Dr. Cornel West

The Urgency of Now – A Reflection on African American History Month 

What time is it? It’s time to re-engage the fierce urgency of now and continue pressing forward on the issues of the day. It is time to stay involved, focused, and intentional in preventing voter suppression. It is time for truth telling about the heinous and abominable side of American democracy. We have no time to relax.

Trailblazers Honored at Pepperdine Urban Initiative 2.0 Community Dinner

  The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) held an Urban Initiative 2.0 Community Dinner in Marina Del Rey recognizing Trailblazer Alumni Honorees who have worked tirelessly within their communities for the last 30-40 years. This event was the brainchild of Dean Helen Easterling Williams, the first African-American Dean at Pepperdine University, who wanted to acknowledge where Pepperdine started on 79th and Vermont in Los Angeles and to remind everyone that “We are still here in the Los Angeles community, and we have never left.” The President of Pepperdine University Jim Gash, his wife First Lady Joline

The Price of Black Disunity is Much Too High

The negative implications of disunity are clear though largely ignored, even though now, more than ever, Black unity on political, economic and public policy issues is crucial-not just for forward progress, but our very survival. Today’s column takes a closer look at Black disunity and the need to come together to develop strategic alternatives for concrete sustainable change.

Blacks Must Not Be Chained to Traditional Politics

Increasingly tough issues facing Blacks in the 21stcentury underscore the need for new and more effective leadership: It follows that new, client and community-oriented political and economic strategies are a must. Since partisan politics is neither designed nor particularly concerned with improving Black life, new thinking and new political alignments that better serve their interests are necessary.

Ephesians New Testament Co-hosts MLK Celebration

Ephesians New Testament Church and the City of Fontana will host the 30th celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in Fontana on January 13, at 4 p.m., at Mountain View Church, 8833 Palmetto Avenue. The featured guest will be Dr. Cornel West, a prolific philosopher, author, scholar and activist. Also, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, a 7-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Award winner, will perform. The free celebration will be open to the public. For more information, visit ephesianschurch.com or call phone number (909) 823-2310.


Ironically, calls for Black solidarity and achievement are often modeled on myths of Jewish unity as both groups respond to American racism