Bill Cosby is blind.

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It’s been more than two years since the embattled, television and film legend, who was once known as “America’s Dad,” has spoken out publicly. During a recent interview with the NNPA Newswire, Cosby revealed that he’s lost his sight.

Waking one morning about two years ago, he nervously called out to Camille, his wife.

“I can’t see,” he said. Doctors later confirmed the worst: that there was nothing that could be done to repair his vision.

“When he would perform, we’d draw a wide straight yellow line from backstage to the chair on the stage and he’d rehearse the walk, hours before the show,” said Andrew Wyatt of the Purpose PR firm, a public relations agency in Birmingham, Ala. Wyatt has worked with Cosby for years.

Wyatt said that his star client has decided that it’s time to talk. Together, Wyatt and Cosby said they grew comfortable that the NNPA Newswire would be more interested in “facts over sensationalism.”

Cosby has shunned most media inquiries, since allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in late 2014; some of those accusations dated back almost fifty years. In 2015, According to CNN, Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated assault in a case involving Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.

Earlier this year, CNN reported that Cosby’s, “criminal sexual assault trial will stay in Montgomery County Court in Pennsylvania, but the jurors will come from another Pennsylvania county.”

In February, a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Cosby by accuser Katherine McKee, according to USA Today.

“This marks the third defamation lawsuit against Cosby that was either withdrawn or dismissed recently, prompting some Cosby crowing,” USA Today reported. “However, another defamation case against him, filed by six accusers, is still pending in the same federal court in Massachusetts.”

While the beleaguered superstar declined to address any of his legal cases, his youngest daughter, Evin felt compelled to speak out.

In a statement, which can be read in its entirety on BlackPressUSA.com, Evin, 40, questioned the veracity of the allegations against her father.

“The harsh and hurtful accusations…that supposedly happened 40 or 50 years ago, before I was born, in another lifetime, and that have been carelessly repeated as truth without allowing my dad to defend himself and without requiring proof, has punished not just my dad but every one of us,” Evin said.

Devin T. Robinson X, an actor and renowned poet who’s been featured on MTV, NBC, CBS and BET, said that Bill Cosby represents the finest example of someone being found guilty in the court of public opinion without ever facing trial.

“Punishing people before they’re convicted in court only seems accurate when it serves a media narrative that doesn’t hurt a specific demographic,” Robinson said.

Dr. E. Faye Williams, the president and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., agreed.

“If the President of the United States can go on working in the White House after he has bragged about doing gross, sexually-explicit and abusive things to women, without their permission, then justice requires that Bill Cosby should not be punished, unless he is convicted of crimes,” said Williams.

Perhaps, the closest Cosby came to addressing his ongoing legal battles during the interview was when he opined about the true history of America.

“The history about African-Americans is a history of the United States; but the true histories, not the propaganda that is standard in our nation’s history books,” Cosby said. “The great writer, James Baldwin, said, ‘If you lie about me, then you lie about yourself.’ The revolution is in the home. There is something about someone saying, ‘I didn’t know that,’ that could cause a change in that person’s thinking.”

Cosby said he thinks about his illustrious career that, at least for now, has been placed on hold because of the court cases.

Few have achieved the legendary status enjoyed by Cosby.

His career has spanned more than six decades and includes a host of best-selling comedy albums and books, gold and platinum records, and five Grammy Awards.

With his role in “I-Spy” in the 1960s, Cosby became the first African-American co-star in a dramatic series, breaking TV’s color barrier and winning three Emmy Awards.

After starring opposite Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier in the 1970s trilogy, “Uptown Saturday Night,” “Let’s Do It Again,” and “A Piece of the Action,” Cosby’s star soared even higher in the 1980s when he single-handedly revived the family sitcom and, some argue, saved NBC with “The Cosby Show.”

“Darn right,” he said, when asked if he missed performing. “I miss it all and I hope that day will come. I have some routines and storytelling that I am working on.

Cosby continued: “I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career.”

Source: http://www.blackpressusa.com


Tiffany Gaines
Tiffany Gaines

Entertainment Industry Executive Tiffany Gaines, Owner and Founder of Shared Success Global (A global online marketing agency/distribution company currently marketing and distributing for over 4000 artists and 40 sub labels worldwide), has been building a name for herself as a woman of integrity and professionalism for more than a decade. Gaines graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, and an emphasis in Law and Society. She has since proved herself as not only one with intelligence and skill, but also a dedicated business woman and entrepreneur. Currently wearing several hats in both the entertainment and hotel industries, she has preserved the highest levels of professional and personal ethics by maintaining a long-term stability in providing access to a network spectrum of quality entertainment sources to both sides of the business. She’s at present, the business manager for Curtis Young, son of the Iconic Dr Dre, former drug kingpin, now currently Amazon’s best seller/Emmy Nominated/Author Freeway Rick Ross, Pomona Drey, formerly of Doggy Style Records/Pimpon Entertainment, American Rapper X-Raided, Son of the late legendary Nate Dogg, Lil Nate Dogg, Billboard charting, national recording artist/fashion designer Christine Storm and 9 times award winning actor Charles D. Clark. In addition to Management, PR and Media Services, she is currently the CEO of LRT Entertainment, Label Manager for Rick Ross Music Group, Chief Operating Officer of Amada Records, Senior Marketing Director of VP Churchill Inc (A high-end apparel company providing options of expression that allow sophisticated consumers to set their own unique distinctions through customization and sublimation. ) and one of the executive directors and content providers of Xperienc. (A three-prong company, catering to the distribution needs in music, videos on demand, streaming services for television shows, short films, movies, documentaries etc licensed with TV app platforms such as Samsung TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku TV, Firestick, Playstation, Xbox) just to name a few. Gaines is also a partner and international hotel broker for the National Hotel’s Association (A global network offering hotels at discounted wholesale rates holding contracts with over 850,000 hotels worldwide) servicing her entire platform of Artists, Producers, CEO’s, label owners, promoters, booking agencies and corporate companies saving her clients up to 75% off retail prices online. Over the years, she has held many positions from both major to independent vastly moving around this circle on various prestigious and exclusive levels. She’s an advocate speaker for the youth, supporter of charitable non-profit organizations such as The National Prostate Awareness Association serving on the board of directors spearheading as director of Media Relations and other meaningful causes of the like. And above all gives credit of her works to the Most-High.

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