Cornel And Tavis

Last week, there were rumblings about Tavis Smiley’s PBS program, “Reawaking America.”  The program was designed to encourage politicians and citizens to deal with poverty in America, which continues to be ignored by the powers-that-be in Washington. In fact, in last year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama was the first Democratic president since […]

“This is not an anti-Obama poverty tour and I’m tired of hearing that quite frankly,” broadcaster Tavis Smiley told ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper today on his way into DC Central Kitchen in the nation’s capitol. Smiley and Princeton Prof. Cornel West have embarked on a lengthy multi-city Poverty Tour around the country […]

PBS radio host Tavis Smiley said that President Obama is the first president to not invite him to the White House, during an interview with C-SPAN Wednesday. “Once he got elected and my critique of him about holding him accountable to various things didn’t sit so well with him or the people around him, he […]

During a rally in Chicago Sunday, Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornel West, and Minister Louis Farrakhan criticized President Obama on his political base, and his alleged negligence to the poor. “President Obama should acknowledge the poor and come back home to his base — even if it means being a one-term president,” Farrakhan said to an […]

PBS host Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West went on CNN yesterday to talk about their nationwide “Poverty Tour” and President Obama. Instead, they got into a debate with CNN anchor, Carol Costello. Smiley and West appeared on “American Morning” and went straight on the attack of President Obama’s debt ceiling deal. “I think this […]

A new op-ed in TheGrio today by Jaquen Castellanos talks about the continuing attacks on President Obama by Princeton Professor Cornel West and talk show host Tavis Smiley. In an interview on CNN with Piers Morgan this past Wednesday, West explained why he previously referred to the president as a “black mascot” for “Wall Street […]

As I begin this letter I would like to say to Dr. West that I have the utmost respect and admiration for you. I have been and continue to be a long time fan of your work, your intelligence, and passion to assist the community…especially the underserved. As president and CEO of The Optimum Institute […]