- NAME: Tavis Smiley
- OCCUPATION: Philanthropist, Radio Talk Show Host, Talk Show Host, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: September 13, 1964 (Age: 49)
- Did You Know?: Tavis Smiley is the first person to host simultaneous programs on public radio and public television.
- EDUCATION: Maconaquah High School, Indiana University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Gulfport, Mississippi
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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African-American media personality Tavis Smiley is known for his successful career in television, radio and print.
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Smiley has also written more than a dozen non-fiction books. His titles include Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe and Make a Difference (2000), Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America (2002), What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America (2006) and Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure (2011).
In 2006, Smiley edited The Covenant with Black America,
a collection of essays by African-American scholars discussing social and political crises faced by the African-American population, and in 2012 he co-wrote The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto with Cornel West.
Smiley founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 1999 to provide young people with leadership training and opportunities for social action.
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