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FAMILY WOES: WHY EBONY’S COSBY COVER HITS HOME

When Ebony magazine unveiled its November 2015 cover issue, jaws literally dropped. A classic portrait of “The Cosby Show” fictional family, The Huxtables, smiling is punctuated by a seemingly broken glass frame. The root of the crack spreading from the face of the family’s adored patriarch: Cliff Huxtable. Or the man behind the character, Bill Cosby, depending on how you interpret the image. Upon first reviewing the cover, it doesn’t take long before concluding the magazine is going there. For the “Family Issue,” Ebony  says it “explores the intensely complicated relationship between the fallen icon, his most beloved character and the broken… Continue Reading

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WOULD WE BELIEVE BILL COSBY RAPE ALLEGATIONS IF ACCUSERS WERE BLACK?

While sitting in the chair at the barbershop in Harlem, undoubtedly the much-discussed Bill Cosby rape allegations came up in conversation among barbers and patrons. Unsurprisingly, the scandal sparked a debate surrounding the credibility of the accusers (so far three of 15 women have come forward publicly) and the overall opinions of whether they believed Cosby–Black America’s quintessential father figure–was capable of sexual assault. The inability of the room–which included majority men and a handful of women–to entertain the idea that the women, all white, who have publicly accused the famed comedian could actually be telling the truth, points to… Continue Reading

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XXL: Are T.I., Tiny and Family The Modern Day Huxtables?

Check out my latest column for XXLmag.com: Now in its fourth season, T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle has ushered in a new prototype for the Black family. On the VH1 reality series, rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris is hip-hop’s leading patriarch, as he, along with his wife, Tiny (formerly of Xscape), works to keep his children grounded and his family unit strong. Imparting the wisdom he’s gained through his various trials and tribulations, T.I. is extremely hands-on with what goes on under the Harris roof, from teaching the kids how to pull their own weight with house chores to giving them pointers on dating. Of… Continue Reading