a planned collaboration. A total of five women, including Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Janice Dickinson, have accused the actor/comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago.

TV Land isn’t the only home for Cosby. Fellow Viacom property (and BET sibling) Centric also airs repeats of The Cosby Show. It’s not immediately clear if they’re follow suit.

On the streaming side, both Amazon and Hulu have rights to The Cosby Show. As of Wednesday afternoon, it’s still available on both. Representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and neither did Centric.

Weeks of bubbling criticism over sex abuse claims against Cosby seemed to come to a head on Tuesday night when Netflix postponed plans to air a comedy special about the 77-year-old. Then, on Wednesday morning, NBC followed suit by expectedly scrapping a comedy it was developing with the actor and comedian. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Bob Marley to Become Face of “Global Marijuana Brand” Called “Marley Natural”

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Bob Marley to Become Face of “Global Marijuana Brand” Called “Marley Natural” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Jamaican reggae pioneer Bob Marley will become the face of a new “global marijuana brand” called Marley Natural, according to a report on “The Today Show.”

The Marley family has teamed up with private equity firm Privateer Holdings to distribute marijuana-infused creams, oils and accessories such as “vape pens” and “heirloom Jamaican cannibas.”

The late singer’s wife, Rita Marley said, “He’s 100 percent behind what is happening. He’s happy because this is what we dreamed of.  It was unruly for them to call it weed or drugs. We saw it as a spiritual thing, given to us by God.”

Former DA Wanted to Arrest Bill Cosby for Alleged Assault of Andrea Constand

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Former DA Wanted to Arrest Bill Cosby for Alleged Assault of Andrea Constand (Photo Credit: Twitter)

BILL COSBY RAPE ALLEGATIONS:  The Bill Cosby rape scandal continues to intensify. Former Montgomery County, Penn., district attorney Bruce Castor told the Daily Mail he wanted to arrest the actor/comedian on rape charges after Andrea Constand claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home in January 2004. Castor decided against pursuing the charges due to insufficient evidence.

Miss Constand, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team and college basketball star, launched a legal suit against Cosby, a man she called her ‘mentor’, in March 2005. She was the first – and only woman – to press charges against the comic legend.

And today, Mr Castor, who is now Montgomery County commissioner, told MailOnline exclusively: ‘I wanted to arrest Bill Cosby because I thought he was probably guilty, but being able to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt and thinking he’s probably guilty are two different things.

‘We knew back then that other woman had come forward, but even if they did it didn’t mean anything for our case as none of those cases resulted in charges and were remote in time.’

Commissioner Castor, a former two-term DA of Montgomery County and a private lawyer at the Bryn Mawr law office of Rogers and Associates., added: ‘The lady who was allegedly attacked waited a year before she reported it. As a result of that delay, any possible corroborating physical evidence was unavailable to us.

‘We couldn’t test for hairs, fibers, DNA and drugs in her system that might match those at Mr Cosby’s house. We didn’t have any corroborative evidence. Source: Daily Mail

Joan Tarshis, a former publicist, accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1969, when she was 19 years old. She accused Cosby of being a “serial rapist.” Barbara Bowman said no-one would listen until a man spoke up about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby. Comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during one of his comedy routines.

Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway

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Philip Sailors Gets Probation For Fatally Shooting Man Turning into Wrong Driveway (WSB-TV Video Screengrab)

STAND YOUR GROUND:  If you weren’t concerned about Stand Your Ground laws, then you may change your mind after reading about a white Georgia homeowner, Philip Sailors, fatally shooting a Hispanic man, Rodrigo Diaz, who was simply turning in his driveway.  Philip Sailors got no jail time, just probation and he didn’t even apologize to the family of the slain man.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA– A Gwinnett County man accepted a plea deal Monday for the fatal shooting of a man, who mistakenly pulled into the wrong driveway.

Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh was in the courtroom as Philip Sailors plead to the misdemeanor charge for the January 2013 shooting in Lilburn.

Channel 2 Action News broke the news Friday about the plea deal which reduced a murder charge to the misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter and spared the homeowner any jail time.

People Kavanaugh spoke with were surprised that Sailors made no statement and offered no apology to the victim’s family during the hearing.

Rodrigo Diaz, the victim’s father, told Kavanaugh in Spanish he wasn’t expecting anything today.

Investigators say GPS misguided Rodrigo Diaz to the wrong house that night. Diaz was trying to get to the home across the street so he could pick up a friend to go roller-skating. When Sailors saw the strange car, he came out shooting. He fired once into the air.

Investigators say the second shot went through the window and struck Diaz in the head.
With his guilty plea Sailors will serve 12-months’ probation and pay a $500 fine.

[...] After the hearing, Diaz’s father, Rodrigo Diaz Senior. told Kavanaugh that Sailors could have received a stronger punishment, but he believed that would only end up destroying two families.

Here’s more on Philip Sailors’ slap on the wrist:

Joan Tarshis Says Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Her in 1969

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Joan Tarshis Says Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Her in 1969

Joan Tarshis is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her. She appeared on CNN’s “New Day” saying she performed oral s*x on Cosby in 1969. Yes, 1969, which makes it 45 years ago. When pressed as to why she was just coming forward, she asked, “who was gonna believe me,” adding that it would have been a he-said, she-said situation. But, isn’t it still a he-said, she-said situation?

Joan Tarshis called Bill Cosby a serial rapist and wondered out loud if he was still sexually assaulting women. Wow, strong words without actual proof of the allegations.

Supermodel Janice Dickinson is also accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting her.  Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight, “The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.” She added, “I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

Ebola Stricken Dr. Martin Salia Dies in Nebraska Hospital

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Ebola Stricken Dr. Martin Salia Dies in Nebraska Hospital (NBC Video Screengrab)

Ebola-stricken surgeon Dr. Martin Salia dies in Nebraska hospital, days after he was transported from Sierra Leone to the US for treatment. He is the second patient to die in the U.S. from the deadly disease. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, known as patient zero, also died from the deadly disease.

One has to wonder why the two patients to die from the deadly disease in the U.S. are black males. I will say Dr. Salia was in critical condition when he was transported to the U.S. He was reportedly on a ventilator.

Dr. Salia, who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa, was a permanent resident in the U.S. He resided in Maryland with his wife and sons.

Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center said, “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news.”

Dr. Martin Salia was 44.

Mali Added to Ebola Screening List at US Airports After 2nd Case Diagnosed

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Mali Added to Ebola Screening List at US Airports After 2nd Case Diagnosed (Map Credit: Google)

Mali has been added to the Ebola screening list at five U.S. airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson and John F. Kennedy, after two cases were diagnosed in the West African country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security added Mali to the watch list on Sunday. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are already on the list. Passengers from those countries are subject to “enhanced entry screening” and three weeks of monitoring when they fly into the U.S. via one of five airports.

Washington D.C.’s Dulles, Newark’s Liberty and Chicago’s O’Hare airports are among the five airports conducting Ebola screening.

Separately, Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon flown from Sierra Leone to Nebraska for Ebola treatment, is reportedly in “extremely critical” condition. The Ebola virus has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa. To date, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, was the only person to die from the disease in the U.S.

Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter

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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter (Photo Credit: Last.FM [Zementa])

Aaliyah Movie Drama:  Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” movie created a lot of buzz, but it was the wrong kind of buzz. The movie chronicles the life of the late singer from her appearance on “Star Search,” marriage to R. Kelly, her meteoric rise  and later death in an airplane crash at age 22. The movie was largely ripped on social media as being disrespectful to her. Talk show diva Wendy Williams, who is one of the executive producers of the movie, came under blistering criticism.

The trending topics on Twitter included #AaliyahMovie, “RKelly,” who was her producer and husband, as well as “Missy and Timbaland,” her longtime producing partners. Wendy Williams was also trending. #LifetimeDisrespectsAaliyah was also a trending hashtag. Alexandra Shipp played Aaliyah in the movie.

The casting of Missy Elliott sparked outrage and accusations of colorism and body type bias. Canadian singer and dancer Chattrisse Dolabaille plays Elliott in the movie. Now you know this woman looks nothing like Missy — height, complexion and body type. I’m pretty sure if they had bothered to look they could have found a dark-skinned actress to cast as Missy Elliott. This is just another slight of dark-skinned sisters by Hollywood.

Well, I guess Zendaya Coleman did the right thing when she dropped out of the film. We know her casting was criticized, but she had some problems with the production as well. The movie also didn’t sit well with Aaliyah’s family. In other words, it has been a mess.

Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase are also executive producers of the movie, which is based on Christopher John Farley’s bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.”

Um, the Whitney Houston movie, directed by Angela Bassett will probably suffer a similar fate….I’m just saying!

Here are some of the tweets about the Aaliyah movie:

Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs”

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Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs” (Photo Credit: NBC TV)

Alfre Woodard will take on a historic role in NBC’s upcoming pilot series “State of Affairs,” airing Monday night as President Constance Payton. Talk about an interesting plot — the nation’s first black female president.

The drama also stars Katherine Heigl, who had an acrimonious departure from Shonda Rhimes’Grey’s Anatomy.” This time around, Heigl is the executive producer of “State of Affairs.”

Heigl plays Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA analyst who delivers the president’s daily briefing. There’s another twist to this story — Charlie is still dealing with the death of her fiance during a terrorist attack in Kabul. Her fiance happens to be President Constance Payton’s son.

It will be interesting to see how this fares, considering “Madam Secretary,” which stars Tea Leoni, is a success.

 

Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: Why No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up?

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Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: How Come No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up? (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Bill Cosby’s reputation continues to take a beating as one of his alleged rape victims penned an article asking how come nobody cared until a male spoke (comedian Hannibal Buress) spoke up? Bill Cosby’s alleged rape victim, Barbara Bowman, said he repeatedly raped her in the late 1980s and is demanding to know why did the “public outcry” begin only after a male criticized Cosby for his actions.

Buress said:  “It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify. Cosby had drugged and raped me, too, I told them. The lawyers said I could testify anonymously as a Jane Doe, but I ardently rejected that idea. My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I wanted to tell my story in court. In the end, I didn’t have the opportunity to do that, because Cosby settled the suit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain that he drugged and raped me. The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for industry event. I was staying in a separate bedroom of Cosby’s hotel suite, but he pinned me down in his own bed while I screamed for help. I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me “a baby” and sent me home to Denver. Source: Washington Post

Brown’s article comes on the heels of Cosby’s disastrous Twitter experiment ( ) in which he asked users to “meme” him. Well, let’s just say it added more fuel to the fire.