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It was a hot July evening. Cosby was speaking to an audience of black men dressed in everything as of Enyce T-shirts or polos to blazers and ties. Some were there along with their sons. Some were there all the rage wheelchairs. The audience was packed awkward, rows of folding chairs extended afar the wooden pews to capture the overflow. Clutching a cordless mic, Cosby paced the front of the basilica, shifting between prepared remarks and amusing ad-libs. A row of old black men, community elders, sat behind him, nodding and grunting throaty affirmations.