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How Bill Cosby's 'Pound Cake' speech backfired on the comedian

How Bill Cosby's 'Pound Cake' speech backfired on the comedian

When Bill Cosby delivered a speech at an NAACP event commemorating the 50th anniversary of  Brown vs. Board of Education in 2004, he probably imagined it would be controversial. After all, in his remarks the legendary comedian urged his fellow African Americans to stop blaming racism for their woes and lashed out at single mothers, low-slung pants and names like Shaniqua -- among other perceived societal menaces. But he probably never imagined how it would play a pivotal role in his fall from grace 11 years later. As dozens of women have come forward over the last year accusing Cosby of sexual assault, many observers have pointed to the so-called "Pound...

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