marlene lopez

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as the Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West both from Public Radio International, In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has written and edited eighteen books, including The Covenant With Black America, Death of a King, and My Journey With Maya. Smiley’s achievements have earned him numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees. He is the recipient of the prestigious Du Bois Medal from Harvard University. Time magazine honored Smiley in 2009 as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” His most recent book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days (Little, Brown and Company), is a powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson’s death. In this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book, readers will witness Jackson’s campaign to recharge his career–hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency–while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen. Before You Judge Me is a humanizing look at Jackson’s last days.