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Instead, he tries to recapture it in the written word. Being unable to hear the music he loves, or listen to the great black preachers and others who exalt the spoken word, would have been tragic for West himself. So, he probably strongly identified with his character. The novel, however, was never published. While at Harvard University, West married and had a son, Clifton, born in 1977, named after his brother. That marriage and two more ended in divorce. He has a daughter, Zeytun, born in 2000.

A tall order, but those have been the guiding principles of his life. West was entertaining these thoughts as he arrived in Manhattan. He was surprised to find that the traffic was not as bad as usual. A good omen. It was going to be a lucky day! It was going to be even better if he and Elleni had time to stop at their favorite restaurant, Sweetwater’s, for soul food. That would depend on how things went with the photo shoot. He dropped Elleni off for an appointment in the uptown section of Manhattan.

And before he left Harvard University, he was able to work in the mailroom. Still, money was running out. While at the university, West also performed volunteer work. He worked with the Black Panthers in their breakfast and prison outreach programs. He had gotten to know about the Panthers while still in California, and they were a big influence on him. The Black Panthers had gained a bad reputation because they spoke in favor of revolution and violence and carried firearms. Yet, they also had some very good programs to help the needy.

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