SEEN & HEARD
SEEN AND HEARD: April 16 – April 27, 2012
Every now and then, the tables are turned and it’s Tavis sitting on the hot seat. Interviewed by the dean of the talk show genre, Phil Donahue, Tavis and Dr. Cornel West discussed their new text, among other social issues.
Speaking of social issues, actress and Southern belle Annie Potts stopped by to discuss her thoughts on conservatives who critiqued her show, GCB, and how her upbringing influenced her to accept her role in the show. Children’s author Judy Blume also paid us a visit and gave her two cents on censorship in the Internet age.
As summer quickly approaches, the influx of Hollywood blockbusters begins to create a buzz–just ask actor Clark Gregg. Summer is also the time for hitting the beach and relaxation, which means posting up with an interesting read or some soothing tunes. Between author Ayad Akhtar, actor-turned-author Frank Langella and crooner Steve Tyrell, you’ve got a head start on picking out some summer material.
Check out images of and quotes from the last two weeks and share your thoughts.
Phil Donahue image courtesy of Earl Gibson III. All on-set images by Van Evers, Tavis Smiley Media, Inc.
- ‘But I was a slow learner, and it took me a long time, really, to appreciate the nature of racism, where it comes from, and I began to think about all these white – and I began to realize that racism was a lot like cancer. You don’t always know you have it.’ – TV talk show legend Phil Donahue, on growing up and learning about racism
- ‘I do, and I don’t have to have a Southern accent, but when I am employed to use it, it is like sinking into my bedroom slippers. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s better.’’ - Emmy nominated actress Annie Potts, on performing with her accent
- ‘…Censors…don’t come after books until they know that kids really like them, and once kids like a book, it’s like, ‘There must be something wrong with this book, because why do the kids like it?’’ – Author Judy Blume on censorship
- ‘But I still thought when the [The Avengers] script came in, I’m a character actor. I’m not a movie star like the giant movie stars and brilliant actors who are in this. I’m going to walk through and I’m going to give the Hulk a Jamba Juice and then it’s going to be over.’ – Actor-writer-director Clark Gregg on his initial reaction to being told he would be part of the film
- ‘I think it’s important to strip away the ideas sometimes and to give people a felt human experience, an emotional experience of the issues at play, because people are living and dying not just for ideas, but for the way that they experience and live the meaning of those ideas.’ – Author Ayad Akhtar on the theme of faith in his first novel
- It’s a myth, in my opinion, that the more damaged you are, the more gifted you are, or the more gifted you are, the more you need to be damaged. You need to be healthy. You need to be strong, healthy, sensible. You need to act in spite of your neurosis, not because of your neurosis.’ – Oscar nominee, Tony winner-turned-author, Frank Langella on Hollywood myths about success
- ‘I told him, I said ‘You know that song’s taken me to more weddings that you can ever imagine’. Then he said something like, ‘You should make an album of wedding songs’. And I said, ‘That’s why you were our President.’ – Singer Steve Tyrell on a conversation with former president Bill Clinton on his rendition of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’