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I have the utmost respect for Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. Their accomplishments are vast. Dr. West, an academic philosopher at Princeton University, has for decades spoken up for the poor.

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Media helped inflate the birther storyupdated: Mon May 02 2011 06:05:00

We witnessed a low point in American political discourse this week when President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate. While some might hail this as a show of transparency by the White House, we know the truth: President Obama was beaten down by conspiracy theory bullies who will never be satisfied by any sort of documentation, no matter how official.

Tracy Morgan credits teen son with saving himupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 18:26:00

Actor Tracy Morgan's riding high, but the actor-comedian said that -- thanks to his teenage son -- he's not driving high.

Commentary: Don't hold Obama to race agendaupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 13:48:00

It seems Tavis Smiley has been irritated with Barack Obama for a long time. Smiley is perhaps the most recognizable African-American journalist in the country. He is a fixture on radio and television, and has authored several books that are best-sellers among black readers. Prince Talks about His Struggle with Epilepsyupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 15:09:00

The reclusive singer opens up for the first time about his childhood seizures

Obama takes heat for skipping State of the Black Unionupdated: Sat Feb 23 2008 21:44:00

The annual State of the Black Union forum boasted a number of famous attendees in New Orleans on Saturday, but this year's event received much more attention for who wasn't there.

Clinton in New Orleansupdated: Sat Feb 23 2008 21:44:00

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks Saturday at the State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Not up for debateupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 05:00:00

GOP front runners for the White House will not attend a minority focused debate on Thursday. CNN's John King reports.

Commentary: Why is the GOP scared of black voters?updated: Wed Sep 26 2007 10:14:00

That's right, I said it. And I mean it.

Commentary: All-American forum failed to address Hispanic issuesupdated: Tue Jul 03 2007 00:30:00

Imagine a presidential debate where the moderator, as well as the panelists posing the questions, are all journalists of color.

Smiley tackling black issues to make 'all of America better'updated: Tue Feb 13 2007 17:23:00

Later this year, PBS will host two presidential forums, and the moderator might be a new face to many Americans.

Landmark desegregation ruling rememberedupdated: Sat May 15 2004 22:14:00

Civil rights activists gathered in Washington on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, but warned that America has not done nearly enough to fulfill the ruling's promise.

showbuzzupdated: Wed Mar 24 2004 11:43:00

Jim Carrey says he couldn't have played the lead role in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" if he hadn't been through some painful relationships.

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