There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The first outing of Cornel West and Kelvin Shawn Sealey’s Obsidian Society, Restoring Hope, features interviews with what the Harvard savant considers a myriad of racially conscious artists, politicians, and business folk from Harry Belafonte to Patricia Williams. The book claims to aim at the future of African-Americans and calls for courageous leadership and action in a public-relations democracy. Sen. Bill Bradley, the only Euro-American interviewee in the book, gives a burning commentary on white-skin privilege. Haki Madhubuti’s tale of becoming a black African is enough to rouse the zealot in any conscious activist. But the book’s title is something of a misnomer. Save the thirtysomething Winston Marsalis, West and his friends talk more about young people than to them. Without any young African-Americans’ perspective on the future of the black race, the subject seems a bit abstract. Maybe West will get their input today at 2 p.m. at George Washington University’s Marvin Center Ballroom,
800 21st St. NW. $5. (202) 429-9272. (Reginold Royston)