Brother West

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, talks about his life and his new memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (Smiley Books, 2009).


Dr. Cornel West

Comments [26]

perri from Brooklyn

Wow. Dr. West chose to read Wittgenstein over going to an Al Green concert? Now that's knee-deep.

Oct. 03 2009 08:39 PM
Stashun from Bed Stuy

cornell jest...

Oct. 01 2009 02:29 PM
Tara from New York, NY

Can we please stop with the "my brother" BS? It sounds so phony and contrived.

Sep. 30 2009 01:16 PM
Mike C. from Downtown Manhattan

Well, that was fun!

Sep. 30 2009 11:12 AM
hjs from 11211

peter 4
you're right he has not been 'silent '
i should have said "obama's STAND on gay marriage is shameful"

Sep. 30 2009 11:03 AM
john from office

The wows are the problem

Sep. 30 2009 11:02 AM
Karen OT10 from Westchester Cnty

Ludwig Wittgenstein was not a contemporary of Johannes Brahms or Gustav Mahler - they were at the end of their lives when he was a child. He and his brother had three siblings who committed suicide - what a Vienna - their father made his wealth by coming to America and copying our capitalist ways, bringing them to Vienna. Vienna was the high point of neurosis in the 1800's, the breeding ground of genius and had nothing in common with the African American experience politically, socially or culturally.

Sep. 30 2009 11:02 AM
merrill from NYC

two days of guests calling BL "brother brian."

Sep. 30 2009 11:01 AM
Chriss from NJ

The best is hearing Brian say, "WOW," after one of Brother West's riffs...

He gave us 3 "WOW's" in 12 mins.

A new record.

Sep. 30 2009 11:00 AM
Gary from UWS

Does Brother West care about rich WASPs on the UES too?

Sep. 30 2009 10:59 AM
john from office

what a pompous man

Sep. 30 2009 10:58 AM
lucy from brooklyn, ny

well said on Obama!

Sep. 30 2009 10:58 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Has West considered going to a university that does NOT cater the wealthiest Wall St brats?

Sep. 30 2009 10:58 AM
john from office

Brian does he have to rhyme

Sep. 30 2009 10:58 AM
James from Brooklyn

Could you ask Dr. West if he has a musical practice - plays an instrument or sings - besides talking and dancing (those are enough, of course)?

Sep. 30 2009 10:57 AM
Rory from Brooklyn

I can't understand how a guy with his level of erudition can be a religious believer.

Sep. 30 2009 10:57 AM
Susan from Kingston

This is one of the most uninteresting interviews that I have ever heard on the radio.

Sep. 30 2009 10:56 AM
john from office

What a pompous pseudo intellectual. If he were white he would not be on this show. Brian of course is blinded by awe of his intellect.

Sep. 30 2009 10:56 AM
Adelia from Harlem, NYC

Will Mr. West ever have a radio show of his own? I would be an avid listener!

Sep. 30 2009 10:56 AM
s from bklyn

seriously uninteresting interview.

Sep. 30 2009 10:56 AM
mozo from nyc

This guy is postmodern clown shoes.

Sep. 30 2009 10:53 AM
antonio from park slope

Brother Brian,

I heard brother West talking to sister Goodman on democracy now how he was disappointed with President Obama on appointing Larry Summers to a post in the administration..
Does he think that Obama did that to show some legitimacy? And does he think that he'll bring in some real progressive brothers and sisters if he has a second term.. i.e. Samantha Power, Paul Krugman etc..

Sep. 30 2009 10:39 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


Gay marriage is an issue for all law - national, state and local. If a state, any state, were to pass laws allowing slavery or the stoning of women, that would quickly become a national issue and handled under national law. Calling gay marriage a states issue is just a way for you to let President Obama off the hook for having bigoted policy.

I will add hjs that President Obama is far from silent on the issue of gay marriage. Obama has said time and time again that marriage is between a man and a woman. People then erupt with clapping and Obama is rewarded for being bigoted and for disrespecting the human rights of gays and lesbians. As you said, shameful.

Sep. 30 2009 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

obama silence on gay marriage is shameful, but I guess he has a lot on his plate right now, what with the olympics and everything else.
but gay marriage is a states issue as they control marriage laws. state governments will change those laws when the progressives do the hard work of getting true progressives elected. if you want to say it's a human rights issue then it's the supreme court's role to change the state laws when they violate the constitution.

Sep. 30 2009 10:27 AM
Patrick Wynne from Bronx

I'm interested in Professor West's thoughts on democratic socialism. What is his opinion of Michael Harrington and the prospects for building a left political structure in this country?

Sep. 30 2009 09:52 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

In 2003, Tavis Smiley asked Cornel West about gay marriage on NPR.


Mr. West painted those who oppose gay marriage as being conservatives and those who support gay marriage as respecting humanity. At the end of the conversation, Mr. West stated that he supports gay marriage. Does Mr. West think that President Obama is a conservative and that President Obama is disrespecting gays and lesbians?

The claim was (and probably is still) made by some that god approves of slavery. President Obama and Vice President Biden have publicly said that gay marriage is wrong because it goes against god. Does Mr. West have any concerns that President Obama is using the same argument to oppose gay marriage that folks used to oppose equal rights for African Americans?

Sep. 30 2009 08:12 AM

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