Two Accusers Join Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

In the case of the People v. Bill Cosby, two more women have come out to accuse the legendary comedian of sexual offenses that occurred decades ago. Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz have joined together to file a defamation lawsuit, contending that Cosby publicly branded the duo as liars through statements by his representatives.

Field in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls, Serignese and Traitz both allege that the maligned funny man tried to drug, rape and grope during two separate incidents during the 1970s. According to the amended charges, which only list Cosby as the defendant, Serignese said that Cosby “drugged and raped her in 1976,” wherein Traitz charges that he “tried to drug and then sexually groped her” in 1970.

Attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represents the three women, said the civil action allows them to have their allegations heard since criminal statutes of limitation have expired. “The lawsuit provides an opportunity for women who claim to have been harmed to have their day in court in a forum where the truth can be tried,” he said. Cosby’s publicist and lawyer have not responded to requests for comment. Serignese and Traitz, who are from Florida, allege in the amended complaint that when they came forward separately last November, lawyer Martin Singer issued responses for Cosby that said they and other accusers were lying.

Since November, at least 15 women, including former supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson, have come forward with claims that Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago. Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby’s televions wife from 1984 to 1992, recently rebuffed charges of any sexual assault and blasted the female accusers for thinking that Cosby would ever harm a woman. “Forget these women,” Rashad said exclusively to ShowBiz411. “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.”

With numerous accusers coming out of the woodwork, the backlash to the Cosby brand has been swift and hardfelt. From TV projects with NBC canceled to nearly a dozen standup comedy performances in the U.S. indefinitely postponed, Bill Cosby has been relegated to performing in Canada. He is scheduled to perform today, Wednesday, Jan. 7, at a Kitchener, Ontario, theater, his first concert since a Nov. 21 show in Melbourne, Florida.

SOURCE: USA Today

Twitter Chides Media For Lack Of Coverage Over #NAACPBombing

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, January 6, of the new year, a bomb, was set off next to the exterior wall of the local offices of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, NAACP headquarters. You’re likely to not have heard this news or had your regularly scheduled programming interrupted because the mainstream press failed to report on it when the story broke.

According to the FBI and tweeted images from the scene of the crime, a gas can was seen next to the bomb, which intended to make the impact much worse. Luckily, the canister did not catch fire when the improvised explosive device was detonated. A suspect has been listed as a white male, balding, in his 40s, driving a dirty pickup truck. No one was injured and no arrests have been made yet.

What’s even more infuriating is that the major press is just now reporting on the situation. Places like ABC and CBS are focusing on the foreign gun attack with the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people lost their lives. Yet, Americans here and abroad are baffled as to why the press has either ignored or is late in reporting a domestic terrorist attack using a weaponized explosive. With too many questions on the table and not enough answers, this is not the first time the NAACP has been targeted by enemies of civil liberties. Back in 1951, NAACP leaders Harry and Harriet Moore were killed when their Florida home was bombed by attackers on Christmas Day.

No suspects were ever considered, convicted, charged, or even arrested for the couple’s murder.

As noted by Shaun King and the Daily Kos website, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund was in the process of asking Missouri Circuit Court Judge Maura McShane to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. Add to that, the grand juror who is currently suing St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, and you have the makings of quite an exposition. Sad, though, that popular media publications are late to the story or wholly ignoring the event even took place.

In an era where racism is flashed along the ticker, the pick-and-choose nature of the media to ignore this act of domestic terrorism should be noted. Everyone from FOX to NBC did not report of the bombing until this very morning. CNN reported on the situation a full 16 hours after it happened, and the incident still has yet to be mentioned on the nightly news broadcast. Twitter, which has defined itself in these moments as the breaking news medium of the 21st Century, has not only documented the tragic event, but has taken the media to task for its lack of coverage.

The hashtag #NAACPBombing became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter by Tuesday night, and at the time of publication, is still the No. 2 trending topic in the United States. Social media users are shocked, angered, and frustrated that they had to learn about such a disturbing incident from Twitter. We captured Twitter’s growing frustration that has stemmed from the bombing, the lack of indictments for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and highlight the social world’s belief in the miscarriage of justice in the media.

You can see what was said in full on the following pages below. Please speak your own piece in the comments section!

Veteran Filmmaker Menelik Shabazz Urges Crowdfunding For ‘Looking For Love’

Cinephiles, also known as lovers of film, should be familiar with Menelik Shabazz and his work. The genius filmmaker behind Burning an Illusion and publisher (Black Filmmakers Magazine) is a legend in contemporary British cinema.

The 61-year-old creator and educator has just released word on his latest film, entitled Looking for Love. Interestingly enough, he’s chosen to follow a similar path embarked by fellow filmmaker Spike Lee, and is asking his audience to help crowdfund the project.

What is it about, you wonder? Looking for Love attempts to look at and break down the intricacies of black love and relationships. Shabazz questions the nature of why unions between men and women are in such a sorry state. He peels back the curtain and offers some real thought provoking discussion as to how relationships dwindled to such a low, and how can we make things better.

With the film now in post-production, Shabazz has turned to Indiegogo to raise about $28,000 to complete his film for theatrical release next year. According to the filmmaker, himself, he believes that Looking for Love will be part of “a movement, a social shift that is transforming, empowering and healing communities.” You can decide for yourself after looking at the Indiegogo campaign video below.

SOURCE: Shadow And Act

Black Enterprise’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 2015

If the players in Tinsel Town handle their cards right, 2015 promises to be one of the best years for cinema in quite some time.

Celebrated releases from Gus Van Sant, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and others are just a tip of the iceberg of movies we’re looking forward to this year. The calendar is simply jammed to the hilt with huge projects. Some might be good. Others might be trash. Either way, you can guarantee that this year over others will make cinephiles reserve seats at their local theater to see these pictures.

With all the studios beginning to slate their franchises, sequels, and reboots, 2015 is shaping up to be a high-profile year. Consider that there will be three superhero movies in comparison to 2016’s six, plus the return of Steven Spielberg science-fiction megablockbuster, and you can smell just how major this calendar year will be for movies. These are films that audiences are excited to see. In addition to that, we here at Black Enterprise are counting on a few of these to be huge for the box office.

Keep in mind, we’re not making any early predictions on what films will be the “best,” but at the time of this publication, we are listing the projects we’re extremely anticipating to see. Some of these flicks don’t even have an official trailer, yet! From comedies to dramas to—gasp—even a couple of original stories, 2015 is going to be an incredibly talented year for fans of cinema. So, without further ado, Black Enterprise’s Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark) has put together some of the most anticipated movies set for release this year.

Peruse through the weighted selections on the following pages. Voice your own choices in the comments section below.

Black Video Game Website To Raise Funds For Eric Garner’s Family

With all the sad news to close out 2014, the new year provides an opportunity for perspective. For Kahlief Adams and his Spawn Point collective, they are in it to offer a solution to the current problem plaguing people of color in America.

The winning website of the 2013 Black Weblog Awards has jump started the new year with an initiative to raise funds for the family of the late Eric Garner, The Spawn Point Blog is holding an inaugural gaming marathon on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On January 17 and 18, players, advocate against injustice, and video game lovers are called upon to join the festivities that will stream live on Twitch. In a show of solidarity against police brutality, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter will be used throughout the evening as gamers play for a cause. “We will support the families of those that were lost and reflect on the unequal way people of color, specifically African American people, are treated by law enforcement,” Adams said on his site.

For 24 hours, gamers will participate in playing titles where the funds will be donated and distributed to The Eric Garner Fund and The New York Lawyers Guild. If you wish to know more about the event or even have any suggestions, please share with the guys @SpawnPointBlog and @SpawnOnMe. Or, you can head to the website and check out the information there.

SOURCE: Spawn Point Blog

Oregon, Ohio Residents Push For Championship Name Change In New Petition

With the National Championship Game soon approaching, residents of an Ohio city named Oregon want to show their allegiance to the might Ohio State University.

Matt Squibb and Mark Rabbitt started a petition on change.org to convince city officials to temporarily change the name of the city to support the Ohio State Buckeyes. Squibb says that he has plenty of city pride, but on the day the Buckeyes face off against the Oregon Ducks for the National Championship, he would want the city to have pride for the home team.

Such suggestions are “Buckeye Town,” and “Brutusville,” but Squibb and Rabbitt both do not care what the name is, as long as it shows support for the Ohio State University. City leaders have told him that they will issue a proclamation in support of the Buckeyes on Monday, but haven’t determined if they’ll temporarily change the name yet.

“We’ve heard about [the petition]. We’ve gotten calls. We’re going to do something with it,” said city administrator Michael Beazley to the Toledo Free Press. Ohio State beat top-ranked Alabama 42-35 on Thursday night, setting up a championship date with No. 2-ranked Oregon. Meanwhile, the Ducks beat previously undefeated Florida State 59-20 in the other semifinal game.

The championship will take place in Arlington, Texas.

The petition, which was posted at 10 a.m. ET last Friday, has 1,871 supporters as of Jan. 4. Neither Squibb or Rabbitt, both Clay High graduates, are Ohio State fans but each said it was a unique chance to support the university. “We’re just two guys going on a website and sparking something that most people would think is probably a really stupid thing, but to have so many people supporting it and then hopefully rooting for Ohio State to win it all is pretty great,” Rabbitt told the Free Press.

“I think it’s pretty good to see a community come together and support them,” Beazley said.

The College Football Playoff Championship will air on January 12 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

SOURCE: WKYC-3

Nike Replaces Adidas As China’s National Football Sponsor

The China Football Association recently released news of a changing of the guards, which would find Nike replacing Adidas as the sport’s national sponsor.

Beginning this year, Nike will be the new supporter of Chinese national football teams. According to reports, the Swoosh’s backing fees will be more than ¥100 million renminbi each year. The deal has been stabilized for 10-12 years and Nike would provide about 30% of the deal by physical supplies. The rest would be through sheer finances.

The Chinese National Football Team is preparing for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia. New kits would feature the Nike logo and are slated to be directly transported to Australia from around the world. Nike plans on revealing the official shirt designs later this month.

Nike, according to parties privy to the deal, will serve as patron to all seven national teams, including men’s and women’s national football teams. This will also include the country’s national Olympic team, and a few youth teams. Prior to Nike replacing Adidas, the German multinational conglomerate was a 30-year partner of Chinese national football teams. Adidas had priority rights for renewal of the deal, but it was said that the corporation gave up renewing.

Adidas appeared to have reduced their level of investment in the Chinese National Football Team. Their partnership ended on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014. In addition to Nike, several international and domestic brands such as Puma and 361 Degrees International Limited showed interest during the second half of 2014.

The meeting between the China Football Association and Nike took place on January 3 with the President of Chinese Football Industry Development Corporation overseeing the affairs. The CFIDC is in charge of market affairs for national football teams in China.

SOURCE: Yutang Sports

ESPN Sports Analyst Stuart Scott Passes Away From Cancer

After a long bout against cancer, beloved ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away at the age of 49.

Prior to joining the sports network, Scott worked at local stations in Orlando, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina and Florence, South Carolina. A graduate from the University of North Carolina in 1987, the charismatic announcer and dedicated family man had one of his most proudest moments when he served as the commencement speaker at his alma mater in 2001.
A statement recently released by ESPN noted Scott’s work as being signature and inspiring. Scott, who joined the company back in 1993, was brought on to help launch their new ESPN 2 network. His style utilized Hip-Hop lexicon, silly catchphrases, and over-the-top delivery which changed the way SportsCenter was made and solidified him as an iconic personality.

Terms such as “Cool as the other side of the pillow,” and “boo-ya,” were just some of the phrases Scott used to relate to his audience. “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

Scott bravely battled through three bouts of cancer, which was first discovered during an emergency appendectomy in 2007. He went through several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials to stay strong and ward off cancer for as long as humanly possible. This past July, he championed enough strength to serve as a living testimony of strength and resilience when he accepted the Jimmy V Perserverance Award at the 2014 ESPYs. It was there where he said that “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”

Scott not only interviewed most of the world’s top athletes, he held a slew of jobs within the ESPN campus. From anchoring the 11pm show to hosting the trophy ceremony for the NBA Finals to even playing a televised game of one-on-one basketball with President Barack Obama, Scott was one of the hardest working analyst to ever grace the ESPN stage.

Scott is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Kristin Spodobalski, who cared for him every step of the way; his two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; and his three siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney, Susan Scott and their families.

Many personalities on Twitter were shocked by the passing of Stuart Scott and took to social media to offer fond memories and condolences, which you can see for yourself below.

ESPN Sports Analyst Stuart Scott Passes Away From Cancer

After a long bout against cancer, beloved ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away at the age of 49.

Prior to joining the sports network, Scott worked at local stations in Orlando, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina and Florence, South Carolina. A graduate from the University of North Carolina in 1987, the charismatic announcer and dedicated family man had one of his most proudest moments when he served as the commencement speaker at his alma mater in 2001.
A statement recently released by ESPN noted Scott’s work as being signature and inspiring. Scott, who joined the company back in 1993, was brought on to help launch their new ESPN 2 network. His style utilized Hip-Hop lexicon, silly catchphrases, and over-the-top delivery which changed the way SportsCenter was made and solidified him as an iconic personality.

Terms such as “Cool as the other side of the pillow,” and “boo-ya,” were just some of the phrases Scott used to relate to his audience. “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

Scott bravely battled through three bouts of cancer, which was first discovered during an emergency appendectomy in 2007. He went through several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials to stay strong and ward off cancer for as long as humanly possible. This past July, he championed enough strength to serve as a living testimony of strength and resilience when he accepted the Jimmy V Perserverance Award at the 2014 ESPYs. It was there where he said that “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”

Scott not only interviewed most of the world’s top athletes, he held a slew of jobs within the ESPN campus. From anchoring the 11pm show to hosting the trophy ceremony for the NBA Finals to even playing a televised game of one-on-one basketball with President Barack Obama, Scott was one of the hardest working analyst to ever grace the ESPN stage.

Scott is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Kristin Spodobalski, who cared for him every step of the way; his two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; and his three siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney, Susan Scott and their families.

Many personalities on Twitter were shocked by the passing of Stuart Scott and took to social media to offer fond memories and condolences, which you can see for yourself below.

Washington Redskins Face Largest Home Game Protest Over Name And Mascot

This past Sunday, the FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland played host to more than 100 demonstrators who were protesting Washington’s NFL team.

According to The Washington Post, organizers had hoped for a larger turnout, but were in full display to raise angst and awareness about the Redskins’ name and mascot during the final game of the season. The crowd reportedly formed at a church a short distance from the stadium before marching up a road heavily trafficked by Washington fans going toward the stadium from parking lots.

Within the crowd, there were protesters of all ages, colors, and creeds, as both Native Americans and activists of other ethnicities, held signs and chanted sayings as people walked past. Public support for the use of the name has diminished at a rapid rate among news outlets, as well as several TV commentators. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office even canceled the team’s trademarks, claiming the name is “disparaging to Native Americans.” An appeal is still pending.

Daniel Snyder, the Washington Redskins’ team owner, has insisted that the name won’t change. He even created a foundation intended to help indigenous communities, claiming that his team’s mascot wasn’t one of the “genuine” issues facing American Indians. Making matters worse are the supporters of the team’s position who often point to Native Americans who say they aren’t bothered by the name. Opponents of the team name argue that a lack of consensus among the nation’s 566 federally recognized tribes and millions of Native Americans does nothing to invalidate the objection.

It’s the damaging attitude that many find offensive, as the Washington Redskins built their millions and professional reputation on Native stereotypes and mischaracterizations that contribute to a blatant disrespect for indigenous people. The National Congress of American Indians and the Change The Mascot campaign have launched a fundraiser to create a new ad against the name. To date, they’ve raised more than $20,000, which will help pay for a digital campaign. Equally interesting is the fact that the NCAI released a deeply moving video that spoke to the legacy of Native Americans and their communities, earlier this year.

The group plans to have a new video ready for the upcoming Super Bowl in 2015.

SOURCE: The Washington Post