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BTN LiveBIG: Hoosier Tavis Smiley shares lessons from his life

Yesterday, we shared a biographical sketch of Indiana University alum Tavis Smiley, who recently released the book “50 for Your Future: Lessons from Down the Road.” Written the year he turned 50, his goal for the book was to help younger readers find an authentic life without falling prey to common pressures caused by one’s own ego or modern society. In the instant bestseller, he set down 50 valuable life lessons, many of which were learned on IU’s campus in Bloomington. Here are a few he shared with BTN LiveBIG: Tavis Smiley on Aging and Time Smiley has long appreciated

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana alum Tavis Smiley looks back on his half-century as a Hoosier

Tavis Smiley is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest interviewers of our generation. He’s a best-selling author and one of the most popular media figures in America. Time Magazine named him one of “The World’s Most Influential People.” Not bad for someone who was raised in a trailer in Indiana. Smiley grew up poor with nine brothers and sisters, all of whom lived in a three-bedroom trailer with their parents. And though space was limited, dreams were not. “There were 13 people in that trailer. Mom. Dad. A maternal grandmother named Big Mama,” Smiley said. “Many of the life lessons

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern grads deliver hope on two wheels to African schoolgirls

One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth. With a shared interest in international reporting, Lauren Bohn and Zoe Fox turned their passion toward an investigation into why the African nation of Malawi was mired in poverty. In their inquiries, they arrived at an interesting conclusion: that bikes could give a

BTN LiveBIG: MSU program helps Detroit high schoolers 'find their voice'

Most aspiring journalists cut their teeth reporting small-time stories at their high school papers. Typical headlines may include things like “Exposed! What’s Really in the Cafeteria Meatloaf” or “New Student Body Prez Wins Campaign on Pledge to Add Parking Spaces to School Lot.” But a program from Michigan State University and partner Crain Communications Inc. is giving high schoolers in the Detroit area the chance to report real, meaningful stories before they’ve even started college. Crain Communications is headquartered in Detroit, and Michigan State’s East Lansing campus is only 90 miles from the city, so it’s a cause that is

BTN LiveBIG: For Northwestern grad, all roads lead to home

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. Deontae Moore didn’t necessarily set out to become a leader and an example for others to follow. But that’s how it turned out for this Northwestern University graduate and native son of Chicago’s South Side. It all started when Moore, who grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, graduated from Urban Prep Academy, a network of three all-male charter high schools