Veteran American comedian and actor, Bill Cosby has been freed from prison following the upend of his charges by the Pennsylvania supreme court. Reports indicates that, the comedian was released from prison on Wednesday afternoon, June 30, 2021.

His release was based on the judges’ acceptance of violating the due process right of the actor. Statement release from the ruling court said it realised the comedian’s lawyers had previously agreed with a state prosecutor not to charge the 83-year-old comedian on the case.

Mr Cosby has already served close to three years in prison from his three to ten years’ conviction from 2018 from the   Andrea Constand, a former basketball player case and several accusations from other women.

Videos surfacing on the news channels showed media representatives, waiting at Mr Cosby’s residence to hear from the freed actor shortly after the news was published that he was released from prison.

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Although, they were hoping he speaks but his spokesperson known as Andrew Wyatt rather addressed the media.

He stated that the comedian was always inspiring women with his status as a celebrity and was also monitored daily by FBI. His statement ended with a rhetorical question that said “how can a man who was always watched by FBI be raping and drugging women… especially black man?.”

Fans who were gathered at the press conference began cheering to the statement.

He finally thanked the lawyers who stood by the comedian and the Pennsylvania highest Court and described decision as a moment of justice for African Americans.

Bill Cosby’s release has caused lots of debates all over the world some positive others not so positive….

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

Martin Luther King  Jr

Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Martin Luther King Jr. In Ghana

Martin Luther King  Jr was in Ghana in 1957 to celebrate Ghana’s independence…

The photo above is of King and his wife Coretta Scott King at the independence celebration in Ghana in March 1957. Here is King speaking of that trip and the passing of the “old order” at Western Michigan University on December 18, 1963:

I can remember when Mrs. King and I first journeyed to Africa to attend the independence celebration of the new nation of Ghana. We were very happy about the fact there were now eight independent countries in Africa. But since that night in March, 1957, some twenty-seven new independent nations have come into being in Africa. This reveals to us that the old order of colonialism is passing away, and the new order of freedom and human dignity is coming into being.

 

But not only have we seen the old order in its international dimensions, we have seen it in our own nation in the form of slavery and racial segregation. We all know the long history of the old order in America. It had its beginning in 1619 when the first slaves landed on the shores of this nation. They were brought here from the soils of Africa. Unlike the Pilgrim fathers who landed at Plymouth a year later, they were brought here against their wills.

Today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) would have been 86. Gone but not forgotten!

 

A True History Maker! 

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In the past African Americans living in Ghana have complained about the fact that they are treated as foreigners and not ‘brothers and sisters’ who went away and are returning. African Americans who have repatriated to Ghana tracing their ancestry and planning to resettle have expressed disappointment at the high level of corruption in government institutions across the country. They especially singled out the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and other institution for condemnation.

African Americans In Ghana Decry Conditions For Repatriation

They are accusing some officials of the Ghana Immigration Service for allegedly demanding bribes from them before considering granting them Ghanaian citizenship. An affected person mentioned that even though she has lived in the country for over 25 years, she still has to confront this situation.

Speaking to our correspondent Isaac Bediako anonymously on the sidelines of the just ended Pan African Congress in Accra, she intimated that some Immigration officers actually suggest to them to marry Ghanaians in order to qualify for citizenship or even a resident visa, a situation she describes as unfortunate. She lamented that this affects the returning ‘lost children’ emotionally and spiritually. “Even though you come back to what you feel is your motherland, you still don’t feel like you are at home”….Continue here

Source: Ghana News/Isaac K. Bediako