Tavis Smiley, deemed by many as the voice of Black America, has been host of BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley. His political commentary can be heard on the nationally syndicated, Tom Joyner Morning Show (ABC Radio Networks), and on The Smiley Report syndicated by the American Urban Radio network. In addition to his broadcast work, Smiley is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, "HARD LEFT: Straight Talk About The Wrongs of the Right."
Smiley, one of 10 children, is the author of eight books, including Doing What's Right, Hard Left, How to Make Black America Better, and Keeping the Faith. He hosts an eponymous talk and interview show on PBS stations and his radio program, The Tavis Smiley Show, is syndicated by Public Radio International. As the host of BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley, he was a three-time winner of the NAACP Image Award. He lives in Los Angeles.
Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses
but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in an
increasingly paralyzed nation—these are the realities of
21st-century America, land of the free and home of the new
middle class poor. Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and
Dr. Cornel West, one of the nation’s leading democratic
intellectuals, co-hosts of Public Radio’s Smiley & West , now
take on the “P” word—poverty.
Important To Fail: Saving America's Boys
Paperback: 284 pages
Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure
Hardcover: 288 pages
Tavis Smiley, award-winning television and radio broadcaster,
steps from behind the curtain of success to share personal
stories of his missteps, misdeeds, and miscalculations.
Revisiting the intimate tone of his New York Times best-selling
memoir What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America,
Smiley recounts 20 instances of perceived "failures" that were,
in fact, "lessons" that shaped the principles and practices he
steadfastly employs in his business and personal life today.
Readers will find a kinship in Smiley's indisputable humanness
that simultaneously inspires, informs, and reminds us of our
inherent ability to excel despite life's inevitable setbacks.
Making America as Good as Its Promise
by Tavis Smiley (Author), Stephanie Robinson (Contributor)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Accountable provides real-life examples of how crucial issues -- including health care, education, the economy, unequal justice, and the environment -- manifest themselves in our communities. The book demonstrates the urgent need to hold politicians and ourselves responsible, because the stakes have never been higher. Accountable examines present-day conditions and the consequences for America. At its core, this book is a tool with which the community can evaluate the successes or failures of its political leaders and of itself. This insightful book acknowledges the mistakes of the past while offering hope and inspiration for a better future.
Covenant In Action
The Covenant in Action was developed to continue the
inspirational spirit of the Covenant With Black America and to empower
people to take effective action to achieve THE Covenant goals. The
information, tools, and ideas presented in The Covenant in Action will
enable and inspire people to become agents of change in their respective
communities and to become partners in a larger Covenant movement. The
Covenant in Action is organized into three parts:
The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but includes
innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result
in stronger, more bonded communities that are reflective of their history
and past experiences. The Covenant With Black America was only the first
step. The Covenant in Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and
communities to actually move the Covenant book into action.
Covenant in Action is organized into three parts:
The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but includes innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result in stronger, more bonded communities that are reflective of their history and past experiences. The Covenant With Black America was only the first step. The Covenant in Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and communities to actually move the Covenant book into action.
I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America
by Tavis Smiley, David Ritz, David Ritz (With)
Tavis Smiley grew up in a family of thirteen in a small trailer in Indiana,
where money was scarce and the sight of other black faces even scarcer. One of
only a few African American kids in his high school, he grew up feeling like an
outsider because of his race, his Pentecostal religious beliefs, and his
family's poverty. At home, the trust and support he felt from his family was
shattered when his father, in a moment of rage, beat him with an electrical
cord, sending him to the hospital. Placed in foster care for a time, it took
Tavis years to bridge the emotional chasm between him and his parents.
The Covenant with Black America
Tavis Smiley (Editor)
Six years' worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of
essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and
households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in
areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial
well-being. Addressing these pressing concerns are contributors Dr. David
Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general; Wade Henderson, executive director of the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of the
research think tank PolicyLink; and Cornell West, professor of religion at
Princeton University. Each chapter outlines one key issue and provides a list of
resources, suggestions for action, and a checklist for what concerned citizens
can do to keep their communities progressing socially, politically, and
economically. Though the African American community faces devastating social
disparities'in which more than 8 million people live in poverty'this celebration
of possibility, hope, and strength will help leaders and citizens keep Black
America moving forward.
http://www.covenantwithblackamerica.com for more information and to make a
to Make Black America Better: Leading African Americans Speak Out
Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
How to Make Black America Better opens with Tavis Smiley's twelve "challenges" to the African-American community. Among the issues that Smiley addresses are getting black Americans to "think black first," insisting that black Americans'including those in entertainment and the media'consider the consequences of their actions with regard tot he black community, and encouraging African Americans to put family first.
At the heart of the book is a collection of original essays contributed by such celebrated figures as Iyanla Vanzant, Aretha Franklin, Cornel West, Susan Taylor, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Dr. Dre, Nikki Giovanni, Al Sharpton, and Shaquille O'Neal. Ranging from one to four pags in length, each of these essays addresses vital issues in the African-American community, from affirmative action to black-on-black crime, political power to economic independence, race relations to family life, and much more.
Finally, at the back of the book Smiley has included a high-powered selection of excerpts and highlights from the national symposium he organized in Los Angeles on the eve of the Democratic National Convention entitled "Advocacy in the Next Millennium: New Paradigms for Progress," featuring such luminaries as Marian Wright Edelman, Johnnetta Cole, Kweisi Mfume, Maxine Waters, and Henry Louis Gates.
What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--and Make a Difference
Format: Paperback, 160pp.
In Doing What's Right, Tavis Smiley shows
how each one of us can battle complacency and fight for the causes we support.
Smiley is the host of "Black Entertainment Television Tonight with Tavis
Smiley," a one-hour nightly talk show that reaches fifty-five million
households, and his political and social commentary is heard daily on "The
Tom Joyner Morning Show," a national radio program with a listenership of
seven million. "The Smiley Report," his monthly newsletter, has a
circulation of three to four million readers.
Air: The Best of Tavis Smiley Thoughts on the Tom Joyner Morning Show
Format: Paperback, 170pp.
Video Slide Show of Photographs taken
during reception hosted by Tavis Smiley in NYC.
Tavis Smiley - The "FAIL UP" Interview
Tavis Smiley - The "Been in the Storm Too Long" Interview (July 2010) http://aalbc.com/reviews/tavis_smiley.html
Tavis Smiley: The State of the Black Union  Interview