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Tavis Smiley

By Tavis Smiley
"Tavis Smiley" is the flagship program for KBLA, America's newest progressive radio network and LA's first Black-owned talk station. Broadcast live across southern California on 1580AM and around the world on and TuneIn, this podcast presents the best of Tavis Smiley's conversations with activists, influencers, thought leaders, and cultural vanguards.
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Janet Hubert on Tavis Smiley October 22, 2021
Janet Hubert expands on her recent conversation with Will Smith during the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion about her tumultuous time as Aunt Viv and previews her projects including the HBO MAX series Love Life.
October 27, 2021
Isaiah Washington on Tavis Smiley October 21 2021
Isaiah Washington tells us what really happened behind the scenes of "Grey's Anatomy", in this exclusive conversation with Tavis Smiley.
October 21, 2021
Anita Hill on Dominique DiPrima KBLA October 19 2021
Law professor Anita Hill, author of the new text Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence, shares her experience with Dominique DiPrima on KBLA.
October 19, 2021
Gen. Colin Powell tribute on Tavis Smiley KBLA
Tavis Smiley pays tribute to the life and legacy of Gen. Colin Powell with an extended clip from their 2008 conversation, just one day before the New Hampshire primary that catapulted Barack Obama to the White House. 
October 19, 2021
Martin Garbus on Tavis Smiley KBLA October 18 2021
Martin Garbus tells us about the curious case of Steven Donziger, an attorney facing six months in jail for contempt as part of his battle with Chevron on behalf of farmers and indigenous folx in Ecuador.
October 18, 2021
Jeff Chang on Tavis Smiley October 8 2021
Jeff Chang, author of the seminal hip hop text Can't Stop Won't Stop which is now out with a YA version, tells us about the intersectional work he's doing to combat racism.
October 08, 2021
Rep James Clyburn on Tavis Smiley October 5 2021
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, the highest ranking Black member of Congress, celebrates his John Robert Lewis Lifetime Legacy Award from the March On Washington Film Festival and updates us on the investigation into the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
October 05, 2021
Xavier Prather on Tavis Smiley October 5 2021
Xavier Prather, the first Black winner of the long-running CBS series "Big Brother", takes us inside his history-making victory.
October 05, 2021
Touré Reed on Tavis Smiley October 1 2021
Touré F. Reed, author of Toward Freedom, lays out his case against race reductionism.
October 01, 2021
Camile Brown on Tavis Smiley September 29 2021
Director, choreographer, and dancer Camile A Brown talks about her historic work at the MET and on Broadway.
September 29, 2021
Al Oliver and Dave Cash on Tavis Smiley September 28 2021
Baseball legends Al Oliver and Dave Cash reflect on the historic 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, which fielded the MLB's first-ever All-Black and Latino team one month before they won the World Series.
September 28, 2021
Danielle Moné Truitt on Tavis Smiley September 27 2021
Danielle Moné Truitt on Law & Order: Organized Crime
September 27, 2021
Frankie Faison on Tavis Smiley September 27 2021
Frankie Faison on his new film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain.
September 27, 2021
Folake Olowofoyeku on Tavis Smiley September 23 2021
Folake Olowofoyeku previews the wedding episode of the CBS hit Bob Hearts Abishola.
September 23, 2021
Charles Blow on Tavis Smiley September 23 2021
Charles Blow talks about his latest text The Devil You Know.
September 23, 2021
Robert Kool Bell on Tavis Smiley September 22 2021
Robert "Kool" Bell on the legacy of Kool And The Gang. Check out their new album Perfect Union.
September 22, 2021
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Rev Dr Segun Adebayo on Tavis Smiley September 22 2021
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Rev Dr Segun Adebayo tell us about their legal efforts to protect a historic Black cemetery in Montgomery County, Maryland.
September 22, 2021
David Henry Hwang on Tavis Smiley September 21 2021
Playwright David Henry Hwang tells us how getting stabbed in the neck influenced him creatively.
September 21, 2021
Bernard Purdie on Tavis Smiley September 21 2021
From the Beatles to Aretha Franklin, legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie has performed with the best and he's happy to share his stories about them.
September 21, 2021
Lashrecse Aird on Tavis Smiley September 20 2021
Virginia Delegate Lashrecse Aird, the youngest ever woman elected to the Old Dominion's House, tells us what it's like to be a Black progressive at the epicenter of America's racial reckoning.
September 20, 2021
Krishna Kaur on Tavis Smiley September 20 2021
Yoga pioneer Krishna Kaur introduces Tavis to her physical, mental, and spiritual practice as he contemplates taking it up.
September 20, 2021
Dana Rosser on Tavis Smiley September 20 2021
Dana Rosser, wife of famed Black surgeon Dr. Butch Rosser and author of "Thru Thick and Thin: Facing Obesity Thru the Eyes of a Loved One", reveals how their bond of marriage helped him lose 160 pounds.
September 20, 2021
Geraldo Rivera on Tavis Smiley September 20 2021
Journalist and civil rights lawyer Geraldo Rivera catches up with his old friend Tavis about his registered party (Republicans), their sworn enemies (Democrats), and why he chose one over the other.
September 20, 2021
Mike Farrell on Tavis Smiley September 17 2021
Mike Farrell is best known for his role on M*A*S*H, but he tells us why his work to end the death penalty is his real passion.
September 17, 2021
Alonzo Williams on Tavis Smiley September 17 2021
Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams, the Godfather of west coast hip-hop, tells us about the early days of KDAY 1580AM, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube as well as his newest project, a prostate cancer awareness event. 
September 17, 2021
Savion Glover on Tavis Smiley September 17 2021
Savion Glover is helping to bring Broadway back with his world-famous tap dancing skills.
September 17, 2021
Dr Anna Lembke on Tavis Smiley September 16 2021
Dr. Anna Lembke tells us how America's growing search for pleasure and passion leads to pain and addiction, as laid in her new book Dopamine Nation.
September 16, 2021
Harriet Michel on Tavis Smiley September 16 2021
Groundbreaking leader Harriet Michel tells us how her work helped thousands of Black businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. 
September 16, 2021
Lillie Head and Joyce Christian on Tavis Smiley September 16 2021
Lillie Head and Joyce Christian, daughters of Tuskegee Syphilis Study victim Freddie Lee Tyson, tell us about their family's struggle with this unethical experiment and why they trust Covid-19 vaccines. 
September 16, 2021
Russell Hornsby on Tavis Smiley September 15 2021
Russell Hornsby tells us about his starring role in the new Starz series Black Mafia Family and remembers the last time he was inside the building where KBLA now lives - to meet Minister Louis Farrakhan.
September 15, 2021
Margaret Kimberley on Tavis Smiley September 15 2021
Margaret Kimberley, co-founder of the Black Agenda Report, remembers the fierce life of her colleague Glen Ford and delves into her text Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents.
September 15, 2021
Smokey Robinson on Tavis Smiley September 15 2021
Smokey Robinson tells us what it was like to survive Covid and previews his new show at the Greek Theatre.
September 15, 2021
Maryum Ali and Ilyasah Shabazz on Tavis Smiley September 14 2021
Maryum Ali and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughters of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, reflect on Blood Brothers, the new Netflix documentary about their fathers' unique friendship.
September 14, 2021
Dr Oz on Tavis Smiley September 14 2021
Dr Oz previews his 13th season which premiered on Tavis' birthday and reflects on working with the Trump Administration.
September 14, 2021
Gray Davis on Tavis Smiley September 14 2021
Former California Governor Gray Davis weighs in on the potential recall of Gavin Newsom and whether the Golden State's unique system needs reform.
September 14, 2021
Clayborne Carson on Tavis Smiley September 13 2021
Clayborne Carson reflects on his decades-long mission as the sacred keeper of Martin Luther King's legacy.
September 13, 2021
Ruben Navarrette on Tavis Smiley September 13 2021
Ruben Navarrette returns to discuss the recall election and his conversation with their former colleague and question two front runner Larry Elder.
September 13, 2021
Catherine Fisk and Veronica Barnes on Tavis Smiley September 13 2021
UC Berkeley Law Professor Catherine Fisk and Gig Workers Rising activist Veronica Barnes take us behind the scenes of their successful efforts to have the controversial Prop 22 blocked as unconstitutional.
September 13, 2021
Terence Blanchard on Tavis Smiley September 10 2021
Composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard tells us about his newest 9/11 project with Spike Lee and his historic Metropolitan Opera debut.
September 10, 2021
Michael Chertoff on Tavis Smiley September 10 2021
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff shares his 9/11 experience and answers the question "Are We Safer Today?"
September 10, 2021
Anthony Whitaker on Tavis Smiley September 10 2021
Anthony Whitaker tells us how he captured the iconic 9/11 photograph "Steel Standing".
September 10, 2021
Medea Benjamin and Nihad Awad on Tavis Smiley September 10 2021
Medea Benjamin and Nihad Awad honor the victims who died during the 9/11 attacks as well as those victimized by America's response.
September 10, 2021
Rukia Lumumba on Tavis Smiley September 9 2021
Rukia Lumumba, founder of the People's Advocacy Institute, tells us why she moved back to Jackson, Mississippi after living in New York City.
September 09, 2021
Cory Wong on Tavis Smiley September 9 2021
Cory Wong tells us his cross-generational working relationship with Dave Koz and how he learned the Minneapolis sound.
September 09, 2021
Howard Dean on Tavis Smiley September 9 2021
Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate, gives us his diagnosis of the current political climate.
September 09, 2021
Nikki Giovanni on Tavis Smiley September 8 2021
Nikki Giovanni joins Tavis for a conversation about her friend Jimmy aka James Baldwin and her remarkable life.
September 08, 2021
James Fugate on Tavis Smiley September 8 2021
James Fugate, co-owner of Eso Won Books, delivers his fall reading list including the new Will Smith text and Nikole Hannah Jones' highly-anticipated book The 1619 Project.
September 08, 2021
Randall Kennedy on Tavis Smiley September 8 2021
Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy reflects on his clerkship for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and takes us inside his latest text, Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture.
September 08, 2021
Winona LaDuke on Tavis Smiley September 7 2021
Winona LaDuke reports on the struggle to stop Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline from poisoning the pristine waters of northern Minnesota and beyond.
September 07, 2021
Ben Crump on Tavis Smiley September 7 2021
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump tells us about a new case of racial discrimination on Rodeo Drive by members of the Beverly Hills police department.
September 07, 2021
Denisha Jones and Mariah Rankine-Landers on Tavis Smiley September 7 2021
Denisha Jones, co-editor of Black Lives Matter At School, and Mariah Rankine-Landers, co-founder of Studio Pathways, teach us about the transformative changes coming to curricula across the country.
September 07, 2021
Amy K Nelson on Tavis Smiley September 7 2021
Amy K Nelson reports from New Orleans where her elder neighbors are dying from the heat and power has yet to be restored since Hurricane Ida.
September 07, 2021
John Amos on Tavis Smiley September 7 2021
John Amos wows us with his stories about Good Times, Roots, and The West Wing.
September 07, 2021
Dr Isha Metzger on Tavis Smiley September 3 2021
Dr. Isha Metzger, psychologist and director of The EMPOWER Lab, reveals how their Black trauma guide is helping folx heal from racism and other forms of oppression.
September 03, 2021
Capri Maddox on LA's new civil rights division
Capri Maddox, executive director of the newly established LA Civil + Human Rights and Equity, tells us how her agency can hold businesses and government accountable when they discriminate.
September 03, 2021
David Paterson on Tavis Smiley September 3 2021
Former New York Governor David Paterson tells us about his unexpected rise to the top of Empire State politics and what he thinks of the current scandal.
September 03, 2021
Alicia Williams on Tavis Smiley September 2 2021
Alicia Williams, author of the children's book Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress, tells us the story of the pioneering presidential candidate from New York and her own journey as a children's book writer.
September 02, 2021
Condola Rashad on Tavis Smiley September 2 2021
Condola Rashad can't tell us about the season re-premiere of Showtime's hit series "Billions", but she can tell us how she became an acclaimed actress of stage and screen.
September 02, 2021
Gina Yashere on Tavis Smiley September 2 2021
Gina Yashere, co-creator of the hit CBS series Bob Hearts Abishola, tells us how she rose from an elevator engineer in London to world-famous comedian.
September 02, 2021
William King on how the Commodores found their fans
William King, co-founder and choreographer of The Commodores, takes us back to when they were first starting out in Detroit in search of a record deal.
September 01, 2021
BLKBOK makes beautiful neo-classical music
BLKBOK is gaining notice for his unusual and beautiful approach to neo-classical music - and his new #BlackLivesMatter-inspired album "Black Book".
September 01, 2021
Rudy McCollum Jr on the surprise pardon of the Martinsville 7
Rudy McCollum Jr., former Richmond, VA mayor and relative of two Martinsville 7 members, reacts to the surprise pardon of the executed Black men by Virginia's governor this week.
September 01, 2021
India Walton on her historic campaign for Buffalo mayor
India Walton, the only candidate on the ballot this November in the race for mayor of Buffalo, NY, tells us how she beat the Democratic Party establishment in the primary with an all-volunteer campaign team.
September 01, 2021
Tariq Ali on why Afghanistan is unconquerable
Tariq Ali marks the U.S. withdrawal of ground troops from Afghanistan by taking us through its decades-long history of war, in a shortened conversation due to technical issues.
August 31, 2021
James Holmes on how the new census data will shape our future
James Holmes, the only person of color to head the Census Bureau, dissects the new data which shows America is getting more diverse and tells us how it will shape the Congressional redistricting.
August 31, 2021
Charles Ramsey on the benefits of Black police chiefs
Charles Ramsey, who led police departments in Philly and Washington D.C. after decades in Chicago, reflects on the future of policing based upon his success in the past.
August 30, 2021
Ed Asner Tribute
Ed Asner was ready for the end, according to this 2017 conversation with Tavis, as we celebrate the fascinating life of the award-winning actor and staunch progressive activist.
August 30, 2021
March On Washington Special with Ericka Huggins, Clayborne Carson, and Noel Paul Stookey August 27 2021
As we celebrate the anniversary of the March On Washington, we hear from three folx who were actually there - Noel Paul Stookey from the folk singer Peter, Paul, and Mary; Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins when she was just 15 years; and Clayborne Carson, keeper of the MLK Archive at Stanford's The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Plus, a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on August 28, 2020.
August 27, 2021
Honoring Chadwick Boseman
Listen back to a conversation between Chadwick Boseman and Tavis Smiley as we mark one year since he passed away on August 28, 2020.
August 27, 2021
Ward Connerly on his lifelong quest to reform affirmative action programs
Ward Connerly, chief champion of California's Prop 209 25 years ago, agrees to disagrees with his old friend Tavis about the legacy of the ban on race, gender, and ethnicity-based data collection and hiring practices in public institutions.
August 26, 2021
Britanny Starks and her back to school braiding revolution
Brittany Starks has become a national sensation after her offer of free back-to-school braiding for a few kids turned into hundreds of requests and donations.
August 26, 2021
Mike Bonanno from The Yes Men on their latest prank
Mike Bonanno, co-founder of The Yes Men, tells us about their latest merry prank against a right-wing TV network and explains how culture jamming can be used in the struggle for justice.
August 26, 2021
Ricardo Flores on a new tool for boosting Black homeownership
Ricardo Flores, executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in San Diego, takes us inside a new program that provides hefty grants for aspiring Black homeowners.
August 25, 2021
Tone Loc sings along to his favorite songs
James Corden eat your heart out. We've got rapper Tone Loc in studio and he's singing along to his hit songs. Plus, get the real story of his police harassment at a Texas airport when he called out a passenger for their confederate flag hat. 
August 25, 2021
Roc Reunion: Ella Joyce and Rocky Carroll celebrate 30 years
We're celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Roc", the unapologetically Black comedy-drama which premiered on the nascent Fox network August 25, 1991, with co-stars Ella Joyce and Rocky Carroll, plus a special guest.
August 25, 2021
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson connects Black Lives Matter and Highlander
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, co-executive director of the historic Highlander Center and #BlackLivesMatter movement leader, takes us inside the new CLEAR report which exposes how President Trump's justice department targeted BIPOC protestors with harsh prosecutions on the federal level.
August 25, 2021
Dame Dash on the legacy of Aaliyah 20 years after her tragic death
Dame Dash, Aaliyah's boyfriend at the time of her deadly plane crash two decades ago, fondly remembers our babygirl and reacts to the current R Kelly trial.
August 25, 2021
Rokeshia Renné Ashley on how colorism affects our self esteem
Rokeshia Renné Ashley, assistant professor at Florida International University and author of the children's book SunFlower Girl, reveals how colorism and other forms of body shaming shape the self esteem of Black women and girls.
August 24, 2021
Walker Robins on why American Christians love Israel
Walker Robins, a history lecturer at Merrimack College and author of Between Dixie and Zion: Southern Baptists and Palestine Before Israel, tells us why American evangelical support for Zionism and the state of Israel is waning. 
August 24, 2021
Reginald Dwayne Betts on his prison library project
Poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Betts tells us about Freedom Reads, his new project creating pop-up libraries in the housing sections of prison, including Malcolm X's former cell.
August 24, 2021
Commissioner Bill Bratton on the best ways to reform the police
Former LAPD chief and NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton, now the Executive Chairman of Risk Advisory with Teneo, tells us why he disagrees with the approach of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, despite his reputation as a reformer as laid out in his new text The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America.
August 23, 2021
Susan Burton on her vindicated battle against mass incarceration
Susan Burton, a victim of America's mass incarceration system, tells us how she ultimately became the head of the same community service she once coveted and was eventually pardoned by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
August 23, 2021
Annette Gordon-Reed on her unexpected White House invite to celebrate Juneteenth
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed reveals how her latest text On Juneteenth got an unexpected boost from a rare bipartisan vote in Congress and a last minute invitation to the White House bill signing ceremony.
August 23, 2021
Wattstax Anniversary Special with Yvonne Burke, Ted Lange, David Porter, Richard Wells, and David Oyster
We're celebrating California's greatest music festival, 49 years to the day when it went down at the LA Coliseum, with folx who were in the audience (former LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and actor Ted Lange), folx who worked behind the scenes (filmmakers Richard Wells and David Oyster), and one of the performers who graced the stage (Isaac Hayes' collaborator and acclaimed songwriter David Porter). Plus, highlights from Richard Pryor, Rance Allen, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, The Staples Sisters, and The Bar-Kays.
August 20, 2021
Dr Butch Rosser on combining science, innovation, and Black culture
Dr Butch Rosser, famed surgeon and medtech innovator, lays out the journey of his incredible life - from Mississippi to America's top hospitals.
August 19, 2021
Kurtis Blow on surviving his near-death experience
Rev. Kurtis Blow tells us how he came back from the dead to rap another day after a near-fatal heart condition. Photo credit: Francelada
August 19, 2021
Raekwon takes us behind the scenes of Wu-Tang Clan
Raekwon, fresh off his free hometown Staten Island concert hosted by the Universal Hip Hop Museum, tells us about his new album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. III and takes us behind the scenes of Wu-Tang Clan.
August 19, 2021
The Hardy Brothers on the family vet business started by their father
John, Doug, and Greg Hardy tell us why they all became vets and went to Tuskegee University just like their late father, who practiced in Leimert Park next door to KBLA for many years.
August 18, 2021
Susannah Heschel on her father's legacy and MLK's Beyond Vietnam speech
Dartmouth professor Susannah Heschel reveals what it was like to witness Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Beyond Vietnam speech and how her father, famed civil rights leader Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrestled with race and religion during the height of the movement.
August 18, 2021
Mitch Marchand on his Emmy-nominated John Lewis special
Mitch Marchand, the Emmy-nominated head writer of "John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero", tells us what it was like to be a child intern on the set of "Do The Right Thing" and how that experience shaped his future as a sought-after writer and showrunner.
August 18, 2021
Marcus Garvey birthday celebration with his son Julius Garvey and Justin Hansford
Dr. Julius Garvey, along with Howard University law professor Justin Hansford, tell us why they're still fighting for justice - and a pardon - for famed civil rights leader Marcus Garvey, as we celebrate his August 17th birthday.
August 17, 2021
Dondraico Johnson on his Emmy-nominated choreography of Genuis Aretha
Emmy-nominated choreographer Dondraico Johnson tells us why "Genius: Aretha" was the project of a lifetime - and what it was like to be stage with Janet Jackson during her Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.
August 17, 2021
Steve James on his Emmy-nominated series City So Real
Steve James, the Peabody Award-winning director of "Hoop Dreams", tells us about his new Chicago series called "City So Real", which is nominated for two Emmys.
August 17, 2021
Mark Ridley-Thomas reveals whether or not he's running for mayor of Los Angeles
Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas is back to tell us whether or not he's running for mayor of Los Angeles.
August 17, 2021
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr on their Summer of Soul revival
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr, founding members of The 5th Dimension, reflect on their performance during the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, as featured in Questlove's "Summer of Soul" documentary, and share their first new album in 30 years, "Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons".
August 16, 2021
Claire Bellerjeau on spies and slavery during the American Revolution
Claire Bellejeau, education director and historian at Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, New York, takes us inside her new book Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth, co-written by Tiffany Yecke Brooks.
August 16, 2021
David Masciotra on why Jesse Jackson matters
David Masciotra, author of I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters, explains how the civil rights icon changed the political game and paved the way for the election of Barack Obama.
August 16, 2021
Aretha Franklin Day with Rev Robert Smith Jr and David Ritz
It's Aretha Franklin Day at KBLA. We're celebrating the release of the new biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson with music and personal stories from three folk who knew her well - Rev. Robert Smith Jr from New Bethel Baptist Church, her biographer David Ritz, and her close friend Tavis Smiley.
August 13, 2021
Jill Collen Jefferson and Thomas Bellinder on seeking justice for modern-day lynchings
Jill Collen Jefferson, founder of the civil rights law firm Julian, and Thomas Bellinder, legal support director for the People's Advocacy Institute, tell us how they are seeking justice for several victims of modern-day lynchings, often made to look like suicides by white supremacists. 
August 13, 2021
Masta Ace on how seizing an opportunity can change your life forever
Masta Ace, one of the premier and underappreciated hip hop MCs, tells us how owning a car - and being the one who went first when no one else wanted to - led to his success in the music industry. Plus, KBLA midday host Danny Morrison stops by to ask a few questions, seeing as how he's such a HHHUUUGGGEEE Masta Ace fan.
August 12, 2021
Laura Edelson on why her research got her banned by Facebook
Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, tells us why she and her colleagues got banned by Facebook, just as they were starting to discover the complexities of racialized political and medical disinformation on the world's biggest social media platform.
August 12, 2021
Theresa Montaño on the OC's critical race reality
Theresa Montaño, a chicana/o studies professor at Cal State Northridge and board member of the California Faculty Association, reveals the stark reality of why critical race theory and ethnic studies are being opposed by some southern California leaders.
August 12, 2021
Sonny Rollins on straddling the spirit and physical worlds
Sonny Rollins, the acclaimed jazz musician known as the saxophone colossus, reveals that he already has one foot in the spirit world and is ready for the next journey. Photo: John Abbott
August 11, 2021
Noelle Silver, tell us about Alexa and AI
Noelle Silver, a pioneer of artificial intelligence who helped develop Alexa, tells us with her human brain and voice how she keeps diversity at the forefront of AI development and how our own stories can help us build a brand.
August 11, 2021
Michael Williams on the history of LA's Black comedy scene
Michael Williams, founder of Leimert Park's Comedy Act Theater, takes us back to the early days of the Black comedy scene in Los Angeles, just as it was hopping off and launching dozens of household names.
August 11, 2021
Alphonso Jackson on how he would solve America's housing crisis
Alphonso Jackson, former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reflects on his efforts during the George W Bush administration to reduce homelessness and address the affordable housing crisis.
August 10, 2021
John Nichols on the trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill
John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, takes us inside the massive infrastructure bill which passed the U.S Senate with bipartisan support and is now headed to the House of Representatives for a budget battle with Republicans.
August 10, 2021
Hildreth Walker on his historic yet hidden role during the Apollo 11 moon landing
Hildreth "Hal" Walker shares the forgotten but inspirational story of his journey from Louisiana to the moon by way of South Central and a NASA laser beam. He's joined by Skylar, one of his South African protegés.
August 10, 2021
Gavin Newsom tells Dominique DiPrima why we need to vote no on his recall
Governor Gavin Newsom makes a passionate pitch for finishing his term, passing reparations, and building on California's strong economic growth, in this exclusive bonus from First Things First with Dominique DiPrima.
August 10, 2021
Mark Ridley-Thomas on LA's new anti-camping law
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas takes us inside the law he sponsored which seeks to address LA's homelessness crisis through new restrictions on tents and homeless encampments near schools, parks, and other "sensitive" areas.
August 09, 2021
Yasmeen Abutaleb on President Trump's near-death experience
Washington Post national health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb, co-author with Damian Paletta of the New York Times #1 bestselling and Eso Won-recommended book Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration's Response to the Pandemic That Changed History, takes us behind the scenes of the White House during the height of the pandemic including the fateful weekend when the president nearly died from COVID-19.
August 09, 2021
Larry Elder on why he wants to be California governor
Larry Elder, the current front runner in California's recall election of Gavin Newsom on September 14th, reveals what he plans to do as governor of America's biggest state - and the world's fifth largest economy.
August 09, 2021
Cecil Roberts on the fierce legacy of Richard Trumka
Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America, reflects on the accomplished life of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, his best friend and comrade on the picket lines for five decades.
August 06, 2021
PT10 Survivors: Jackie Starkey, Robert Hines, and Angela Danovi on how they're gettin' on
Jackie Starkey, Robert Hines, and Angela Danovi, three folx Tavis met during The Poverty Tour ten years ago this week, give us an update on their lives, their jobs, and their grandkids (!).
August 06, 2021
PT10 Success Stories: Kerri Pruitt, Richard Townsell, and Whittney Smith on how they're waging the war on poverty
Kerri Pruitt, executive director and co-founder of the Dannon Project, and Richard Townsell and Whittney Smith, executive and deputy directors of Chicago's Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, give us an update from the frontlines on some of the successful tools for easing pain and eliminating poverty in their communities, as we commemorate ten years since the launch of The Poverty Tour from Hayward, Wisconsin.
August 06, 2021
PT10 Big Picture: Sasha Abramsky on the stark situation for America's poor and working folx
Sasha Abramsky, author of the seminal text The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, lays out the impending crisis for millions of Americans once the eviction moratoria and COVID-19 unemployment payments expire, as we commemorate ten years since the launch of The Poverty Tour from Hayward, Wisconsin.
August 06, 2021
Tower Of Power on their upcoming Hollywood Bowl show and latest album
Tower Of Power originals Emilio Castillo and Stephen "Doc" Kupka share their favorite stories and preview their upcoming tour starting with the Hollywood Bowl, while their former bandmate Lenny Pickett takes us behind the scenes of his more recent gig as musical director of "Saturday Night Live".
August 05, 2021
Kwame Anthony Appiah on how his parents' interracial marriage shaped his world-famous views on identity
Kwame Anthony Appiah hails from royalty and powerful politicians on both his Ghanaian and British sides, shaping his complex and ethically-probative understanding of identity.
August 05, 2021
Bob Beamon and Ralph Boston on how they jumped into the history books during the 1968 Olympics
Bob Beamon and Ralph Boston, record-breaking long jumpers with a pair of Olympic gold medals between them, recall their warm friendship and occasional rivalry as they battled racial injustice together before and during the 1968 Summer Olympics.
August 05, 2021
Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas on the secret sauce of a successful marriage
Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas reveal the wisdom discovered during their conversations with 40 famous couples, as captured in their book What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life.
August 04, 2021
Adolph Reed on why identitarians are leaving poor folx behind
Adolph Reed calls out those in the Black community who push for racial justice but choose not to fight for economic equity, in the name of capitalism and their own self-interest. 
August 04, 2021
Nick Mohammed aka Nate the Great on the unexpected success of Ted Lasso
Emmy-nominated actor Nick Mohammed, who plays Nate "the great" Shelley on the AppleTV+ hit comedy Ted Lasso, tells us how the ensemble cast reacted to a record-breaking 20 nominations, why he's one of the most "multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial" nominees, and what has been key to the show's success.
August 04, 2021
Richard Wolff on Tavis Smiley August 3 2021
Acclaimed economist Richard Wolff lays out the 200-plus-year history of capitalism to explain how we got to this point. 
August 03, 2021
Erika Smith on Tavis Smiley August 3 2021
LA Times columnist Erika D Smith guides us through the complex issues of police violence, homelessness, and the COVID-19 surge that dominate the headlines.
August 03, 2021
Alvin Bragg on Tavis Smiley August 3 2021
Alvin Bragg, who is positioned to become Manhattan's first Black district attorney, tells us about his harrowing, yet enriching upbringing in Harlem, his transformative goals as the country's most high-profile D.A., and the critical balance between social justice and public safety.
August 03, 2021
Nina Turner on Tavis Smiley August 2 2021
Nina Turner, the leading candidate in the special election for Ohio's 11th congressional district, joins us with a quick update from the campaign trail about her fight for a $15 minimum wage and Medicare For All - and tells us why she's getting pushback from corporate Democrats.
August 03, 2021
Jacquil Constant on Tavis Smiley August 2 2021
Jacquil Constant, executive director and founder of the Haiti International Film Festival, previews this year's program August 13-15 and explains why he started the celebration of the Caribbean nation's cinema arts six years ago. 
August 02, 2021
Cheryl Dorsey on Tavis Smiley August 2 2021
Retired LAPD Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey, author of the autobiography Black & Blue (The Creation of a Manifesto): The True Story of an African-American Woman on the LAPD and the Powerful Secrets She Uncovered as well as the forthcoming book The Confidence Chronicles, shares her unusual backstory and approach to policing including how she treated everyone she encountered like they were one of her own sons. 
August 02, 2021
Mai Vang on Tavis Smiley August 2 2021
Sacramento city councilmember Mai Vang explains how her own background as the eldest of 16 Hmong children born to refugee parents shaped her progressive approach to tackling homelessness, police violence, and racism.
August 02, 2021
Rhonda Harper on Tavis Smiley July 30 2021
Rhonda "Rokki" Harper joins us from Senegal, where she's supporting Black children and young adults who have been surfing for decades as part of her organization Black Girls Surf. Photo: Surfrider Foundation
July 30, 2021
Mitch Landrieu on Tavis Smiley July 30 2021
Mitch Landrieu, former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana and Mayor of New Orleans, tells us why and how he's now fighting for racial justice in the deep south through his organization E Pluribus Unum. Photo: Infrogmation
July 30, 2021
Dr Barbara Ferrer on Tavis Smiley July 30 2021
Dr Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, brings us up to speed on the surge in COVID-19 cases that is disproportionately affecting Black and Brown folx. 
July 30, 2021
Siri Nelson on Tavis Smiley July 30 2021
Siri Nelson, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, celebrates National Whistleblower Day by naming the heroes who have literally saved millions of lives through exposing corruption, pollution, and other illegal activities at great personal risk.
July 30, 2021
Joyce Burges on Tavis Smiley July 29 2021
Joyce Burges, co-founder of National Black Home Educators, shares her own experience homeschooling her children and what it's like for Black parents making the switch today.
July 29, 2021
Chesa Boudin on Tavis Smiley July 29 2021
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin shares his unapologetically progressive approach to prosecuting crime, supporting victims, and seeking alternatives, particularly for those suffering with mental illness and/or addiction.
July 29, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Dominique DiPrima reveals shocking Larry Elder clip
Dominique DiPrima reveals an exclusive clip of Larry Elder, one of the front runners in the California gubernatorial recall election, disparaging Black folx and using the N word, in this bonus KBLA crossover episode. Photo: Gage Skidmore
July 29, 2021
Michael Brown on Tavis Smiley July 29 2021
Michael Brown, former head of FEMA, recalls the challenging days before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina and explains how systemic neglect contributed to the poor response by his agency and the federal government.
July 29, 2021
Ellis Hall on Tavis Smiley July 28 2021
Musician Ellis Hall, former Tower Of Power lead singer, brings his Hammond B3 into our studio for some tunes and tales in advance of his show at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill.
July 29, 2021
George Fraser on Tavis Smiley July 29 2021
America's best Black networking expert George Fraser teaches a free master class on how to build business relationships and improve your emotional intelligence, ahead of his keynote speech at the Power Networking Conference later this month.
July 28, 2021
Adrian Miller on Tavis Smiley July 28 2021
Food writer, James Beard Award winner, and former Clinton Administration advisor Adrian Miller takes us inside his flamin' hot new book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. 
July 28, 2021
Alex Hinton on Tavis Smiley July 27 2021
Alex Hinton, author of the Eso Won Books-recommended It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US, tells us why his prediction of the January 6th insurrection may not be the last violent pushback to the last year's racial reckoning.
July 27, 2021
Kwin Mosby on Tavis Smiley July 27 2021
Travel and leisure writer Kwin Mosby shares his favorite Black-owned and Black heritage destinations in the U.S. and abroad that would appeal to travelers hoping to escape their cocoon.
July 27, 2021
Ephraim Isaac on Tavis Smiley July 27 2021
Dr. Ephraim Isaac, director of the Institute of Semitic Studies and founding professor of Harvard University's African-American Studies program, joins us for a career conversation about what the Ivy League was like in the late 60s, his take on the atrocities in his home country of Ethiopia, and why he chose May 29th as his birthday because he doesn't know his real one.
July 27, 2021
Nissan Thomas and Marie Riggins on Tavis Smiley July 23 2021
Longtime Inglewood resident Marie Riggins and her attorney Nissan Thomas catch us up on the successful GoFundMe campaign designed to keep Mrs. Riggins in her home at Carlton Square, after it sold by the homeowners' association to a white buyer at a steep discount after she fell behind on her HOA fees.
July 23, 2021
Jesse Hagopian and Angela Harris on Tavis Smiley July 23 2021
Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian and Milwaukee teacher Angela Harris reveal how their new text Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice is shaping the lesson plans of thousands of teachers and taking on the critics of Critical Race Theory.
July 23, 2021
Tommie Smith and John Carlos on Tavis Smiley July 23 2021
1968 Olympic medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos reflect on their iconic protest during the American anthem and how it impacted the rest of their lives. Check out The John Carlos Collection and the Starz documentary about Tommie Smith With Drawn Arms. @JohnCarlos1968 @pariscarrenterprises
July 23, 2021
Obery Hendricks on Tavis Smiley July 22 2021
Columbia University professor Obery Hendricks, author of the Eso Won Books recommended text Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith, takes us inside the dark world of conservative Christians and reflects on their impact on the rest of us. Note: Due to a power outage, this episode is an abridged version of the conversation.
July 22, 2021
Jamie Lincoln Kitman on Tavis Smiley July 22 2021
Award-winning automotive journalist Jamie Kitman lays out how to be a progressive car owner and what new models are worth a look. 
July 22, 2021
Annette Nance-Holt on Tavis Smiley July 22 2021
Annette Nance-Holt made history this summer when she became Chicago's first Black female fire department commissioner. She shares her journey up the ladder.
July 22, 2021
Jackie Hwang on Tavis Smiley July 21 2021
Stanford sociology professor Jackie Hwang shares the results of her innovative research into the ways race and class can determine the outcomes of gentrification.
July 21, 2021
Briahna Joy Gray on Tavis Smiley July 21 2021
Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for the 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and co-host of the podcast Bad Faith, offers a critical review of President Joe Biden's performance so far and tells us why she faces retaliation for not endorsing him during the general election. 
July 21, 2021
Amy Wilentz on Tavis Smiley July 21 2021
Nation correspondent and UC Irving literary journalism professor Amy Wilentz takes us inside the volatile situation in Haiti following the assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse on July 7th.
July 21, 2021
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on Tavis Smiley July 20 2021
Musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah previews his four (!) upcoming albums and connects the legacy of slavery to the coercive business practices of the music industry, dating back one hundred years.
July 20, 2021
Aaron Neville on Tavis Smiley July 20 2021
Aaron Neville may be done with touring, but the 80 year-old musician tells us why he still hits the gym and his home studio to work out his body inside and out.
July 20, 2021
Na'im Akbar on Tavis Smiley July 20 2021
Na'im Akbar, America's leading Black psychologist, takes a break from retirement to provide collective mental health care for those of us wrestling with the long lockdown and racial reckoning of the past year. Production support provided by Akbar Law Firm.
July 20, 2021
John Boyd on Tavis Smiley July 19 2021
John Boyd Jr., the last living founder and longtime president of the National Black Farmers Association, updates Tavis on the multi-billion dollar settlement that still has not been paid to Black farmers after three decades of campaigning. New members and supporters are welcome.
July 19, 2021
Kenny Leon on Tavis Smiley July 19 2021
Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon takes us inside his recent film Mahalia and previews his upcoming shows on Broadway which (hopefully) can finally re-open following the long lockdown.
July 19, 2021
Pastor Mike on Tavis Smiley July 19 2021
"Pastor Mike" Walrond from the historic First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem explains how his own struggle with mental illness informed his witness and the service he now provides free of charge to churchgoers and the wider community through the H.O.P.E. Center.
July 19, 2021
Stephen Fry on Tavis Smiley July 16 2021
Actor and author Stephen Fry joins Tavis in studio to talk about his new book Troy and his on-again, off-again relationship with social media.
July 16, 2021
Starsky Wilson on Tavis Smiley July 16 2021
Rev Dr Starsky Wilson, the new president and CEO of the Children's Defense Fund, reflects on the legacy of his predecessor Marian Wright Edelman and tells us how the new Child Tax Credit could lift millions of kids out of poverty.
July 16, 2021
Faye Wattleton on Tavis Smiley July 16 2021
Faye Wattleton, the first African-American and youngest women ever to become president of Planned Parenthood, updates us on the current challenges for women's health and shares how growing up in Nebraska as the daughter of a female minister shaped who she is today.
July 16, 2021
Marsha Warfield on Tavis Smiley July 15 2021
Comedian and actress Marsha Warfield reflects on her days playing Roz in the NBC hit comedy Night Court and her time working in the Los Angeles comedy scene.
July 15, 2021
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard on Tavis Smiley July 15 2021
Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, shares how small business owners and cooperative entrepreneurs can thrive sustainably and overcome racial barriers when working together. Photo: Bob Nichols
July 15, 2021
Speech on Tavis Smiley July 15 2021
Speech, co-founder of the seminal hip hop group Arrested Development, takes us inside the lyrics of "Tennessee" and "Mr Wendel" as well as their latest album Don't Fight Your Demons. Photo: Stuart Sevastos
July 15, 2021
Bill Maher on Tavis Smiley July 14 2021
Bill Maher gets up "early" to chat with Tavis about why the Trump Era isn't over, which generations are ruining the world, and why "he's not in it for the likes".
July 14, 2021
Derek Steele and Nakkia Gold on Tavis Smiley July 14 2021
Derek Steele, interim executive director for Inglewood's Social Justice Learning Institute, and musician Nakkia Gold preview Justice Fest and explain how their work impacts young people in our community.
July 14, 2021
Ice Cube on Tavis Smiley July 13 2021
Ice Cube stops by the studio to tell us about his new single "Trying to Maintain" and what he does when his songs come on the radio while he's driving around his hometown.
July 13, 2021
Cecily Myart-Cruz on Tavis Smiley July 13 2021
Cecily Myart-Cruz, the first woman of color to become president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the city's largest educators' union, tells us why schools will be ready to open next month and the best ways to recruit more BIPOC teachers.
July 13, 2021
Justin J Pearson and Rep. Steve Cohen on Tavis Smiley July 13 2021
Justin J Pearson, leader of the Memphis Community Against the Pipeline, tells us the story of how he and dozens of activists slayed the corporate dragon which tried to deliver crude oil for export through Boxtown, a predominantly-POC area. Congressman Steve Cohen, representing Tennessee's 9th District including Memphis, gives us an update on his efforts to block the pipeline project on the federal level.
July 13, 2021
Mo'Nique on Tavis Smiley July 12 2021
Comedian and actress Mo'Nique catches up with Tavis on her multigenerational family, her famous phone call with Tyler Perry, and the less-than-prominent placement of her Oscar statue.
July 12, 2021
Anthea Butler on Tavis Smiley July 12 2021
Anthea Butler, chair of Africana Studies at UPenn, takes us inside her new book is White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America.
July 12, 2021
Cindy Sheehan on Tavis Smiley July 12 2021
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of fallen soldier Casey Sheehan, reflects on her campaign to end America's wars and her mistreatment by both political parties. Photo: Ben Schumin
July 12, 2021
Virgil Grant on Tavis Smiley July 9 2021
Cannabis entrepreneur and leader Virgil Grant explains to Tavis why regulators need to follow the principles of racial justice and foster the development and growth of Black-owned stores.
July 09, 2021
Ron Daniels on Tavis Smiley July 9 2021
Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and convener of the National African American Reparations Commission, gets Tavis up to date on the latest developments in the long struggle to get financial and other community benefits for Black folx.
July 09, 2021
Fabio Rojas on Tavis Smiley July 9 2021
Fabio Rojas, Indiana University professor and editor of the vanguard sociology magazine Contexts: Understanding People in their Social Worlds, looks back on whether the past two decades of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and several other regions around the globe was worth it - and lays out how the rise of Barack Obama decimated the anti-war movement.
July 09, 2021
Lynne Moody and Lisa Wright on Tavis Smiley July 8 2021
Actress Lynne Moody and KBLA sales team member Lisa Wright share the joyful story of how they, as mother and daughter, were reunited following a decades-long separation after birth.
July 08, 2021
James Fugate of Eso Won Books on Tavis Smiley July 8 2021
James Fugate, co-owner of Leimert Park legend Eso Won Books, explains how the racial reckoning of 2020 and the Bookstore of the Year award from Publishers Weekly has led to a surge in sales. This is the inaugural episode in a monthly series featuring Eso Won-recommended books.
July 08, 2021
Bhaskar Sunkara on Tavis Smiley July 8 2021
Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor of the socialist magazine Jacobin and author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality, reflects on why Bernie Sanders wasn't able to win the presidency with his populist brand of democratic socialism - and the maternal influence of his sacred love for reading.
July 08, 2021
Lori Wallach on Tavis Smiley July 7 2021
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach catches up with Tavis on the state of trade in America and the devastating effect of NAFTA and the WTO on BIPOC jobs, particularly in California.
July 07, 2021
Wren T Brown on Tavis Smiley July 7 2021
Actor and Ebony Repertory Theatre co-founder Wren T. Brown previews their new season at the Nate Holden and reveals his multi-generational Los Angeles roots dating back to the 1800s.
July 07, 2021
Ricardo Garcia on Tavis Smiley July 7 2021
Los Angeles County Public Defender Ricardo Garcia explains why he brings a presumption of innocence approach to his office and how his staff has a unique perspective for identify police violence and misconduct. #BlackLivesMatter
July 07, 2021
Harry Lennix on Tavis Smiley July 6 2021
Master thespian Harry Lennix tells Tavis about his unlikely path to stardom, his priestly ambitions, and that time he almost retired right before becoming a world famous actor and superhero.
July 06, 2021
Dr Robert Drummond on Tavis Smiley July 6 2021
Robert Drummond M.D., Ph.D. sounds the alarm on rising COVID-19 hospitalization rates for Black residents in Los Angeles, in contrast to falling rates for white, Latinx, and Asian residents.
July 06, 2021
Cornell William Brooks on Tavis Smiley July 6 2021
Harvard Professor and former NAACP president Cornell William Brooks goes inside the U.S. Supreme Court decision which decimated the Voting Rights Act.
July 06, 2021
Jay King on Tavis Smiley July 5 2021
Club Nouveau founder and California Black Chamber of Commerce president Jay King talks about his band's new tour, his new solo album, and the work of Black Chambers across the state.
July 05, 2021
Borzou Daragahi on Tavis Smiley July 5 2021
Former LA Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi brings us up to date on America's wars overseas following the withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from Afghanistan and President Joe Biden's controversial bombing of Iran-backed militia members in Iraq.
July 05, 2021
Carl Hart on Tavis Smiley July 5 2021
Dr. Carl Hart, Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University, tells Tavis how Sha'Carri Richardson's disqualification connects to the larger war on drugs.
July 05, 2021
Shannon LaNier on Tavis Smiley July 2 2021
Black News Channel anchor Shannon LaNier, a ninth generation descendent of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, tells Tavis what it was - and wasn't - like "growing up Jefferson" and shares his thoughts on the troubling legacy behind the forced union of his ancestors. Photo: Drew Gardner
July 02, 2021
Daryl Newell on Tavis Smiley July 2 2021
Daryl Newell, president of Seaway Bank, a division of the Self-Help Credit Union, celebrates International Coop Day with the story of his historic financial institution and how new awareness around the power of Black money is helping them offer more support to struggling customers.
July 02, 2021
Angela Jackson and Tongo Eisen-Martin on Tavis Smiley July 1 2021
Illinois Poet Laureate and Gwendolyn Brooks protegé Angela Jackson and San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin share their experiences as America's official storytellers as well as their own poems.
July 01, 2021
Glynn Turman on Tavis Smiley July 1 2021
Emmy Award-winning actor Glynn Turman reflects on his long career, beginning with a starring role on the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the age of 12, and remembers Chadwick Boseman, who co-starred with him in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom". Photo: Lisa Fulton
July 01, 2021
Bishop Leah Daughtry on Tavis Smiley July 1 2021
Bishop Leah Daughtry, National Presiding Prelate of The House of the Lord Churches and former Democratic National Committee chief of staff, explains to Tavis why she co-signed On Black Lives Matter: A Theological Statement from the Black Churches.
July 01, 2021
Propaganda on Tavis Smiley June 30 2021
Hip hop artist Propaganda takes Tavis inside his new text Terraform: Building a Better World.
June 30, 2021
Van Jones on Tavis Smiley June 30 2021
Van Jones, CNN commentator and long-time civil rights activist, talks about his new documentary film "The First Step", a behind-the-scenes portrayal of the political machinations required to pass the bipartisan First Step Act.
June 30, 2021
Ruben Navarrette on Tavis Smiley June 30 2021
Ruben Navarrette, syndicated columnist and host of the podcast "Ruben In The Center," joins his former co-host Tavis to talk about immigration and the Latinx perspective on President Joe Biden's performance so far. 
June 30, 2021
Erroll Southers on Tavis Smiley June 29 2021
USC Professor and former law enforcement leader Erroll Southers reveals the details of LEWIS, a new database named after the late civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, which tracks police officers who have been fired or forced to resign due to misconduct, in an effort to prevent their rehiring, increase trust in quality policing, and decrease police violence against communities of color.
June 29, 2021
Deroy Murdock on Tavis Smiley June 29 2021
Conservative columnist, Fox News commentator, and South Central Los Angeles native Deroy Murdock joins his old friend Tavis for a fresh debate - as they agree to disagree on a number of issues including President Trump's wall, President Biden's job so far, and the reasons behind the new increase in crime rates.
June 29, 2021
Lora King on Tavis Smiley June 29 2021
Lora King, one of Rodney King's daughters, takes us inside her family's struggles in the aftermath of her father's brutal beating by Los Angeles police officers, captured on videotape by George Holliday, and the subsequent acquittal of his attackers, which sparked the 1992 L.A. Rebellion. She currently runs the Rodney King Foundation. #GetAlong
June 29, 2021
Olympia LePoint on Tavis Smiley June 28 2021
Rocket scientist and TED Talker Olympia LePoint tells Tavis Smiley how she got from 55th and Hoover to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
June 28, 2021
Morris Day on Tavis Smiley June 28 2021
Time lead singer Morris Day and Tavis Smiley remember their mutual friend Prince and discuss Morris' latest text On Time: A Princely Life in Funk. Photo: John Mathew Smith
June 28, 2021
Michael Eric Dyson on Tavis Smiley June 28 2021
Tavis reconnects with his long-time friend, Vanderbilt professor Michael Eric Dyson, to discuss his latest text Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America in the context of the Derek Chauvin verdict, trigger warnings, Karens, and Jim Crow-era language used by some white activists aligned with the #MeToo movement.
June 28, 2021
Chopmaster J on Tavis Smiley June 25 2021
Chopmaster J, co-founder of Digital Underground, remembers Shock G aka Humpty, who passed away this year, and shares some great stories about their former roadie, Tupac Shakur, who would have turned 50 this month.
June 25, 2021
Connie Rice on Tavis Smiley June 25 2021
Civil rights attorney Connie Rice reflects on the murder of George Floyd, the verdict of Derek Chauvin, and the perils of wokeness.
June 25, 2021
Bill Duke on Tavis Smiley June 25, 2021
Veteran actor and director Bill Duke talks about his role in the new Steven Soderbergh film No Sudden Move.
June 25, 2021
Jaron Lanier on Tavis Smiley June 24 2021
Jaron Lanier, the "conscience of Silicon Valley", looks back on a revolutionary year for social media and AI. Photo: JD Lasica
June 24, 2021
Garrett Morris on Tavis Smiley June 24 2021
Original Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris catches up with Tavis about his busy acting career. 
June 24, 2021
Father Michael Pfleger on Tavis Smiley June 24 2021
Chicago's most famous priest, Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina's Church, explains to Tavis why the recent investigation into misconduct allegations and his eventual exoneration tested his faith. Photo credit: Daniel X. O'Neil
June 24, 2021
Dave Koz on Tavis Smiley June 23, 2021
Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz starts the summer off right with a breezy chat with Tavis about the return of touring and concerts.
June 23, 2021
College Track on Tavis Smiley June 23 2021
Wintor McNeel, Aja Moore-Ramos, and John Lee from College Track explain to Tavis how their organization helps high school students get to the next stop on the education train.
June 23, 2021
Rabbi Sandra Lawson on Tavis Smiley June 23 2021
Rabbi Sandra Lawson tells Tavis about the growing number of POCs who practice Judaism. 
June 23, 2021
Jesse Jackson Jr on Tavis Smiley June 22 2021
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. joins Tavis to reflect on how his warning in Congress about attacks on Black voting rights has now become a reality.
June 22, 2021
Chann Berry on Tavis Smiley June 22 2021
Director and actor Chann Berry joins Tavis to talk about the impact of his 2011 colorism documentary Dark Girls and the 2020 sequel Dark Girls 2, particularly in relation to the In The Heights/Lin-Manuel Miranda controversy, as well as the challenges of a Black film director in the Hollywood system.
June 22, 2021
Barbara Ehrenreich on Tavis Smiley June 22 2021
2021 PEN Award winner Barbara Ehrenreich and Tavis Smiley extend their ongoing conversation over the years by checking in on the state of muckraking and myth busting.
June 22, 2021
Melina Abdullah on Tavis Smiley June 21 2021
Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of #BlackLivesMatter, gives Tavis Smiley an update on the movement in the midst of change and previews her new program on KBLA 1580 AM every Saturday and Sunday morning.
June 21, 2021
Michael Fauntroy on Tavis Smiley June 21 2021
George Mason University professor Michael Fauntroy reflects on the Juneteenth holiday and the challenges for Black academics like Nikole Hannah Jones in the current climate in his conversation with Tavis Smiley. Listen to the program live each weekday between 9am-12pm LA Time on KBLA 1580 AM and TuneIn.
June 21, 2021
Marc Lamont Hill on Tavis Smiley June 21 2021
Black News Channel anchor Marc Lamont Hill joins Tavis Smiley as his first guest on his new program to talk about his latest text "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility". Listen live to Tavis Smiley on KBLA 1580 AM and TuneIn Radio Mondays-Fridays 9am-12pm LA time. #BlackLivesMatter
June 21, 2021