Help Us Stay Paywall-Free

Democracy depends on the free exchange of ideas. Help sustain it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Cornel West

Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. He has published over twenty books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.


When Desmond Tutu reconciled African theology and Black theology.

Panashe Chigumadzi, Cornel West

A transcript of our panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Elizabeth Hinton, Robin D. G. Kelley, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Brandon M. Terry, Cornel West

On the tenth anniversary of radical historian Howard Zinn’s death, Cornel West opens up about their friendship and what Zinn would have made of the decade—including whether he would have voted for Bernie.

Cornel West, Mordecai Lyon

Cornel West and Deborah Chasman discuss the disproportionately white publishing world, the responsibilities and burdens of public life, and the predicament of black intellectuals today.

Cornel West, Deborah Chasman

Remembering James H. Cone, a founder of Black liberation theology.

Cornel West

Cornel West on Martin Luther King, Jr., hope, and the future of activism.

Cornel West

A roundtable with bell hooks, Cornel West, and more.

Eugene F. Rivers III, Margaret A. Burnham, Henry Louis Gates, Jr, bell hooks, Glenn C. Loury, Cornel West, Anthony Appiah

"A tremendous resource in this time of chaos."

We publish leading scholars, activists, and writers on the most pressing political debates of our time.

But as a small nonprofit, we rely on reader support. Will you help support bold thinking about a more just world?

"An indispensable pillar of the public sphere."

That’s what sociologist Alondra Nelson says of Boston Review. Independent and nonprofit, we believe in the power of collective reasoning and imagination to create a more just world.

That’s why there are no paywalls on our website, but we can’t do it without the support of our readers. Will you make a tax-deductible contribution today?