02/25/2014 05:33 pm ET Updated Apr 27, 2014

My No-Holds-Barred Conversation With Actor Harry Lennix

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by film, television, stage actor and co-star of The Blacklist, Harry Lennix. His other acting credits include Man of Steel and the Oscar-winning film, Ray, for which he earned a SAG Award nomination. Lennix is co-founder of Legacy Productions, which is dedicated to promoting significant works about the African American experience. In a no-holds-barred conversation, he expounds on everything from religion to the plight of young black men and the state of the entertainment industry.

In the clip below, Lennix shares why he views what many have called "the year of the black film" as "appalling."

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: