Cornel West is a philosopher, academic,
activist, author, actor, critic, and prominent member of the Democratic
Socialists of America. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his
PhD at Princeton University. The author of numerous books and articles, he is
best known for his three New York Times bestsellers
Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Rich and
the Rest of Us, co-authored with Tavis Smiley, as well as his memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
He appears frequently on the Bill Maher
Show, Colbert Report, CNN, and C-Span; he has also appeared in over twenty-five
documentaries and films, including Examined
Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk, and Stand.