For Black History Month, Craig Ferguson (previously
) devotes almost an entire show to discussing black history and the meaning of humanity with Dr. Cornel West
) Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
(George Clinton performance
, Outro with George Clinton and Cornel West
). [more inside]
"Courage is the ennabling virtue for any philosopher,"
says Cornel West
in this clip from The Examined Life
, a film by Astra Taylor
. Peter Singer
talks about the morality of consumption and how we should spend our money, as he did in this NY Times Magazine essay
published two years ago today. Given the internecine violence in the Congo
, for example, Singer's 1971 essay, Famine, Affluence, and Morality
is worth a second (or first) look. The film features several other contemporary philosophers, including Judith Butler
, Kwame Anthony Appiah
, and Slavoj Zizek
. Of course, people looking for a more musical version of philosophy, could forgo the film and just watch this Monty Python bit
Black, White & Brown.
A great 9-part video feature on the NYT site (registration required) featuring a discussing between Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
Some undiluted Brother Cornel West for ya.
Now, who could give this man a professional reprimand
? A great 3 hour clip from CNN's Book Tv
. "Between Coltrane and Chekov is where I live... think in love, fight in justice". Shameless big-name-dropper: total genius. And the controversial CD?
Mnnff... preachy performance, watery r'n'b. Not quite Gil Scott Heron or Last Poets. But not a firing issue, President Summers.
Cornel West cuts rap album
He's the king of black studies. There is none better. Sucka MCs can call him . . . professor! Sorry. The phenomena of rock stars trying their hand at acting, and vice versa, has never been pleasant. Now, celebrity academicians want- or at least this one from Harvard wants - to diversify? Isn't this talked about in the Book of Revelation somewhere?