Tavis talks with the iconic Joni Mitchell about her music career, from her coffee house days to playing some of the biggest venues in the world.
Tavis talks with Grammy-winning superstar Mary J. Blige about her new CD, "The London Sessions," featuring duets with a host of young British talent.
Tavis talks with Broadway favorite, Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, about her new CD, "Coming Home," and her TV special.
Former NYC schools chancellor Joel Klein shares tips on restructuring education in his new book, “Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools”.
We’ll have part two of our conversation with legendary TV producer Norman Lear. Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin discusses “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour”, a public television documentary on her life and career.
Rona Peligal of Human Rights Watch offers an update on the kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Comedian Ruby Wax shares her campaign to end the stigma of mental illness with her new book, “Sane New World: A User’s Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind”.
Personal chef Jamika Pessoa has “Five Things You Should Know About… Preparing for Thanksgiving”.
And husband-and-wife filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman tackle the subject of health care access in their new documentary, “Remote Area Medical”. Listen Now
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Tavis Smiley has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gulfport, Mississippi (PDF).
Through our mission to enlighten, encourage, and empower, the Tavis Smiley Foundation, founded in 1999, works to develop and mentor future leaders by providing leadership training that will promote and enhance a greater quality of life for them, their communities and the world. The Foundation seeks to examine barriers and identify solutions to alleviate poverty in the United States across all sectors including youth, underserved communities and families. It is recognized as a nonprofit public charity under section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Over the years, the foundation has mentored and trained over 6,000 youths at leadership training workshops and conferences. It is very active in the community and continuously gives back by participating in educational events. With the help of Microsoft, the foundation created the technology lab at Compton High School.