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On air. Volume II : the best of Tavis Smiley on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, 2002-2003
Smiley, Tavis, 1964-
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Carlsbad, Calif. : Smiley Books, [2004]

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xi, 225 pages ; 22 cm
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E185.86 .S634 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Tavis Smiley brings us a collector's edition of his thought-provoking and action-guided commentaries as heard by millions on The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Included are memorable on-air campaigns--which have changed how companies do business with African Americans. These campaigns included: CompUSA: when Tavis and Tom compiled a list of companies--the first target being CompUSA--that get millions of dollars from Black Customers to pressure them to buy more ads in the Black media; Rosa Parks: Tavis led a six week campaign to get Congress to award Parks the Congressional Gold Medal, which she received from President Clinton in 1999; Black Shows on Network Television: Tavis launched campaigns to urge Fox TV to return Living Single to its line-up; and was instrumental in seeing that City of Angels wasn't pulled from CBS's schedule in 2000; and much more! Regarded by many as "the voice of Black America," Smiley's commentaries spark dialogue and debate.

Author Notes

Tavis has authored several books, including Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America, ISBN: 0385505140; How to Make Black America Better, ISBN: 0385502141; Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a Difference, ISBN: 0385499310; Empowerment Cards, ISBN: 1401901271. He is also the publisher of The Smiley Report newsletter. Tavis is the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to encourage, empower, and enlighten black youth. Youth to Leaders (Y2L), the cornerstone program of the Foundation, is an annual series of one-day leadership-building conferences that takes place in cities across the U.S. Tavis Smiley Presents, a subsidiary of The Smiley Group, Inc., was created to bring ideas and people together through symposiums, seminars, forums, and townhall meetings.One of ten children, Tavis is single and lives in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys a good game of Scrabble with friends.

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Booklist Review

Smiley has compiled a second volume of his two-minute commentaries featured on the Tomoyner Morning Show,0 from 2002 to 2003, which can be heard in more than 100 radio markets. The book's five chapters are titled "Reflection"; "Advocacy"; "Public Policy"; "Race, Racism, and Black Folk"; and "Another Thing." His thought-provoking discussions about issues that affect and reflect on the black community are humorous, wise, and contentious. As with all of Smiley's essays, including tributes to Althea Gibson, Ben Carson, and Maynardackson, listeners are touched and inspired by his compassion and honesty. He challenges all African Americans to critically review the political, educational, and social climate in which we live. Also, some of his more controversial commentaries--including the boycott of MCI--that implore listeners to unify and call the phone numbers or send e-mail messages are in each chapter. Probably headed to the best-seller lists. --Lillian Lewis Copyright 2004 Booklist