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

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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
Tavis Smiley

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
Tavis Smiley

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
Tavis Smiley

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
Tavis Smiley

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
Tavis Smiley

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 05.01.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

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 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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 04.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

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 04.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Noam Chomsky on How the World Map Encourages Racist Attitudes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Called "arguably the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times, Chomsky joins us for a nuanced discussion on the ways in which culture and curricula are used to advance a Western worldview.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Isaiah Washington on Black Identity

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by NAACP Image Award and SAG Award-winning actor Isaiah Washington, star of the upcoming feature, Blackbird. In the film, which he also produced, Isaiah plays the father of a devout Christian teenager struggling with his true identity.

My Conversation on the Legacy of the Civil War, 150 Years Later

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.09.2015 | TV
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, and Allyson Hobbs, three scholars of American history, to unpack the causes and consequences -- both immediate and enduring -- of the deadliest war in U.S. history. In the clip the panel reflects on the period of Reconstruction immediately following the war, and on the incompleteness of a landless emancipation.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Dr. Darnell Hunt on Diversity in Hollywood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In this clip, Dr. Darnell Hunt, the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, explains why more people of color are needed in Hollywood's executive suites.

A Maya Angelou Play Is Finally In The Works

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer's views on life and h...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Lenny Kravitz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

As someone constantly in the public eye, Kravitz decided during his world tour to turn his camera on the folks -- professionals and fans -- who turn their cameras on him. The result is a surreal exploration into what he sees from day to day.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With J. Cole on What Really Matters in Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

His latest and most personal project to date, entitled 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is a reflection on how a boy from North Carolina discovered his life's purpose. In this clip, J. Cole opens up about one particularly significant track on the album, "Love Yourz."

My Conversation With Mike Epps on Playing Richard Pryor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by actor and comedian Mike Epps. It was recently announced that Mike will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, to be directed by Lee Daniels. In this clip Mike shares his thoughts on portraying such an iconic figure and gives us a small taste of what to expect from his performance.

My Conversation on Hip-Hop With Geraldo Rivera

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Rivera recently found himself in hot water after making some controversial remarks about the impact that Hip-Hop has had on minority communities.​​ In this clip he explains his position but concedes that in describing Hip-Hop in general as being harmful to young minorities, he may have painted with too broad a brush.

My Conversation With Garrett Morris

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by actor and comedian Garrett Morris, one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. In the clip I ask Garrett which of his many memorable SNL characters is his all-time favorite.

My Conversation With Eddie Redmayne

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by actor Eddie Redmayne, the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated star of the hit film The Theory of Everything, which portrays the story of real-life theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In the clip, Eddie shares how his own outlook on life has changed after having interacted with Hawking and others impacted by ALS.

What Is Your Legacy?

Katherine Meadowcroft | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Katherine Meadowcroft

A legacy should be deeply considered. It takes on immortality, and it is how we live on after death. If we think of our legacy as a gift, it places an emphasis on the thoughtful, meaningful, and intentional aspects of legacy. The consequences of what we do now will outlive us.

My Conversation About 'Ghettoside' With Jill Leovy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tavis Smiley

On Wednesday night I'm joined by award-winning crime reporter Jill Leovy, who has just published her first book, Ghettoside, ​in which she argues that we need to direct national attention to black-on-black murders. In the clip I ask Jill why she thinks there has been such enthusiasm from non-black authors and critics for her book's framing of the issue.

My Conversation With Kevin Costner

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Kevin Costner. In the veteran actor's new project, Black or White, he plays a grandfather who finds himself in a custody battle over his biracial granddaughter. In this clip, Kevin describes the powerful reaction he had upon first reading the thought-provoking script.