Cornel West on his “Uniform”

Cornel West on his “Uniform”

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and…

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John Henrik Clarke Remembered

John Henrik Clarke Remembered

DR. JOHN HENRIK CLARKE — JANUARY 1, 1915 – JULY 16, 1998″A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” ~John Henrik Clarke “I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world…

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A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Greek mythology might sound like an obscure area of study, as if it is only relevant to wizened old professors in posh offices at Ivy League schools.  Or perhaps you associate the topic with vague memories of sensationalized Hollywood summer movies.  Ancient Greek culture, however, contributes much more to the modern world than we might realize. The influence of the Greek mythology on western civilization…

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Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Back when I was in high school, a mentor of mine gave me a copy of a small book that I’ve read and re-read several times over the years. The Art of Worldly Wisdom or The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence, is a book of 300 maxims and commentary written by a 17th century Jesuit priest named Baltasar Gracián. Considered by many to be Machiavelli’s better in strategy and insight, Gracian’s maxims give advice on how to…

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“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse. From the punishment of defenseless Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, to the domestic and racially motivated assaults that run rampant today, American history is shown to be permeated by cycles of violence fueled by guns, whiskey, prejudice and greed. Using…

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Peter Joseph – The Big Question

Peter Joseph – The Big Question

Peter Joseph is an American born Musician, Filmmaker, Author and Activist; best known worldwide as the creator of the controversial and award winning “Zeitgeist Film Series” and founder of the “The Zeitgeist Movement”, a social sustainability advocacy group which currently operates in over 70 countries. He is also the curator for the Annual Zeitgeist Media Arts Festival and is on the Advisory Board/Steering Committee for “Project-Peace on Earth”. Joseph lectures around the world on the…

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Like It Is with Gil Noble (Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan & Dr. John Henrik Clarke)

Gil Noble is a true icon, an iconoclast if you will. He began at Ch. 7 in 1967 as the weekend nightly newscast anchor. A year later he became host and producer of Like It Is, which quickly became an important outlet for area viewers to get information on topics important to the African-American community. The show remained Noble’s only focus since 1986. And although Noble has shows and interviews on hard news topics like…

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“The Great” Al Davis Dies at 82

“The Great” Al Davis Dies at 82

Al Davis, the irascible owner of the Oakland Raiders whose feuds with the National Football League reshaped professional football over the last half century and helped spur its rise to pre-eminence in the landscape of American sports, died Saturday morning. He was 82. The Raiders said he died at his home in Oakland, Calif. Before there were sports franchise owners like George Steinbrenner, Jerry Jones or Mark Cuban, there was Al Davis, outspoken and brash,…

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Talib Kweli Joins The Occupy Wall Street Protest

The American Dream has been stolen from the world. Workers are told that they aren’t allowed health care, shelter, food. Students are told that they aren’t allowed jobs, and that they will be in debt for the rest of their lives, unable to declare bankruptcy. The 1% has destroyed this nation and its values through their greed. The 1% has stolen this world. We will not allow this to occur. The Occupy Wall Street Site

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Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.   You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They…

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SERENITY Part 1

SERENITY Part 1

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. ~Thomas Szasz The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. ~ James Allen A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. ~ Wayne Dyer

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Rule By Secrecy: Jim Marrs Full Movie

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Marrs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966 and attended Graduate School at Texas Tech in Lubbock for two years more. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where beginning in 1968 he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe and the Middle East. After a leave of…

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Steve Harvey says Uncle Toms are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

ThyBlackMan.com) Steve Harvey has decided to throw himself into the ring as a critic of the Poverty Tour of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.  This week on his syndicated radio show, Harvey went in on West and Smiley in ways that turned heads. “I was a huge fan of Cornel West,” he said. “Tavis, I seen him coming a mile away. His anger started when he had a town hall meeting, President Obama couldn’t come…

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Your Mountain is Waiting

Your Mountain is Waiting

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” ~Dalai Lama

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Lyrics to Go!

Lyrics to Go!

“It’s a must that I bust any mic you’re hand to me, It’s inherited, it’s runs in the family I wrote the rhyme that broke the bull’s back, If that don’t slow ’em up, I carry a full pack. Now I don’t want to have to let off, you should of kept off You didn’t keep the stage warm, step off! Ladies and gentleman, you’re about to see A pasttime hobby about to be Take…

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