College Motivational Speakers

College students can often face lack of motivation in many areas such as including academic performance, self-application, self-education, time management, academic goal setting, etc. To inspire and motivate your enrolled students at your next institution lecture, function or event try booking an African-American motivational speaker from Great Black Speakers to give a presentation on their personal success stories, expertise and methods of college motivational skills. Educate your audience about steps to take for success and improvement in all aspects of your college life and how to motivate yourself to take them.

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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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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Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Founders of specializing in Relationships, Parenting, and building a Movement via Social Media.

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler         Lamar and Ronnie make up the husband and wife power pair behind Black and Married with Kids, the largest independent African American marriage and parenting site on the web. Fed up with the pervasive negative images of black marriage in the media, Lamar and Ronnie started the site to combat the negativity by focusing on positive messages about marriage in the black community. Armed with a passion for empo...

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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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Mitzi Miller

Editor-In-Chief of JET Magazine, Award-winning Author and Seasoned Mediamedia Journalist.

Mitzi Miller         Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Mitzi Miller has been at the helm of JET magazine since 2011. Within two short years, her vision of revamping the iconic 62-year-old brand was realized with a successful cover-to-cover redesign, new website launch, improved social media presence, and consistent media coverage of buzz-worthy stories featured in its pages. After majoring in English at Florida A&M University, Mil...

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Goldie Taylor

Goldie is sought after motivational issue driven speaker! Over her 25yr award-winning career, this journalist, opinion writer has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse.

Goldie Taylor         Over the course of her 25-year career, award-winning journalist and opinion writer Goldie Taylor has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in public discourse. Today, she is a political analyst and on-air contributor at MSNBC where she focuses principally on social justice issues. Best known for her take-no-prisoners style, Taylor has become one of the nation’s preeminent thought leaders on gun control, domest...

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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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Kaplan Mobray

Best Selling Author • Motivational Speaker • Career Consultant

Kaplan Mobray         Kaplan is an acclaimed author, thought leader and motivational speaker on topics ranging from personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success.Kaplan speaks to a variety of audiences, including professional organizations, colleges and universities, sales forces, and corporations. His seminars provide real strategies for real results in making the connection between your personal brand and your...

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Jullien Gordon         Jullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. He already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor.     Jullien is the Founding Partner at New Higher, a high performance consultancy for organizations, individuals, and teams that want to increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention. He has wo...

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Dr. Mark Sawyer          Dr. Sawyer is currently a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at UCLA, the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and the Chair of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Program in Afro-American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in December of 1999. In fall of 2005 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of African ...

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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 ye...

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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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Herman Bulls

From Alabama to West Point to Harvard to the Board Room--A leadership and financial journey. How to make it, keep it, and give it back.

Herman E. Bulls          International Director & Chairman, Public InstitutionsJones Lang LaSalle President & CEO Bulls Advisory Group, LLCCurrent Board Positions USAA, Exelis (NYSE); Comfort Systems, USA (NYSE); Tyco International (NYSE); Rasmussen Inc.; New York State Teachers' Retirement System (Real Estate Advisory Council); West Point Association of GraduatesRelevant Experience Herman Bulls is the founder and Chairman of Jones L...

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Luvvie Ajayi

Award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism.

Luvvie Ajayi        An eleven-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures.     Luvvie is a columnist for TheGrio, has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times,, Essence,, ...

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Gwen Webber-McLeod, M.S.         President and CEO of Gwen, Inc.   Gwen has over 30 years experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education sectors.      Gwen is a sought after lecturer and conference keynote speaker on leadership top...

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David Augustine

Dee-1 uses his experience as a hip hop artist, educator, and survivor from the slums of New Orleans to motivate others to live with Mission Vision and fulfill their life calling.

David Augustine  (Dee-1)          Dee-1 created his own lane in Hip-Hop by making music that motivates anyone on a mission to win the game of life. He is the epitome of soul, swag, and New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with a purpose.After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1, born David Augustine, financed his musical dreams by teaching middle schoo...

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Dr. Jason Richardson

Speaker • Author • Psychologist • MBA Global Management • World Champion Athlete • Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist

Dr. Jason Richardson        Helping others help themselves and others. ...And totally in your corner! Championship mindset for a Championship life.     Jason is a proven champion in sport and life - teaching others to break barriers by thinking bigger, and playing better. He works with several Olympians and has recurring engagements to speak / conduct trainings with corporations, private organizations, and the Olympic Training Center.   Before he...

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Chris Jones

It’s Better To Be Prepared For An Opportunity Than To Have An Opportunity And Not Be Prepared!

Chris Jones         “Don’t Do Something Permanently Stupid Because You Are Temporarily Upset”        Chris Jones’ story enthralls, inspires, engages, captivates, and blesses the hearts of his many listeners. Whether addressing a room full of disadvantaged youths or adults, Chris’ personal life and professional successes have universal appeal.   Born to teenage parents, Chris was raised by his mother in Washington, D.C. Chris never a...

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Jean Claude La Marre

LaMarre is a Writer, producer and actor. La Marre's powerful oratory style is impactful, independent and refreshing.

Jean Claude La Marre             Jean Claude is an award-winning public speaker. He has amassed over 300 awards in Persuasive and Informative speaking tournaments during his Collegiate career.        After settling into Hollywood, LaMarre has garnered critical praise for his numerous performances, along such notables as Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, Danny Glover and many more.   In recent years, La Marre has segued into a pro...

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Jules Ferguson           “It was two o’clock in the morning on Memorial Day. No one was around. I stared across the room and saw nothing but a white ceiling, white floors and walls. There was dead silence, the kind that pierces your ears because it is so loud. In that moment, I had a choice to make - to live or take my own life. I chose to live.” The main message of Talkin’ About Life focuses on the “Power of Choice.”   Jules speak...

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Nevil Shed

Nevil is the “To Be Continued” Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer whose road to glory has been led by his love of God, family, basketball and second chances.

Nevil Shed          Inspirational Speaker Nevil Shed (born in Bronx, New York) is a former basketball player. He attended Morris High school in 1962.   Nevil was a member of the Texas Western Miners (now named University of Texas at El Paso) team that won the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament national championship. The Miners made history for being the first team to start an all-African American lineup in the championship...

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Rohan Murphy

Entrepreneur • Inspirational Athlete • Motivational Speaker

Rohan Murphy         Rohan, who lost his legs at birth, started to wrestle his freshman year of high school. After a successful high school wrestling career he went on to wrestle at Penn State University. In addition to wrestling, Murphy is also an accomplished powerlifter, competing in international competitions all over the world representing the USA.      Rohan has been featured in publications such as ABC news, Sports Illustrated, and many ...

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TJ Haygood

Award Winning Entrepreneurer & Small Business Owner, WEN Master, and Inspirational/Interactive Speaker.

TJ Haygood "My personal and professional passion is to use my God given talents every day to serve small businesses and individuals in the workplace who struggle to find a balance between who they are, who others want them to be, and who they really want to be deep down inside.  The art of being should be as easy as breathing, but often it is not.  I am a WEN Master inspiring others to be a master at helping ourselves and others "Work t...

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Chike Akua         Chike is an award-winning educator and author who is known for his dynamic, interactive, riveting and revealing presentations that leave everyone inspired, uplifted, and transformed.Ebony magazine selected him as one of its "50 Leaders of Tomorrow," a distinction he is, no doubt, living up to today. Chike Akua is one of the most sought after speakers at colleges, universities, and educational conferences.His most fre...

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