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Conversations at KCTS 9

Tavis Smiley (2011)

April 11, 2011

Host Enrique Cerna talks with Tavis Smiley about his new book, "Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure," and his exhibition on Black history, "America I Am: The Africa American Imprint"

Chapter 1: It Begins With A Conversation

Chapter 2: Failing Up

Chapter 3: Justice, Service, and Love

Chapter 4: History Exhibit: America I Am

About Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, and after attending Indiana University, he worked as an aide to the mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996 he hosted the talk show "BET Talk" until he sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, whereupon BET declined to renew his contract, a response that was controversial and highly publicized. Smiley then began hosting "The Tavis Smiley Show" on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts "Tavis Smiley" on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from PRI. He and best friend Dr. Cornel West have recently joined forces for their own radio talk show, "Smiley & West".

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