Smiley and West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 To Visit Battleground States

Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley gear up for Povery Tour 2.0 in battleground states for this year's Presidential Election

Poverty Tour 2.0

A few years ago, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornell West took to the streets in what they called the Poverty Tour. It was meant to highlight poverty in the US and offer up solutions to the ever growing problems that we as a nation face today.

The tour met with mixed reviews but it did spawn a book co-written by Smiley and West entitled The Rich and The Rest of US, A Poverty Manifesto.  In their book they introduce 12 ideas that are said to be able to change the readers assumptions about poverty in the US and show them how to eliminate it altogether. As of today, Smiley and West have embarked on what has been dubbed, The Poverty Tour 2.0 to get the word out on this issue which they want to be viewed as “the defining civil rights struggle of the 21st Century.”

Along with a book tour that just wound down, Tavis and Cornell will be making four stops in key battleground states (PA, FL, OH, VA) to hoist their agenda into the spotlight for this election season. Because of their national recognition, this issue will get coverage on major networks. But it will make people rethink the American dream and where this country is headed if we don’t do anything about the 46 million Americans in poverty and the 150 million Americans that hover close to the poverty line year in and year out.

For more information on Smiley and West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 go to povertytour.smileyandwest.com

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts about their suggestions?

90 Responses to Smiley and West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 To Visit Battleground States

  1. nothing but a obama bashing tour, crabs in a barrel. where was this tour during the previous administration, they are simply trying to influence the election

  2. Why are they going to the battleground states on the eve of the election? The battleground states are not where the highest poverty rates are? They are clearly trying to influence the election. How? Which candidate do they plan to disadvantage? Which candidate do they wish to derive benefit from their tour?

    • @Obed

      You’re correct, if they were sincere about poverty they would go to Mississippi.

      Interesting how we have 41 days to the election and suddenly we have a return of the “poverty pimps” to suppress the Black vote in key battleground states.

      Everyone knows pimps never pay for anything out of their pockets, so my question in addition to yours, WHO IS PAYING FOR THE CHARADE?

      Is it the Koch brothers, WalMart, Karl Rove, Harold Simmons, Sheldon Adelson or Boyce Watkins (may bad, I forgot Boyce is the agent for Tavis and West who brokered the deal for the Poverty Pimp Tour) LOL

      Sell out a*s Negroes need to QUIT!

      • Sooo agree. The Left is paying these clowns and the thing about it. When they are done with these deceivers, they will chew them up and spit them out, because that is what white devils do to deceiving blacks after they have done their black on black attack for them. Dumb assets. I use to like Cornel. I never liked Tavis. So glad Michael Eric Dyson saw the light and got off their bought and paid, sell you momma for $2 train.

  3. Everything someones does is Obama bashing give it a break.Obama is a creep and Romey is a creep.Both these men aren’t going do anything but continue the agenda which is more austerity cuts and war!

  4. First of all to end proverty is to stopping buying what you do not need. Like a new ipad. Stay at home and help your parents who sent you to college, pay some rent. Everyone win. Save your money and buy your own house with a large downpayment.

    Buy from your local neighborhood to make it better. Downtown is what it is downtown and they do not care about your neighborhood. Stop spending money on credit cards that you do not have. Stay healthy, exercise and do some community volunteer work. Like cleaning up your streets.

  5. Intelligent black folk will not give these two Uncle Toms the time of day. I hope their bus has 8 flat tires in KKK country. Then they will learn what this election is all about.

    Shame on you Boyce, the third Uncle Tom, for giving these two flakes a platform.

    • why in the world are these two bashing Obama? Do these tours cause any real and positive change? I rmemeber “poverty pimps” back in the 70s. The same folks that were poor then, their children and grandchildren are poor today! No change, nothing better. Until they can prove they can turn things around, they both need to stay home!

      • they are merely trying to tell black people to stop voting like black rascist, and to stop conributing to their own demise

    • why would they need KKK country when your OWN HATE shows loud and clear??

  6. It’s time for black people to out these guys for what they really stand for. They are obviously being paid well to clown around like they really are fighting for the poor. And I’m so tired of every time something is said about the poor we always associate it with blacks; hello, there are also poor whites and every other races here in America. Poor has become an acronym for African Americans! West and especially Smiley have banked a lot of dollars with this “Poverty Tour” and their little platform for bashing Obama. It ills them and people like them that Obama made it into the White House. I just wish black people would listen to what some of these “black” activists say and compare it to what they actually do! That includes “Dr Boyce also; I don’t need any of these clowns telling me anything about the “plight of the poor”. Lol, Tavis always says “you know I have always been an advocate for the poor”….yeah, Tavis I know secretly you are hoping Obama gets re-elected so you can ride out the next four years on those fat checks your getting from the republican camp to be their black face publicly saying all the ridiculous mess they say behind closed doors and at their rallys that you don’t get invited to. And I wonder if West is gonna be upset if the Romney camp doesn’t give him enough tickets for the ball if he wins.

    • @Anna

      OUCH…that was nothing but the truth, the whole truth so help me God kind of truth. You shut it down!

      The only thing you missed, in the words of Russell Simmons at the end of each Def Jam show, “Thank y’all for coming out, God bless, good night.”

    • I agree with your comment!

      Tavis and West are getting paid by PBS (the media outlet that Tavis works for) and also AARP, who are funding their vacation, I mean trip around the country. Their last vacation was sponsored by Wal-Mart!!! DO THE MATH!

      These two negroids are no different from the negroids of yesterday. A lot of these so-called leaders, back in the day, also worked for caucasoids!!! One of them was a screacha, who sided with Margaret Sanger, who started ‘planned death hood’. She wanted to use a screacha, that could reach the Black public, and this screacher VOLUNTEERED to help her…’WE SHALL OVERCOME SOMEDAY’???

      You are correct, again. There are poor caucasoids, too, and MORE OF THEM ARE ON WELFARE, than ALL CULTures!!! This is why O’Drama never mentions the words ‘BLACK OR POOR’ because he knows, that the media projects Black people as POOR. This mullato doesn’t even mention the words BLACK in any of his speeches!!!

      We are being deceived, not only by O’Drama, but by West and Tavis because they are ALL Boule’ negroids. West quit working for that caucasoid university, so he can ride around the country and brainwash Black people. Tavis can’t do too much because they’ll fire him from PBS (The Tavis Smiley Show), if the does not include chili chokers and poor crackers on his tour.

      WAKE UP WE MUST DO FOR SELF AND STOP DEPENDING ON ANY OF THESE PUPPETS, WHO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT AKA wILLIE LYNCH!!!

      BOYCOTT!

      • And steve harvey, beyonce, and other black entertainers are being paid by democrats to trick your dumb azz into voting for him again

    • Dear Anna,

      You criticize Dr. Boyce the man that enlightens you on issues that you will never hear on mainstream media, and gives you the “Forum” to give feedback. Let’s be real most of the responses I read on this site is not a counter opinion, but character assassinations if you don’t like what the person says. The issue, Poverty is the real issue in this country and it’s getting worse. The majority of Blacks has always been in poverty, along with our white brothers and sisters in Appalachia. I am so glad that someone is speaking out about it, and historically it has always been a minority of some nature to speak out, (e.g. , Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Sitting Bull, and the list goes on. If not West and Smiley then who, do you expect a Politician to speak out against poverty? During his last State of the Union Address, the President failed to mention the plight of the poor; this had not been done in more than 40 years if I’m correct, even Bush respected the poor more than Obama

      I don’t know how much money Smiley and West are making, but I am sure that Wall Street will make sure that the president will never be poor.

      I am wholeheartedly in the belief that Blacks are EQUALLY DIVIDED AND QUITE WELL CONQUERED

      P.S: I suggest you read the book by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

      Lastly, don’t hold it against the brothers for speaking truth to power.

      • Thank you …. I appreciate the rational comment, amongst all the character bashing of West and Smiley and even Boyce…

      • The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

        The only chance that poor people have is for mitt romney to win this election and GIVE them JOBS, not some d**n welfare check that keeps them impoverished.

  7. Sometimes I wonder what Cornell & Tavis are trying to do. Are they out to castigate Obama? Or, are they the “Poverty Pimps” most people have become to think of them. Someone ought to tell Cornell West to take off that ridiculous black scarf he wears around his neck before someone chokes him to death with it. His “highbrow rhetoric” is sickening, disgusting and defeats any thoughtful dialogue he wants to portray. The analogy of the “carbs in a barrel” syndrome fits them perfectly.

  8. Both need to let it GO, the President is going to get a 2nd term.

    Why should the president trust either of them? Especially Travis who campaigned against Senator Obama for president up against Mrs. Clinton. We haven’t forgotten.

    So what TRAVIS! The president has not invited Travis to the White House. I wouldn’t either as noted for the antics Travis pulled against then Senator Obama, and then again AFTER President Obama elected.

    Grow Up Travis and its time to STOP being a Mommas boy-whinning and crying.

    • This thread is full of lies and misinformation. Most I let slide, but some I can’t. When did Tavis (not Travis) Smiley ever campaign for Hillary Clinton? What newspaper article or youtube clip can you produce that proves your point? What are these antics against Obama you talk about? There are none. TS was critical of Obama during the first election and rightfully so. He said long before Obama announced his run for president that he was going to be critical of the candidates from both parties whoever they were until they addressed the “black agenda” and most of the black leadership at the time were with him. It wasn’t until Obama was nominated and black folks fell head over hills in love with him and backed down from the hard stance Smiley wanted to take. Most then turned against Smiley for pushing Obama on black issues. I haven’t seen one instance where TS said I want Hillary Clinton to be the next president or campaigned on her behalf. Dr. West campaigned for Obama, but Mr. Smiley (the journalist) never campaigned for anyone.

      You don’t have to create lies to show your support for Obama. If you want to support him, that’s fine. But some of us are rightfully concerned about the condition of our people and feel the president could do more for our plight and needs to be pushed to do the right thing by us like all the other groups that have pushed him to support their causes. Smiley and West are right to keep up the fight for what’s right despite all the ugly lies and hate they get from our own people. God bless their work and protect them from the haters.

  9. Tavis Smiley has had his nose out of joint ever since Obama did not attend one of his State of Black America events. His massive ego has made him like a dog with a bone in his negativity about Obama ever since. He seems to be on a mission since then to find any way he can to undermine Obama. Does he realize that anything he does like this potentially erodes Obama’s base? Tell me how potentially putting Romney In the White Houe is going to help the poor!

    Smiley and West are so pathetically wrong in what they doing and don’t seem to see they are not just potentially undermining Obama, but that they have really hurt their own careers and reputations. Tavis even lost his good job on Tom Joyner’s show–and “his boy” Tom even put pen to paper and laid him and Cornell OUT!

  10. Their 1st stop should be in Chicago to stop the daily violence among our childen. Both can do so much good in our community; but this means they would have to get off the bus and be accountable. The President is the PRESIDENT of the whole country. We don’t stand up to people who disrespect President Obama. Why should he be the one to speak on Black issues and conditions? We have had 4 yrs. to grow and develop the next president instead of making things difficult for this one. Rommey and his type told you what he thought of us long before the 47% comment.

  11. I read all of the comments and I can honestly say that Black Blue Dog has some of the most ignorant, simple-minded readers I’ve seen in a long time. I’m glad these guys are out being a voice for the poor. When everyone is screaming middle-class, fewer and fewer Americans can even qualify themselves as middle-class. Most of you are under the illusion that you are middle-class when you are honestly poor. Stop lying to yourself! Most poor people go to work every day. Why not address the issues of the poor?

    Most of you have a sick, one-sided relationship with Obama and the democtratic party. You give him love and adoration and he returns it with silence to your pain and contempt for us as a people. You waste your time on blogs (like this one) talking about people who have sense enough to try to bring an issue close to black folks to the table. This is a president that is completely ignoring you, yet you continue to give him cover. This is a president who is too ashamed to say the work black in public. This is a president who didn’t hesitate to throw every prominent black administrator in his administration under the bus first chance he got. He never stands up for us. This is the same president who just said “I’m not the president of black folks” yet spends all his campaign energy cuddling up to gays and Latinos. But Smiley and West are the sell-outs??? They’re the ones under attack for trying to help the poor? For trying to help us? We have completely lost our minds! So far, they are best friends we’ve had this whole election season.

    For those of you too stupid to read or listen, both of these men said publicly that they are voting for Obama! They just want issues that concern us (black folks) on the forefront. Stop with all the silly, warmed over cliche’s and tired, black Obamabot anti Smiley and West talking points, get your heads out of your backsides and understand that helping the poor ultimately helps you!

    • So who are you voting for in this election? I have heard the POTUS use the terms “African-American community” in speeches by the way – more than once , I might add.

    • Amen my Brother…. Amen!!!

    • So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

      So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

      So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

      So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

      So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

      So both of them said they dont care for obama’s lack of interest in the black community but they’re still going to vote for him???? LOL LOL

      That’s like the SUICIDE PACT saying, I KNOW THIS KOOLAID IS LACED WITH ARSENIC BUT I’M STILL GOING TO DRINK IT.

      R ALL U d**n N8GGAHS BRAINS FRIED BY CRACK????

  12. Pimping poverty pimps!! You, Travis are a millionaire give and sponsor two or three families with your monies. And please buy Dr. West a new clean suit ,shirt and get him a haircut. Dentist too.

  13. I wonder what will these clowns say to try to presaude voters. All voters will be able to see through the tactic of Boyce, West and Smiley. If they were going to tour a poverty why not do it 5 years ago. This tour will not get Romney elected. The more tricks Republican try the higher the polls go up for Obama and God has his back.

  14. Rod, how do you define middle class and how do you define poor? What can President Obama do to help end poverty in the Black community that would not help end poverty in other communities?

    • Question 1: If you are black in America and you are not a preacher, rapper, or basketball player, chances are you are poor. If you are waiting for your next paycheck to pay your rent or car note, chances are you are poor. In fact, if you are getting a paycheck from someone else, chances are you are not middle-class, you are poor.

      Question 2: There is a lot that could be done to help urban centers in America. Encourage businesses to move in and bring jobs. Award stimulus money to black businesses. Spearhead revitalization projects across the country for older neighborhoods. Give incentives to businesses that hire ex-cons to keep them productive. There are many things that can be done, but we all know President Obama has no real interest in helping struggling black communities. And even if he did, he doesn’t have the courage and fortitude it takes to fight and make a difference. Nothing he’s ever done as president shows he cares about black folks enough to fight for us.

      • Thank you Rod.

        WGN News reported that he and eric holder bought a prison with federal govt money near Iowa to house black prisoners and create 1000 good jobs for the white folks of his white mother’s Iowa hometown. Quite frankly I think obama might be in the KKK. That’s a KKK move for sure.

        Thank you Rod.

        WGN News reported that he and eric holder bought a prison with federal govt money near Iowa to house black prisoners and create 1000 good jobs for the white folks of his white mother’s Iowa hometown. Quite frankly I think obama might be in the KKK. That’s a KKK move for sure.

        Thank you Rod.

        WGN News reported that he and eric holder bought a prison with federal govt money near Iowa to house black prisoners and create 1000 good jobs for the white folks of his white mother’s Iowa hometown. Quite frankly I think obama might be in the KKK. That’s a KKK move for sure.

        Thank you Rod.

        WGN News reported that he and eric holder bought a prison with federal govt money near Iowa to house black prisoners and create 1000 good jobs for the white folks of his white mother’s Iowa hometown. Quite frankly I think obama might be in the KKK. That’s a KKK move for sure.

  15. This is an example why people must think for themselves. You wonder why people are confused, we are still not together on anything..

  16. This is sad that these two sellouts are going anywhere near the battle ground states. They probably have been paid by the Republicans to do this. I hope they find what they deserve in one of those states. Who would want to hear what they have to say. It was fine for them to pimp Black people with the bullshit summit they had the Black covenant or something that they wrote a book about and nothing else transpired. everything they do is just about them making money. I hope they want to come to Baltimore we’ll listen…….

    • Have u considered they might be paid by obama himself to get him white rascist votes, who are glad to hear about his mistreatment of black people.

      Have u considered they might be paid by obama himself to get him white rascist votes, who are glad to hear about his mistreatment of black people.

      Have u considered they might be paid by obama himself to get him white rascist votes, who are glad to hear about his mistreatment of black people.

      Have u considered they might be paid by obama himself to get him white rascist votes, who are glad to hear about his mistreatment of black people.

  17. They both along with some others who will remain nameless (though you KNOW who you are) need to get their black a***s somewhere and sit the h**l down! Who do they THINK they are to interject themselves into this political race? Who besides the mixed up confused young blacks could they possibly reach, oops< that's exactually who they plan to target in efforts of turning them against the president!

    These punk a*s fools now think they have someone they THINK they can match! Where were they when all these white men were s******g down their thoats and offering them nothing more?? Why they all of a sudden have become outraged at poverty? Blacks have been in poverty since coming to America!!

    They are the newest versions of the house niggerswho's always looking for an opportunity for themselves at the expense of others. Just like niggs stepping on the necks of other blacks to make themselves appears an inch taller! WHY the h**l won't they spend their time , efforts and dollars encouraging young blacks to take advantage of the school grants made available to them by president Obama to prepare them for opportunities to get out of poverty?????
    Where were they when Affirmative Actions was being striped?? President Obama can not spend his time entertaining them, nor should we!!

    They THINK they are newsworthy, sure they get a second on national networks and a minute on local, but the truth is, they are very much a nonfactor in the whole of things, except in their own minds!!

  18. Rod I didn’t see your comments until I finished my previous comments. I would just like to ask you what in the h**l did you or any of these other fools take to Bush or the Republicans any time in history. Are you ignorant enough to think that your pain just started when you got a Black President. This man has given you access to health care this alone will save millions of lives and improve the quality of life for the people you are talking about. Have you seen any cooperation from the racist Left?? How is he suppose to solve all the problems that have been around for hundreds of years. Problems that non of you pro Black liberators said Jack about, including those two clowns you feel are looking out for your best interest and they had a platform. He had the man killed that suppose to have pulled off the 911 tragedy and lived for 9 years not to mention the troops he brought home when he ended the first war. I am just saying

    • A better question is where were you during all the Bush years. If you were paying any attention at all you would know that Cornel West and Tavis Smiley were giving Bush complete h**l during his tenure. All of Smiley’s SOBU conferences were attacks on Bush. Every time Cornel West spoke it was against Bush’s policies. In fact, CW came out with a CD that completely ripped Bush. Dr. West has always stood up for the poor. Now the Obamites seem to have selective amnesia when they try to make their senseless excuses for Obama. Either you are a Johnny-come-lately newbie whose only interested in protecting Obama or you are intentionally lying on these guys because they are critical of your god. Personally, I have no interest in fighting for politicians who don’t respect me or my vote.

      But to his credit, Obamacare is a flimsy start to what real healthcare should look like. At least it’s a start. Honestly, it’s good in the same way the state making you buy liability car insurance is good. The insurance companies will benefit tremendously. And Obama is certainly good for killing. Osama was high on the kill list and he did it. He even went and killed the leader of a sovereign nation just because he could. He’s still killing innocent people in Afganastan with drone attcks on our dime. If you want to give him credit for that… that’s on you.

      • So who are you supporting for POTUS on November 6th.?

        • I’m not voting for eiher one of those clowns. Neither one offer a platform that benefits me. I’m not filthy rich, white, gay, latino or jewish so neither one has given me a reason to support them with my vote. Why would I reward any candidate that ignores me with a vote? That’s not what intelligent people do.

      • Rod I see that there is hopeless case here. I will say this they did say something about Bush, however nothing like this bull. They did write books and articles just to make money check it out. I hope you see the light before the November election. I wish you well with your two pimps.

        • In reality, they’ve been more merciful to Obama than they were to Bush because he IS black (at least half black) and has to be more delicate considering how in love most black folks are with him. He would have it a lot worse if he were white.

          • Rod,

            Were you the bus driver on the Poverty Pimp Tour they did during the Bush years? Oh..my bad, couldn’t have been you because the tour never happened during the Bush years. Their hate, opps criticism (lol) seems to be a little stronger when a Black man is in the White House. lol

          • Applause for ROD…. Much respect for speaking the truth..

      • Good report again Rod. Killing OSAMA is why he was elected – mission 1, and mission 2 is to kill off this black american community.

        So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

        So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

        So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

        So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

        So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

  19. These pimps are pimping their own black race!! Here it is that you can’t get not one of them to so much as speak at a black function whether it’s community awarness or private UNLESS they charge far more than they are worth or it benefits their agenda!!!THEY GIVE NOTHING TO OUR COMMUNITIES, ALL THEY DO IS TAKE!!!
    I don’t recall Dr. King EVER charging to speak to people, these DR. KING WANNABES DO NOTHING WITHOUT IT DIRECTLY BENEFITING THEM!!YET THEY CHARGE THESE SAME POOR PEOPLE, EVEN ONES THEY HAVE BENEFITED FROM, ONES THAT HELPED MAKE THEM!! WHEN THEY COME THEY BRING THIER BLACK a***s TEARING DOWN RATHER THAN UPLIFTING!!!!

  20. Why they not coming to Texas and all the other Southern States with their hidden Jim Crow Laws if you going to take a battle then go where the fight is.

  21. I AGREE 100% ALL THEY DOING IS SELLING A d**n BOOK AND STAYING OUT OF AREAS WHERE THE REAL FIGHT IS DON’T BUY THESE SHAM CIVIL RIGHT SO CALLED LEADERS BOOK WE DON’T NEED THEM FAKE AS THEY ARE”

    “DR. KING WANNABES DO NOTHING WITHOUT IT DIRECTLY BENEFITING THEM!!YET THEY CHARGE THESE SAME POOR PEOPLE, EVEN ONES THEY HAVE BENEFITED FROM, ONES THAT HELPED MAKE THEM!! WHEN THEY COME THEY BRING THIER BLACK a***s TEARING DOWN RATHER THAN UPLIFTING!!!!

  22. Cornell & Tavis Smiley are a disgrace to the black community. They are tring everything in their power to upseat President Obama who is a president for all america and I take my hat off to him. If Tavis or Cornel was the president of the USA, they would be impeached or killed before their first 60 days. Do you think they would look back at the poor, I don’t believe so. Tavis has always been an opportunist and that won’t change. Shame on you, you are not respected in our communities.

  23. There are too many Obama lovers among Black people. Fools you make your mate show you love otherwise you will leave them so why don’t you show the same act toward your president? At least your mate know you. h**l obama resistance to saying Black tells me he don’t know much about who you are

    • So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.
      So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.
      So what did black america get for a negro taking credit for killing osama? What we got was hundreds/maybe thousands of black babies and boys paying the price for that dumb negro agreeing to do the white man’s job for him. Since they cant get to obama they’re killing everybody BLACK and shooting up everybody BLACK in chicago who looks like him, and the white man is enjoying it all.

  24. THESE TWO TEA PARTY CLOSETS ARE OUT TO DESTROY THIS PRESIDENT AS THEY WERE IN THE FIRST OBAMA CAMPAIGN. I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THEY ARE GETTING BIG BUCKS TO SABOTAGE THE POTUS, THEY HAVE TO HAVE SOME DEEP POCKET REPUBLICAN LIKE MITT THAT IS FUNDING THIS TOUR AND PAYING THEM

  25. We measure our personal relations all the time against what we believe to be what is right and best for our lives. Our condition demand we pay close attention to these relationships so why is it that we have a so called Black President and we want to measure him differently even though in many ways he has more control over those interactions in our personal relationships. If you don’t believe this to be true then why do you vote? Is it not true that we vote to create conditions for our personal satisfaction?

  26. Obama is for Obama and we need to grow up and seen this cheating lover for what he is. Janet jackson’s song “What have you done for me lately” is saying much more than what has Obama done for Black people at all because at least the song hint at some good deed or deeds in the past. Black people as all the varifiable stats show conditions are worst than what they were 4 years ago. Bush beat us into a near comma and Obama has refused treatment to us

    • THIS HAVE BEEN A THIRTY YEAR PLAN BY THE YALE UNIVERSITY…WITH GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH… BILL CLINTON AND YOUNG GEORGE BUSH…UNDER WHAT? TELL THE TRUTH….FIRST BLACK DO NOT HAVE LAND….LAND CREATE JOBS… REAL WORKING JOBS.. GET DIRTY JOBS AND WATCH IT GROW WHAT OR THE MEXCIAN DOING IN AMERICA WORKING ON THE LAND ALL THE LAND BASE JOBS…TO TAKE CARE OF THE FAKE WHITE MEN AND WOMEN JOBS SITTING AROUND DOING NOTHING..BUT GOING OUT TO LUNCH FUKING AND GOING BACK HOME….AND THEY GET ALL THE MONEY WHILE OTHER PEOPLE WORK…..IF THE BLACKS WANT DO IT THEN h**l THEY WILL DO IT…..AND THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAM ABOUT CONSTITUTIONS

    • OBAMA CONTINUED EVERY DIRTY ANTI-BLACK POLICY THAT BUSH PUT INTO PLACE. EVERY d**n ONE. HE’S A d**n CLOSET EXTREMELY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHITE MAN WANNABEE. EVERYBODY IN WHITE AMERICA KNOWS THAT MITT ROMNEY IS A MORAL MAN WHO WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT TO ALL THE PEOPLE – 100%. THE RASCIST WHITES WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME.

      OBAMA CONTINUED EVERY DIRTY ANTI-BLACK POLICY THAT BUSH PUT INTO PLACE. EVERY d**n ONE. HE’S A d**n CLOSET EXTREMELY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHITE MAN WANNABEE. EVERYBODY IN WHITE AMERICA KNOWS THAT MITT ROMNEY IS A MORAL MAN WHO WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT TO ALL THE PEOPLE – 100%. THE RASCIST WHITES WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME.

      OBAMA CONTINUED EVERY DIRTY ANTI-BLACK POLICY THAT BUSH PUT INTO PLACE. EVERY d**n ONE. HE’S A d**n CLOSET EXTREMELY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHITE MAN WANNABEE. EVERYBODY IN WHITE AMERICA KNOWS THAT MITT ROMNEY IS A MORAL MAN WHO WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT TO ALL THE PEOPLE – 100%. THE RASCIST WHITES WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME.

  27. I may be n a better position to comment on Travis because he from my home state and he did give Prairie View (HBCU) 1 million bucks to build a journalism school. He owns all the Marcos Pizzerias in this state(about 45) and it has provided a lot of jobs(and numerous black managers) . I met Cornell years ago, and he was hard on Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. They did say onMSNBC that they were voting for The Prez. I am too but I’m not happy because I too expect more from my Brother than a stranger(Romney) . To whom more is given, more is expected, right Bible Toters?…Ptah Ra

    • @Imhotep:

      Famous broadcaster Tavis Smiley has stiffed Texas Southern University because Smiley has not fulfilled a $1 million donation he had committed to give the school, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

      Texas Southern University had, in honor of the donation, dedicated and named the Tavis Smiley School of Communication, at the university, in his honor. Smiley promised in 2004 to donate $1 million and to raise another $1 million for TSU.

      These terms were radically different from the agreed upon terms, that Smiley had committed to meet.

      He also would no longer try to raise money from outside corporate donors, further poisoning the deal.

      • I remember reading about this. From what I remember, the school came to him and told him they were naming their journalism school after him. He then offered to raise $1 million for them. The school then changed leadership. The new leadership demanded that he pay up on the mil or lose his name on the building. At the time they demanded payment, he had only raised about $250k. Say what you want, but he still donated a quarter mil to TSU. Thats a lot more than most have given to a HBCU.

  28. Correction- Tavis ..d**n smart phones …lol. Hotep

  29. And let me be clear more for us older Freedom Seekers is just a spirit and tenacity to break and reduce the power of White Supremacy. But as my brotha Derrick correctly stated, Boule’ men can’t truly fight the power (PE), or they will be eliminated. If u Dnt believe me, when the Pres was elected the stock market was at around 6700. Its now well over 13,000. Sumbody’s getn fat. Ask urself black folks who? Ptah Ra

  30. U didn’t read my first text when I said ” I am too”. Voting for the Prez.

  31. But make no mistake I know where I stand and I and my family have to do for self ( I’m an old NOI, Wallace D Muhammad student and I know how to ride, kill or be killed for thr cause but I am well read and I understand that true “power ” is never given, u must take it and we black folks seem to not truly want to ” by any means necessary ” take it. Obama is(was) a radical. They didn’t lie. He learned from the streets of Chicago. But something has changed.Hotep

  32. I have family that attends Jerimiah Wright’s church. He is a fighter for power in Chicago and Obama was with him. But he dropped him and y’all know why. He is a radical. Its in there. I hope it comes out the next four years(if he wins) . PTAH RA

  33. The tour is meaningless in that the swing states are already in set in stone because the voters have already made up their minds which candidate they are voting for.West, Smiley, and Boyce should accept defeat and prepare a plan of attack for the POTUS in his
    next four years. Poverty will decrease as the economy gets better but the key is better education and training.

    • FYI – They call them “swing states” because they can’t predict which direction the voters in these states will go. States like Texas and Georgia will go republican this election. States live California and New York will vote democtratic. These states are set in stone. Swing states can go either way. That’s why both Obama and Romney are investing most of their resources and energy in these states. The media will spend a lot of time in these states and that’s Smiley and West’s reasoning for going to these states. They want to be in the most visible areas to highlight the plight of the poor.

      I don’t understand what you mean by accept defeat. Both of these guys already said that they were voting for Obama. They are touring to make sure the issue of poverty isn’t forgotten this election season.

      • @Rod, you say: They (West/Smiley) want to be in the most visible areas to highlight the plight of the poor.

        I think you meant to say: They want to be in the most visible areas to highlight the plight of the poor..SO THEY CAN GET PAID! lol

        • How much do you think they made off with talking to a room full of broke folks that got in free?

          • Sure Rod, they are doing it for free! They are so visible in the public that they must likely will not need the media to sell that book they wrote for the Poverty Tour. You know, the book that gives not one penny back to the people they are making money off of..the poor. In addition, I’m sure they’re paying out of pocket for gas, hotel, food, etc. lol

    • ARE THE MEXICAN EDUCATED BUT THEY ARE MAKING THE MONEY….LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE GOVERNMENT FUNDED MONEY

  34. I am so disappointed with these guys. The entire world knows that poverty exist and to what extent. Just bringing awareness to it does not change anything. We as humans are aware…all we have to do is open our eyes. Why have they not come up with a solution. Go into the poverty stricken areas with help, education, health care, food, housing shelter plans to help the poor. How much does it cost to fuel that bus? How many children could eat on just one bus fill-up? I say, if they put their money where their mouths are then that could make a difference.

    Put up or shut up…make a difference. Stop trying to take advantage of the most vulnerable of our population the poor. God help us all.

  35. Tavis has been upset with President Obama since 2008, when he would not take time off from campaigning to attend his “The State of Black America forum. SInce that date his entire life seems consumed with taking Barack Obama down. This is very personal for him. It presents a clear picture of who he really is,an modern day Uncle Tom. Dr. West is insulted because he was not invited to the after part. Presidet Obama was sworn in and West was not invited. I heard West express his displeasure about not being invited to Washington Mr Obama offered to send Michelle an Tavis refused to accept the offer. The comments in this blog accurately describe what this is about,

    • It’s time we put this tired old rehashed lie to bed. All the Obamites keep pointing back to this SOBU episode as the root of Tavis Smiley’s supposed anger toward the president. That’s not true. Barack Obama didn’t want to have anything to do with TS long before this event. When Obama found out Smiley was going to push him on issues important to black folks, he didn’t want was pushed out of Obamas circle. The idea that Obama couldn’t make the SOBU forum due to him campaigning is silly. What political candidate doesn’t want to be in front of a national audience? He just didn’t want to have anything to say to black folks that were interested in accountability to the black community. The whole idea for the forum was to have all candidates to discuss their vision for black America. If your claim is true that he offered Michelle is true, black folks should have been insulted. How can a presidential candidate that wants black support not show up to talk about black issues? But we are so backwards and hate ourselves so much that we were perfectly willing to accept a stand-in and not the actual candidate. What’s more, we get mad at Smiley for demanding that the actual candidate show up to state his opinion. What intelligent people would be satisfied with such disrespect? Did Obama offer to send Michelle to the Jews for the APAC meeting? h**l no, he respected their support, so he went himself. This year he even went to Telemundo and sat in the hot seat while Latinos grilled him. He did it cause he respects their support. But he tells us “I’m not the president of Black America.” When the NAACP sent him an invitation to speak at the convention, he told them I don’t have time for you negroes and didn’t bother to show up.

      Dr. West campaigned for Obama. He said while he was campaigning that he would be Obama’s number one fan, but once he’s elected, he would be his number one critic. This c**p about he didn’t get invited to a party is silly. He’s only doing what he said he would do.

      Smiley, to his credit, has been an advocate for disenfranchized people long before Obama came around. The negro class wastes more energy attacking him and Dr. West than they spend on matters that matter most to them like employment and poverty. Are we so stupid that we can’t understand poverty affects us a lot more than the poverty tour? We would really rather write lies and gossip about who Dr. West is made at than fight for the rightous causes he fights for?
      We have really lost our minds.

      One last thought. If you knew who Uncle Tom really was and you were looking to somehow insult Dr. West and T. Smiley, you wouldn’t call them Uncle Toms.

      • @ Rod,

        You’re seem extremely frustrated in trying to convert common sense Black people into agreeing with your opinions on Obama/West/Smiley.

        If you’re unaware, FRUSTRATION is a sympton of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome? From your post, I honestly doubt there is a cure for you. Sorry….

        • I’m not frustrated. I’m cool! I just do what I can to fight lies and ignorance. It’s really getting out of hand here. If I’m suffering from post-traumatic slave syndrome, judging from you posts, you’re suffering from still being a slave in 2012. You’re a slave to a politician. Malcolm said the house n***a would fight to defend the master quicker than the master would defend himself. That’s you! Obama is your master. Please, get some dignity and stop defending politicians. Emancipate yourself and learn how to think for yourself.

          • Hey Rod, judging from your comments, you’re the type of Negro who talk alot of pro black s**t about the white man, but the first in line for the rewards after the common sense Negroes have strategicly out smarted the white man. That’s me!

            If I’m a slave, you’re a sellout. How do I know, because you will not reject, nor rejecting now any of the rewards from the Obama administration. Your black a*s will be the first in line. You’re not turning down nothing, not even your collar on your shirt.

            My grandmother said there is more than one way to skin a cat. There were always Negroes talking s**t about taking the radical approach and standing up to the white man with force, but no where to be found when the white man came to kill. That’s you! Keep talking until it’s time for you to get in line. lol

      • @Rod: “If you knew who Uncle Tom really was and you were looking to somehow insult Dr. West and T. Smiley, you wouldn’t call them Uncle Toms.”
        =============================================

        I’ve been trying to tell Black folks for decades that Uncle Tom WAS NOT the bootlickin’, foot shufflin’, happy enslaved brother these crackers wrote in their books. He was the opposite! He tricked his slave maker to teach him how to read and write, then he went and taught the other slaves, but a ‘n***a slave’ by the name of Sambo, snitched on him, and he was killed, as you are aware!

        Uncle Sambo is the REAL bootlickin’, foot shufflin’, happy slave, who wanted Uncle Tom’s jobs. He and his slave maker beat the brother to death!

        I HOPE THESE NEGROIDS STOP USING ‘UNCLE TOM’, ALONG WITH CALLING THEMSELVES ‘minorITIES’.

        You know what’s up!

      • @Rod…. Whew!!! That some ether right there fam… haha.

        Especially the Malcolm X part… That was one of my favorite speeches

        props..

  36. I feel another vomit coming on.

  37. GREED!!! “TRYING TO BE DIFFERENT” “USING SOMEONE ELSE MONEY” “IT OUR MONEY ALLSO BUT THE WHITE PEOPLE GOT SO MUCH CONTROL OVER IT THAT CONTROL US AS PEOPLE” “REAL TRUTH”…AND THE PEOPLE THAT GIVE YOU THE MONEY HATE THE h**l OUT OF US BUT THEY DO IT BECAUSE IT THE LAW…..WHAT IF WE LIVE THE SAME IN EVERY WAY OF LIFE MEAN BUY ALL THE SAME THINGS “OK YOU CAN MAKE YOU SHIRT PURPLE” BUT LIKE THIS WE CAN CONTROL OUR MONEY AND PUT IT IN THE HAND OF PEOPLE THATS GOING TO CREATE JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES….WE CAN WEAR DIFFERENT CLOSE BUT MADE BY THE SAME PEOPLE SO WE AS BLACKS CONTROLL IT…SAME THING WHEN BUYING ELECTRONICS LET PICK ONE COMPANY LIKE SONY THEY MAKE EVERY THING YOU WILL NEED IN ELECTRONIC BUT THEY GOT TO BRING DOWN THE PRICE THIS IS NOW TO CONTROL TOGETHER ORGANIZE “ESPACIALLY WITH THE MONEY” ….THEY HAVE BOUGHT 35 MILLION MEXICAN HERE AND 25 MILLION OTHER HERE TO OVER THROW THESE LAWS…..WHILE BLACKS SIT WITH THERE THUMBS IN THERE AS…..”BLACKS GOT TO BECOME PRODUCER” NOT MUSIC AND TV THEY HAVE STOLEN ALL OF THAT……BLACK DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO INVEST IT’S MONEY INTO…WHAT IS A FOOD STAMP SYSTEM ? IT FOOD THATS GROWN AND PACKAGE THAT CAN BE REFIGERATED…..THIS IS THE FOOD STAMP SYSTEM…10 OF MILLION OF PEOPLE GET FOOD STAMPS WITH NO WHERE TO COOK THE FOOD THEY BUY IS COLD CUT FOODS AND SWEETS I KNOW I LIVE IT… THE FOOD SYSTEM IS THE MOST POWERFUL SYSTEM IN THE WORLD AND WHEN YOU ADD THESE OTHER TWO THINGS PACKING FOR LONG TERM AND REFIGING” “CAN YOU SAY STABLE”…THE WHITE PEOPLE ARE MAKING PACKAGING FROM TRASH “THEY CALL IT RECYCLING” THEY ARE MAKING CLOSE FROM TRASH…HOW TO USE THE PLASTIC BOTTLES…..MAKING PRODUCTS AND SUPPORTING THE PRODUCT WILL CREATE JOBS…THE RIGHT JOBS THAT WILL CREATE ALL OTHER JOBS “THINK PEOPLE” EVERY BLACK YARD SHOULD BE USE FOR GROWING FOOD OF SOME KIND AND WHEN IT ALL COME TOGETHER IT A NICE BITE….THE SPANISH MEXICAN PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE US BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT BY WHITY…..THE OTHER SPANISH FROM SOUTH AMERICA AND CUBA ARE OK THEY COME FROM REAL BLACK NOW…BUT THEY WILL ONLY SPEND THERE MONEY WITH THEIR PEOPLE ONLY…I’M FROM SOUTH CAROLINA…BEEN LIVING IN CALIFORNIA FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS…”"”THE BLOODS WAS SPANISH MEXICAN THE CRIPS WAS BLACKS FIGHTING FOR TERRORY TO SELL DRUGS IN A EXTREME HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM AT THE TIME”"” NOW THE WHITE EUROPEANS GOT THEM IN PRISON FIGHT AND KILLING EACH OTHER….

  38. Tavis Smiley has a hugh ego problem. President Barack Obama upstaged him and he can’t get over it! Tavis grow the f**k up and get over yourself; you’re not that important. Go sit your black superficial a*s down, you don’t give a d**n about black people, you just pimp them for your own agenda. If you really cared about them, you would take yourself into the black communities where there is so much black on black crime, and help lift the people up who are broken in their spirits, and in their and souls. At the end of the day, you are no better then Mitt Romeny who only cares about himself and the money that he’s obtain. P.S. That money don’t even belong to him or you. “The Earth is the Lord and the fullnest their of.” Naked you/he came into the world, and naked you shall leave. Nothing belongs to you, it all belongs to GOD! You are just steward over it. How are you using? One day, you will have to face the judgment seat, what will you tell God that you have done with what he has entrusted you with? Did you really help your fellow man? Especially in his time of need? Or was you just looking to be GLORIFIED? That’s what Satan, and you see what happened to him. He got kicked out of Heaven because he thought he was bigger than GOD!

  39. No, I have not red the book, and probably wont, but I would like to know what portion of the sales from the book, they contributted to the war on poverty?.It seem like most of the black leaders are just in the process for themselves to make money. Because I do not see much improvement in the black community. I hear the same stories every day, every year. When will black people start to take responsibility for themselve, and stop following the people who are just pimping them?.I am not in love with Mr. Obama’s policies, but I am not in support of any one working to help defeat him either.The white leaders have never done much for blacks either.
    The Civil Roghr voting Act, is under threat, because the whites who voted for it did not intend for blacks to really have the righ other wise they would have made it a constitutional amendment. The same for the affirmastive action, it was a stop gap, to shut blacks up, and they are dumb enough to fall for it.Well if you cannot think your way out of a paper bag, then you should stay in the paper bag.
    The problem with black people they always settle for crumbs. So eat crumbs.

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