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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:49 PM
US singer Taylor Swift arrives at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 in New York on February 17, 2015. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In October last year, Taylor Swift stopped by The View to announce plans to donate proceeds from her track “Welcome to New York” to New York City’s public education system. Now, she has reportedly made good on that promise with a $50,000 donation.

“It’s selling really, really well, which is good because I’m donating all my proceeds to New York City public schools,” Swift said during her October 2014 appearance.

Capital New York broke the story today, receiving comment from a New York City Department of Education official:

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:51 PM
Comedian Bill Cosby speaks at the 20th anniversary of Rev. Al Sharpton's organization the National Action Network on April 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Former model Heidi Thomas has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, saying that she awoke to the comedian “forcing himself in my mouth” in Reno, Nevada in 1984. She was 24 at the time.

Known as Heidi Johnson at the time, Thomas was living in Denver and attempting to kickstart her budding modeling career with JF Images, founded by industry legend Jo “Barricuda” Farrell. In 1984, that break came in the form of Cosby, who was “looking for young talent that he can mentor” at the time.

Via CNN:

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:52 AM
Rob McElhenney joined the rest of the "Always Sunny" cast on "Conan" and showed off is Bill Cosby tattoo. (YouTube screenshot)

The entire cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” dropped by “Conan” Monday night to chat. During the conversation, Conan brought up the unfortunate phenomenon of fan celebrity tattoos.

First, they joked about how silly it is to make a celebrity’s face such a permanent bodily addition. Then, some of the crew showed off their own celeb-worship ink. Don’t worry, these are temporary tattoos we’re talking here. But does that make Rob McElhenney’s Bill Cosby tat any better?

“I got a tattoo of a guy who’s a cultural icon,” began Philly native McElhenney. “He’s had a rough patch recently,” McElhenney continued before flashing a tattoo of Bill Cosby poorly disguised as a tattoo of David Crosby with the addition of a thick mustache and a mis-colored “r” between the “C” and “o” in Cosby’s name.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 6:13 PM
Ice sculpture at Logan Square Fountain. (Photo via aPA Twitter)

Ice sculptures are taking over the city of Brotherly Love and no one is complaining because theyre pretty awesome. 

Last week we saw the stunning ice ‘goddess’ in Fairmount Park by the talented ice sculptor Don Harrison. 

Now we’re seeing another one pop up at the fountain in Logan Square. The Association for Public Art (aPA) tweeted the exquisite statue Monday afternoon.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:54 PM

On this past weekend’s installment of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took on the hot topic of electing judges through a takedown of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore that was underscored by example of former Philly traffic court judge Willie Singletary

Singletary, as you may remember, was cleared last summer of conspiracy and ticket-fixing charges, though he was convicted of lying to the FBI in a recent case dealing with several Traffic Court judges allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for special treatment in the court. Currently, Singletary is awaiting sentencing on that perjury charge. 

As Oliver points out starting around 9:20 in the clip above, though, it wasn’t the ticket-fixing “consideration” scheme that got Singletary removed from the bench, but a 2012 “judicial penis” debacle that had him showing nude photos of himself to a Traffic Court cashier. Of particular note in that case is that Singletary had apparently “intentionally groom[ed] his penis for photography.”

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 2:17 PM
A Comcast truck is seen parked at one of their centers on February 13, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In the midst of a coming FCC decision about the proposed merger between telco giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable, a group has filed a $20 billion lawsuit alleging that the two companies discriminate against black-owned media companies by simply not carrying them.

The National Association of African-American Owned Media filed the suit in California last week, echoing their actions against DirectTV and AT&T from late last year. Comcast, however, is not the only defendant targeted — MSNBC show host Al Sharpton and various advocacy groups were named in the suit as well.

The suit alleges that TWC and Comcast intentionally avoid picking up networks that are fully owned by African Americans, and that allowing the two to merge would only compound the problem. Via the Hollywood Reporter:

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 1:19 PM
Jennifer Lee Pryor, left, and Bill Cosby, right. (Images via Getty)

The public blowback against embattled comedian Bill Cosby continues this week, with Jennifer Lee Pryor, widow of the legendary Richard Pryor, saying that "it was a well-kept secret that Bill f----- everything that moved.” 

Lee Pryor made her comments on Sunday’s episode of Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend, beginning with the roots of the perceived rivalry between her husband and Cosby. Ultimately, their dislike for one another came back to Pryor’s insistence that he ‘work dirty,’ or use foul language in his routine, and Cosby's opposite insistence that he not. 


POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:27 PM
Photo courtesy of the 76ers.

Earlier this month, the Sixers unveiled a new mascot in the form of an enormous blue dog named Franklin, and the man inside that dog once expressed a strong dislike for not only the Sixers, but Philly sports in general. 

Some quick Internet sleuth work by Twitter user @brianbrown25 broke the story last week after the manager of the @SixersFranklin account accidentally tweeted out a personal post from Instagram on Friday: 

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