Tavis Smiley: My Journey With Maya

Back in 1986, when Tavis Smiley was just 21…and Maya Angelou was 58, they met and began a friendship that would endure until Dr. Angelou died last May.

Now Tavis has written a book about that friendship called "My Journey With Maya."

Check out the full video interview HERE with Tavis Smiley on our FOX 11 YouTube Channel.

Fun facts about Tavis Smiley: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996, he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on BET. 

2) Controversially, after Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew Smiley's contract that year. Smiley then began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from PRI. From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He is the new host of "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network. 

3) Twice, Smiley considered quitting college, first during junior year, and then after finishing his internship with Mayor Bradley. Bradley successfully convinced Smiley to return to college.

Tavis will sign copies of his book Monday night, April 13th at 7:00pm at Barnes and Noble at The Grove. And he'll be at the LA Times Festival Of Books on Saturday, April 18th.

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