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    The NYPD storming into people's homes before dawn on June 4th wearing body armor and carrying assault weapons, with battering rams to break down doors while helicopters hovered overhead were the actions of an occupying army and not of an institution that serves the public. Was putting guns in the faces of small children and grandparents and forcing a young women to lay on the floor half naked while male officers ransacked her room a display of the Courtesy and Respect New York City officials claim their cops give to the citizenry? [ Read ]

  • Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela | December 16, 2013
    The natural death of Nelson Mandela is the end of not only a monumental life but also an historic era. Like any spectacular cultural icon, Mandela was many things to all of us. Yet if we are to be true to his complex life and precious legacy, we must pierce through the superficial surfaces and market-driven fanfares. Mandela was a child of his age and a man who transcended and transformed his times. He was a revolutionary South African nationalist who embraced communists even as he embodied his Christian faith and enacted his democratic temperament. He was a congenial statesman whose prudential style and message of reconciliation saved South Africa from an ugly and bloody civil war. [ Read ]

  • Dr. West and Tavis announce new radio show from PRI | October 1, 2010
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of America's most influential and provocative public figures, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West have joined forces to co-host a new radio program – Smiley & West – this fall. Building on Tavis' current popular radio show The Tavis Smiley Show, Smiley & West will integrate their professional and personal relationship to explore contemporary, cutting-edge issues. The program was announced during the 23rd annual Public Radio Programming Conference in Denver, Colorado, Sunday, September 26. [ Read ]

  • |The Michael Eric Dyson Show | Dr. Cornel West | August 16, 2010
    We begin our "Open Mike" series with a bang: a conversation with one of America's most dynamic and provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West. [ Listen ]

  • |News/Race | Cornel West Reconsiders President Obama | By NPR's Tony Cox on August 2, 2010
    Professor Cornel West confesses that he's having second thoughts about President Obama. In an interview with Playboy, he said he wished the president were more "Martin Luther King-like." West is also concerned about the lack of love and respect he sees between people, particularly where race is concerned.

  • A conversation with Dr. Cornel West | By Kathleen Wells on February 23, 2010 at 8:30 am
    Hi. This is Kathleen Wells. I'm the political correspondent for Race-Talk. Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West. He is the professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton University. Hope you enjoy listening to the conversation.

  • Rolling Stone: The Supreme Love and Revolutionary Funk of
    Dr. Cornel West, Philosopher of the Blues

    (A version of this article first appeared in the May 28, 2009 Rolling Stone.)
    Cornel West is a slender man, but he hugs like a sumo wrestler: crouch, grab, wrap and squeeze. "I want to love everybody," West tells me not long after he greets me at his Princeton University office with a bear hug that is warm and wonderfully conspiratorial. "Ah, yes, Brother Jeff!" he exclaims, like I've arrived just in time for a clandestine mission.

  • The New York Times:
    Called Far and Wide to Touch Minds | January 22, 2010

    Cornel West, 56, has many roles: Princeton professor, philosopher, fiery orator, civil rights activist, classical violinist and actor (in two "Matrix" movies). On weekends, Dr. West travels the country delivering lectures, being, in his own words, "a bluesman in the life of the mind, a jazzman in the world of ideas, forever on the move."

  • HHWired Exclusive: Dr. Cornel West Evaluates
    President Obama's 1st Year In Office | January 21, 2010

    Black America's preeminent scholar came to Atlanta in celebration of the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this past week. During his trip, he made a pit stop at the Barnes and Noble store in East Point, Georgia for a profound discussion on "Sweet Tea Ethics" with his brother, Clifton West, and Atlanta writer, Edward Garnes, Jr.

  • Princeton professor Cornel West urges continued
    diligence to further King's legacy: | January 19, 2010

    BLACKSBURG -- Americans must heed historical lessons, and look introspectively now, to further the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Princeton University professor Cornel West said Monday.

  • | October 02, 2009
    Don't miss Unfiltered tonight -- Lil' Ern' returns to shakes things up. From politics to pop culture, he gives his take on what is going on in the world both at home and abroad. Tonight, legendary scholar and esteemed author Cornel West as we play the second part of his interview.

  • The Seattle Times Company | Jerry Large | Seattle Times staff columnist
    Cornel West asked me whether there'd be sunshine when he got to Seattle. It was overcast, so I said he might have to bring it with him. There is nothing gray about the Princeton professor except the color spreading through his beard and untamed Afro.

  • The New Yorker | November 2, 2009 | The Oracle | by David Remnick Among the grandees of the Princeton University faculty, past and present, Cornel West is the only one to have appeared in two sequels of "The Matrix," playing a Zion Elder called Councillor West; recorded songs with both André 3000 and John Mellencamp; and seen his words quoted on a Starbucks cup. A couple of weeks ago, West published a memoir titled "Living and Loving Out Loud." He did not write it, exactly; the book is an as-told-to with David Ritz, who has similarly collaborated with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Grandmaster Flash. None of the above can be said of Christian Gauss or Woodrow Wilson.

  • The Huffington Post | November 21, 2009
    Cornel West Comments On Obama's Nobel Peace Prize: Hard To Be War President With Peace Prize

  • The Black Scholars Index | August 5, 2009 | by Leshell Hatley in Scholarly Celebrations
    Cornel West: Pastor, Scholar, Philosopher, Full Professor
    One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision."

  • Girl . Woman . Soul. | November 18, 2009
    C West's new book, More on Dreams, Freestyle Poem
    bought dr. cornel west's new memoir and attended his book signing tonight. i like that brother's spirit. something about him. i was reading the chapter he wrote about his father's passing and thinking about how universal certain human experiences are, and how powerful it can be to read/hear another person's account of one of those experiences if you've also been through it. well, of course no two people have the exact same experience-but it's still something when they share their perspective and you really connect at certain points.

  • | What Kept Coltrane's Horn Blowing | by Cornel West
    The great musicians—like Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan—understand life in all its bristling glory: find your passion, never leave it, and become a prisoner to the hope that it matters.