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.

NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations

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NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of a scathing New York Times article about his National Action Network owing millions in taxes while he travels first class and lives the high life. It’s interesting since Sharpton shmoozes with the big dogs — President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Obscured in his ascent, however, has been his troubling financial past, which continues to shadow his present.

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.

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National Action Network’s revenue has increased sharply, to more than $4 million in both 2011 and 2012, the year of the group’s most recent tax filing.

Much of that revenue appears to be from large corporate sponsors. A person who handled solicitations at a company that has supported the group said National Action Network often requested $50,000 or $100,000 to sponsor events.

Mr. Sharpton said his birthday party grossed about $1 million, enough that he expected to be able to clear up the organization’s tax debts, removing a cloud that has long hung over the group and himself.

“I think it shows we were able to continue to fund-raise, despite it being challenging,” he said. “We were able to turn it around.”

Source: NY Times

I am no big fan of Rev. Al Sharpton, but we live in a forgiving country, so why should we expect any less for him? I guess the bigger issue for me is the oversight of donations going to NAN and whether they are being used for worthy causes and not to finance the lifestyles of the employees.

Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson in New Orleans

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Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson in New Orleans (Photo Credit: Twitter)

#SolangeWedding: Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, 28, and music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, officially tied the knot on Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans. The pictures social media from the wedding are amazing! Everyone was dressed in white, even Blue Ivy.

Solange rocked a cream colored jumpsuit and the happy couple rode bicycles to their nuptials. That’s a heckuva a way to make an entrance!

One person tweeted “Solange proving that you don’t have to get naked to break the internet,” in a diss aimed at Kim Kardashian’s Paper photoshoot.

Best of luck to the happy couple!

Here’s the reaction from Twitter:

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.

Sugarhill Gang’s Henry Jackson, AKA Big Bank Hank, Dies of Cancer

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Sugarhill Gang’s Henry Jackson, AKA Big Bank Hank, Dies of Cancer

#RIP: Henry Jackson, who is known as Big Bank Hank of rap group Sugarhill Gang, dies of cancer, TMZ reports. Some of Jackson’s friends also confirmed his death on Twitter.

TMZ reports Big Bank Hank passed “away in the greater NYC area around 2 a.m.”

Reaction to Big Bank Hank’s passing:

Rapper’s Delight from the Sugarhill Gang:

Aretha Franklin’s Taylor Swift Diss: She Has “Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns”

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Aretha Franklin’s Taylor Swift Diss: She Has “Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns” (Photo Credit: WSJ Video Screengrab)

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin threw some shade towards Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj during a recent Wall Street Journal interview to promote her new album, “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.”

Franklin had high praise for Adele, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston but she dismissed Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. The interviewer asked her to describe Swift and she responded, “Great gowns, beautiful gowns.”

When it turned to Nicki Minaj, Franklin declined to comment. Um, one can only imagine what she was thinking. She might be on to something…

Nicki Minaj is coming under fire for her latest lyric video for “Only,” which seems to have some “blatant” Nazi-ish imagery.

Watch Aretha Franklin throw Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj shade:

Nicki Minaj video:

Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”

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Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”


Stop the presses…..Kanye West has something important to say. He tweeted, “I’m supporting the Democratic Party in these midterms.” He urged voters to go to the polls

[Photo credit: Wikipedia]

Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set to Drop Nov. 24, Includes “Ring Off”

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Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set to Drop Nov. 24, Includes “7/11″ & “Ring Off” (Photo Credit: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)

Great news for Beyonce fans. Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Record confirm Beyonce will release platinum edition of her latest album on November 24.

Here’s more from the press release issued by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records:

On Monday, November 24, 2014, Beyonce will globally release BEYONCE Platinum Edition Box Set.  The 2 CD/2 DVD limited edition package will include new songs, “7/11″ and “Ring Off” plus four new and unreleased remixes with some superstar collaborators. The original, critically acclaimed self-titled visual album, featuring 14 songs and 17 videos, is also included.

The special edition box set features a live performance DVD that chronicles the year-long “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” a mini version of the official 2015 Beyonce calendar, and more.

  • MORE audio CD with two brand new songs and four unreleased remixes with collaborations from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Mr. Vegas and Pharrell Williams
  • ” LIVE” DVD featuring 10 live performances from the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” with artist commentary and an accompanying photo booklet
  • BEYONCE Original audio CD featuring 14 songs and accompanying photo booklet
  • BEYONCE Original DVD featuring 17 music videos
  • The official 2015 Beyonce mini calendar