After 10 years, Tavis Smiley is ending his State of the Black Union conference, which spawned best-selling books and his critical stance toward .
The activist and PBS host said Wednesday that he needs time to focus on other projects, such as his four prime-time specials this year and his book company, which recently announced plans to publish the musician R. Kelly's memoir.
Smiley also said that, unlike a decade ago, black issues now are being addressed by numerous other media outlets, commentators and bloggers.
The State of the Black Union "doesn't have the premium that it used to have — and that's a good thing," Smiley told The Associated Press.
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