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#BackChannel: Bill Cosby and #OscarsSoWhite

Bill Cosby has entertained audiences for more than half a century as a stand-up comedian and Emmy-winning actor. But as his fame has grown over the years, so have the number of women who have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct. He faces felony charges of sexual assault.

And the Oscar nominations were announced last week, but none of the acting categories featured people of color. Some Hollywood stars are calling for a boycott of the awards show.

Host Frank Stasio talks with pop culture experts Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, and Natalie Bullock Brown, professor of film and multimedia at St. Augustine's University, about the Cosby controversy, lack of recognition for actors of color at the Golden Globes and Oscars and other headlines.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.