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My Conversation with Cristina Saralegui

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by broadcaster Cristina Saralegui, who was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America.

My Conversation With Smokey Robinson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Smokey has been writing, producing and recording hits for almost 50 years. He's won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into every Hall of Fame the music world offers.

My Conversation With Herbie Hancock

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He's now written a memoir titled Herbie Hancock: Possibilities that deals frankly with his life, including wrestling with drugs and how his family and his faith in Buddhism helped him overcome his addiction.

My Conversation With Andrew Dice Clay

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Through it all he never doubted his talent, even when some of the rockier parts of the business threatened to derail his career. In the clip below, I ask him how he deals with some of the negative aspects of the entertainment industry.

My Conversation With Rene Russo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

She's now co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal in a new movie titled Nightcrawler, which was written and directed by her husband, Dan Gilroy. The film deals with the underbelly of local news where morality is murky at best and anything that draws ratings is okay to air.

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over the course of our conversation David and I talked about a range of topics, including his intellectually demanding father, how he deals with the challenge of stuttering -- something he still copes with every day -- and why he is so drawn to musicians and their craft.

My Conversation with Norman Lear

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by legendary broadcaster, Norman Lear, who without question changed the television landscape with groundbreaking shows like All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons and One Day At A Time.

My Conversation With Annie Lennox

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

With 83 million records sold worldwide and four Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe to her credit, Annie Lennox "re-interprets" jazz and blues standards from the Great American Songbook on her new CD, Nostalgia.

My Conversation With Kristen Stewart

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Kristen Stewart who is continuing her commitment to independent films with her latest movie, Camp X-Ray, in which she delivers a strong, nuanced performance as a young, inexperienced MP assigned to Gitmo.

My Conversation With Joe Perry

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The fact that Aerosmith has stayed together for 42 years and counting is impressive. Here, Joe explains what it takes to survive the turmoil inherent in being part of a rock 'n' roll supergroup.

My Conversation With Senator Rand Paul

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Poverty is a shameful and disgraceful fact of life in the United States -- more so than anyplace else because we live in the richest nation on the planet. Yet these issues get far too little attention on the national stage.

My Conversation With Cicely Tyson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

This peerless actress has been honored for her performances in Miss Jane Pittman, Roots and Sounder. I ask Cicely Tyson in light of the fact that she is so loved and revered, how she maintains her humility.

My Conversation with Al Jarreau

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Al Jarreau. This seven-time Grammy winner has a new CD out, a tribute to his good friend of almost 50 years and musical compatriot, George Duke, who sadly died last year.

My Conversation With Jose Antonio Vargas

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas. I asked him whether or not as a journalist he believes the media have accurately covered the immigration debate.

My Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Home
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel -- including Americanah, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun -- deal with the intersection of race and identity.

My Conversation With George Benson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He's played with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, and has a slew of number one hits to his credit, including his version of "On Broadway."

My Conversation With Berry Gordy and Suzanne de Passe

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I talk with Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown, and Suzanne de Passe, the executive who moved the label into television and movie production, resulting in a slew of awards, including Emmys, Oscar nominations and a Peabody.

My Conversation With Gail Sheehy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

In this clip I asked Gail Sheehy, who interviewed Hillary Clinton many times over the decades, if she thinks the country is now ready for a woman president.

My Conversation with Nicholas Kristof

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Nicholas Kristof.

Tavis Smiley and Black America: A Tale of Two Jilted Lovers

Billy Honor | Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices
Billy Honor

Tavis Smiley used to be the darling of black America. Once upon a time his keen critical commentary, ubiquitous media presence and undeniable charm brought delight to the hearts and minds of many black Americans. But things changed when Obama announced his candidacy for president.

My Conversation With Rita Moreno

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

She won her Oscar for playing Anita in West Side Story, which boasts some of the finest dancing ever put on film. But her Oscar didn't open doors to better movie roles. In fact, it took another seven years before she made another movie. She turned down roles which stereotyped her as -- in her words -- "Conchita/Lolitas."

Tavis Smiley: 'Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama'

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.12.2014 | Black Voices

Tavis Smiley’s relentless criticism aimed at President Barack Obama has made dozens of headlines throughout the commander-in-chief’s presidency. A...

Tavis Smiley: Hillary's 'My Friend' But Dems Shouldn't 'Coronate Her'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Tavis Smiley is a fan of Hillary Clinton the person, but he thinks it's a little too soon for Hillary the presidential candidate. "I like Hilary. S...

Tavis Smiley Hopes To Survive Longer Than Master P On 'Dancing With The Stars'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

America, get ready: Tavis Smiley's putting on his dancing shoes and practicing his foxtrot. The talk-show host, political commentator and "Death o...

My Conversation With Quincy Jones

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

His latest project is a labor of love for him -- it's a documentary called Keep On Keepin' On that pays tribute to his mentor, trumpet legend Clark Terry as the 93-year-old struggles with failing health while still teaching another generation of musicians.