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Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley

Posted February 18, 2009 | 09:29 PM (EST)

My Conversations with M.I.A. and the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary


Three weeks ago, I spoke with Oscar and Grammy nominated hip hop artist, M.I.A. about the on-going situation in Sri Lanka. M.I.A. spent much of her youth there as a member of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil population, which she says is the victim of "systematic genocide."

Today, I spoke with Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, who took exception to M.I.A.'s remarks.

This full conversation, including the initial comments made by M.I.A., airs tonight on PBS.