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Tavis Smiley

Talk show host, author, entrepreneur, advocate, philanthropist

1964   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Indiana University, Indiana University Bloomington
occupation: radio personality, television presenter, journalist, businessperson

Tavis Smiley (; born September 13, 1964) is an American talk show host and author. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991 and, starting in 1996, he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on Black Entertainment Television (BET). After Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew his contract that year. Smiley then began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on National Public Radio (NPR) (2002–04) and hosted Tavis Smiley on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on weekdays and The Tavis Smiley Show on Public Radio International (PRI) from 2004 until 2017, when he was dismissed for having sexual relationships with subordinates. From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West worked together to host their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was the new host of Tavis Talks on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network.
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The Covenant with Black America

book by Tavis Smiley

author: Tavis Smiley


The Rich and the Rest of Us

book by Tavis Smiley

author: Tavis Smiley, Cornel West


What I Know For Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America

memoir by African-American journalist Tavis Smiley, co-written with David Ritz

author: Tavis Smiley


Death of a King

author: Tavis Smiley

Death of a king

author: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz

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