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Black Lives and Black Stories Matter

Donna Hardwick | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Donna Hardwick

Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.

My Conversation with Joni Mitchell

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Joni tells me about her approach to writing -- including her assessment of one of her best-known songs, "Both Sides Now", which she wrote when she was just 21 years old.

My Conversation With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

My conversation with Gugu and Gina covered a wide range of issues facing women in the entertainment industry. I asked Gina specifically why she wanted to tell this story, which at its core is a love story, and why it seems so difficult to get movies made about two black people falling in love.

My Conversation with Cristina Saralegui

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

The Midtown Men Tell It Like It Is... Was... Will Be (Part I)

Pamela Glasner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

The Oxford English Dictionary defines 'phenomenon' as an occurrence, perceived through the senses, the cause or explanation of which is in question. I cannot imagine a more fitting description for The Midtown Men and the exhilaration which both precedes and follows their every public appearance.

My Conversation With Smokey Robinson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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.

About Susan Sollins

Agnes Gund | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts
Agnes Gund

There have been six full seasons of ART21, and the seventh just premiered. Susan's first long documentary, on William Kentridge, aired on PBS in 2010 and earned a Peabody Award. In the ART21 world, artists are heroes, all thanks to Susan.

Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.

Maureen Ryan

Jane Austen Lovers Unite

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment

Here's a great fan-fiction scenario you can have for free: Finn Polmar from "The Good Wife," Clara Oswald from "Doctor Who" and Philip Jennings from "...

My Conversation With Annie Lennox

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

From Budapest With Love

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 10.22.2014 | New York
Adriana Aristizábal

New Yorkers expect the best of everything, and recently I had the opportunity to see one of the best: Zoltan Maga, Hungary's most celebrated violin virtuoso, a man who brings Hungarian cultural traditions to the rest of the world.

My Conversation With Kristen Stewart

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 Cicely Tyson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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.

Jane Seymour: A Daughter's Dilemma and Her Compassionate Solution

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In June 2014, I had the joy of filming a cancer segment with Jane Seymour for her series "Feel Grand" supported by Grandparents.com for Detroit Public...

My Conversation With Jose Antonio Vargas

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | Books
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.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: New TV Series Explores America By The Numbers

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The series launches on October 2 on WORLD Channel and October 4 on PBS, with the episode "Mainstream USA," which looks at how the small town of Clarkston, Georgia is negotiating increased diversity levels.

Bette Davis Skewers Sexism In Unheard Interview From 1963

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women

When film legend Bette Davis (1908 - 1989) sat down with entertainment journalist Shirley Eder to discuss the sexes, the year was 1963, and Davis was ...