Tavis Smiley’s Redemption?

I stayed up late on election night flipping through the news stations to get the different perspectives on Obama's victory. Lo and behold, Tavis Smiley, a fierce Obama, critic was on NBC with Brian Williams giving his take on the night's events.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27546190#27546190

Surprisingly gracious. But wait folks this was not the entire interview. I saw the end where Tavis goes on to lament that he hopes America really does change and not just for 'this black man'. Williams who was clearly annoyed at Tavis's negative turn cut to a commercial after stating that he believed that the election proved some type of shift in American perspectives.

I have been a fan of Tavis since his BET News days. I overlooked the hair that was never quite faded and his affection for the run-on sentence trying to support a brother. He proved quite the heel in his continual dissing of President Obama even after he secured the nomination. He, Dr. Cornel West, and Dr. Julianne Malveaux derided his DNC acceptance speech. I think the straw that broke the camel's back was Tavis' showdown at the State of the Black Union.

I am all for moving on. So, let the past be the past. I just wonder if this sudden shift in the wind's direction sincere support or if a tornado is looming.

5 thoughts on “Tavis Smiley’s Redemption?

  1. He was all pro-Obama until the one time that Obama couldn’t make one of Tavis’s events due to a scheduling conflict. Soon as that happened, Travis flipped on him and I’ve lost some respect for Travis because of that ever since then.

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