Bill Cosby, born in 1937, won an Emmy in 1965 for his co-star role with Robert Culp on I Spy, one of the first dramatic TV roles for a black actor that had nothing to do with race.

The same year he won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, I Started Out as a child. In 1984, he launched the Cosby Show which along with his book Fatherhood cemented him as America’s Dad in the public mind, but that was soon tarnished. 

Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to three to ten years in prison in September 2018. After his sentence imposed for drugging and having sex with multiple young women, his picture was taken down from Ben’s Chili Bowl, a popular hangout for black celebrities in DC.

Still I remember the millions of dollars he gave to black colleges. In 2009, I was delighted to have  taught journalism in the William Cosby Communication School at Central State College in Wilberforce Ohio. In our interview he told me his key to success was “Just do what you like and assume your taste is what the nation will like.” There are many ways to look at that now.

You can read more from our interview in this book:

Doing Good in the Hood: The Life, Leadership & Legacy of Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr.

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Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr: has risen from a storefront preacher to a world stage of evangelism. He struggles through life without the love of a father; yet he has become a spiritual father to thousands.

With the same exuberance in which he once preached to seven people, his messages of hope now reach millions. While other churches flee the ghetto for Doing Good in the Hood the affluent suburbs, he proudly affirms his congregation “as the church in the hood that will do you good.”

He extols his congregants in a mission to “rise up and build.” As he continues to plant churches worldwide, he still walks humbly, loves deeply and has surrendered all to the Gospel. Bishop Alfred Owens has combined spiritual fervor and seminary training to build one of the nation’s most effective Pentecostal institutions.

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