Black Men Speakers

The Black Man in America is not easily defined. Here at Great Black Speakers we aim to answer this question through various lectures discussing identity, history, education, economics, leadership etc. Our black men speakers come from a wide range of professions and backgrounds. As they share their experiences and insights, gain a new understanding of what this definition means in today’s world.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins         Dr. Boyce is one of the most highly sought after African-American scholars in the world. Specializing in financial psychology, educational motivation, and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, BET, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and many more national media outlets. Brilliant, arti...


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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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Ed Gordon          Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct: these are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Ed Gordon.         Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports, his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of the t...


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Robert Townsend

Hollywood Iconic Actor, Comedian, and Filmmaker

Robert Townsend         Robert started out as an extra in the classic film “Cooley High” and became one of the most extraordinary forces in entertainment.Townsend made his name with early roles such as corporal ellis in 1984’s “A Soldier's Story.”But when Townsend couldn't find more good roles, he created his own. 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle” was a statement about Black Hollywood in content and its creation...A cutting satire about African-American...


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Charles Ogletree

Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree          Charles is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org) in September 2005 as a tribute to the lege...


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Judge Mablean Ephriam          Judge Mablean was born to Robert and Mable Ephriam in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. She is no stranger to achievement. Through hard, consistent and dedicated work, she strives to perform and do her God-given best. Since a child, she has always had that “spirit” of excellence and liberality about her.The ninth of ten children, you could always find her somewhere reading, studying, and asking countless questions that coul...


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Daymond John

Founder of the Iconic Brand “For Us By Us” (FUBU) & Co-Star of the Hit Show, Shark Tank

Daymond John          A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and as a speaker in busin...


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Roland S. Martin          Roland is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist.   A nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate  and the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America. He also serves as executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s largest Black daily newspaper.   Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Netwo...


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Chris Broussard

Author and award-winning journalist who specializes in inspiring youth, empowering black men & achieving success God's way.

Chris Broussard         Mr. Broussard is an internationally known NBA analyst and award-winning journalist for ESPN. As a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he specializes in covering basketball, particularly the NBA. Because of his knowledge of the game and its participants, he makes regular television appearances on ABC and ESPN and has served as an analyst on the network's flagship NBA show, "NBA Countdown,'' alongside...


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Dr. Steve Perry

America's Most Trusted Educator • Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School • CNN Education Contributor • Host of TVOne new television show ‘Save my Son’

Dr. Steve Perry           Dr. Perry is in a hurry to transform the educational experience for all children. Born into poverty, he believes that success in life is determined by where you end, not where you start. It’s this philosophy that inspired him, early on, to transform the lives of poor and minority children by providing them with access to a college education, and more recently, has inspired him to bring his ideas and passion to...


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Ryan Leslie         Ryan is a cultural powerhouse. As an artist, he has recorded with everyone from Madonna to Jay-z to Beyonce.A Harvard graduate at the age of 19, Ryan arrived in Boston after scoring a perfect score on his SAT tests and matriculating his junior year of high school.Upon graduation, he went on to produce a large number of hits under the guidance of P Diddy. It was during this time that Ryan broke the first internet pop ...


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Van Moody

The People's Scholar - Global expert on exiting or avoiding toxic relationships and building healthy ones across your entire life

Van Moody         A Featured media expert on outlets such as Forbes, Fox News, and Wall Street Journal. Van Moody is an author, motivational speaker and media expert source who advises on matters related to relationships as they pertain to friends, family, significant others and the workplace.Moody is a “People Scholar” who understands the power and potential in developing the “right” relationships and, in kind, he helps individuals, couples and ...


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Michael Graves

Change in Order to Survive...The Professional and Personal Challenges of Starting a Business in a Recession

Michael Graves        An exceptionally motivated, sales and marketing professional who has effectively led large and diverse organizations to achieve profitable results and consistently exceed industry growth averages.  A results-driven executive with a proven track record of success; designing, establishing, launching and revitalizing corporate brands by utilizing consumer insights, social media and analytics. A charismatic leader, committed to ...


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Ellis Cose

One of America’s most prolific and acclaimed authors who speaks a range of topics, from race and generational change to the evolution of the American press.

Ellis Cose         Ellis is one of America’s most renowned journalists and the author of ten commercially published books on issues of national and international concern.A longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine (1993 through 2010) and former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News, Cose began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times—becoming, at th...


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Ron Christie

Author, veteran television and radio political analyst, 2011 Resident Fellow, Harvard University Institute of Politics, Senior White House/Congressional advisor, and Columnist, The Daily Beast.

Ron Christie           Ron is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a full-service communications and issues management firm in Washington, D.C. Christie is also the author of three books. His most recent title, Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returning America to the Days of Separate But Equal was published in September 2012. His two previous books were Acting White: The Birth and Death of a Racial Slur (2010, St. Martin’s P...


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Jamal Joseph

Panther, Poet, Professor, Prisoner and Oscar Nominee who speaks on activism, creative arts, social justice and personal transformation.

Jamal Joseph            Jamal is a Professor of Professional Practice and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is the Executive Artistic Director of New Heritage Theater and Films and the Founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Youth Theater of Harlem. He is an alum of the Sundance Directing Lab and the Third World Newsreel Film and Video Workshop. He serves on the advisory boards of the Tribeca Film Insti...


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Early Jackson

Recognized as a Social Activist of Empowerment who brings balance, skill and relevance to people and organizations around the country.

Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only a 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 pove...


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Tony Gaskins

Tony Gaskins is your 'Relationship Expert' who teaches women what Real Love should look like. He is an Author, Entrepreneur & Life Coach.

Tony A. Gaskins Jr.         Tony, the son of a former pastor, was raised in a loving home along with a younger sister in a small central Florida town where most people believed that there were only a few avenues one could take in life. The common belief was that one could either end up overworked and underpaid, sell drugs or become a professional athlete. Tony escaped the cycle that entrapped so many of his peers and was awarded a full collegiate...


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Keith Wyche

Opens the door to Successful Growth and Transformation!

Keith R. Wyche         With more than 30 years experience earning serious results for some of America’s best known corporations, including Ameritech, Convergys, AT&T, IBM, Pitney Bowes and SuperValu, Keith has risen to become a successful corporate President and one of the highest-ranking African-American executives in the U.S. Keith understands the rules for success, rules he now shares as an author, speaker, and thought leader.Keith knows first...


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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian/American Actor; Emcee

Kevin Brown         Kevin Brown aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com: Kevin “Dot Com” Brown was a winner of the 15th annual “SCREEN ACTORS GUILD” award, for his portrayal of “Dot Com”, in N.B.C.'s “30 ROCK” (winner of multiple “EMMY awards” and “GOLDEN GLOBES”) and was on 30 Rock, the award winning comedy from its inception to the final episode Jan 31, 2013 (7 seasons) starring opposite Tina F...


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Dr. Gregory Parks

Gregory is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) and the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society.

Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D.         Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has taught since the Fall of 2011. He holds an M.A., an M.S., and a Ph.D. (all in Psychology) and a J.D. Professor Parks served as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to The Honorable Andre M. D...


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“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...”          JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America". JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is...


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Michael Blake        Michael humbly refers to the words of his mother who said that they went “From No House to The White House”.Michael is the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, which oversees the constituency outreach programs for the Obama For America campaign.Operation Vote oversees all efforts to constituencies including but not limited to: African-Americans, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Faith, Veterans, Jewish, LGBT & Asian American Pac...


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Kevin Chappell

White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.

Kevin Chappell          Kevin covers the White House and Capitol Hill, including hearings, floor debates, press conferences and events throughout Washington, D.C. for Ebony Magazine.     In 2008, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he led a team of staffers at Ebony to lay out a journalistic and public relations strategy that proved to be the most important and monumental strategy ever embarked on by the magazine. In addition to in-depth...


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