A Night With Dr. Cornel West


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Media personality Tavis Smiley to host a listening experience in honor of Dr. Cornel West’s first
infusion album on Hidden Beach Recordings, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations.
Los Angeles, Dec. 4, 2007 — Tavis Smiley and Hidden Beach Recordings will host a black carpet
affair featuring renowned professor Dr. Cornel West in his latest novel approach at empowering our
community through word and song on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007.
This listening experience, titled “Never Forget,” (appropriately named after Dr. West’s most recent
album, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations) will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Element,
1642 N. Las Palmas, Los Angeles, CA 90028. The black carpet proceedings will commence promptly
at 7:30 p.m., and will showcase a special performance by both Dr. West and Smiley from 9:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m.
Dr. West is elated to share with his friends and followers that he has found a new record label home at
Hidden Beach Recordings (HBR), an independent label with commitment to cultivate and distribute
inspiring, spiritually-edifying soul music.
This occasion will allow attendees to experience Dr. Cornel West’s vision first hand as they sample
various songs and excerpts from Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations. Dr. West’s album, which
was released via Hidden Beach on August 14th of this year, is a stimulating infusion of soul, hip hop,
and socio-political dialogue. The album includes collaborations with musical moguls such as Prince,
Andre 3000, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Black Thought and many more. Dr. West, author of the
American classic Race Matters, has taken this opportunity to highlight the African American musical
imprint on American history while tactfully empowering our youth to help affect change in our
underserved communities! “I think the younger generation, you see, they look at me and they say, ‘What
is this old brother doing in hip-hop?’ And I say, ‘Well, I am the Curtis Mayfield, Stax, Motown, Philly sound
version of hip-hop.’ So I consider myself in the hip-hop community.”
Admission for the event is free for individuals who RSVP at http://www.youthtoleaders.org/rsvp while
space is available. A $20 donation will be requested at the door the day of the event for attendees
who did not RSVP.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tavis Smiley Foundation, a non-profit Smiley founded to
provide leadership training and development for youth ages 13-18. To date more than 6,000 teens
have participated in the foundation’s Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences.
One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since
childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive
politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” Currently the class of 1943 Professor at
Princeton University, Dr. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.
Dr. West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its
official spokesperson, as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films.
The Tavis Smiley Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tavis Smiley to enlighten, encourage, and
empower youth by providing leadership skills that will promote and enhance the quality of life for their lives, their
community and the world. Since its inception, more than 6,000 youth have participated in the foundation’s leadership
workshops and conferences. The foundation is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit http://www.youthtoleaders.org.
Tavis Smiley is the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, and the author/editor of 11 books,
including the New York Times best-sellers The Covenant with Black America and What I Know for Sure: My Story of
Growing Up in America, and THE COVENANT in Action. Most recently, Smiley made history for executive producing the
much talked about “All – American Presidential Forums on PBS.” This production marked the first time that panels
comprised of journalists of color were represented in primetime television conducting presidential debates. For more
information, visit http://www.tavistalks.com.
Press & Celebrity RSVP
Susan Pinckney
The Smiley Group
323.290.4690 ext 260
Tavis Smiley Foundation
Vonda Paige
323.290.4690 ext 229


~ by nusoulmagazine on December 5, 2007.

One Response to “A Night With Dr. Cornel West”

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