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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:49 PM
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Talk-show host Tavis Smiley tackles Obama and race
LOS ANGELES (AP) Tavis Smiley is all wound up. His voice is rough from too much vocalizing, but the host of public television's "Tavis Smiley" talk show and public radio's "The Tavis Smiley Show" is on an oratorical roll about race, politics, and his fellow African-American, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

"There is no such thing in America as race transcendence, and Obama's going to find that out real soon," says Smiley, leaning into his words. As he sermonizes, he sheds suit jacket, tie and belt in succession, getting comfy in his spacious suite at KCET in Los Angeles after taping two installments of "Tavis Smiley" (Monday-Friday in various time-slots on PBS stations).

Despite the peaceful vibe inside his sanctuary, with its African masks and scented candle, Smiley frowns. "There's no such thing as 'post-racial' in America, because if you push the envelope too far, you're going to hear about it."

Smiley should know. For months he has been the object of an Internet firestorm for his perceived negative comments about Obama on commercial radio's syndicated "The Tom Joyner Morning Show."

Smiley found himself between race and a hard place when he criticized Obama on-air for choosing not to appear on Smiley's annual State of the Black Union cablecast on C-SPAN in February. Smiley's remarks sparked a blaze of invective by African-American bloggers, who questioned Smiley's loyalty, motives and ego.

After 12 years as a fixture on Joyner's show, Smiley delivered his final commentary on June 26. Smiley insists his departure was not a reaction to the flak, but rather a decision that he had been on Joyner's show long enough.

"Just because Barack Obama is black, doesn't mean he gets a pass on being held accountable on issues that matter to black people," Smiley says. "I'm not an Obama critic or a McCain critic. The term itself is dismissive and insulting."

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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:55 PM
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1. "Smiley frowns."
:hi:

He's had a bug up his whosis ever since Obama didn't attend some sort of event Smiley was hosting.
I think he may be a bit jealous.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:58 PM
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5. lol
:hi:

still - I ain't mad at him :)
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:56 PM
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2. Is he still around?
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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:57 PM
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3. Yeah, Obama hasn't run into any racism
this campaign.

:sarcasm:

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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:58 PM
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4. He'd be better off if he'd let go of that anger.
Seriously. Obama chose not to go on his show and he needs to get over it.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:37 PM
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14. Thank you!
It's making you look petty, Tavis. You're better than that.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:01 PM
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6. Is Smiley at the Pub Trough closeted somewhere? has he been comped?
Inquiring minds wish to know....

:hi: Cat
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:02 PM
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8. Opi!!
:hi:
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:09 PM
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12. Hey There Cat....isn't this fun for a change...the Pubs are on a run for their lives
despite all that Power and Money...they got shit.

Running McGeritol has got to be the most insane thing...only explanation left is they know they gonna lose and here is ole McLOLO under the Bus...

they moving on to 2012....

John is left in the dust....withering like a prune in the sun....
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:02 PM
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7. It's funny when older folks think younger ones "don't get it"...
Respect to the old ones for what they did yesteryear, but fuck them for their bullshit today.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:03 PM
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9. I still like me some Tavis.
His show is one of the few intelligent ones on tv.

And hello to you!! :hi:
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:08 PM
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11. I still like him, too.
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:30 PM
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13. *smooch*
:hi:
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scheming daemons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:07 PM
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10. Two word answer for Mr. Smiley: Tiger Woods
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