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The Tightrope Podcast – w Dr. Cornel West & Prof Tricia Rose

June 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B Du Bois observes that “the Nation has not yet found peace from its sins; the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land.” The state of our nation today is not far from the one Brother Du Bois describes. During this time of civil unrest, pain, and confusion, it is imperative that we come together as a thinking and feeling people so that we may find a better way to move forward.

In hoping to provide one such forum for Socratic inquiry and reflection, I am excited to announce the release of The Tight Rope, a live virtual podcast that my dear Sister, Professor Tricia Rose, and I will be co-hosting. Sister Tricia is the Director of the Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, and together we will take time to welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators in rich dialogues on topics ranging from pop culture, art and music, to the contours of systemic racism, philosophy, the power of self-examination, and the possibilities of a peaceful and just world. 

This week, we are recording our pilot episodes, and I invite you to become members of our live virtual audience to engage with us in Q&A, give us feedback, and cultivate resilience as we welcome honored guests. The full schedule will be posted below; please go to www.thetightropepodcast.com to register and reserve your place. 

Stay strong!

Cornel West

Please join us for one or more taping!
Don’t forget to register

Thursday, June 4th


  • @12pm EST– “Purple Rain:” A conversation between our hosts about the legacy of Prince, Black music, resilience, and healing. 
  • @2:30pm EST– 2x NBA champion, Isiah Thomas

Friday, June 5th 

  • @1pm EST– activist & filmmaker, Gina Belafonte
  • @3pm EST– Hip-Hop artist & activist, Lecrae
  • @5pm EST– documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore 


June 4, 2020
12:00 pm