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Artist Fahamu Pecou Pushes Role Models

Submitted by on January 20, 2010 – 7:14 pmNo Comment |

I Learned By Watching You

by Fahamu Pecou

http://fahamupecouart.com/

Ed Garnes, Dr. Cornel West, Clifton West photo:Shannon McCollum

This past Sunday, my good brother Ed Garnes hosted an intimate conversation with one Dr. Cornel West and his older brother Clifton. During the candid and insightful discussion, “Corn”, king of punchy one-liners, dropped quite a few gems on the eager audience. I found myself taking notes like I was in class. One of the most poignant observations made by Dr. West dealt with the fallacy of media and pop culture icons as so called role models for the rest of us. Dr. West said: “Your role model is not on t.v. That may be your inspiration, but your role model should be someone you can touch. You say Oprah is your role model, but if you need some advice or assistance, you can’t call Oprah.” I along with the crowd laughed and agreed.

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http://passageofright.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/ilearneditbwatchingyou/

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