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Tavis Smiley: 'Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama'

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.12.2014 | Black Voices

Tavis Smiley’s relentless criticism aimed at President Barack Obama has made dozens of headlines throughout the commander-in-chief’s presidency. A...

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

The Need for Action

Ryan Mack | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

A man fell in a hole and was hanging for his life on the edge shouting, "Help... help me!" A preacher walks by, sees him in distress, gets on his kne...

WATCH: Cornel West's Heated Debate With Bill Kristol

Posted 09.24.2013 | Media

Cornel West clashed with S.E. Cupp and Bill Kristol on Monday's "Crossfire" over the Republican effort to cut food stamps, calling it "morally obscene...

Sniping on the Mount

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network organized the 50th anniversary rally with the NAACP and others, is hardly dangerous, unless you are alarmed by his frequent defenses of President Obama from his weeknight perch at MSNBC.

Cornel West Explains Why Bradley Manning Is 'So Crucial'

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cornel West joined a panel discussion organized by the Bradley Manning Support Network on Sunday to defend the Army leaker and connect h...

Amanda Terkel

Larry Summers Clashed With African-American Scholars At Harvard | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a top contender to become the next Federal Reserve chairman, economist Larry Summers has reemerged for scrutiny for his time as Harva...

Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and the Cattiness of Slandering President Obama

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As scholars and black men who have been in the media for many years, haven't they realized that their off-putting jabs at President Obama have garnered more attention and spotlight recently than their more notable causes?

Cornel West: 'Obama Is A Global George Zimmerman'

The Huffington Post | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices

Dr. Cornel West, noted author, activist and Professor at Union Theological Seminary, continued his criticism of President Barack Obama Monday morning....

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Smiley's Poverty Tour Extends to the 'School-to-Prison Pipeline'

Byron Williams | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Byron Williams

The link that Smiley draws between education, or lack thereof, and poverty is undeniable. The underlying question that Smiley's work raises: How can school reform be addressed in any meaningful way without addressing poverty?

Finding Common Ground: A Plea to Black America

Ryan Mack | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

While we don't always agree, I continue to respect his work as well as the work of Mr. Tavis Smiley. Does the fact that I do not agree with him mean that I must now demonize his efforts?

Why Larry Summers Is So, So Very Wrong on Keystone XL

Daniel Kessler | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Daniel Kessler

Larry Summers has an op-ed up in the Washington Post this morning in which he repeats the very wrongheaded idea that the tar sands in Canada will be exploited with or without the Keystone XL pipeline.

Cornel West Slams Obama...Again | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

Dr. Cornel West says that President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve to be sworn in for his second term as President of the United States with his hand ...

Public Media CEO Defends 'Smiley & West' Cancellation

Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago

Words flew last month between radio host Tavis Smiley and Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia over the cancellation of Smiley's show, "Smiley & Wes...

Cornel West Takes Aim at Black MSNBC Hosts For Supporting Obama

The Huffington Post | Michelle Marques | Posted 11.13.2012 | Black Voices

Cornel West is no stranger to controversy, and this time his fervent slingshot is aimed at black MSNBC hosts. During an interview on "Democracy N...

Cornel West: MSNBC's Black Hosts 'Sold Their Souls' To Obama

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Media

Cornel West took aim at MSNBC's black anchors in an appearance on "Democracy Now" on Friday. West made headlines when, during the interview with Am...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Cornel West's Dire Warning | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.08.2012 | Business

U.S. income inequality recently reached levels not seen since the 1920s, which could put the country on the road to becoming an authoritarian state, a...

'Poverty Tour 2.0' Kicks Off In Cleveland

Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact

Famed public radio hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are taking their show on the road to help fight poverty nationwide. U.S. poverty rates are s...

Ignore the Young, Forget the Old

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Why it is that the poor don't matter? We all know why: because the poor aren't "likely voters" and the poor aren't big campaign donors. It's really that simple. And that's sickening.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Poverty Isn't A Racial Issue, It's An American Disaster | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Black Voices

More than one-fourth of African Americans are living in poverty today. As devastating as that figure is, particularly for the 42 million Americans who...