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Cornel West

Autor/a de Race Matters

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Sobre l'autor

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford mostra'n més College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Cornel West, 17 January 2008. Photo taken by Esther.


Obres de Cornel West

Race Matters (1993) — Autor — 1,809 exemplars
The Cornel West Reader (1999) 437 exemplars
The Future of the Race (1996) 217 exemplars
The Radical King (2015) — Editor — 213 exemplars
Black Prophetic Fire (1900) — Autor — 125 exemplars
Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Culture (1990) — Editor — 100 exemplars
African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (2003) — Editor — 50 exemplars
"Street Knowledge" 1 exemplars
Tragicomique Amérique (2005) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) — Pròleg, algunes edicions5,042 exemplars
Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (1992) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions435 exemplars
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson (1972) — Introducció, algunes edicions367 exemplars
Fires in the Mirror (1993) — Pròleg — 279 exemplars
Africa: The Art of a Continent (1995) — Introducció — 142 exemplars
Imperium in Imperio (1899) — Introducció — 117 exemplars
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars
Moral Issues and Christian Responses (1997) — Col·laborador — 83 exemplars
Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century (1997) — Introducció, algunes edicions61 exemplars
Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror (1997) — Col·laborador — 53 exemplars
Howard Zinn on Race (2011) — Introducció, algunes edicions44 exemplars
Cornel West: A Critical Reader (2001) — Epíleg — 33 exemplars
The Suitcase: Refugee Voices from Bosnia and Croatia (1997) — Pròleg — 29 exemplars
And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists (2017) — Pròleg, algunes edicions29 exemplars
Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King (2011) — Pròleg, algunes edicions18 exemplars
Race Traitor 10 (1999) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
All God's Children [2001 film] (2001) 2 exemplars


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I had a lot of trouble deciding exactly how I was going to review this book -- Frankly, there's so much material to cover that I won't get to most of it. First of all, I'm impressed by the density and complexity of the writing -- For that reason alone, I believe the author inherently knows what he's talking about. I appreciate Dr. West's objective assessments of various past and present states of affairs in the USA -- As well as his overall worldview. While I did read the entire book and also reread the first chapter ("Nihilism in Black America") -- My comments here mainly concern what I was able to glean from the prefaces, introductions and epilogue of this work.

Here are some highlights with regard to noteworthy content: (1) Imperial meltdown -- And how imperial meltdown = spiritual blackout); (1) (a) How we're living in a soulless time, in which everything has been commodified and monetized -- Particularly due to the inescapable influence of social media); (2) Bernie Sanders as a missed opportunity -- I'm in agreement with the policies promoted by Sanders, but I never voted for him, as I didn't believe he could win in a general election; (3) The grey area of commonality between Obama and Trump -- In terms of actions both presidents have taken in regard to furthering America's endless wars; (4) The obscene pentagon budget -- That could ideally be allocated to fund infrastructure, healthcare, house, education etc.

Dr. West also seems to be very open, fair and compassionate in his understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ community (I'm saying this as a white LGBTQ person who's always felt like an outsider in the LGBTQ community) & in recognizing how problematic sexism, homophobia and patriarchal attitudes can be -- Within more conservative sectors of the African-American community.

In Closing: Here's a quote from p. ix of this work [which relates to (1) (a) above]: "The major culprit of democratic possibilities here and abroad is the ever-expanding market culture that puts everything and everyone up for sale. The expansion of corporate power is driven by this pervasive commercialization and commodification ... Market activities of buying and selling, advertising and promoting weaken nonmarket actives of caring and sharing, nurturing and connection. Short-term stimulation and instant titillation edge out quality relations and substantive community."
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stephencbird | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Sep 19, 2023 |
I found this book to be a great introduction to MLK. We tend to associate MLK with Selma and the Civil Rights Movement, but gloss over the numerous other issues MLK stood and fought for.

Cornell West's collection is a great primer to this towering figure of history. In the collection of various essays, speeches and articles MLK had lent his voice to, we are given insight to his views on issues that are still (if not more so revenant today such as living wages, as well as his views on Capitalism, Communism, Gandhi, WEB Du Bois and Vietnam.

West's collection shows MLK's written word was every bit as potent as his speeches.

Anyone who has done reading on MLK will probably be familiar with the content and it's subject matter. Even so, this is a great collection and would be a good refresher for those already knowledgeable about MLK.
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melkor1917 | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jul 10, 2023 |
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pollycallahan | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Jul 1, 2023 |
I find it hard to rate this audiobook - the sections by Cornel West were a 3* (or perhaps even a 2.5*) but the sections that came straight from King's own writings were excellent, averaging 4*. Listening to King's words reminded me why he is such a role model to people of all races and ages.

One complaint: Due to the way the book was organized, sometimes there would be repetition (even word for word repetition) in back-to-back entries. This repetition would have been less notable if the writings had been organized differently. Despite that small complaint, I thought the organization was interesting. Below is a list of the contents with the narrator for each specified. West gives introductory comments at the beginning of each section plus before several of the individual entries (and of course again at the end though I suppose those couldn't be called 'introductory'!).

Part 1: Radical Love
1. The Violence of Desperate Men, read by Bahni Turpin
2. Palm Sunday Sermon on Mohandas K. Gandhi, read by Kevin R. Free
3. Pilgrimage to Nonviolence, read by Gabourey Sidibe
4. Loving Your Enemies, read by LeVar Burton
5. What is Your Life’s Blueprint?, read by Michael K. Williams

Part 2: Prophetic Visions
6. The World House, read by Colman Domingo
7. All the Great Religions of the World, read by Mike Colter
8. My Jewish Brother, read by Colman Domingo
9. The Middle East Question, read by Leslie Odom, Jr.
10. Let My People Go, read by Bahni Turpin
11. Honoring Dr. Du Bois, read by Danny Glover

Part 3: Nonviolent Resistance
12. Letter From Birmingham Jail, read by Leslie Odom, Jr.
13. Nonviolence and Social Change, read by LeVar Burton
14. My Talk With Ben Bella, read by Colman Domingo
15. Jawaharlal Nehru, A Leader in the Long Anti-Colonial Struggle, read by Kevin R. Free
16. Where Do We Go From Here?, read by Mike Colter
17. Black Power, read by Wanda Sykes
18. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, read by Robin Miles

Part 4: Poverty and Hatred
19. The Bravest Man I Ever Met, read by Michael K. Williams
20. The Other America, read by Wanda Sykes
21. All Labor Has Dignity, read by Kevin R. Free
22. The Drum Major Instinct, read by Mike Colter
23. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, read by Bahni Turpin
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leslie.98 | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |



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