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Tavis Smiley

Born: Sep 13, 1964

Birthplace: Gulfport

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Tavis Smiley

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1964
Birth Place : Gulfport

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, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to 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 on 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 NPR and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from 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. He is the new host of "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network.


  • Actor
  • Film Producer
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Businessperson
  • Author
  • Entrepreneur
  • Television producer
  • Commentator
  • Presenter
  • Advocate
  • Talk show host

Also known as

  • Tavis E. Smiley


  • Joyce Marie Roberts
  • Emory Garnell Smiley

Awards Won

  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction
  • NAACP Image Award – President''s Award
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
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