Survey: African Americans Divided Over Cornel West, Obama Debate


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In a recent survey by, it was found that African Americans are divided over the comments of Princeton University professor Cornel West, who has critiqued the Obama Administration in the media over the past several weeks.  A mild majority of those who gave a definite answer (44.6%; only 87.2% said […]

Cornel West Tells the New York Times that He’s “Funeral Ready”


What’s with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear? Do you have anything else in your closet? I’ve got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle. Your cemetery clothes? It’s ready to die, brother. If I drop […]

Ryan Mack: An Open Letter to Cornel West on President Obama


Written By Ryan Mack, President of The Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc. As I begin this letter I would like to say to Dr. West that I have the utmost respect and admiration for you. I have been and continue to be a long time fan of your work, your intelligence, and passion to […]

Raynard Jackson: Open Letter to Tom Joyner


I have known Tom Joyner (nationally syndicated radio host) for many years. We are not hanging out buddies, but we have always enjoyed talking and joking with each other.  He is an “old school” soul who has done a lot of good in his life.  But, in recent years, his very public fight with Tavis […]

Dr. Boyce and Wilmer Leon: Was Tom Joyner Wrong to Reference Tavis and Cornel’s Sexuality?


In a recent article expressing his frustration with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, Tom Joyner spoke to his belief that West and Smiley had directly created the environment under which men like Mark Halperin felt comfortable referring to President Obama as a D*ck.  Joyner then made matters quite personal by referring to Cornel as Tavis’ […]

Tom Joyner Lays a Broadside Into Tavis Smiley and Cornel West


by Tom Joyner. Before I get to Mark Halperin, let me give you a little background. They say that if you’re angry with someone, you should write a letter, get all the mean stuff out, and then tear it up or delete it. When you’re a little more calm, you write another letter or confront […]

Dr. Boyce: Al Sharpton and Cornel West Faceoff Once Again


The National Newspaper Association took advantage of what some expected to be a major prize fight between Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton.  The group referred to their gathering at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association as “The Showdown,” letting the world know that they expected Sharpton and West to draw blood, […]

Why are Progressive Liberals Working So Hard to Silence Cornel West?


by Ruben Navarrette Jr. Who’s afraid of Cornel West and what he has to say about Barack Obama? Quite a few folks. For the last few weeks, journalists, liberal bloggers and academics have been piling on the Princeton professor and best-selling author with one vicious attack after another. The gloves are off, and it’s all because […]

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Lesson for Cornel West


by Derrick Z. Jackson. IT WAS not enough for Cornel West to ridicule the first African-American president as a “black mascot.’’ The loquacious professor also fired his blunderbuss at Michelle Obama. In the process, he splattered a generation of black people freeing itself from narrow identities and stereotypes. The Princeton African-American studies professor belittled the […]

Dr. Boyce: Cornel West v. Barack Obama – Let’s Look at the Facts


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. In this video, I quickly mention the game of facts being played in the disagreement between Cornel West and President Barack Obama.  Some, especially Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, say that West’s attacks on President Obama are driven by a personal agenda, allowing for West to be discredited without […]

Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude Speaks on the Cornel West Obama Controversy


In this interview, Eddie Glaude a professor at Princeton University, speaks on the division between Cornel West and President Barack Obama.   Click here to listen.                

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Attacks on Cornel West: Melissa, Are You Hiding Something?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, As Professor Cornel West has gone around the nation critiquing the policies of President Obama, he has met with a firestorm like no other: Melissa Harris-Perry at Tulane University has gone after Professor West as if he were the man who who stole her first born child. Others around the nation […]

Cornel West Says Politicians Must Stand Up for Poor, Black, Brown (Video)


In this interview on the Ed Show, Professor Cornel West continues his campaign to get politicians to acknowledge the plight of the poor, working class and minorities. West has been in the middle of a back-and-forth with President Barack Obama, as members of the Obama Administration have worked to slow the professor’s critique of the […]

Dr. Boyce: Attacking Cornel West Does Not Resolve the Black Political Problem


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, If a man is offered a piece of stale bread for dinner, he’s probably not going to want to eat it.  If you were to then say, well, “stale bread is better than horse manure,” this won’t make the stale bread taste any better.  When given the choice between bad […]