Beautiful Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad was with Tavis Smiley on
November 2, 2010, and she still looks beautiful as
when she was acting during the Cosby Show
(1984-1992). Like millions of Americans, I used to
enjoy the acclaimed show in prime time NBC, a
fun-cum-educational TV entertainment in which the
gifted grand actor Cosby (Dr. Huxtable) and the
many other terrific actors captivated a huge
audience. But I was exceptionally attracted to the
beauty, elegance, and voluptuous charisma of
Phylicia as Ms. Huxtable, a character of a
successful attorney and a mom, in the show.
However, I must confess that I just explored the
brilliance of Phylicia when she appeared on the
Tavis Smiley Show. Indeed, I explored a beautiful
mind behind a beautiful forehead.
During the interview so many
broad ranging in scope and timely issues were
raised and Phylicia Rashad was lucid, impeccable,
and cogent in her responses, but her most
mesmerizing reactions were entertained in the
following Q & As:
Tavis: I don�t think
I�ve ever had a conversation with you, and I am
not even sure you�re aware of this and may be
you are, may be it is deliberate, but I have never
had a conversation with you on TV or radio where
Howard university � you are a proud Bison, you
are a proud graduate of Howard, and every time I
talk to you, that comes up.
I raise it now because
we�re living in a world now where there is this
growing sentiment that we don�t need Black
colleges or women�s studies or these, what some
people call segregated studies.
I raise that with because the
world got to know you as this wonderful matriarch
on �The Cosby Show,� a show that was based in
a black household but that everybody could
appreciate, never mind color, race, origin.
Everybody appreciated that show, but you come from
a black institution. Can you juxtapose those two
things for me?
Rashad: Why don�t we
need them? Why wouldn�t we need women�s
studies? We still have women. Why wouldn�t we
need this historic institution that has given us
some of the most incredible American people? Why
we wouldn�t need it? Why wouldn�t we need all
these institutions? Why wouldn�t we need it? Why
don�t we need it? Who said that? They�d better
not say it to me. (Laughter)
Tavis: Watch Claire
Huxtable get crunk.
(Laughter) Don�t come up here with that
nonsense. Yes, we do. One of the most disturbing
things that I have heard most recently is that the
Schomburg Library in New York City, which is
located in Harlem, which is one of the most
complete repositories of literature written by and
concerning African American people is to be
dismantled, and that those works are going to be
placed in various libraries around the city. Do
you know what that means?
Tavis: Now, the New
York Public Library, as you know, has been pushing
back on that of late. I saw a story just the other
day where they�ve said, of late, that that�s
not the case. I don�t know, I�m not in New
York, but I have been reading this
Rashad: Why would such
a thing even come up?
Tavis: Even be
considered, I got your point.
Rashad: I don�t
accept � it�s just you�re moving it back to
when? You are moving it back until when? Eight
years, 10 years? Why would you even consider such
a thing? Where does that consideration come from?
What are you thinking? Don�t you know that this
is a very significant part of American history?
Don�t you know? What are you talking about? That
is unpatriotic. I won�t have it.
Phylicia is a beautiful woman
with beautiful and grand ideas that can serve well
the African-American community in particular and
the larger American society in general. She is an
exemplar par excellence and a social teacher. I am
hopeful that her message is effectively conveyed
to the concerned, the activist, the patriotic, and
most importantly to the millions of teachers
across the board in the United States and the
millions of professors and scholars affiliated to
thousands of higher institutions of learning. They
must give credit to Phylicia�s bold stance on
African-American cultural preservation, and they
must do their part in preserving the Schomburg
Center for Black Culture.
Note: The Institute of
Development and Education for Africa (IDEA), Inc.
likes to extend its gratitude to the Tavis Smiley
Show for facilitating a platform to Phylicia
Rashad and for reaching millions of watchers
wherever they may be.
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