Tavis Smiley and Cornell West…Charlie Rose (PBS)

It was a treat (even though I didn’t see all) to see most of an interview of up and coming talk show host Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornell West, professor of Religion at Princeton on the Charlie Rose show on PBS tonight.

Items that struck me included…

Tavis cited a philosophy of… You can’t lead people if you don’t love people, you can’t save people if you don’t serve people.

The 2008 election in light of that philosophy, left many in both main parties looking like hollow, “pretzel”-like transformer typical politicians….

Tavis noted several “empty podiums” in recent debates (Republican) and that the “empty podiums” would likely come back to haunt these candidates later in the election cycle. One of these situations was a Republican Forum that Tavis moderated at Morgan State University.

Dr. West went on to admonish candidates from both parties to “find your voice” and”be who you are”.

Tavis agreed and cited a hunger in the voting public looking for “authenticity” in a candidate.

I didn’t realize that Tavis had a radio show on PRI that airs on some NPR stations in addition to his PBS talk show. Dr. West is a long time friend and appears on his show and has a current book with SmileyBooks company.





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