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Hill Harper          Hill is an award winning actor, bestselling author and philanthropist. Hill is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Letters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007.Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. CSI is the most successfu...


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Terrence Jenkins         Terrence J is a young man with a master plan. From apprenticing with NASCAR® to working on radio and throwing some of the best social gatherings around, Terrence J has been preparing himself for superstardom and making sure that his life is the American Dream, blasted out of the box. Now, he’s using his hosting spot on BET®’s 106 and Park, the hottest music program in the world (airing in the US, Japan and the U...


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Al Duncan         Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he...


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T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

Award-winning Performer, Writer, Producer, and Director.

T’Keyah Crystal Keymah          Performer, writer, producer, director, T’KEYAH CRYSTAL KEYMÁH is her name personified: a prism of energy and vision, known worldwide for her acclaimed work on TV’s In Living Color, Cosby, and That’s So Raven. Keymáh voiced Bumblebee on Teen Titans and Trixie’s mom on American Dragon. Stage credits include Love Letters (w/ David Alan Grier), her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Some of My Best Friends:...


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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...


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Nevil Shed

Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer trailblazer for the

“Basketball is life” is a phrase, but when Nevil Shed was playing basketball; his life was threatened just for daring to be great in basketball. Taunted, called every racial slur, threatened for just daring to show up, winning was not important, it was the only option. With the odds stacked against Nevil and his small and unfavorable team, they created a new road, blazed in glory, changing the world the way they knew how- with the game....


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Marlon Haywood

Marlon specializes in civic engagement, leadership, mentorship of young black men, expression of faith, education, and self-empowerment.

Marlon Haywood           Marlon was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Englewood area. Never one to let his environment dictate his future, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU). Marlon received his Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from NIU. Currently, Marlon is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Roosevelt University.   Marlon’s ...


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Laymon Hicks         All teens are troubled. It goes with the territory. A part of the “passage.” There is the typical “torment” of wanting to belong, to be the same, to be liked and accepted. Is my nose too big? My height too short? My hair too long? But not everyone belonged to the Brady Brunch. Drugs. Alcohol. Violence. Stress. Depression. Add the words bullying, peer pressure and self-doubt and you’ve entered the real world drama ...


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Marvelyn Brown

Young, Beautiful, and HIV Positive.

Marvelyn Brown         Marvelyn, a native Tennessean, was diagnosed with HIV at age 19. Since then she has moved both live and television audiences around the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda with her compelling personal story. Brown has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. She is currently the CEO and an Independent HIV Consultant for, Marvelous Connections. Her humanitarian...


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Alvin Herring

Diversity Trainer, CEO and Lead Facilitator of Side by Side, A Diversity and Community-building Company

Alvin Herring         “We are living in the most exciting time in human history! If we are willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and meet the challenges we could usher in a new era of peace, justice and true community.” These are the words that Alvin has been sharing with audiences on college and high school campuses, in corporate boardrooms and at grass root gatherings all across the country for more than two decades. Many have ...


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Dr. Jeff Kaluyu

Using his story from the grasslands of Africa to Wall Street, Jeff speaks on succeeding in the face of challenges, student success and unleashing potential.

Dr. Jeff Kaluyu was born in a small poor village in Africa. His biggest dreams as a little boy were those of his grandfather. He dreamed of owning many animals and taking them to the grazing fields to show off the numbers himself. He wanted to be the one to name his cows and goats according to their behaviors and control them, just like his grandfather.As he grew older he realized that his grandfather’s dreams were limited and he was li...


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Steven Reed

A rising political influencer in the New South who combines inspiration with information on topics from 21 century politics, education, and economic inclusion.

Steven L. Reed        Probate Judge, Montgomery County     Steven was elected as the Probate Judge of Montgomery County, Alabama in November2012. He is the first African-American and youngest person elected to the county’s highest elected administrative office. As Probate Judge he combines his administrative and judicial responsibilities with the role of chief elections officer for the county.Judge Reed was born and raised in Montgomery...


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Ezekiel Walker

Revolutionary Pro-Activist with a relatable and unapologetic style of writing and speaking.

Ezekiel J. Walker        Ezekiel is a writer and lecturer residing in Durham, North Carolina.Walker most recently completed his third book, Black As I Wanna Be, which discusses the most recent recurring murders by way of police brutality and what revolutionary changes are needed to make a difference for the present and future generations of African Americans to overcome this and other institutional controls. Walker continues to collabor...


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Lincoln Stephens

Muckracker. Motivator. Mentor. Former advertising executive turned industry activist and talent futurist.

Lincoln Stephens         Lincoln is a former Advertising Account Management Executive (Carol H Williams, Martin Retail, and TracyLocke) turned activist, muckraker and entrepreneur. In his professional career, Stephens has worked with top brands such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Pepsi, Cadillac, Hummer, Chevrolet, and Coca-Cola.        Born in Dallas, Texas, Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bache...


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Deidre Mathis

World Traveler, Author, & Budget Travel Expert helping minority students discover the benefits of study abroad experiences.

Deidre Mathis        Budget world traveler, author and keynote/public speaker Deidre Mathis debuted her budget travel book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional” last February as part of Author House Publishing’s Travel line and has been on the go spreading the benefits of international travel since then.Deidre has been twice featured in Black Enterprise Magazine and she has also been highlighted as a USA TODAY’s Modern Woman....


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