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  1. Cosby, Bill (
      "Although he has always avoided racial humor in his comedy, he began to speak out about portrayals of African Americans in American entertainment in the 1990s. Upon his 1994 induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, Cosby asked network television executives to 'stop this horrible massacre of images [of African Americans] that are being put on the screen now. I'm begging you, because it isn't us.' In 1998, Cosby was among five performers who were saluted at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. A ceremony was held at the Kennedy Center and was attended by President and Mrs. Clinton." 1-05

  2. Cosby, Bill (
      "He became known as a comedian and was subsequently the first African-American actor to star in a dramatic series on television (I Spy, 196568). He has since starred in several television series, most notably the situation comedy The Cosby Show (198492), the most popular program on American television during the late 1980s. Cosby has won numerous Emmy awards and written several books, including Fatherhood (1986). He was inducted (1992) into the Television Hall of Fame, and six years later he was awarded a presidential medal." 1-05

  3. Cosby, Bill (
      "William Henry 'Bill' Cosby, Jr., Ed.D. (born July 12, 1937) is an American actor, comedian, television producer, and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a vanguard role in the 1960s action show I Spy. He later starred in his own series, The Bill Cosby Show, in the late 1960s. He was one of the major characters on the children's television show for its first two seasons, and created the humorous educational cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby also acted in numerous films, although none has received the acclaim of his television work." 1-05

  4. Cosby, Bill: Legacy (
      "The Cosby Show is a great, important, transformational piece of American culture. Nothing Bill Cosby does or has done in real life can ever change that; nor can that ever excuse anything Bill Cosby does or has done in real life." 11-14


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