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True Detective Star Colin Farrell on the Pitfalls of 'Purge Acting'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
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Farrell shares how he has learned to resist forcing too much of his own life experiences into a performance, so as not to make it an exercise in what he calls "purge acting."

Songwriting Icon JD Souther on the First Time He Met 'Muse' Linda Ronstadt

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
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The recent inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame has penned numerous hits for some of music's most celebrated acts, including The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks, and his dear friend Linda Ronstadt. A talented recording artist in his own right, he's out now with his eighth solo album, entitled Tenderness.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Andrew Cohen on Whether JFK Gets Too Much Credit on Civil Rights

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
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Kennedy's June 11th report to the American people on race is often credited with setting the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the clip below, Andrew and I debate whether President Kennedy deserves the praise that historians give him on civil rights.

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
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Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.

Tavis Smiley: Killer Mike on Why Blacks Should Stop Forgiving and Start Demanding Action

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
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Tonight, I'm joined by Michael Render, a.k.a. "Killer Mike." The prolific rapper and influential activist is one half of the popular hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, whose critically acclaimed album, Run the Jewels 2, was hailed by Rolling Stone as the "best rap album of 2014."

My Conversation With Kathy Bates on Ageism in Hollywood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
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One of Hollywood's most respected character actors, Bates has been able to achieve success in an industry that is notoriously biased against certain age groups and image types. In this clip, she shares when she learned to develop tough skin in order to deal with what can often be an insensitive business.

Sen. Ted Cruz Attempts to Explain Post-Charleston Gun Joke and Why He Wants Urban Communities Armed

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
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Two days after the tragic church shooting in South Carolina, Senator Cruz made some comments about gun control that many felt was in poor taste. In the clip below, I ask him to explain. His answer might surprise you.

5 Lessons Charleston Can Teach Us About Race, Guns and Healing

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
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To quote King about the "beloved community" and not get serious about gun violence in America is, at best, empty rhetoric, and at worst, a malignant mangling of his message. If you're going to quote King, then vote King: Get serious about gun control.

Humans Star William Hurt on the Potential Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
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The show, which premieres June 28th, takes place in a parallel present where the newest must-have gadget is an artificially intelligent servant, known as a "Synth."

Tavis Smiley: Tim Robbins on How His 'Prison Project' Gives Inmates Essential Tools for Post-Prison Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
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Widely respected for his advocacy work, Robbins is the Founding Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, a theater group which has spearheaded a project that provides rehabilitative acting workshops for incarcerated men and women in California.

Liz Garbus on What Sets Her 'Nina Simone' Doc Apart From Upcoming Biopic

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
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The Academy Award-nominated documentarian has directed a new film that uses rare archival footage and never-before-heard recordings to paint a remarkable portrait of legendary singer Nina Simone.

Tavis Smiley: Why Chris Hedges Feels the American Media's Inability to Do Its Job Has Weakened Our Democracy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media
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In his near two decades' worth of experience as a foreign correspondent for prominent news outlets like the New York Times and NPR, Hedges has covered critical issues from all around the world, including his groundbreaking reporting on global terrorism.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
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Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Sonia Sanchez on How the Black Arts Movement Changed the Fabric of America

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
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The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement burst onto the scene during the '60s and '70s in the form of artists' circles, writers' workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores and cultural centers.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Josh Groban on the 'Intimidation Factor' of Collaborations (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
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Known for his phenomenal collaborations, Josh's new album boasts duets with the likes of Audra McDonald and Kelly Clarkson. In this clip, he opens up about the "intimidation factor" he still feels when working with some of music's biggest names.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With David Brooks on The Road to Character

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
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Tonight I'm joined by New York Times columnist David Brooks, author of The Road to Character. In the book he explores how some of history's most influential figures built their strong inner character and what essential values they possessed that should be emphasized in today's world. In this clip he explains why the virtues discussed in his book transcend political affiliation.

B.B. King Remembered (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
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Tune in Friday and Monday nights as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King, who has passed away at the age of 89. We last spoke with B.B. in 2013 for a two-part conversation about his life and extraordinary career. In this clip, B.B. tells the famous story of how he named his guitar "Lucille."

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Susan Sarandon and Jack Henry Robbins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
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Tonight, I'm joined by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon and her son, Jack Henry Robbins. The two have teamed up to create a thought-provoking documentary that explores homelessness in America.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Boz Scaggs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
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With a music career spanning five decades, Boz Scaggs has produced a rich catalog of songs that stretches across multiple genres. His 1976 breakthrough album, Silk Degrees, went multi-platinum and spawned a number of hits, including "Lido Shuffle" and the GRAMMY-winning "Lowdown."

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mariel Hemingway on Mental Health Awareness

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
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The Academy Award-nominated actress and bestselling author is out with two new books that focus on mental health issues: Invisible Girl, written for teenaged readers, and her personal memoir titled Out Came the Sun.

WATCH: 'The HuffPost Show' Episode 4

The HuffPost Show | Posted 05.28.2015 | HPSN

"Orange is the New Black" Actress Taryn Manning, actor Kevin McHale and #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors join Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont ...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Joseph Stiglitz on the Failure of Trickle-Down Economics

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
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Last night, I was joined by Columbia University professor and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, one of the nation's most outspoken advocates on the critical issue of income inequality.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Jack Black

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
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Tonight, I'm joined by Jack Black, one of this generation's most beloved comedic actors. The star of hit films like School of Rock and Kung Fu Panda currently has his hands in multiple projects, including the upcoming HBO series The Brink.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation on the Fight for $15 with Saru Jayaraman

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
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Saru explains why the food industry, despite being one of the most profitable industries in the country, pays its workers such low wages -- the federal tipped minimum wage, for example, which goes to workers who are expected to receive tips (like servers in restaurants), is still just $2.13 per hour.​

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Freida Pinto on Breaking Cultural Stereotypes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
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In this clip, Freida shares what drew her to her latest film, Desert Dancer, and how her experience making the film has educated her on the beauty of the often-stereotyped Iranian people.