Rolf Harris And Bill Cosby: The Shocking Scenarios Behind Television Entertainment

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Television personalities Rolf Harris and Bill Cosby: They have something in common.

I was just a little boy when I started watching the entertainment program of Rolf Harris, on Ghana Broadcasting Corporation television in Accra. He was a genius and had all the charismatic  powers to make entertainment worthy to watch. The fact that he could produce sound and rhythm out of any object that gets into his hands, made Rolf Harris one the best entertainers in the world.

What about Bill Cosby? Believe me, he was one of my favourite entertainers too.  The African-American comedian, actor, and producer, born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, played a major role in the development of a more positive portrayal of African-Americans on television.

Television builds career and fame, thus; many people use it as a bait to execute their devilish plans. Just as the axiom goes “Not everything glitters is gold,” these two great television personalities used their positions to abused some of the people they invited to participate in the programs they ran.

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Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months for indecently assaulting young women and girls after the trial judge told the 84-year-old entertainer he had taken advantage of the trust provided by his fame.

“You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all,” Mr. Justice Sweeney told an expressionless Harris, who sat in the glass-walled dock at Southwark crown court. “Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself.”

In the case of three of the four victims, Sweeney told Harris, he “took advantage of the trust placed in you because of your celebrity status” to carry out the attacks. With the final victim, the childhood friend of Harris’s daughter Bindi Nicholls, who Harris began grooming aged 13, the star abused a different type of trust; the trust placed in him by the girl’s parents.

“You clearly got a thrill from committing the offenses whilst others were present or nearby,” the judge told Harris. “Whilst such others did not realize what you were doing, their presence added to the ordeal of your victims.”

News source: The Guardian- http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/04/rolf-harris-jailed-indecent-assault-young-girls

Sex and abuse scandals seem to have no limit, as many sexual abuse allegations are unearthed against the famous African-American comedian.

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It’s hard to keep track of the sexual abuse allegations swirling around Bill Cosby, with fresh ones popping up seemingly every day and an unusual mix of decades-old accusations and brand new claims all getting a very public hearing in the news media.

All in all, 16 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual abuse, 12 of whom have accused him of drugging them to facilitate the abuse. Some of those women may be among 13 anonymous “Jane Doe” accusers who agreed to testify against Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit that was settled out of court. Taken together, the accusations span the length of Cosby’s long career in the public eye as a beloved actor and comedian, from the mid-1960’s to the mid-2000’s. They were given new light last month by a comedian’s stand-up routine that caught fire on social media, and new accusers coming forward has led to a drip-drip effect of even more coming forward.

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Both TV personalities Rolf Harris and Bill Cosby fall from grace to grass

Cosby and his legal team have at various times issued wide-ranging, categorical denials or refused to discuss individual cases, with Cosby saying last week that “a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.”

News source: Time- http://time.com/3602131/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-allegations-guide/

Do we need to believe in this Biblical quotation? No matter how long it takes, before or after death: “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.”- Luke 12:2.

Exploring Slave Dungeons At Cape Coast Castle

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Tourists exploring a slave dungeon at the Cape Coast castle

The mere mention of slavery brings bad memories, as it harboured unimaginable evil act, as thousands of Africans were captured under inhuman circumstances in overcrowded dungeons and transported across the Atlantic to the New World. Even though slavery is long abolished, the African still bears the psychological scars, as he fights to regain his lost identity and respect among mankind on the surface of the earth today.

The slave trade in Ghana mainly took place at coastal towns, but I wish to write about Cape Coast, my country of birth, which was the center of the British slave trade for almost 150 years. Cape Coast is located in the central region of Ghana. It was the capital of Gold Coast between 1700 until 1877 when the capital was shifted to Accra. Ghana replaced Gold Coast when the country achieved its independence in 1957.

Echoes of sad music in the air can be heard from Cape Coast, attracting thousands of tourists including African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora to visit the place, where their ancestors were packed like a sardine into ships for slavery. There is a proverb in Ghana which says “Man don’t cry.” I’m beginning to question this proverb if it has any elements of truth because many Africans in the Diaspora who visit Cape Coast castle can’t hold back their tears.

The psychological effect and emotions over Cape Coast Castle, which still has the remnants of the slave trade, are unbearable. President Obama, wife, Michelle and children can’t forget the experience of touring the preserved sites. One can’t escape the cold waves which go through the spine. Even though many Africans in the Diaspora haven’t been to Ghana to trace their roots or visit Cape Coast, others had. The Pan African Historical Festival, simply called PANAFEST is a cultural event which has brought thousands of African-Americans to visit Cape Coast.

Visiting Cape Coast Castle to understand the pain and suffering endured by the millions of slaves is an important step for African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora to be closer to Africa. It is sad to note that many hate to be referred to as Africans, even though history about their origin isn’t a fabricated story. It seems that’s the way to help forget this bitter experience, but there is nothing satisfying than visiting the continent of your origin to discover the reality aspects of a sad journey.

Forts and castles built by Europeans between 1482 and 1786, serving as slave depots are still visible in Ghana. Apart from the Cape Coast Castle, are also Elmina and Christiansburg Castles.  Ghana invites you. Be part of other tourists to visit Cape Coast, to see the male dungeon, female dungeon, remnants and the reality of cruelty of slavery, committed by White Slave Masters.

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Lack Of Snoop Dogg’s Show Leads To Bankruptcy Of A Munich Club

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A venue owner in Munich has filed for bankruptcy after American rapper Snoop Dogg angered club regulars by failing to turn up for a gig. Exactly why Snoop Dogg never stepped out onto the stage at the Zenith club on July 17th still isn’t clear, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The rapper has claimed club owner Björn Hellfeld broke the terms of their contract, putting up a quantity of money so small he “wouldn’t even bother standing up for it.” Hellfeld counters that he met all the terms of the contract on time.

Whatever the truth, fans who came to the club to see the legendary rapper weren’t best pleased, and a riot almost broke out at the venue. When it became clear that Snoop wasn’t there fans set off fire extinguishers, attacked the sound system and threw their drinks at the stage.

To rub salt into the wounds, on the night he was supposed to perform in Munich, Snoop Dogg was giving a concert in the nearby city of Augsburg – wearing a Bayern Munich football shirt!

And it appears Munich’s hip hop fans didn’t take the ‘diss’ lying down. Hellfeld reports being threatened and insulted in the aftermath, primarily through social media. What’s more, hip hop fans stopped turning up to his club, as word of the fiasco spread.

With fans now demanding refunds on their €60 tickets, Hellfeld has filed for bankruptcy. Revenue at the club dropped so much that he can no longer afford to buy new drinks, Hellfeld’s insolvency lawyer stated. The lawyer is now looking at whether Hellfeld can claim compensation from Snoop Dogg.

The Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice, And Liberty City

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The raw and powerful true story of how one man invented Southern Hip-Hop, saved the First Amendment, and became a role model for his disenfranchised Miami neighborhood—living proof that one person can make a difference in the world.

A rap artist, wealthy musical entrepreneur, high school coach, and involved, active citizen—Luther Campbell’s life is a reflection of modern America. His is a tale that touches on the most pressing issues of our time: sex, creativity versus the corporate bottom line, conservative values and artistic freedom, personal rights, the gangster mentality of music companies, the rise of entrepreneurship, and the power—and responsibilities—of individuals to care for their neighborhoods, their country, and the people around them.

Born in Miami’s notorious Liberty City neighborhood, Campbell saw firsthand poverty, despair, and crime. He also discovered the gift of transformation we all possess—knowledge that has made him a passionate fighter willing to take on the most powerful forces in the name of justice and what’s right. His rap group 2 Live Crew and successful independent label made him a superstar and a multi-millionaire—and the center of enormous controversy.

The “King of Dirty Rap” who helped pioneer the worldwide phenomenon known as the Miami Bass sound infuriated the conservative mainstream and became Public Enemy #1 when hip hop crossed the color line into white America. Campbell spent over a million dollars of his own money fighting cops and prosecutors all the way to the Supreme Court to protect his—and every other artist’s—right to free speech, setting landmark legal precedents that continue to shape the entertainment industry today.

Twenty years later, Campbell uses his fame and fortune to give back to the community, saving young men from the street corners and fighting for his people. Passionate, transformative, and inspiring, The Book of Luke is his story—a living testament to hope and change.

The Author

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Luther Campbell is the entrepreneur behind 2 Live Crew, owner of Luke Records, and former concert promoter. Luther Campbell was at one time arguably the nation’s most controversial hip-hop figure. Campbell formed the Miami-based quartet in 1987 and they were the centerpiece of a national campaign against allegedly obscene lyrics. He was embroiled in a volatile trial pitting him against then-Florida attorney general Jack Thompson.

Campbell later became a solo artist, issuing his own discs as Luke Featuring 2 Live Crew. He released Banned in the U.S.A., a parody of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” and I’ve Got Shit on My Mind. Campbell also published an autobiography and revamped 2 Live Crew, adding some fresh members.

They issued Back at Your Ass for the Nine-4, which peaked at number nine on the R&B chart in 1994. Campbell also won a Supreme Court decision that ruled that his parody of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” didn’t violate the copyright held by Acuff Rose. Campbell launched the career of R&B vocalists H-Town, issuing their debut LP on Luke Records. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Luke-Fight-Justice-Liberty/dp/0062336401

Hulk Hogan Removed From WWE Hall Of Fame Over Racial Slurs

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“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

World Wrestling Entertainment has fired Hulk Hogan and removed all traces of him from its website after a radio interview from 2012 surfaced where he used a racial slur several times.

Hogan appeared on DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show “Whoolywood Shuffle” on Sirius XM in 2012. In the interview, Hogan said, “Everybody down there — Lil Wayne, Birdman — they’re all calling me … and then I started sayin’ it. And I always said it, but now all of a sudden I get heat when I say it, and they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ so I say, ‘Why can they say it to me, then?'”

Though the interview is from three years ago, it resurfaced online late Thursday and quickly went viral. It was then that WWE deleted all references to Hogan from its website, including removing him from their Hall of Fame section.

On Friday, WWE released a statement saying, “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

A few minutes after WWE released its statement, Radaronline.com reported that Hogan used racial slurs in a separate, much more inflammatory incident during a conversation about someone that was offering to fund his daughter’s music career.

Hogan has also been removed as a judge from WWE’s “Tough Enough” reality show, which airs Tuesday’s on the USA network.

The only response from Hogan so far has come in a tweet. “In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH,” he wrote.

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When Will African-Americans Learn?

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Pharrell Williams, he does what a Jew won’t do because he doesn’t respect himself.

The problem with many African-Americans is they hate to be referred to as Africans, even though they didn’t miraculously land in America from heaven. Every race has a history. If African-Americans will continue to support Africa and show respect and love for the continent of their ancestors, they will fully enjoy America and be respected like all Americans. Before someone gives you respect, first you need to respect yourself. That’s what many African-Americans lack, the reason from the time of slavery they continue to suffer without end in America.

Both Jews and African-Americans have sad, distasteful, disgraceful and unpleasant historical stories, but the Jews are more respected than African-Americans because they don’t do what African-Americans do. While a Jew proudly wears his skull-cap to identify himself as Jew, African-American wouldn’t like to hear or to be called an African. “I am an American not an African,” he will tell you. It’s very sad indeed. Such statement is taken as ignorance than intelligence.

Let’s face the fact: Can any Jewish singer, perform in a country that has the statue of Adolf Hitler? Even in many countries, holding any material of Adolf Hitler is an offense. You may face fine or end up in prison. Why then should Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna Chris Brown etc; come to perform in Belgium, a country that has statues of a King, who maimed, tortured and brutally killed over ten million Africans, including children in Congo? Besides, there are so many streets named after him in the country.

Black people have been taken for granted, used, abused, mocked, scorned, hanged and sold into slavery, because of cheap labour and the colour of the skin. Unfortunately, black people are still sleeping without any effort to change the situation and history. All over Belgium’s television, advert of Pharrell Williams coming to perform in Belgium is being shown.

Do African-Americans who perform in Belgium think the Belgians love or care about them? They mustn’t deceive themselves. Belgium doesn’t care about them as human beings, but only use them to make money. If Belgium cares about them, they wouldn’t have built statues and name streets after someone who disgraced, humiliated and killed over ten million of their ancestors, including children in Africa.

How can African-Americans change history and make things better for themselves, when they ignore their own institutionalized or created disgrace and yield to people who don’t care about their welfare but only money?  If black people are still sleeping then I will remind them of the words of the ‘The Father of Black Consciousness’ the great Steve Biko of South Africa.

He writes “Black consciousness seeks to talk to the black man, in a language of his own. It is only by making familiar with the basic set up in the black world, that one will be aware of the urgent need for the reawakening of the sleeping masses.” He stressed, “It urges black people to judge themselves as human beings and not to be fooled by the white society, which has white-washed itself to enjoy privileges at the expense of blacks.”

If all Blacks, including African-Americans, want to be respected, they should let all the numerous statues of King Leopold II in Belgium come down, before ever setting their feet in Belgium to perform. “No one drinks medicine on behalf of a sick person.” We need to fight for ourselves. Those fight long started by Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, J. F Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln etc; have to be continued.

No black artist, including African-American musicians, should perform in Belgium if they really respect themselves. That’s the only way we can change history to bring respect and comfort for our children in the future. The statues of King Leopold II must come down! How do you expect Belgium to respect the black man when they don’t respect their own people, French speaking ‘Walloon,’ causing a big division between them and the Flemish in such a small country?

Time for the black man to wake up is overdue, we have slept for too long.

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Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

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Inside the making of one of the biggest-selling albums of all time: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for thirty-one weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the twenty-fifth greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album’s co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours—from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record “”You Make Loving Fun,”” “”Don’t Stop,”” “”Go Your Own Way,”” “”The Chain,”” and other timeless tracks.

  • Tells the fascinating, behind-the-music story of the making of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, written by the producer who saw it all happen
  • Filled with new and surprising details, such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s screaming match while recording “”You Make Loving Fun,”” how the band coped with the pressures of increasing success, how the master tape nearly disintegrated, and the incredible attention paid to even the tiniest elements of songs, from Lindsey playing a chair to Mick breaking glass
  • Includes eighty black-and-white photographs.

The Author

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Ken Caillat is an author and also known to be capable of accomplishing a goal in a timely manner and within budget. He is also a highly disciplined and effective leader who has the uncanny ability to bring production teams through the pressure of a production schedule with grace, dedication and enthusiasm. Ken Caillat holds a BSC from the University of Santa Clara and has been an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) for 27 years. He also owns 2 United States Patents, # 5,101,195 & #5,001,46

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Rumours-Inside-Classic-Fleetwood/dp/1118218086/