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Tavis Smiley

Get in the Way!

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

In this election season, how many of us are living a lie by remaining silent and static about things that should matter -- practicing a politics of convenience and cowardice, rather than a politics of courage and conviction?

The Challenge of Selecting Presidential Debate Moderators

Alan Schroeder | Posted 10.18.2012 | Media
Alan Schroeder

Why must debate moderators always be Washington TV journalists? They're trained to ask questions and probe evasions, but do they focus on the right topics? The lack of diversity is best measured not by ancestry or gender, but by life experience.

Presidential Debates: Colorblind or Blind to Color?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.14.2012 | Media
Tavis Smiley

In the most multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic America ever, the absence of a journalist of color on the stage moderating one of the presidential or vice-presidential debates is shameful and ought to be an embarrassment to the nation.

Tavis Smiley & Cornel West Challenge Poverty in New Book

Voto Latino | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West, recently released a new book called "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto", which challenges our assumptions about poverty. I got a chance to listen in on a teleconference with Smiley earlier this month, and here are 10 things you need to know about the book.

Obama Condones Same-Sex Marriage; When Will He Condemn Poverty?

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Tavis Smiley believes America has the power to completely eradicate poverty amongst its citizens in a little as ten years. He questions how America could allow the dreams of its people to transform into a nightmare.

WATCH: O'Reilly, Smiley Clash Over Trayvon Martin Coverage

Posted 05.04.2012 | Media

Tavis Smiley called out the national media, including Fox News, for its slowness to cover the Trayvon Martin tragedy on Bill O'Reilly's Thursday show....

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Rightfully Scare Us

Ben Mangan | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Ben Mangan

The heart of Smiley and West's message is simple and profound: the United States is far more economically divided than most people want to acknowledge,and this chasm will destroy our nation.

WATCH: Hannity's Heated Clash With Smiley, West

Posted 04.26.2012 | Media

Sean Hannity welcomed Tavis Smiley and Cornel West onto his program by thanking them for all the times they criticize President Obama. "Welcome ba...

WATCH: Colbert Spars With Cornel West & Tavis Smiley

Posted 04.20.2012 | Comedy

Colbert came out swinging in his interview with Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, accusing the two of waging class warfare with their new book, The Rich a...

Gene Demby

Tavis Smiley: 'This Is Our Last, Best Chance To Turn This Around' | Gene Demby | Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

"Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in '92, and now we're dealing with a war on women in 2012," Tavis Smiley said on a...

Black Leaders Should Not Ignore Same-Sex Families of Color

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.05.2012 | Black Voices
Alvin McEwen

A new report is highlighting the plight of a population who always seem to be ignored when African-American leaders begin debating issues pertaining to the community. The report gives a number of good solutions to this problem. I have a solution, too.

Starting the Right Conversations About Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

American families are struggling, and their needs must have a place in our legislation and our budget dialogues. But sadly, they are too many times, pushed aside.

Working In Tennessee And Beyond: A Conversation With Merle Haggard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing that I love most about Working In Tennessee is that it really comes across as a family album -- and Merle Haggard tells me that's exactly what he was going for.

The "Less Talk... More Action" Empowerment Tour Comes to Detroit

Ryan Mack | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I want to personally thank Dr. West and Tavis Smiley for bringing their "Poverty Tour" to my hometown of Detroit, Mich. in the first week of August 20...

Herman Cain, Tavis Smiley & Cornel West: Black Sheep or Wolves in Black Sheep's Clothing?

Frederick Butler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Frederick Butler

Regardless of what Cain, West and Smiley say, blacks in America will continue to be in President Obama's corner. Not because we are brainwashed, but because he offers the best chance for the advancement of the community.

Tavis Smiley Tackles Poverty In New Series

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

LOS ANGELES — Tavis Smiley had to look no further than his own circle of family and friends to see the painful effects of the ragged U.S. econom...

WATCH: O'Reilly Gets Into Huge Argument With Tavis Smiley, Cornel West

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

Bill O'Reilly welcomed radio host Tavis Smiley and Prof. Cornel West onto his Tuesday show. The resulting dust-up was nothing short of a cable news cl...

Would Obama Tell Other Constituencies to 'Stop Complaining?'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-26-tavis.jpgEarlier today in a conversation with Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, I ask her assessment on President Obama's now controversial speech.

Michael Moore on New Poverty Stats

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-20-Screenshot20110919at9.14.22PM.png During my conversation today with Michael Moore, I asked the Oscar-winning filmmaker about the alarming new numbers out last week regarding poverty in America.

Tavis Smiley's "Too Important to Fail"

John Thompson | Posted 11.18.2011 | Education
John Thompson

As explained in "Too Important to Fail," the way we look at black boys is "America's litmus test." Smiley approaches the challenges facing black males with the good sense and good will of our nation's archetypical "Everyman." The result is a jewel of a documentary.

Interdependence Day 2011

Glyn Vincent | Posted 11.09.2011 | New York
Glyn Vincent

This weekend, the national media focus will be on the September 11 events at Ground Zero in New York City, as well as those commemorations being held ...

WATCH: Scarborough, Tavis Smiley Have Heated Clash

Posted 11.12.2011 | Media

Joe Scarborough and guest Tavis Smiley got into a heated argument about George W. Bush's post-9/11 leadership on Monday's "Morning Joe." The co-ho...

Too Important to Fail

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.12.2011 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-12-tavistavistavis.jpgBehind every education statistic is a boy with hopes and dreams and abilities that may not show up in standardized testing.

Interdependence Day 2011 on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

In a world of weapons without borders and diseases without borders and warming without borders and terrorism without borders, we must seek to develop citizens without borders, democracy without borders, and justice without borders.

Bob Herbert on Obama's Jobs Speech

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.07.2011 | Media
Tavis Smiley

2011-09-08-tavis.jpgThis evening, I spoke with former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in advance of President Obama's address on jobs Thursday night.