This week, we’re celebrating the Oscars by speaking to stars from three breakout movies of the season. Barry Jenkins, Director of the Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Moonlight’, Octavia Spencer talks about playing mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the hit movie, ‘Hidden Figures’. Mykelti Williamson reflects on his role as Gabriel Maxson in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play, ‘Fences’. Listen Now
Tavis Smiley has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gulfport, Mississippi (PDF).
Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Known as one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, he is the author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, which changed the course of America’s dialogue on race and justice, the New York Times best seller Democracy Matters, and Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom. His latest book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto co-authored with Tavis Smiley takes aim on economic injustice in America.
He is the recipient of the American Book Award and holds more than 20 honorary degrees.