Princeton University Professor Cornel West discusses the symbolic impact of a black president and the subsequent metamorphosis of the self-image of the United States and the psyche of black people.

“My God, the impact on children….it makes a big difference, that means the sky is the limit for them,” he says.

West points out that with the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States “the economics of greed, the culture of indifference to the poor and the politics of fear now come to an end.”

“It is a new day, it’s a great day, and here in America today it is a happy day,” he declares.

His recent book Hope On a Tightrope delves deeper into the importance of this transitional time.

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In order to watch history be made by President-Elect Barack Obama, singer Beyonce Knowles canceled a promotional tour in Japan for her upcoming album, I Am … Sasha Fierce.

“I said, ‘What am I doing? I’m completely making a bad decision,” she told the AP. “I have to go home, I’m gonna kill myself if I’m not home in America. I knew I needed to be here.”

Knowles, whose sister Solange has a 4-year-old son Daniel Julez, also expressed how Obama’s win affects her young nephew’s future.

“When we say [to Daniel], ‘You can do whatever, you can be whatever,’ it’s not cliche. You have no doubt that it’s not true,” she said. “I fell asleep crying and smiling at the same time. I woke up with mascara running and a smile on my face!”

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Adding another major magazine cover to his historic pile, President-Elect Barack Obama graces the cover of Time magazine, with the tag line: “Change Has Come to America.”

In a cover story titled, “How Obama Rewrote the Book,” writer Nancy Gibbs says:

Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope. Barack Obama never talks about how people see him: I’m not the one making history, he said every chance he got. You are.

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Lisa Bonet, who reluctantly returned to primetime in the ABC drama Life on Mars, says it took a lot out of the painfully “shy” actress, according to People magazine.

“To have my face reinstated in minds and homes once a week was an intense decision,” says the 41-year-old former Cosby Show star.

Bonet says she feels like she’s being “stalked” by paparazzi, who’re documenting her family life with actor Jason Momoa, with whom she has a 16-month-old daughter Lola and is expecting another child in January.

“As a shy person, that type of attention coming at me violates something,” she tells the magazine. “I don’t like that it’s expected to come with the territory.”

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