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2010-08-23 04:00:00

Farm Aid Board Member John Mellencamp Makes Public Invitation Asking Smiley to Host Annual Benefit Concert CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley has been tapped by Farm Aid, the country's leading champion for family farmers, to host the organization's 25th anniversary concert, which will celebrate the positive, sustainable future that family farmers are growing through their hard work every day. Smiley was personally invited to be...

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2010-05-09 07:38:46

A rare 114-year record, kept by generations, logs changing climate Every day since Jan. 1, 1896, an observer has hiked to a spot at The Mohonk Preserve, a resort and nature area some 90 miles north of New York City, to record daily temperature and other conditions there. It is the rarest of the rare: a weather station that has never missed a day of temperature recording; never been moved; never seen its surroundings change; and never been tended by anyone but a short, continuous line of...

2010-05-05 14:35:00

LOS ANGELES, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- For his third Tavis Smiley Reports primetime special, Tavis Smiley will travel to New Orleans to capture the mood and spirit of the city's courageous residents five years after the levees failed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The episode, entitled "Been in the Storm Too Long," premieres, July 21, 2010 at 8pm/7pm Central on PBS. This special comes out of a ongoing collaboration between Tavis Smiley and Academy-Award-winning director Jonathan Demme...

2010-04-15 07:00:00

Smiley announces the Sheryl Flowers Scholarship at Clark Atlanta University LOS ANGELES, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tavis Smiley's nationally-syndicated The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI) will celebrate its fifth anniversary Thursday, April 29, with the announcement of a scholarship in honor of its founding executive producer who died last year. The Sheryl Flowers Scholarship at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will be awarded to a student who plans to...

2010-04-12 07:21:00

HOUSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Petrohawk Energy Corporation ("Petrohawk" or the "Company") (NYSE: HK) today announced that it has appointed Mr. Stephen P. Smiley to serve on its board of directors. Mr. Smiley has been the Co-founder and President of Hunt Private Equity Group, Inc. since 1996. During his time at Hunt Private Equity Group, he has raised and managed a private equity fund to invest in leveraged buyouts and growth financings for various middle market companies....

2010-02-24 10:07:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A new primetime special on PBS will examine the forgotten agenda of Martin Luther King Jr., whose famed "Beyond Vietnam" speech, given at Riverside Church in 1967, led to an abrupt loss of his popularity in the last year of his life. In exclusive interviews on the second installment of TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS, King's closest advisors discuss the divisions within the civil rights movement over King's opposition to the war in Vietnam - and the political and...

2010-02-23 12:18:00

Public Forum Also to Activate Black Participation in 2010 Census LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some noted Black leaders recently have suggested publicly that President Obama does not need to focus on Black issues. In response to mounting evidence showing African Americans are disproportionately lagging behind on all economic indicators despite assertions of a so-called "post-racial" era, Tavis Smiley said Tuesday he will moderate a national conversation examining whether...

2010-01-08 19:24:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- TAVIS SMILEY kicks off his seventh season on PBS on Monday, January 11, 2010, with conversations featuring politicians, actors, artists, athletes and newsmakers (Check local listings). During his premiere week, Smiley will sit down with actress Sandra Bullock, recently named the top box office draw of 2009 and the first actress in Hollywood history to take a film (The Blind Side) past the $200 million mark, TV icon Alan Alda, actor Tobey Maguire,...

2010-01-06 06:00:00

Smiley to Focus on New Projects; Conversations Available on Collectors' DVD LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State of the Black Union (SOBU) symposium has been one of the most anticipated events for millions of African Americans during the last decade, but after 10 years of conversations, founder Tavis Smiley has announced the end of the series. Smiley, the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, said ending production of SOBU will allow him to concentrate on a new series of...

2009-09-15 23:39:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tavis Smiley, described as an "intrepid interviewer and ardent humanitarian," has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize in Istanbul, Turkey. The prize was presented Sept. 12 at the Seventh Annual Interdependence Day Forum and Celebration organized by CivWorld, an international project of Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization based in New York. About 100 international delegates...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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