Bill Cosby is one of my favorite people ever. He's up there with Ben Stein. Cosby has been in the news this year and last for being a hardass about black kids raising themselves up out of poverty and despair through education, not by claiming victimhood. He continues to speak about it.

Mr. Cosby toured four schools with former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who is running for mayor. But instead of talking politics, Mr. Cosby stuck to his no-nonsense message to inner-city black children that at times has made him the target of criticism.

"Study. That's all. It's not tough. You're not picking cotton. You're not picking up the trash. You're not washing windows. You sit down. You read. You develop your brain," Mr. Cosby said at Fred D. Thompson Middle School, where 65 percent of the 700 students meet low-income criteria for free or reduced-price lunches.

Not only is he funny when he wants to be, but he is dead-on right when he speaking about a serious and critical matter. He puts his money and his time where his mouth is, too. Wonderfulness. :-)