Preview Our World: Media Personality Tavis Smiley

Also: Roundtable on gender justice; Slice of Life with STEM educator Leshell Hatley of Uplift Inc.

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This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with media personality, author and political commentator Tavis Smiley, host of PBS’ Tavis Smiley television show and The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). Along with Dr. Cornel West, Smiley is also co-host of the radio program Smiley and West, also from PRI. Smiley talks about the flack he gets for criticizing President Barack Obama and why he is committed to holding him and his administration accountable to the Black community.

Also, in this week’s On The Record segment, Hill deals with the topic of gender justice and the struggle to keep men and women equal on all levels with gender activist and filmmaker Byron Hurt, University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor and TheRoot.com contributor Salamishah Tillet and Colorlines.com columnist Akiba Solomon.

Our Slice of Life segment profiles Leshell Hatley and YouthLab, the after-school program she created to expose African American and Latino students to education and opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). A certified K-8 teacher, Hatley is the founder and executive director of Uplift, Inc., and its Research Center for Learning and Educational Media (CLEM). Through YouthLab and other education programs powered by Uplift Inc., Hatley teaches robotics, game application design and computer programming to youth in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our World with Black Enterprise is the award-winning weekly 30-minute program, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, providing a fresh mix of interviews with today’s top newsmakers and celebrities, eclectic roundtable discussions concerning the hottest topics affecting African Americans, and profiles of some of the world’s most intriguing people.

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