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04/14/2015 02:04 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2015

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Isaiah Washington on Black Identity

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by NAACP Image Award and SAG Award-winning actor Isaiah Washington, star of the upcoming feature, Blackbird. In the film, which he also produced, Isaiah plays the father of a devout Christian teenager struggling with his true identity.

In the clip below, Isaiah talks about the importance of connecting his own identity to his ancestors from across the Atlantic, rather than to the perilous circumstances that black Americans face at home.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis.