Tavis talks with visionary television producer Norman Lear, a broadcast legend who influenced American culture.
Tavis talks prolific writer and biographer David Ritz about his connection with the African American musical culture.
Tavis talks with one of the most influential attorneys in the U.S., civil rights activist Connie Rice.
Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, looks at America’s broken criminal justice system in his book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, also casts a critical eye in his book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court”.
Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, explains a proposal for an executive order that would ban questions about prior criminal convictions on federal job applications. Filmmaker Justin Simien discusses his new satire, “Dear White People.”
Terrorism expert Louise Shelley of George Mason University shares her new book, “Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism”.
We share excerpts from The Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Town Hall meeting in Philadelphia as part of a four-year initiative, “Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces”.
Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in Arts at Stanford University, looks at race relations through art in his book. “Who We Be: The Colorization of America”. Ron Magliozzi, associate film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses a new exhibit, “100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History." Listen Now
Tavis Smiley has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gulfport, Mississippi (PDF).
America I AM: The African American Imprint lecture series is a two-hour discussion with the museum exhibition's presenter and two distinguished scholars sharing the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to our nation and the world.
Through a dramatic 400-year storyline presentation, museum-goers will discover rare and never-before-seen artifacts on loan from domestic and international private collections. Featured items include original documents, iconic objects, compelling photographs, historic artifacts, music, video, and other items from the popular culture tells the American story through the African American experience showcasing strife, expansion, democracy, innovation, artistic expression, and cultural exchanges. America I AM is a 15,000-square-foot traveling museum exhibition for all Americans.
Read some of the press coverage:
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – “America I AM” exhibit includes Michael Jackson finds”
CNN – Tavis sits down with CNN anchor T.J. Holmes to discuss America I AM
Rolling Out Online: “The Great Escape: 6 Cultural Activities to Enjoy This Summer”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – “Imprint on History”
The New York Times - "Fragments Tell a Story of Pain and Pride"
The Philadelphia Inquirer - Editorial
The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Our Story"
The Press Republican