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Cynthia McKinney

12 years U.S. Congresswoman, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Fearless in pursuit of truth, and Epitome of leadership and grace.

Cynthia McKinney   Cynthia is available to speak at meetings, conferences, conventions, universities, and more. She brings to her speeches a range of experiences and insight on the issues facing our world today, as well as her Southern warmth and engaging style. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of having Ms. McKinney speak at your next event is urged to contact her through Great Black Speakers.   Cynthia McKinney has become an i...


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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 BroussardMr. 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 basketball legend ...


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Angela Benton

The Change Agent Diversifying the Innovation Economy

Angela Benton   Angela is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities. Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class of NewME ...


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Valorie Burton

Bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping you get unstuck and be unstoppable!

Valorie BurtonValorie is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching resources have helped peopl...


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Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

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

Lamar and Ronnie TylerLamar and Ronnie Tyler 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 empowering marrie...


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Mitzi Miller

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

Mitzi MillerBest-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, Miller began...


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Keith Beauchamp

Investigative filmmaker who made history unearthing the truth about Emmett Till: bringing justice to victims of injustice

Keith BeauchampEmmy Nominated Producer/ Director, Keith A. Beauchamp attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where he studied Criminal Justice with the intention of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney. As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism but it wasn't until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white woman at a party that he felt compelled to f...


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Lawrence WatkinsLawrence Watkins is one of America’s leading entrepreneurship and personal achievement experts. His journey has taken him from an ultra-underachiever in high school to a graduate of an Ivy League business school as well as the Owner of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, Co-Founder of Ujamaa Deals, and Principal of Sachs Technologies. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who...


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Dahn Elle Dior Ballard

My Passion is to inspire Women to live a life of Balance, Wholeness, Beauty and Strength. These qualities effect how we raise our kids, love our mates & each other. Together we can change the world.

Dahn Elle Dior BallardNever one to shy away from a hyphenate, Dahn Elle Dior grew up with dreams of the stage which morphed into a love of film and all things celluloid.Her childhood was spent watching Black & White cinema and countless Musicals, which provided an outlet for Dahn, whose young life was fraught with upheaval and constantly moving from place to place. It also forged in her an uncanny ability to read her audience, tell a story and ga...


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Lucille O’Neal

Author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Lucille O’NealAs the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Lucille O'Neal's journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just "Shaquille O'Neal's mom." She is a woman you know; a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. O'Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcee and, above all, a woman of unique courage.   Acquainted early in life with turm...


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Lauren Maillian BiasLauren Maillian Bias is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding™, a strategic marketing company.A serial entrepreneur, at age 19, Lauren founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.Lauren is ...


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Jullien GordonJullien, The PurposeFinder, is the country’s leading voice on purpose and motivation for the millennial generation. At the age of 27, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor. As the author of two amazing books, The 8 Cylinders of Success: How To Align Your Personal and Professional Purpose and Good Excuse Goals: How To Eliminate Procrastination and Perfectionism Forever, Jullien ...


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Detavio Samuels

Advertising Executive / Best Selling Author / Voice of Millennial Generation

Detavio Samuels At the age of 33, Detavio is one of the advertising industry's youngest executives and has helped some of the world's biggest companies (including Walmart, Chrysler LLC, NBA and Johnson & Johnson) build their brands and connect to consumers. Currently Detavio operates as the President of GlobalHue-Detroit, the nation's leading multicultural advertising agency, where he leads teams to develop crossover strategies and ideas that t...


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Anjuelle Floyd

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams.

Anjuelle Floyd Anjuelle is a wife of thirty-two years, mother of three, abstract painter, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Mother-Daughter Relations and Dreams. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Keeper of Secrets ... Translations of an Incident (2007,) and three novels, The House (2010,) Seasons in Purdah (2012,) and When the Drum Major Died (2014.)Anjuelle's short stories and novels turn on the dynam...


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The Pruitte Twins

The IT Factor™ - Identical twins Marla and Marcia are life motivators, coaches, dream architects and experts at ‘gab’, but most importantly, they are dreamers.

Marla Pruitte and Marcia Pruitte ColemanIdentical twins Marla Pruitte and Marcia Pruitte Coleman are life motivators, coaches, dream architects and experts at “gab”, but most importantly, they are dreamers. The twins believe every person should be empowered to be authentic in their experiences, and express them according to how they feel. They love to travel and conduct workshops, seminars, vision board experiences and motivational speaking. Thei...


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Isiah Anderson

Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.

Isiah AndersonIsiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a management company c...


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Gabrielle Jordan Williams

Award-winning teenage entrepreneur, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, designer and philanthropist.

Gabrielle Jordan Williams Gabrielle Jordan, now age 14, is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, a booming jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. Her modern jewelry is made of gemstones and precious metals, which create classic pieces and represent her desire to develop a sense of ageless beauty and elegance. In addition to her jewelry line, Gabrielle has taken her experience in business and her passion for inspiring others to publish th...


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Sgt Robert A. MansfieldSgt Robert is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant.Sgt Mansfield was the Republican Candidate for congress in the 2nd Congressional district in Philadelphia in 2012. Although he lost the race he made history by receiving 40,000 votes the most votes that any Republican has ever gotten in 20 years. Sgt Mansfield is a Committed Conservative who believes in the social safety net, but it should not be used as a lifestyle, Sgt Mansfield ...


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Taiwo Kujichagulia Seitu

Griot, Coloratura Soprano, Entrepreneur, Educator, and Acclaimed Playwright

Taiwo Kujichagulia-Seitu Mrs. Taiwo is a coloratura soprano, dancer, educator and griot (historian, storyteller, entertainer, musician, praise singer). With a performance history spanning over 2 decades, Taiwo has performed for such legends as Kathrine Dunham, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Nelson Mandela, Regina Bell, Pharaoh Sanders, and Dizzy Gillespie. She has performed with Phavia Kujichagulia and Ma’at, E.W. Wainwright’s African Roots of Jazz, O...


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Shaneka McClarty

The master ‘Hope Builder’ helping people move from fear to faith

Shaneka McClartyShaneka is a licensed therapist with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University (Atlanta, GA) and a Bachelor’s Degree from Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL). She has been practicing for over ten years focusing on relationships, particularly women’s issues and couples.   Her company, Therapy Girl LLC, is set up to provide counseling services, consulting, workshops, and motivational speaking. Shaneka is a dyn...


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Deya Smith

'The Go-to- Girlfriend' Lifestyle & Love Coach, Media Maven, Author & Inspirational Speaker, who teaches on fear, faith, femininity, relationships & women's empowerment.

DEYA “DIRECT” SMITHDeya Smith, a former Miss Black USA, and veteran producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) brings her unique skills as a National Correspondent; her passion and knowledge as a Social Activist; her charisma and sense of humor as an Actress, Blogger, Personality, Motivational Speaker, and most recently Author; to the world of multi-media. The TJMS reaches 8 million listeners daily.This best-selling aut...


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Bill Lester

Formally trained and employed Computer Scientist who risked it all, and became a full-time professional NASCAR driver at age 40 and lived his dream.

William Alexander Lester III As the only third African American driver to race at the top level of NASCAR, the Sprint Cup Series, in the last 50 years, Bill Lester is not your typical race car driver. The fact that he achieved this at 45 years of age makes this feat even more impressive. But Bill’s professional racing career is atypical in many ways. He didn’t grow up in the sport. He does not come from wealth. He is not a second or third genera...


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Mia Wright

Inspirational Speaker, Co-Pastor, Fountain of Praise and Executive Director of the Metamorphosis Women's Empowerment Conference

Mia K. WrightMia K. Wright is inspiring women around the globe to pursue their passion for living.    Through her renowned “Metamorphosis” organization, which encompasses a non-profit foundation, a mentoring program for girls, and the world renowned annual women’s “Metamorphosis” conference hosted in Houston, Texas, Mia is helping women and men alike to positively change their lives. She does so with a unique blend of ministry, personal enrichm...


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Selena CuffeSelena is the President and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest company in North America dedicated to importing and marketing wine produced by indigenous Africans. With wines that have been featured by media outlets including TIME and PBS, the company’s South African portfolio has won industry accolades from the International Wine Challenge, Decanter Magazine, and Wine Spectator, among others. Customers include household nam...


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Rhonda Johnson

Wisdom through Experience... Inspiration that ignites Innovation

Rhonda Y.C. JohnsonFounder, PresidentOSAAT EntertainmentNative of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ms. Johnson passionately advocates literacy through active, avid storytelling.Self-taught, well-read author and entrepreneur, Rhonda Y.C. Johnson was raised on the concept that literature and the arts were not lucrative careers. She followed that belief, pursuing a business degree from Hartnell College, and business credits from George Mason University ...


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Bertha Lewis

President and Founder of the The Black Institute, & Former CEO of ACORN

Bertha M. Lewis Bertha Lewis is the President & Founder of The Black Institute, which she founded in 2010 to assist with holistically addressing systematic issues faced by Black people and of Color communities in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. Prior to her work with The Black Institute, Ms. Lewis was a life-long community activist and organizer. Bertha's work as a leader has been recognized time and again by several prominent org...


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Paulo Gregory Harris

Inventor, activist, artist, author, and advisor, using the old Zulu wisdom of Cohado to usher in the 'Relational Age' of community, and global sustainability.

Paulo Gregory HarrisPaulo is the inventor of Cohado, a tool for reimagining systems, relationships, and self as generators of abundant and sustainable solutions. Paulo is also the President of Collective Cry, Inc., a germinator of Socially Relevant Ventures, and the Director of the Ingoma Foundation, a vehicle for the implementation of economic solutions for communities. His work with Collective Cry and Ingoma is focused primarily on the creation...


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Khary Cuffe

Empowerment Champion who specializes in internationalization, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, and multicultural trends and advancement.

Khary Cuffe Khary is co-founder of Heritage Link Brands where he directs fiscal control functions and oversees business development activity and regulatory affairs. He is also Director of Marketing for L’Oreal USA. Prior Cuffe served as a marketer for the Procter & Gamble Company where he was responsible for a global multi-functional team in the creation and development of product and commercial initiatives on Pampers, P&G’s largest brand ($9 b...


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Zuhairah Washington

Entrepreneur and business professional with technology, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets.

Zuhairah Washington I am an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with over a decade of technology, finance, and product/business development experience in global markets including London, Dubai, New York, and Washington, DC working with Fortune 500 companies, vc-backed startups, and government and non-profit organizations. I am passionate about leveraging technology to build profitable, innovative, and disruptive products that improv...


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Ash Kumra

Entrepreneur, public speaker, and 'Dreamer' whose purpose is to make the world better.

Ash KumraAsh is an award-winning entrepreneur and public speaker most recently recognized by the White House as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs making an impact for America.Ash is a founder of DreamItAlive.com; an online community dedicated to guiding people to create, believe and live out their dreams using virtual dream boards. Ash has been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship from institutions and luminaries such as the White H...


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