Two Black Giants-1) BILL RUSSELL (2010), 2) CORNEL WEST (2009)

Written on August 5th, 2022
The greatest winner in the history of team sports, BILL RUSSELL died this week at 88. Russell’s Celtics won 11 NBA championships in his 13 years. He was voted MVP 5 times by his peers, was the first Black head coach in a major US sport, and his legacy as a man of principle may be even greater than as an athlete. Here’s my 2010 conversation with ARAM GOUDSOUZIAN on his book, KING OF THE COURT: BILL RUSSELL AND THE BASKETBALL REVOLUTIONIn the second half, you’ll hear my 2009 conversation with CORNEL WEST, teacher, philosopher, author, activist, and public intellectual on his memoir, BROTHER WEST. One of my favorite all-time guests. West entered Harvard College a few months after Russell’s retirement from the NBA.

Q&A: CORNEL WEST, Author, Educator and Philosopher

Written on October 15th, 2009


Aired 10/13/09

More than just a reflection on his life, Cornel West says his new memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud is "an intensified dance with mortality." Following West's diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer -- now in remission -- he decided to write about his life in a way that might touch other souls. West calls the memoir his "most unique, delicate and difficult book to write," requiring him to "examine the dark corners of [his] soul...It is a life-transforming experience to write about your life."

Cornel West, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. He's produced 3 CDs of music and spoken word, offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show, and is the author of several books, including Race Matters; Democracy Matters; Hope on a Tightrope; and his latest, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.