Bill Cosby Calls Black People Out Again At 2010 Essence Festival

- By Bossip Staff

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!”



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  • Trustworthy

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

  • Hannibal


  • 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


  • team ghana

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

  • Hannibal


  • 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!!!!

  • Sydney™

    I found this snippet in an article about Dr. Cosby’s remarks in the N.O. Times-Picayune:

    “Cosby recalled speaking at a Newark, N.J., high school that graduated 255 students out of a ninth-grade class that started with 750. As he looked at the graduates, he said, he noticed that about 80 percent were female. Of the top 13 honor students in the class, only one was male.”


    These sorts of statistics are devastating, and I’ve read about the dropout rates of up to 50 percent in cities such as Detroit. Dr. Cosby is right — apathy is killing us, literally and figuratively. Some of us have embraced mediocrity as a standard for governing our lives, and it is an absolute tragedy that gun violence is reportedly the leading cause of death for black youths between the ages of 10 and 24. I read another quote from Dr. Cosby in which he suggested that if black children were being killed by white lynch mobs, people would “riot in the streets.”

    We’ve been in a state of national emergency for some time now, and it only seems to be worsening. Just the other day, I read about yet another weekend of shootings in Chicago, for example. I think such incidents are occurring so frequently that some of us are becoming desensitized to the constant bloodshed in cities across the country.

  • Baybaybay

    Although Mr.Cosby is giving some much needed advice to people in the inner cities on how to make their lives better I’m not too happy with Mr. Cosby, the only time we hear a peep out of him is when he’s bashing lower income blacks and airing out their dirty laundry! Bill Cosby is stinking rich why don’t he invest his money into programs that are already doing well helping people in crisis or starting one of his own. Just talking bad about people is not productive.

  • Prophetik Soul

    Since Bill is telling the truth, here is a question. Are any of you listening to music by artists that promotes and encourages the destruction of black communities?

  • koolatta

    BDR – Big Daddy Russ aka Dirty Old Man Russy because he is always after some young tail and looking to be on the scene. So insecure.

  • panther

    He’s right and regardless of what he’s did in the past he’s speaking the truth.If someone speaks the truth you have to say its the truth. and we can all start in our homes and our families first if you don’t have kids but you have siblings that have children start speaking to them about self esteem and respecting their community ect…………

  • Glok...Im in love wit Mary Jane !!


  • GetRight

    I’ve never liked him. But he has a few points…

  • That's What Time It Is

    I’m glad Bill Cosby said it, just like I was glad when he spoke out about it the first time. Black people need to collectively wake the fugg up!


    Black men: We need your help while raising your children. There are SOME women who have raised amazing young men and women in the hood alone but not many. Step up and lead in your communities. Reach out to a youngsta who cares if you’re not his biological father. I agree w/Bill this is an epidemic.

  • Jackie

    I’m sorry, but just because Bill is rich, it doesn’t mean that he’s responsible for the decay of the low income African American neighborhoods! Stop looking for someone to save you…invest in your own communities! So many poor asians come to America and focus on better themselves and the communities through education! We value pookie with his gold grill and pants sagging, driving a nice whip, but still living with his mother…pathetic!!!

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