k-os Interviews Prof. Cornel West

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Cornel West Feature

So who has the most influence on how African-Americans think and live their lives? Most would say Oprah Winfrey … her empire of television, publishing, entertainment is built on messages of upliftment.

But what about the intellectual empire of Dr. Cornel West? He describes himself as a non-Marxist Socialist — a political theorist who’s worked on presidential bids by Bill Bradley, Al Sharpton and now Barack Obama. He’s written or edited a plethora of books, he’s a professor of religion at Princeton University and this guy’s seriously plugged into pop culture not to mention his recurring role as Councillor West of Zion in the Matrix movie series.

I say Dr. West IS a hip hop artist. This middle-aged dude with big afro and sharp suits has just released his third album. It’s called, “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations”. We aired a sample from that album, a track called “Bushonomics with Talib Kweli”.

With this album, Dr. West is back to critiquing the racism and repression in white America, while challenging African-Americans and rappers like 50 Cent, Snoop and the Game to raise their game where misogyny, homophobia and empty materialism are concerned. Dr. Cornel West is a professor of religion at Princeton University, and his new album is called “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations”.

Last Word – Cornel West

We wanted to leave you today with a cut from Dr. Cornel West’s latest album ‘Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations’… the song is “Dear Mr. Man” and it features vocals from the man we all know as Prince.

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