Bill Cosby Calls Black People Out Again At 2010 Essence Festival

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Bill Cosby at Essence Festival

Bill Cosby, the self-appointed Daddy of all Black people, gave some tough love to the crowd at the 2010 Essence Festival. Bill dropped some jewels of wisdom and offered harsh criticism of the black community. Pop it to hear what he had to say.

Bill Cosby kept it 100 at his keynote address during the African-American Education Summit at the 2010 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Saturday. He publicly admonished black parents and children for failing to assume responsibility for their families and futures. Here are some highlights:

“We’ve got to lay it out for them,” Cosby said when asked about how to help cut the rate of teen pregnancies in America. “Let’s tell them about life. You’re 14 and having sex. OK. So, what kind of job do you have?”

Cosby, who received a standing ovation when he walked on stage, said the African-American community must get involved if change is going to occur in any area.

“Apathy is strangling you to death,” he said, to rousing applause and a few ‘Amens’ from the crowd.

“Get up. Stay on the scene. Be a studying machine,” he said, drawing from soul singer James Brown’s lyrics.

“We need to start getting into people’s business. We need to say, ‘Hey, I’m your cousin man, I’m your brother, I’m your sister and I don’t care if you don’t talk to me anymore but your teenage daughter ain’t got no business dressing like that!’ Tell them.”

Cosby also urged black people to reclaim communities riddled with violence and drug abuse:

“How long do we wait? When are you going to wake up? We can’t keep blaming people and expecting people to fix it. This has to stop.”

The moderator asked Cosby how to keep children out of harm’s way after reeling off a string of statistics, such as the thousands of young people killed by gun violence.

“Look under the mattress,” he said of hiding places for guns. “He don’t pay rent. Treat them as a child and remind them that you’re the one raising them.”

He then told the story of how a woman asked her son one day where he had been. “The boy said ‘uh, uh, no where.’ She asked him again, where he’d been. Again, he said, ‘uh, uh, no where. I ain’t doing nothing.’ She said, boy, where you been? Finally, he told her he was on the corner, hanging out.

“The woman looked at him and told him, ‘If you’re not in the picture, you can’t be framed.”

We’re going to ride with Bill on this one. Somebody had to say it.

Rumor has it that he also sneaked in the following BDR diss: “Russell Simmons is as bright as a burnt out lightbulb. Tell him I said it!”

WOW

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Comments

  • Trustworthy

    WOW! Speak truth Mr. Cosby, I for one ain’t mad at’cha…

  • Hannibal

    SHOUT OUT TO BILL FOR ALWAYS KEEPIN IT REAL…

  • Trustworthy

    Oh yeah FIRST!!!

  • me

    yay!!! first..can somebody tell me wat BDR means?

  • Jackie

    I am in 100% agreeance with Bill! The black community is in a crisis! Self hatred is destroying our communities! Black men and black women hating one another and making disparging remarks about one another. Our kids killing one another for random stupidity…so many individuals struggled and died for our equality…and we end up acting like fools!

  • that damn sh#$ disturber

    “If you’re not in the picture, you can’t be framed” LOVE IT!!

  • drenk

    @ me

    Blood Diamond Russel [Simmons], dunno where they got it from im a,s.s.uming he had something to do with dirty diamonds

  • Shadow

    The only individual who would disagree with Bill is the individual who is part of the destruction of Black America. Truth hurts….deal with it.

  • juliemango

    Truth was told!!!

  • LMAO

    THE TRUTH ALWAYS HURT THE ONES IN DENIAL.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MR COSBY.

  • team ghana

    Co-sign Dr.Cosby, someone has to keep it real, lol.

  • Hannibal

    WHITES ARE THE NEW BLACKS! BLACKS ARE GONNA BE EXTINCT SOON. JUST LET THEM ALL DESTROY EACH OTHER LIKE THEY USUALLY DO!

  • Divine

    I absolutely agree with him!

  • Butterscotch™

    “Treat them as a child and remind them that you’re the one raising them.”

    There is a lot of truth to that. Some parents – NOT ALL – are so focused on being their child’s best friend that they forget their primary purpose is to be the adult and provide guidance.

  • garchelle06

    YESSSSS Bill get them!!!!

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