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  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges 
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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Intisar Abioto photographer

Through a series of unrelated recent events, Black Portlanders have landed on the national stage.

First, ascending Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Bloody Jay released a recording in January called “Black Portland” to critical acclaim — except that some African-American people who live in Portland have their own take on what the term means.

Then this week, late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien ridiculed the City of Portland over the recent Portland Development Commission negotiations to build a Trader Joe's on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – joking that “Portland is the Native American word for ‘too many white people.’”

Portland photographer Intisar Abioto is right in the middle of it. Her photography blog, “The Black Portlanders” — celebrating one year this month — is dedicated to telling the whole story of this very specific community of people which she compares to the Maroon communities in Jamaica.

Abioto hosted a special event Feb. 15 at Glyph Café and Art Space in the Pearl District, to promote an Indiegogo campaign to recover work she lost through an untimely computer crash last fall, as well as future projects.

From the destruction of the historic Black business district to the struggle for hip hop entrepreneurs to make a living here, Abioto has no trouble linking all these issues into one simple truth: African descendants in the Pacific Northwest comprise a unique community, one that has struggled even more than most, and is generally misunderstood or written off by the mainstream culture.

“We think about it in terms of just these physical things, but what we are talking about is the growth and the blossoming of actual people — it's not just the buildings,” she says.

“What does it mean, to rebuild your community again and again, inter-generationally?”

Intisar herself is rebuilding – she suffered an almost irreparable loss last fall when the hard drive containing all of the images from her world-famous photography project crashed.

Now she's launched a new funding effort through Indiegogo to pay for the hard drive repairs and build out her project over the next year.

“I think my approach really takes into account both the whole world, but also the whole African Diaspora, in thinking about this one community of 36 or 37,000 people,” she says.

Which is why comparing Black Portlanders to the maroons is such a fascinating point of view.

The maroons were – are—small communities of Africans and their descendants in the Caribbean and throughout the “New World” who escaped enslavement and formed self-governing settlements alongside indigenous people during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. They preserved many aspects of African life and culture that otherwise would have been wiped out.

Abioto hopes to branch out into a radio show, video production, storytelling, arts and exploration.

The artist says she's working to publish her images into a book; she's also hoping to purchase a film-capable single lens reflex camera to mix film with video -- which she hopes will take these new projects to a larger audience.

And a larger audience is exactly what she got when Young Thug and Bloody Jay put out “Black Portland” – already considered to be one of the hottest recordings of the year.

“My feelings about it have evolved,” Abioto says. “I do understand to an extent where they're coming from, because I went to school in Atlanta, I'm from the south, I've been there.

“It's a place where Black people are doing all kinds of things, and I get that comparison of Portland’s culture of makers and doers here and the culture of makers and doers there.”

But, Abioto says, there's already a Black Portland.

“To me, as a result of the lack of a diverse expression of the Portland that's being branded to the world, what we see past our borders -- but also within Portland -- it's a limited story. I don't think the world gets any of the real history of this place.

“And so when they talk about Portland being a white city, they don't understand the very unique journey that brought people of color to the state.

"It's powerful what Black people have done to be here, but their story isn't seen on the national stage, because the ongoing trauma of the history -- it doesn't fit into Portland's happy-go-lucky branding of ‘the city that works.’" she says. “It doesn't fit into the idea of this kind of Utopia.

“That is what allows people to think there are no Black people here, that there have never been Black people here or people of color.

“So while I get some aspects of what they're saying and I do applaud their imagination -- I think that's wonderful to be able to think of something like that to try to support alternative ways of Black being -- I'm all for that.

“But I do believe that on the national stage you need to understand that Portland is not Portlandia, it's a place of history and people and culture, living -- trying to live.

“I think it's a much more powerful story than what is currently being portrayed on the national stage.”

For more on Abioto’s Indiegogo campaign, go to www.TheBlackPortlanders.com.

 

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