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Cornel West
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    (June 2, 1953- )
    Wrote 'Race Matters,' 'Prophesy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity,' 'The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country,' 'The War Against Parents,' 'Jews & Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America' and 'The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism'
    Appeared in 'The Matrix Reloaded' and the video game 'Enter the Matrix' as Councilor West
    Recorded the album 'Sketches of My Culture'
    He recorded a rap album with Derek D.O.A. Allen.
    He has been accused of having a huge ego.
    Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. described his work as, '…tending[ing] to be 1,000 miles wide and about two inches deep.'
    He resigned his professorship at Harvard after feuding with it's new president, former Clinton appointee, Lawrence Summers.
    Instead of leaving graciously, when he quit he was quoted as saying, 'Larry Summers strikes me as the Ariel Sharon of American higher education.'
    Summers was upset with him for focussing more on his outside ventures than subjects of academic importance.
    It only took him three years to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard.
    He is known as being a teacher who can communicate with any student and genuinely cares about each one of them.
    He is one of the most well respected living scholars of pragmatism and Friedrich Nietzsche.
    He has written on the importance of democracy in both our political system and each individual's everyday life.
    The Wachowski Brothers credited him as being one of their main influences while writing 'The Matrix' and included him in the film's sequels.
    Along with Michael Lerner, he is trying to heal relations between African Americans and Jews.
    The songs on his album all have positive messages.
    He is currently battling prostate cancer.

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