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The Twelve Days of Cosby

ShutterstockCosbyAmericanComedyAwardsApril2014No entertainment news story was stretched as far across 2014, or with such sickening, cumulative power, as the one involving Bill Cosby. To reflect those facts, we have chosen to recap the trail in the form of a modified holiday song sheet. This is no sing-along; more like a shock-along.

On the first day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
An angry ex-attorney.

On the second day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
A double shot of stand-down comedy.

On the third day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
Three thousand meme mockeries.

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Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

ShutterstockBeverlyJohnsonLet’s see how Bill Cosby‘s high-priced lawyer Marty Singer tries to shield his client from this one.

The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Beverly Johnson Recalls a Very Skeptical Newsstand Guy

BeverlyJohnsonAugust1974CoverThe cover was historic. When the August 1974 issue of Vogue arrived with Beverly Johnson on the front, it marked the first time in the magazine’s history that an African-American model had been showcased in such a fashion.

To mark the issue’s 40th-year anniversary, Women’s Wear Daily New York correspondent Rosemary Feitelberg recently caught up with Johnson and got this great memory:

“I was in my first New York apartment on the East Side — mattress on the floor, candles,” Johnson said. “I threw on my jeans and ran to the newsstand. All these people were rushing to work trying to buy their papers so I had to wait. Of course, I didn’t have any money on me.”

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Caroline Manzo, Morgan Fairchild, Plus HarperCollins Fetes William Boyd

1003_mockup.gifOne of the things I love most about chronicling the Wednesday scene at Michael’s is the random celeb sightings that seem to come out of left field. On offer today: television stars of the past and present that represent the changing (and fickle?) tastes of the viewing public. When none other than Morgan Fairchild walked in (she’s even tinier in person), I had an eighties flashback to those great trashy nighttime soaps and damsel in distress Lifetime movies that were all the rage back then. A few minutes later, The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Caroline Manzo, today’s definition of a soap star, walked in. Funny enough, they were seated right next to each other but neither noticed the other. What can I say? This stuff fascinates me.

I was joined today by two PR mavens, Melanie Brandman, founder of The Brandman Agency, and Diana Biederman, managing director of Blackbird PR. After chewing over the week’s hottest gossip (Did Kim Kardashian do it for money? Has Kris Jenner no shame?), we had a good chat about Melanie’s latest luxury innovation, Travel Curator, which she describes as a hybrid online monthly magazine, diary and blog that shares the very best insider information on cities around the world.  Besides having exquisite taste, Melanie’s unrivaled experience in the hospitality industry and two decades of worldwide travel have given her quite an address book.

Table Seven: Diane Clehane, Diana Biederman and Melanie Brandman

“I’m constantly asked where to go to find the very best around the world and, since I love to share information, I thought this would be a fabulous way to do that.” The “content driven” site is absolutely gorgeous, including ‘The Spot” of the month. The native Aussie’s Sydney is the launch pick, followed by New York, London and Tel Aviv — all cities Melanie has called home. It also includes a fabulously fun section entitled “Tastemakers” where Melanie culls names from her Rolodex to offer their picks on shopping and travel in various locales. (Full disclosure: In an upcoming edition, I sing the praises of American Girl Place as the best place in NYC to spend a day with the special little girl in your life.) The site is getting great buzz; it was recently featured in Travel & Leisure and was the subject of two segments on Fox News. Right now, everything is being handled in-house at The Brandman Agency, and  it’s being circulated via subscription and by the agency’s extensive contact lists. So, before you pack for that next vacation, check out the site.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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