May 25th, 2011 09:12 EST
Judyth Piazza Micro-Interviews Tavis Smiley and Dr. Ken Jeong
Thanks to my dear friend, film critic Kam Williams, I have had the honor of conducting micro-interviews with some of the most influential and famous people in the world. Here are a few more of those interviews.
Tavis Smiley `Fail Up` Interview with Kam Williams
"From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be a leading voice for change. He is currently the host of his late-night television talk show on PBS as well as the host of a couple of radio programs syndicated by Public Radio International: "The Tavis Smiley Show"and "Smiley and West" alongside Dr. Cornel West..."
Judyth Piazza asks: How important is it to have a mentor, and who are some of yours?
TS: I believe mentors are terribly important. My two best mentors, one dead, one living, are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Cornel West. Even though he died when I was a young child, I regard Dr. King as a mentor and I consider him the greatest American we`ve ever produced. Dr. West is my living mentor, and a dear and abiding friend. Much of what I`ve learned about loving and serving people, and about appreciating humanity, comes from my relationship with Dr. West.
Dr. Ken Jeong `The Hangover Part II` Interview with Kam Williamsi
"Dr. Ken Jeong is the son of Korean immigrants, Ken Jeong was born in Detroit on June 15, 1969 but raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from high school there at the age of 16 after playing violin in the orchestra and being elected to the student council. Next, he attended Duke University, earning a bachelor`s degree before studying medicine at the University of North Carolina..."
Judyth Piazza says: You have been very successful. What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
KJ: Working hard. There`s really no substitute for working hard. I think that`s my biggest talent. There are always people who are funnier and more talented than I am, but I don`t take anything for granted and I commit myself 100% to each of my roles.
More Micro Interviews: Judyth Piazza Micro-Interviews Morgan Freeman, Soledad O`Brien and Isaiah Mustafa
Stay tuned to Judyth Piazza`s America Perspective and The SOP Radio Network for up and coming interviews with Morgan Freeman, Maya Soetoro-Ng and more of your favorite celebrities and Heroes.