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

Billy Honor | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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.

Read 'Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year' by Tavis Smiley

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Mar...

My Conversation with Ed Harris

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night on PBS I'm joined by Ed Harris, four-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, to talk about his new film, Frontera, co-starring Eva Longoria and Micheal Peña.

My Conversation with Chuck D

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

With his new solo digital album, The Black in Man, he continues to confront the conflicts and frustrations so many in this country face.

Joan Rivers Remembered

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over two nights, our conversation covered many things -- her devotion to her family, her legendary work ethic, her delight in making people laugh -- and then it took on what turned out to be a prescient dimension.

Roundtable Discussion: Mississippi Freedom Summer

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In the summer of 1964, nearly 1,000 college students from across the country traveled to Mississippi to carry out a dangerous mission. For 10 harrowing weeks over what came to be known as Mississippi Freedom Summer, they worked to help African American citizens exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

A Sobering Look at "The New Face of Hunger"

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

"To witness hunger in America today," journalist Tracie McMillan writes in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, "is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment."

My Conversation with the Multi-Faceted Rubén Blades

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.

My Conversation With Joan Rivers

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, the first of my two-part conversation with legendary comedian Joan Rivers. We talked about her longstanding career and her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers spoke candidly about what will happen if the moment ever comes when she can no longer perform on stage.

My Conversation With Def Leppard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by music legends Joe Elliott and Rick Savage, who reflect on their careers. With legions of fans around the world, the pop-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and recently embarked on a 42-city national tour to support U.S. troops.

My Conversation With Hugh Laurie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Before finding fame and garnering several Emmy nods and two Golden Globe wins for his role in TV's House, he was a member of Cambridge University's Footlights Revue and a familiar face -- as a comedian -- on British TV.

My Jookin' Conversation With Lil Buck

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I chat with Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, a dancer who's been called the Baryshnikov of jookin'. He's taken the freestyle-based street dance, involving intensive footwork, to the world stage.

Do Men Prefer Women With Long or Short Hair? Tavis Smiley Polls His TV Crew About Toni Braxton's Book Cover Photo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In this clip from last night's Tavis Smiley on PBS, Smiley offers his opinion on the cover art for guest Toni Braxton's latest book, Unbreak My Heart.

My Father's Day Conversation With Carl and Rob Reiner

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The elder -- a 12-time Emmy-winning TV pioneer who counts among his creations The Dick Van Dyke Show -- and the younger -- an Emmy-winning actor and director, whose box office hits include films such as Misery and A Few Good Men -- reflect on their relationship and illustrious careers.

My Conversation With Jersey Vargas: Taking Her Plea For Immigration Reform To House Republicans

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Tavis Smiley

Vargas has just announced to me that that she will head to our nation's capital on June 16th for a week to plead the case for comprehensive immigration reform.

The Death of Black Ad Agencies: Total Market Strategy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Tavis Smiley

As America becomes more multicultural, many corporations have begun taking a total market approach when trying to reach consumers, rather than looking at distinct cultural attributes of multicultural segments. This, according to my guests, is leading to the decline of long-standing black agencies.

Diversity An Issue As National Book Convention Opens

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, guest speaker Mindy Kaling joked that publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo America, resembled "a high ...

My Conversation With Sen. Rand Paul Following Today's Filibuster Over U.S. Drone Strikes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined tonight on PBS by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul discusses his filibuster earlier today on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to the president's nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

My Conversation Examining the Tragedy of Nigeria's Stolen Girls

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS I have a conversation with Omoyele Sowore, founder and publisher of SaharaReporters.com, and Amber Khan, senior communications director of Women for Women International, which advocates on behalf of women and girls around the globe.

My Conversation with Mel Brooks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In a highly successful career of acting, directing and producing, Mel Brooks is part of an elite group of those who have earned a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.