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Roundtable: African American comedy after 30 years of Bill Cosby

It was May 20, 1983 when Bill Cosby took to the stage to share his ideas about marriage and family, children and parenting, and one memorable poorly behaved toddler on a plane.

“Himself” spawned a hit NBC series, a spinoff, books and even a knockoff cartoon black doctor dad who just never stopped giggling.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Heywood Turnipseed, Jr., Ralph Cooper III and Steve Hill, a trio of African American comedians who are also fathers, to discuss the legacy of this classic comedy.

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