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Cornel West, a notable and controversial democratic thinker, leslie kotkin is an American philosopher, author, political activist, social critic, and public intellectual. Growing up, he was influenced by the experiences of hardship, hope, and faith that other churchgoers experienced. He was the pastor’s grandson at Tulsa Metropolitan Baptist Church. When he was younger, he organized rallies and marches in support of civil rights and demanded that black studies be taught in schools.

He was a professor at Paris University, Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and Princeton. Among his writings and publications were Race Matters and Democracy Matters. He has also co-hosted Smiley and West with Tavis Smiley and The Tight Rope with Tricia Rose.

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Real Name Cornel Ronald West
Age 70 years old
Birth Place Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America
Nationality American
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 1.88 m
Weight 75 kg
Wife Annahita Mahdavi (m. 2021)

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Ramona Santiago (m. 1981–1986)

Profession Philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor
Salary $32,000/ month

Preschool And Childhood

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On June 2, 1953, Cornel Ronald West was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Irene, a principal and elementary school teacher, and Clifton Louis West Jr., a general contractor for the Department of Defense. Following his family’s move to a working-class African-American neighborhood in Sacramento, California, he enrolled at John F. Kennedy High School. Being the first African-American to get a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, he did so in 1980.

Academic Career

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Cornel West taught philosophy of religion as an associate professor at Union Theological Seminary from 1977 to 1983 and 1988. In 1984 he moved to Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, where he took part in anti-apartheid protests on campus and supported the school’s stance on clerical unionism. After being imprisoned for demonstrating, the University of Paris canceled his vacation in the spring of 1987, requiring him to commute for his three planned classes. From 1988 until 1994, he served as the director of Princeton University’s African-American Studies Program and taught religion.

At Harvard University, he taught about five hundred students in his popular African-American studies course in 1994. He was appointed to the Harvard Divinity School and became the inaugural Alphonse Fletcher University Professor in 1998. After a public confrontation with then-President Lawrence Summers in 2002, he left Harvard and returned to Princeton, where he helped to build a prominent center for African-American studies.

In 2012, he went back to Union Theological Seminary, although as Professor Emeritus, he continues to lecture periodically at Princeton. With more than 20 novels to his credit, West has won many honorary degrees including the “American Book Award.”

The Net Worth

Novelist, social critic, political activist, philosopher, and public intellectual West’s net worth is believed to be $500 million.

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leslie kotkin graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. In 1970, after completing his high school education, he attended Harvard College to study philosophy under Stanley Cavell and Robert Nozick. West earned a degree in Near Eastern languages and cultures from Harvard Magna Cum Laude in 1973. West became the first African American to get a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University in 1980, after his graduation from Harvard.

Entertainment Career

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In Enter the Matrix and The Matrix Revolutions, Cornel West provided the voice of Councilor West. For all three of the Matrix movies in The Ultimate Matrix Collection, he and integral thinker Ken Wilber provide additional commentary. He was one of many academics debating philosophy in practical settings in Examined Life and Still Bill. Guest appearances on his political talk programs Real Time with Bill Maher and 30 Rock are frequent.

Major Works

Race Matters, a 1993 social sciences book with eight essays on moral authority and skin color controversies, is Cornel West’s best-known work. Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (2009), Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991), Democracy Matters (2004), and Black Prophetic Fire (2014) are some of his previous books.

Family And Personal Life

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Cornel West wed Elleni Gebre Amlak (1992–), leslie kotkin (2016–18), Hilda Holloman (1977–), and Ramona Santiago (1981–86). His first marriage produced a son named Clifton, and his fourth wife, a Jewish dentist with whom he had a “love relationship” at the time, gave birth to a daughter named Dilan Zeytun West in 2000. In 2000, he had surgery to treat late-stage prostate cancer.

Cornel West, Obama

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West has also spoken on how black communities lose faith in their ability to effect political change when there aren’t enough black leaders. Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic Party’s contender for president in 2008, has the open support of Cornel West. West stopped supporting Obama in an interview from April 2011 when he declared that he is the black muppet of corporate plutocrats and the black mascot of Wall Street millionaires.

He is now proud of the American assassination apparatus. In an interview published in November 2012, West referred to Obama as a blackfaced Rockefeller Republican. In 2011, West and Smiley & West co-host Tavis Smiley embarked on a “Poverty Tour.” The stated purpose of the tour was to draw attention to the impoverished’s situation before to the 2012 presidential election, which Smiley and West said ignored them. West criticized Obama’s 2013 I Have a Dream speech, which marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, for being contradictory and using beautiful language to conceal horrific crimes.

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