Hip-hop has been the mouth piece for young black Americans since the 1980's. While hip hop can have a negative connotation, there are many hip hop artists who are poetic and use their platform to raise awareness of causes they deem worthy. These hip hop speakers can utilize their platforms to reach a multitude of people who might not have been open to hearing the speakers words had it been someone else.
Common is one of these hip hop speakers. He is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards for his music career and has recently author a book entitled One Day It'll All Make Sense. Common has also been in a number of feature films, becoming one of the most sought after leading men in Hollywood. Common has emerged as one of the most sought after speakers to collegiate minds across a dozen prestigious universities across America. In 2007, Common founded the Common Ground Foundation which is aimed at motivating and developing the urban youth, empowering communities to help them reach full potential. He also written children's books in which he promotes the issues of self-respect and self-love, issues increasingly missing from black culture.
MC Lyte is a number of things including a hip hop speaker/artist, entrepreneur, and veteran. Lyte remained true to herself in a world dominated by men. Because of her perseverance she has become a role model to women around the world and has won the respect of her male counterparts in the hip hop industry. She uses her fame to travel and tell her story, hopefully inspiring other young girls to follow in her footsteps and attain their dreams. She has author a book entitled, Unstoppable: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential. She is involved in many social issues including anti-violence campaigns and voter initiatives. She is the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy
Big Tigger, host of radio show "Live in the Den with Big Tigger," is home to some of the biggest artist, interviews, and entertainment news. As a concern for local black communities he organized the "Street Corner Foundation," in hopes of raising awareness of issues that face the black community as a whole including HIV/AIDS, improvement of quality of life, literacy, and self-esteem.
All of these potential speakers are an excellent choice to encourage and raise awareness of issues facing the black community. Education and awareness are the only way to overcome these issues that face all a community at large. These speakers use their platform to change lives and are great role models for anyone with a dream of making the world a better place for all people.
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