Cornel West

Co-Host, Smiley & West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.  Dr. West has written 19 books and edited 13. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, CNN and C-SPAN, as well as on his dear brother Tavis Smiley’s TV and radio shows.

He has recorded three spoken word albums, including "Never Forget", collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert.  His recent spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s "Choices" (which won the Grand Prix in France for 2009's best jazz album), The Cornel West Theory’s "Second Rome" and Raheem DeVaughn’s "Love & War: MasterPeace".

In short, Dr. West's passion to communicate in a variety of public spheres keeps alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.