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Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley

From his celebrated conversations with world figures . . . to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders . . . broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, and The Tavis Smiley Show distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).
Smiley has authored or edited 14 books including his memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, which became a New York Times bestseller. The book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His latest book, Accountable: Making America As Good As Its Promise, examines hard-hitting truths about the issues our country faces; and addresses how our political leaders, corporations, and finally, American citizens themselves, can enforce accountability and effect change.

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  • Choosing Compassion Tavis Smiley

    Why Social Justice is Up To Us

    by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

    Adding Compassion To Our Society

    Only we can decide our country’s future.

    Personal Growth | March 28, 2014

  • Too Important to Fail - Tavis Smiley

    Too Important to Fail

    by Tavis Smiley

    Powerful stories from the ‘hood.’

    Author uses words to empower and heal.

    Inspiration | July 21, 2013

  • Get Ready to Be Ready - Tavis Smiley

    Get Ready to Be Ready

    by Tavis Smiley

    Why practice makes perfect.

    Be prepared when opportunity knocks.

    Personal Growth | February 19, 2013

  • Get In Where You Fit In - Tavis Smiley

    Get In Where You Fit In

    by Tavis Smiley

    Finding your place to shine.

    What are your gifts to the world?

    Success & Abundance | August 23, 2012

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Fail Up - by Tavis Smiley Success from Failure

“Fail up” in the face of life’s inevitable setbacks.

Stand - by Tavis Smiley What Do You Stand For?

Exploring the diversity and complexity of the Black male experience in America-- past, present, and future.

Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am - by Jeff Johnson Discovering Your Personal Best

Unplug from the programmed expectations of family and society and fulfill your unique life’s mission.