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Spike Lee Reveals Bill Cosby Jacked His ‘School Daze’ Concept for ‘A Different World’ Series

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Director Spike Lee attends the Warner Bros. Pictures 'DUNKIRK' US premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 18, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

Director Spike Lee attends the Warner Bros. Pictures ‘DUNKIRK’ US premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on July 18, 2018 in New York City.

*Spike Lee has revealed that Bill Cosby “jacked” his idea for the film “School Daze” and used it for his hit television series “A Different World.”

The HBCU experience served as the template for both narratives. 

“And For Record. SCHOOL DAZE Was Shot Before DIFFERENT WORLD. Robbi Reed Cast Both. Bill Cosby Jacked Us. #Fact #schooldazeonnetflix,” Lee tweeted on April 3. 

Lee’s “School Daze” hit Netflix this month and Lee’s comment came after his live tweeting session along with viewers.

The 1998 drama stars Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin, and is based in part on Lee’s experiences as a Morehouse student in Atlanta during the 1970s.  

Check out Spike’s post below. 

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“A Different World” was a spin-off of “The Cosby Show” and followed the lives of students at the fictional HBCU Hillman College. The show premiered in September of 1987 and starred Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Dawnn Lewis, Lisa Bonet, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Charnele Brown and  Lou Myers

Both stories tackled issues of race, class and colorism. 

“30 years later, people still come up to me and say, ‘Spike, you are the reason I went to a black school. I didn’t even know there were black schools. You are the reason I went to college. You are the reason I am in this job,” Lee said in 2018 for the 30th anniversary celebration of the film. “That film really changed people’s lives.” 

Robbie Reed, who also starred in “A Different World,” was the casting director for both projects.  

Here is her account of it:

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Camille Cosby: #MeToo Movement Should ‘Clean Up Their Act’ / WATCH

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Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PA (Photo by Matt Slocum/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

*In an interview that aired last night on “ABC News Live Prime,” anchor Linsey Davis spoke with Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, about his court appeal, the #MeToo movement and Black Lives Matter.

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Bill Cosby: Pa. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Sex Assault Conviction

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*The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted Bill Cosby’s appeal of his 2018 sex assault conviction. 

Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said the disgraced TV star is “extremely thankful.”

The decision could pave the way for the conviction to be possibly overturned in the future. 

Cosby, 82, is currently serving a three-to-10 year sentence in a state prison for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

Back in April 2018, he was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault.

During the trial, prosecutors used Cosby’s past admissions about drugs and sex as well as the testimony of five other women to help support Constand’s allegations against him.

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Andrea Constand, main accuser in the Bill Cosby trial, leaves courtroom on April 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Constand and her mother, Gianna, both testified during the retrial. According to Deadline, Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Janice Baker-Kinney, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha also provided testimony that they were drugged by Cosby with wine or pills, matching Constand’s story. 

A jury of seven men and five women returned a guilty verdict for Cosby’s alleged assault on Constand in January 2004.

“As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him — it’s about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America,” Wyatt said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We’re extremely thankful to our attorneys for their tenacious efforts in fighting for the vindication of Mr. Cosby.”

Here’s more about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision via USA Today:

In its one-page order, the Supreme Court said it will review the appellate panel’s decision on Cosby’s case based first on whether the trial judge’s decision to allow other accusers to testify about alleged, uncharged “prior bad acts” by Cosby was prejudicial as opposed to probative, a standard used to allow or disallow testimony. 

The other issue the court will review is whether the trial judge improperly allowed testimony about a civil deposition Cosby gave after he said he was promised by an earlier district attorney that he would not be prosecuted. By relying on that promise, was Cosby induced to make self-incriminating statements later used against him, and does that violate his constitutional rights against self-incrimination?

Under the usual timeline, the high court would next set a briefing schedule and eventually a date for oral arguments before the court. 

Although dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, only Constand’s allegations resulted in criminal charges.

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Bill Cosby Speaks Out About George Floyd and Blacks ‘Murdered’ by ‘Racial Hated’

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*Bill Cosby has weighed in on the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, via a written statement posted on Instagram by his publicist Andrew Wyatt.

“When I think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by racial hatred, I could not help but think about my son, Ennis, who was also brutally murdered,” said Cosby, UrbanHollywood411.com reports.

In his message, Cosby recalled the death of his son Ennis Cosby, who was fatally shot  in 1997 during a robbery attempt while he was changing a tire on the side of the road in LA. 

“Before racial hatred shot our beloved Ennis in the head and abruptly ended his life, this raging inferno of racial hatred stated, ‘die ni–er’ before he pulled the trigger. I understand the pain; I understand the helplessness; and I, too, understand that NO parent has willingly filled out an application to become a member of the ‘My Child Was Murdered by Racial Hatred’ club,” Cosby said in his statement.

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When I think about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by Racial Hatred, I could not help but think about my son, Ennis, who was also brutally murdered. Before Racial Hatred shot our beloved Ennis in the head and abruptly ended his life, this raging inferno of Racial Hatred stated, “Die N——R ” before he pulled the trigger. I understand the pain; I understand the helplessness; and I, too, understand that NO parent has willingly filled out an application to become a member of the ‘My Child Was Murdered by Racial Hatred’ club. These murders of innocent Black people will never end until the “establishment” acknowledges that they are the architects of this Prison of Racism In America — they continue to teach racial hatred around their dinner tables; they continue to fuel racial hatred by portraying Black people negatively on television and movies; and they continue to enhance racial hatred by placing their knee on the necks of Black people, no matter their education, success or fame. Yes, protests are meaningful and powerful when they are done in a peaceful manner. But, the Mayors and Governors of Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Birmingham, etc., can’t send police officers out in tactical gear, ready and willing to inflict bodily harm, which doesn’t reflect peace nor the expectation of a peaceful protest. Come On People! Let’s not squander a golden opportunity — officers – remove your tactical gear, remove your guns, put on the Full Armor of GOD and march with the people whom you have made your enemy. I will continue to pray that GOD provide the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black people murdered by Racial Hatred with wisdom, understanding and peace during these difficult times. Please be mindful and be safe. #BlackLivesMatter #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #ArmaudArbery #EnnisCosby

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“These murders of innocent Black people will never end until the ‘establishment’ acknowledges that they are the architects of this Prison of Racism In America — they continue to teach racial hatred around their dinner tables; they continue to fuel racial hatred by portraying Black people negatively on television and movies; and they continue to enhance racial hatred by placing their knee on the necks of Black people, no matter their education, success or fame,” he added.

Cosby, who is serving a three-to-10-year prison term for his 2018 conviction on charges of indecent aggravated assault, also called out the militarized police for responding to the protests with violence. 

“Yes, protests are meaningful and powerful when they are done in a peaceful manner,” he wrote. “But, the mayors and governors of Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Birmingham, (and other cities) can’t send police officers out in tactical gear, ready and willing to inflict bodily harm, which doesn’t reflect peace nor the expectation of a peaceful protest.

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“Come On People! Let’s not squander a golden opportunity — officers, remove your tactical gear, remove your guns, put on the full armor of GOD, and march with the people whom you have made your enemy,” Cosby said. “I will continue to pray that GOD provides the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people murdered by racial hatred with wisdom, understanding, and peace during these difficult times. Please be mindful and be safe.”

Read Cosby’s full statement via the Instagram post above. 

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