Tavis Smiley
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"Tavis Smiley" is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University Bloomington/Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley (American politician)/Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996, he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on Black Entertainment Television/BET. After Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew Smiley's contract that year. Smiley then began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on National Public Radio/NPR (2002-04) and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on Public Broadcasting Service/PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from Public Radio International/PRI. From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film Still Bill (film)/Still Bill. He is the new host of "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network.

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