Mills called on Howard to “return the millions of dollars” Cosby gave to the university if the HBCU decides to end Rashad from her past as dean
Actress and singer Stephanie Mills declared his support for her friend Phylicia rashad after Howard University students and alumni began asking for Rashad to be fired from her post as Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
In an Instagram post on July 3, Mills shared a photo of herself and Rashad writing in a caption: “I love you, @phyliciarashad ❤️❤️❤️. If it’s true Howard University wants to put end of her post because she feels her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, so she should return the millions of dollars he gave to college.
Bill Cosby reacted to Mills’ post supporting Rashad on Sunday, Tweeter, “Thank you @iamstephaniemills, your voice has always been powerful! “
Cosby received an honorary degree from Howard University in 1989, however, it is not known how much he contributed to esteemed HBCU.
However, the actor donated a significant amount of money to another HBCU, Spelman College, in Atlanta. The funds that he and his wife, Camille Cosby, donated to the Women’s College led to the creation of the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship.
According to Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe chair was funded through a $ 20 million donation from Cosby to the college in 1998, which also helped fund a new university center named after Ms Cosby.
The university returned the funds and terminated the chair in 2016 after Cosby was convicted of sexual assault.
Mills’ comments drew mixed reactions on her Instagram and Twitter. Some reviewers wrote, “You are right,” below the post. While on Twitter, others were less welcoming.
Writer Candice Marie Benbow wrote, “She’s going to feel like an idiot when she finds out he never gave Howard millions and thinks of Spelman. LOLOL.
Others tweeted their support. A wrote, “I love Stéphanie Mills. Always have, always will.
In a recent interview with theGrio’s April D. RyanMills explained how some black artists choose not to comment on social or political issues.
“I think too many of us are afraid. That’s why we’re silent, ”Mills said of artists who don’t talk about social issues. “I think we’ve been so politically correct that we’re not. She added: “They say whatever they want about us, call us all kinds of names… but you have to stand up for something.”
From her first tweets, Rashad confirmed in an email that she would be taking training that “strengthens University protocol and conduct” and to “become a stronger ally of survivors of sexual assault.”
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