09/12/2014 11:52 am ET

Bill Cosby: Blacks Must Prepare To Fight Voter Suppression

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Author Mark Whitaker will release his much-anticipated biography of Bill Cosby this week, three decades after the comedian debuted The Cosby Show and single-handedly altered the portrayal of African Americans on television.

Could Cosby have known back then that the NBC sitcom would become an immediate hit?

“Oh sure, I recognized it,” he told The Root with a hearty laugh. “Get out of here! The only thing I kept saying is, ‘I just hope I get enough viewers to keep it on the air.’”

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