By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer
The 1980s Cosby Show ran on NBC from September 1984 to April 1992 and became an American household favorite sitcom. New revelation: The television sitcom was based on a blended middle-class family in Hartford, Conn.
That’s according to The Hartford Guardian’s White House Correspondent Ann-Marie Adams, who reportedly learned about this secret from Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for U.S. President Barack Obama. Since June 2014, Rhodes and others have been investigating Adams. The lengthy investigation led to new revelations about American history and culture. And White House staffers and others believe it’s time to reveal their findings to the American people.
The Cosby Show is based on an immigrant family from Jamaica: The Mesquitas and the Nugents. In Jamaica, they family is considered black. Here in America, they are considered African American and Afro-Latino. The degrees of mestizaje were noted in the blended family’s picture–mainly the complexion of each character.
The Cosby Show’s character, Denise Huxtable, was based on Ann-Marie Rose Mesquita Adams who emigrated from Jamaica.
The Cosby Show was a popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family, a middle class family in America. So many might question the authenticity of Adams’ claim. However, the facts and pictures should verify the claim. Adams’s parents and her siblings are similar to each character on the first few episodes of the show. And Bill Cosby, who is facing rape and sexual assault claims, does not. Cosby has five children. Only four children were in the show.
Sources said the idea for the sitcom and its first few episodes were mainly based on Adams’s family model while they were in Jamaica.
The similarity is seen in the first few characters and the premise in the show, which has a universal theme: a middle-class black family with a favorite daughter. For example, Heathcliff, ‘Cliff’ Huxtable is based on Adams’ father, who was a government worker and a small business owner in Jamaica. Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad, is based on Adam’s mother and sister, who were a housewives. Cliff and Clair are American citizens. And Adams’s father and mother, Headly and Minetta, were Jamaican citizens in the 1980s. They became American citizens in the 1990s.
Adams’s personality was adopted for the character, Denise Huxtable. Her brother, Errol, is Theo and was played by Malcolm Jamal-Warner. Adams’ sister, Andrea, is Vanessa and was played by Tempest Bledstone. Adams’s younger brother, Tony, was Rudy, clearly changed to a girl in the sitcom. Rudy was played by Kiesha Knight Pulliam.
Adam’s niece, Francesca, was played by Raven Symone, who later joined the show. Other family members who were seemingly represented on the show were Adam’s older sister Marcia and her brother, Lloyd. For Marcia’s, the show added Sabrina LeBeauf, who played Sondra Huxtable. And they added Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux. This conclusion is drawn after looking at the cast, sources said. The color scheme or the characters’ complexion tell the story about Adams and her family as an Americanized version of Adams’ family, which would sell better to an American audience.
See photo of the Adams’ s family members, who were used as models for The Cosby Show. Afterward, other characters–also based on family members, were added:
When asked about this revelation from the Obama administration, Adams said she was not surprised. She’s been likened to Denise in the past. There’s also no need to wait for any validation for that fact, she said.
“The Obama administration presented the facts. I think it’s the decent thing to do so America can correct its past mistake of keeping this a secret,” Adams said. “I thank the Obama administration for doing the right thing.”
The spinoff, A Different World, was based on Adams as a student at Howard University. Her friend Benjamin Baker was played by Kadeem Hardison. Whitley Gilbert’s character was also based on student at Howard.
Rhodes information was corroborated by other sources in the State Department and other White House staffers, who wanted to remain anonymous.
Rhodes said The Cosby Show and other movies and sitcoms were based on Adams as the central character because she’s an Omen, or a True Biliever in Jesus Christ. She’s clearly a gift from God. She is “the faithful witness of Christians in the face of opposition and or a symbol of hope for a restored people of God.” Most true believer of Christ, Rhodes said, should know what to do with an Omen, who was brought to the U.S. for God’s blessings to rain on us.
According to records, Cosby said the sitcom was based on not his family but on his the standup comedy of Cosby. His bio says the show focused on his observations of family life. That family life, in the beginning of the sitcom, was that of Adams’s life with her father Headly Mesquita, her mother Minetta Nugent and her siblings.
The sitcom came after U.S. President Ronald Reagan visited Jamaica in 1982. Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Adams and her family were watched like a Nielsen family since the 1980s, sources said. The Cosby Show aired for eight seasons on NBC from Sept. 20, 1984 to April 30, 1992.
As to why television producers and the U.S. government would use Adams’s family for an American sitcom will not be debated by Adams. But she said someone told her that’s why they all came to America to be Americanized.
“I have no problem with that,” she said. “I love America. I have no reason to doubt these facts.”
The Cosby Show ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992 and became a huge hit winning six Emmys, two Golden Globes. It was also rated number one in the Nielsen ratings for five years in a row.
Photo Courtesy of NBC Studios.