facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cosby tells Compton to honor its heros

Oct. 20, 2005 at 6:41 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Actor, comedian and activist Bill Cosby scolded Compton, Calif., for failing to recognize its hometown heroes -- tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams.

Hundreds of residents gathered at Compton High School Wednesday night to hear Cosby speak and brainstorm ways to reverse escalating violence in the Los Angeles suburb, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

"How difficult is it for Compton to have a parade so that parents can bring the children and hold them up and say: 'They're from here'?" Cosby asked in the style of an old-time revival leader.

"And then one of the sisters was shot and murdered," he said, referring to the 2003 killing of the Williams's' half-sister Yetunde Price. Cosby paused as the audience completed his sentence -- "in Compton."

Cosby continued: "And the verdict was mistrial -- in Compton. Still no parade."

One way to change the city's negative image is to publicly celebrate its successes, he said.

"You're known for a lot of things, Compton -- not many of them good ones," Cosby noted. "Why don't you bring them out?"

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Kris Jenner worried Khloe and Lamar will reconcile Kris Jenner worried Khloe and Lamar will reconcile
2
Valerie Bertinelli speaks on female empowerment in Fresno Valerie Bertinelli speaks on female empowerment in Fresno
3
Heidi Montag reaches out to Lauren Conrad on Twitter Heidi Montag reaches out to Lauren Conrad on Twitter
4
Khloe Kardashian blames Kourtney Kardashian for weight gain Khloe Kardashian blames Kourtney Kardashian for weight gain
5
Dax Shepard debuts new Kristen Bell-inspired tattoo at film premiere Dax Shepard debuts new Kristen Bell-inspired tattoo at film premiere
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback