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Most U.S. Founding Fathers were age 40 and younger

Most U.S. Founding Fathers were age 40 and younger

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Portraits of the U.S. founding fathers often portray them with white powdered wigs and many think they were older than the young men they were, an expert says.
Bill Cosby announces first comedy special in 30 years

Bill Cosby announces first comedy special in 30 years

MCLEAN, Va., July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. comedy icon Bill Cosby announced he will star in a stand-up television concert on Comedy Central, his first special in 30 years.

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Digging out of poverty not just luck

BOSTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. and Thai researchers say they found a number of factors, including education, are instrumental in helping people dig out of poverty.

Walker and Townsend honored in D.C.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation honored author Alice Walker and actor Robert Townsend at a ceremony in Washington Wednesday night.

Fisherman caught after appearing in print

WOODMANSTERNE, England, June 28 (UPI) -- A fisherman in England was socked with a hefty fine after being pictured in a magazine showing off his illegal catch, officials said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2006 with 328 to follow.
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United Negro College Fund honors Wonder

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The United Negro College Fund's annual "An Evening of Stars" fundraiser will honor Stevie Wonder for his music and humanitarian efforts.

Artist uses comic talents to tell history

OYSTER BAY, N.Y., July 5 (UPI) -- A New York comic book artist has diverted his talents from Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich to a piece of local history.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2005 with 328 to follow.
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Cosby speaks to packed house in Detroit

DETROIT, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Bill Cosby told a standing-room-only audience in Detroit this week that African-Americans must take responsibility for solving their own problems.
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Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend (born February 6, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, film director, and writer.

Townsend was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirley (née Jenkins) and Robert Townsend.

Townsend had a brief uncredited role in the movie Cooley High (1975). His career hit mainstream in the early 1980s. This included stand-up comedy routines which appeared on cable television. Townsend auditioned to be part of Saturday Night Live's 1980-1981 cast, but was rejected when Eddie Murphy was chosen instead. During the 1980s and early 1990s Townsend gained national exposure through his many appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Townsend established himself when he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the comedy Hollywood Shuffle his 1987 film about struggling black actors in Hollywood. Prior to Shuffle, he appeared in small parts in films like A Soldier's Story (1984), directed by Norman Jewison, and after its success garnered much more substantial parts in films like The Mighty Quinn (1989) with Denzel Washington. He created and produced two television variety shows—the CableACE award–winning Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime for HBO, and the Fox Television Variety Show Townsend Television (1993). He also created and starred in the WB Network's sitcom The Parent 'Hood (1995).

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