Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dr. Cornel West, Pop Icon?

As a nod to Black History Month, MTV has named Dr. Cornel West, Princeton professor of religion and African-American studies, as its Artist of the Week. Often, the Artist of the Week title is reserved for new artists or artists with upcoming special projects and releases. As the majority of MTV's viewers probably have no idea who Dr. West is, and may know even less about his theories on race and global politics, this came as a surprise.

But Dr. West is an artist in his own right, having released two spoken word albums, and frequently rubs shoulders with performers and producers in the hip hop industry, making him a perfect candidate for this honor from MTV. His voice is a nice alternative to what the station normally shows from hip hop artists, and his message is more "true" to the original function of hip hop: expression of grievances regarding government and society. Despite the generational differences between himself and his target audience, at least as an MTV week-long celebrity, the youth could learn quite a bit from Dr. West, and I'm glad to see that the people working in MTV programming recognized that.

Previous Artists of the Week for Black History Month include Lupe Fiasco and black hardcore band Bad Brains.

- Wendi Muse


Wayetu said...

I definitely noticed him last night on MTV speaking to some bewildered looking children during commercial breaks.

qishaya said...

abercrombiefitch.uk.com propose Concise design model, whether it is Abercrombie fitch or a shirt, jacket is a good array oh.Ultra-Zan’s pants manner. buy Abercrombie Make up your body a little less than the curve.Abercrombie sale Easily with any clothing, different shoes and boots with different styles. Both kind, genial comfort, you can also cool very special Abercrombie .Designed to highlight hurtful the chest, waist and hip, quite close, sexy extraordinary.Companies consider the use of at least 4 time in-gravity Japanese market. Ginza stockroom Abercrombie & FitchAbercrombie Sweaters may be the most costly ever built one of the flagship storeroom, flagship stockpile in cheap Abercrombie compared to superior construction expenses for 1800-2000 million. The circle spokesman said in Tokyo supplies opened for the Abercrombie & Fitch's worldwide growth policy in provisos of a very important measure. Ginza supply is the circle's first mass in Asia, the business campaign to open next year in Fukuoka, Japan, out of a moment Asian restaurant. However, abercrombie stores the spokeswoman did not disclose more shop list.present high level and high assess clothing for youngsters. The food extended of Abercrombie and Fitch embrace not only casual wears,breitling watches, shirts and dresses for the youngsters but it also includes luxury matter such as perfumes and discount Abercrombie accessories. The new limit of yield from Abercrombie and Fitch has superb designs for kids and teenagers. The strain is also recognized for its advertisements,model watches, where you have physically attractivpoorly clad men and women, who begin vigorous, abercrombie outlet enthusiastic, smart and outgoing.Abercrombie 2010