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No matter whether he was providing social commentary on Tom Joyner's morning radio show or conducting interviews on his television talk show, Smiley's voice and views seemed to always find a large ready audience in the black community.At the height of his popularity, Smiley hosted a highly celebrated, nationally televised "State of the Black Union" symposium that comedian Chris Rock once hilariously called "the annual black people listen meeting," which featured some of the best and brightest of the African-American community. Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president of the United States of America.

He attended Bunker Hill's Maconaquah High School, where he participated in student government and the debate team.

After graduating from high school, Smiley left home to attend Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied public affairs, was involved in student government and joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Smiley left Indiana University in 1988 to work for Tom Bradley, the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, through 1990.

(He had left Indiana without the full credits for graduation; he finished his degree several years later, in 2003.) After an unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1991, Smiley began working as a radio commentator for an L. radio station, broadcasting short, daily segments about issues affecting the African-American community., a nightly talk program shown nationally on Public Broadcasting Service television stations, for which he was given the NAACP Image Award.

(Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)Tavis Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, on September 13, 1964.

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