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Atlanta's Killer Mike Just Helped Bernie Sanders Win the White House in 2016

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If you're one of the millions of Bernie Sanders supporters around the United States, you've heard skeptics, pundits, and naysayers talk about Bernie Sanders and minority voters. What you haven't heard is that human beings aren't static poll numbers; they're human beings.

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

An Interview With Carl Dix On: Racism, Police Brutality, Ferguson & Rise Up October

George Elerick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

I had the opportunity to interview Carl Dix, the co-founder of Stop Mass Incarceration and who has been exceptionally busy since the events in Ferguson, working to demand equality on all fronts.

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

Hundreds Rally In New York City To Protest Police Brutality

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

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The Anxiety of Intellect

Francis Levy | Posted 10.23.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

You usually associate street smarts with some one who knows how to negotiate in business. Donald Trump apparently considers this ability to be a top of the line requirement for statesmanship and something which qualifies him to be president of the United States.

An Appeal to the Political Wisdom of Warren Beatty

John Bredin | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
John Bredin

Few Hollywood actors, if any, have made a bigger impact on progressive politics--both cinematically and in real life--than Warren Beatty.

On Educating for Peace, and Banning ALL Nukes

John Bredin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
John Bredin

The only candidates in the 2016 race who might embrace these ideas are Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Jill Stein with the Greens. To help incubate a new politics of peace, though, a think tank co-founded by intellectuals Michael Lerner and Cornel West called the "Network for Spiritual Progressives" (NSP) has some good ideas.

Cornel West's Race Matters and the Politics of Democratic Respect

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Harry Boyte

In 1993, responding to what he saw as misleading treatments of the Watts riots following the acquittal of four police officers a year earlier in Los Angeles after the violent beating of an unarmed black man, Cornel West wrote Race Matters.

Michael Eric Dyson's Hypocrisy

Nathan Robinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nathan Robinson

In hindsight, Michael Eric Dyson might have been the person least well-positioned to attack Cornel West about a preference for celebrity over scholarship.

Michael Eric Dyson-Cornel West Squabble: Nothing New to See Here

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

As a historian, I can attest to the fact that dissent among the black intellectual elite is nothing new. Indeed, writers, politicians, community activists, entertainers, professors, ministers and others have publicly sparred with one another for centuries.

Lost in the Dyson-West Debate: Obama Hasn't 'Ideologically Cheated On' African Americans

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Media
Ami Fields-Meyer

I wish Obama had gone to Ferguson and issued a stinging critique of the Grand Jury. I wish he'd raised hell after the killing of Trayvon Martin. I wish he'd make endemic racial inequality the centerpiece of his final years in office. But that Obama has never been.

Michael Eric Dyson Defends Publishing Cornel West Critique In 'Problematic' TNR

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.22.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The New Republic's troubling racial legacy has been an issue of debate for years -- one which the publication itself confronted in an article by Jeet ...

Michael Eric Dyson Deems His Public Critique Of Cornel West 'Vital And Necessary'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices

Michael Eric Dyson joined HuffPost Live on Tuesday and explained why his public takedown of Cornel West, published this week in The New Republic, was ...

Goodbye, Friend: Michael Eric Dyson On His Break With Mentor Cornel West

The Root | Danielle C. Belton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices

It was personal. In Michael Eric Dyson’s takedown for The New Republic of his friend and mentor Cornel West, he has a come-to-Jesus moment that i...

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

We Asked Celebs To Name Their Fave Holiday Flicks (WATCH)

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The holidays are a great time to get together with loved ones, eat delicious food and curl up with a festive movie at home. Since we like to think tha...

Cornel West Reflects On The 'Artistic Genius' Of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

Fifty years ago, John Coltrane’s quartet entered the Van Gelder studio and created what many call his greatest work of all time. The four-part suite...

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

Cornel West And Questlove Discuss Politics & Music

Colorlines | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

Questlove caught up with Cornel West recently for a wide-ranging interview that broadly touched on what the two know best: politics and music. The int...

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

Why We Marched

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.

Religion and Revolution: The Promise of a Fresh Look

SpearIt | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

For students of religion and students of revolution, the upcoming dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian should be a valuable lesson.

Love Means Getting to Say You're Sorry -- Why I Was Arrested in Ferguson

Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell

Last Monday I was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, along with dozens of other clergy, seminarians, and people of many faith traditions. As a white, middle-aged, married, mother of three and a rule-abiding Presbyterian, this was a new experience for me.