This week on The Tavis Smiley Show
On February 26, 2012, an unarmed Black teenager was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in central Florida. Over the following year, the nation was transfixed by the details and by standoffs between those who argued that George Zimmerman was within his rights to kill Trayvon Martin, and those who said Trayvon was the victim of an overzealous racist vigilante. Now, two years later, the question remains: why is Zimmerman walking free? In a new book, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It”, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom blames a botched prosecution and pervasive racial bias in the American justice...
At 8 years old, Shyima Hall was sold into slavery by her desperately poor Egyptian family to repay a debt. After several years of bondage in Egypt, her wealthy captors moved to the United States and smuggled her into the country with them. As a domestic slave in a gated community in Southern California, she was forced to work day and night before being rescued after an anonymous tip to law enforcement in 2002. In the heartbreaking memoir, “Hidden Girl”, Hall recounts her experience as a domestic slave and her work to help other victims of human...
We’ve all witnessed the all-too-common scene of a child misbehaving and a parent with no idea how to gain control of the situation. Since children don’t come with an instruction manual, we thought we’d offer the next best thing. In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, parenting expert Noël Janis-Norton joins us to offer five tips for motivating your child to behave properly.
R&B singer Ledisi is in the midst of a transformation. She’s known for her powerhouse voice, soulful ballads, and signature locks. But now, thanks to a steamy new video and a jaw-dropping performance at the Black Girls Rock Awards, she can add “dancer” to that list. The eight-time Grammy nominee scored chart-topping hits with songs like, “Alright”, and “Pieces of Me”. Ledisi joins us to share her latest project, “The Truth”, her most personal album to date.
In a rebroadcast of the first hour of a special two-hour conversation on poverty in America, panelists Sasha Abramsky, Jessica Bartholow, Greg Kaufmann, and Amy Sosa discuss efforts to increase the minimum wage, the role of organized labor in easing poverty, sporadic employment and long-term unemployment, cuts in SNAP benefits, and the demonization of the poor, among other topics.
Quote of the week
You either create or disintegrate.