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VIA: TheBoxHouston.com

Talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist Tavis Smiley was in Houston last week promoting the release of his new book, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success From Failure.

Tavis talked with the Madd Hatta Morning Show (s/o to Houston) to discuss the new book where he dishes on his failures and how they have helped make him into the man he is today. He also sheds light of when he actually graduated from college, why it’s so important to hire interns, what he learned from being fired from BET, and wanting President Barack Obama to address the increase of blacks and unemployment.

What he learned from being fired (by fax) from BET:

I learned that a pink slip really can fire you up!

I made a decision to make sure that I own everything that I do before I got back on television. I want all of my shareholders to love me.

Sometimes God has more in store for you than you think for yourself, sometimes rejection is redirection!

On the Tavis and Obama drama:

We have to respect our President, and I do. We have to protect the President, and I do. But we also have to correct the President, remember he is a politician not a prophet like Dr. King.

We have to push him into his greatness for him to become a great President and hold him accountable, lovingly not with malice, but there are some things he has to step up on like black unemployment, wars, and poverty.

Read more from the interview and watch the video of the interview at TheBoxHouston.com.