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An Unapologetic Tavis Smiley Making A Comeback


By Gary A. Johnson – Black Men In

Did anyone miss Tavis Smiley not being on the air?  Just asking. 

After a 3-year absence from the radio and television airwaves, Tavis Smiley is back. 

Smiley is the majority owner of KBLA, which he and investment partners bought from New York-based Multicultural Radio Broadcasting in a deal valued at $7.5 million. Good for him.  That’s one way to get back “on the air.” 

Over the past three decades I’ve heard people say a lot of things about Tavis Smiley Tavis.  My sense is that he’s self-serving, shrewd, probably has a little “cry-baby” in him when it comes to how he’s portrayed, and he’s disciplined when it comes to his money.  Brother man can network and make his money work for him.

That can be good and bad for you if you’re not careful, but as Smiley would say, “I digress.”

Click here to read Smiley’s interview with Lynn Elber of the Associated Press (AP).

This is Tavis Smiley’s two-part interview with the late great Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince in 2009.

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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