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Grammy Winner D’Angelo Talks With Tavis Smiley About “Black Messiah” And More (Video)

Come to think of it: Was there ‘Neo-Soul’ music before D’Angelo? Not much, if any. He was a founding father of the genre, so to speak. From the son of a Baptist preacher, heavily influenced by church music, to making that funky stuff that grew from steeping in all that Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, James Brown, and Prince growing up. Then he got ‘extra-grown’ for the ladies with that “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” song and video. That earned him a Grammy (Best Male R&B Vocal Performance).

And then…nothing…for like over 10 years.

Now D’Angelo is back with his latest project, “Black Messiah.” And here he is talking to Tavis about it and more. Hey, it took two episodes to convey the convo. Keep watching after the jump.


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Killer Mike On The Tavis Smiley Show (Video)

Respect! More of the Hip-Hop Ambassador of Realness – 1/2 of Run The Jewels – making the media rounds. Talk show host Tavis Smiley has Killer Kill From Adamsville in for a sit-down. Captured in two parts: Start with the first above, then continue with the second after the jump.


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Talib Kweli Speaks on Artistic Integrity With Tavis Smiley (Video)

Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli sits down with Tavis Smiley on his PBS television show to discuss his latest LP “Prisoner of Conscious,” his artistic approach (and how it has changed), and more. In the above clip, Talib relates his firm stance on artistic integrity; holding that succumbing to every whim of his fans would actually betray them… in that doing so would mean he was not being a true artist. View the entire interview after the jump.



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Dr. Cornel West Sits Down For Conversation With Julian Assange (Audio)

WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organization which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. A few years ago, WikiLeaks published the first set of more than 250,000 secret State Department documentsone of the largest leaks of classified information in history. All in the name of transparency – letting the people know what their governments don’t want them to know – which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes is important in keeping societies free.

In the audio below, Assange sits down with Dr. Cornel West at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to speak on the importance of keeping societies and governments open, on propaganda campaigns against him (including those spurred by the U.S. government), on his latest text, “Cypherpunks,” and more. Very interesting listen.

‘Every law, every regulation, every constitution comes about as a result of people communicating… You ask yourself what regulates the law, what regulates mandate, what regulates constitutional change? It is regulated by the people communicating… the only way to hold government to account and modify its behavior and produce an educated body politic… is through free and robust communication. Government must not be in charge of regulating what the people know about government. That would be a self-regulation that is doomed to failure.’

Julian Assange


Comedian/Actor Jimmie “JJ” Walker Talks with Tavis Smiley (Video)

Jimmie Walker talks about his book, “Dyn-O-Mite,” during his interview on the “Tavis Smiley Show.” Mr. Smiley asks Mr. Walker about his experiences, lessons learned, etc. during and since his breakout role on the show “Good Times.” Very enlightening to really hear from and see Jimmie Walker beyond “JJ.” Good vid. Take a look. And watch the WHOLE THING! It turns out that “Good Times” was probably not what you thought. And there is so much more to Jimmie Walker than you probably knew!
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Ice-T Appears On Tavis Smiley (Video)

Lupe Fiasco Talks About Suicide, Depression, & His New Album With Tavis Smiley (Video)

Actor Anthony Mackie Speaks With Tavis Smiley On Black Film Industry Being Lazy (Video)

I agree with Anthony Mackie wholeheartedly. Why do African-American filmmakers, producers & other people in the industry keep begging the film industry for acceptance. It’s the same problem in the music industry where everyone doesn’t want to support quality work, but the focus on is solely on getting paid. Marcus Garvey said it best that we have to do for self.