Phylicia Rashad Misquoted In Defense Of Cosby Who Faces More Accusers & Protesters
Amid a formidable backlash, Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s TV wife, told ABC News Wednesday she was misquoted in a report on her feelings about the charges plaguing her former co-star, the Washington Post reports.
In remarks first reported by Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, Rashad sounded almost dismissive of women who have accused Cosby of drugging or sexually assaulting them, drawing strong criticism from supporters of the growing number of victims and survivors of sexual assault.
“Forget these women,” Rashad reportedly said. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”
On Wednesday night, Rashad told Linsey Davis of ABC: “That is a misquote, and that is not what I said. What I said is this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.”
Friedman published a clarification late Wednesday night, apologizing for the error.
Lawyer On Tamir Rice Shooting: ‘[It’s] The Cruelest Thing I’ve Ever Seen’ [VIDEO]
In shocking new video footage, Cleveland police officers can be seen throwing Tamir Rice’s (pictured) 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffing her, and placing her in the back of a squad car just steps away from where her mortally wounded 12-year-old brother lay dying on the playground pavement, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The brutal scene unfolds within the first two minutes of the 30-minute video taken from the Cudell Recreation Center surveillance camera that captured the shooting. The additional video was obtained by Northeast Ohio Media Group after lengthy talks with city officials, who initially refused to release it.
Attorney Benjamin Crump spoke with Roland Martin Thursday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the extended video of the police shooting and latest developments in the case.
Dr. Jennifer Caudle Explains Why You Should Get A Flu Shot
Flu season has arrived and the virus has spread to more that 40 states across the country. Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a physician of family medicine, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to explain why everyone should get a flu shot to help slow down the virus.
Caudle told Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight talk panel that everyone six-months and older should get a flu shot because “it’s one of our best protections against the flu.”
Even though there is a “mismatch between the vaccine and the circulating flu out there, it’s still one of the best measures that we have” to fight the virus.
Dr. Caudle went on to dispel a few flu related myths saying “The flu shot can not make you sick. The flu vaccine, when we give it in the killed form and as a shot is not alive and it can not transmit illness.” She continued, “There are a couple of reasons why people get sick.”
Caudle explained it takes two weeks for the shot to develop immunity, “So you’re not protected the minute you get it.” Caudle added, “Don’t forget if you are exposed to the flu a day or two before you got the flu shot, chances are you’ll still come down with the flu, but it’s not because of the shot.”
Ava DuVernay Talks Filmmaking, Putting Women In Their “Rightful Place” In The Civil Rights Movement
DuVernay, whose path to the director’s chair followed a nontraditional path, said she started in the business doing something completely different before she decided to try her hands at directing.
The self-taught motion picture director told Martin, “What I was doing as a publicist made good money. It was a cool job, but there was a desire that was put in my heart and I think that when we have those desires they are definitely gifts to us and they’re gifts from above and if you can pursue it, you should.”
DuVernay has only been directing for five years and never went to film school. She explained to Martin that she learned her craft from watching DVD commentaries, Q&As and reading books. Her study has obviously paid off because DuVernay has been nominated for Best Director honors by the Golden Globes and is the first African American woman to receive a nomination in that category.
According to reports, “Selma” was made for $20 million, which is a budget that she is not used to. DuVernay who is used to producing film projects with a much small budget said she was accustomed to making movies with “$2 and a paperclip and a gum wrapper.”
“That’s the spirit of Black folk, making something out of nothing, making beauty where there is not beauty and finding it, finding the joy in doing it.”
She told Martin, “$20 million for someone like me is definitely huge. $20 million to other film makers wasn’t enough, but also I won’t be coy, I had never worked with that amount of money. So for me to image that $20 million wasn’t enough to tell a story, I could not fathom why that would be the case.”
DuVernay also shared her desire to tell the story of the women of the Civil Rights movement who were “relegated to the margins” in history books.
Women like Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hammer, Diane Nash and others were a “centrifugal force to everything that happened during the Civil Rights movement. It is criminal that they have been left out of so many major texts and major creative illustrations of the time,” said DuVernay.
She continued, “It felt like righting a wrong in some way, women were there, I’m a woman filmmaker, there’s no way I’m making this film without the ability to make sure that we are in our rightful place.”
Watch Martin and “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay discuss the critically acclaimed film, how the movie relates to present day struggles for justice and recount major Civil Rights icons, Rep. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian visiting the set of the movie in the video clip above.
WTH?! Thursday: Reptile Store Owner Slaps Workers With Bearded Dragon Lizards
This week’s list of crazy and insane stories include: a reptile store owner slapping his employees with bearded dragon lizards; the ex-wife of an oil executive turns down a billion dollar divorce settlement because it’s not enough; this weekend marks the observation of the 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride” and a little boy calls on the name of the Lord to get him out of trouble.
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