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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Smiley Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401918522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401918521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With his late-night television talk show, Tavis Smiley, on PBS, and his radio show The Tavis Smiley Show from NPR, Smiley was the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both PBS and National Public Radio. Smiley’s television program is the first show in the history of PBS to be broadcast from the West Coast. The Tavis Smiley Show on public radio is currently distributed by PRI, Public Radio International. He can also be heard weekdays on his nationally syndicated commentary, The Smiley Report. Additionally, Tavis offers political commentary on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

       Tavis has authored several, inspiring books of personal narratives about love, loss, and faith by African Americans from all walks of life. He’s also the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation.         

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Morris W. O'Kelly on February 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
When other readers of this review notice "Originalman's" disparaging review...do note he acknowledges for the most part never read the book, only postured on how 'his' types of books are better suited for the advancement of African-Americans.

For "Originalman" to claim "ignorance" of the author relating to African-American history, while simultaneously revealing he is ignorant of the contents of the very book in which he offered a "review" is telling at best and immensely troubling at worst and speaks to a multiplicity of issues within both books of the Covenant.

Any person who seeks to KEEP us from reading and forming our own opinions is not enlightened, simply misinformed and ill-equipped to advance the discussion. Please READ the book before offering disparaging reviews. Op/Ed pieces on the misleading nature of "books" are better suited elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Barber on March 9, 2007
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Bravo Tavis, bravo! Tavis has a way with words and friends who have the same. The original Covenant is great also. I recommend this book for everyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Paige on February 12, 2007
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Don't hate on Tavis Smiley, the man is real. He talks the talk and he is walks the walk. Tavis always puts his money where is his mouth is.....People need to stop critizing and help a brotha out. He always asks that everyone come out and support the causes, to assist in making changes for black america. Make sure you are doing your part before you criticize Mr. Smiley. Because he is "Talking the Talk" and "Walking the Walk". May God continue to bless his efforts.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on September 3, 2007
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What the Covenant in Action has accomplished is listed in a brief introduction and in a summary section that lists examples of them which to date include:

(1) Lobbying successfully to get the Voting Rights Act renewed,
(2) Conducting "parties with a purpose" to discuss various aspects of the Covenant,
(3) Creating book and discussion clubs,
(4) Conducting the Black State of the Union presentation on C-Span,
(5) Lobbying on behalf of getting more Black officials elected,
(6) Engaging in church discussions on Economic development and social equity,
(7) Putting on a conference on juvenile justice, and
(8) Conducting A Day of Dialogue, etc.

On its face, this list seems to be an impressive set of accomplishments and is admirable on its own merits. However, when it is compared with what black culture needs to get itself out of the ditch it finds itself in, and with what the Covenant called for in order to address the issues that are causing cultural stress within the black community, namely:

(1) Racism (the Covenant did not list it, but left it implied);
(2) Black Male-female relationships and decreases in Black marriage formation (again the Covenant did not list this item, but shame on the Covenant for omitting it);
(3) Out of wedlock pregnancies and unwanted, uncared for and improperly parented children (again the Covenant did not mention this item);
(4) Black-crime--especially Black-on-Black crime and the large and increasing black prison population;
(5) the poor state of black education and Black health, including HIV/Aids and SIDS;
(6) lack of jobs for Black males; and
(7) Black voter registration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GBlakemore on March 19, 2007
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This book should be required reading in every high school in Amercia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rashidi I. Baruti on March 14, 2007
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my review of this book is very rewarding and very enlighting it talk about the state of black american what blacks can do to help self and ask what american can do improve our state.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hermania D. Thomas on April 10, 2007
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Book was a gift to my 84 year old aunt who was interested in readings of Tavis Smiley during Black History month.
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