Family Speakers

An African-American family is a delicate structure that affects the life and psychological needs of all members involved. Family life is an essential part of human well-being and tends to have the heaviest impact on young children and adolescents as they go through crucial stages of mental development. Being well informed about healthy family functionality, parenting essentials, personal financial management and other similar family-oriented topics can greatly benefit you and the members of your family. To book a speaker that can teach all of these skills and more that have yet to be mentioned, feel free to look through Great Black Speaker’s African-American public speakers for hire.

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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Judge Karen Mills-Francis         Judge Karen has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience with the half-hour syndicated courtroom series, Judge Karen. She is famous for the lines “Stay in your Lane, I know how to Drive”. For fal...

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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, 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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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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Alimi Ballard

Let your DREAMS be bigger than your fears and your ACTIONS be louder than your words.

ALIMI (“Ali - Me”) BALLARD         Alimi can currently be seen recurring as Detective Kevin Crawford in CBS’S 14yr Global Sensation “CSI (VEGAS)”. The 2011 movie season kicked off with Alimi as FUSCO alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson & Vin Diesel in UNIVERSAL’S Summer Blockbuster “FAST FIVE”. Ballard is best known for his portrayal of “Special Agent David Sinclair”, for Six Seasons as a series regular, on Tony and Ridley Scott’s high...

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Dahn Elle Dior Ballard

My Passion is to Empower Moms who might be feeling stressed and overwhelmed to live a whole and Balanced Life. It is possible!

Dahn Elle Dior Ballard         Dahn is a gifted Actress, Writer and Certified Life Coach. Through her Life Coaching, Workshops and Retreats Dahn passionately spreads her message of a ‘Balanced Mom Life” and how it is indeed possible. Dahn believes that the time spent raising our children is so precious not just to their lives but ours as well. We basically spend our “youth” raising our babies. If we don’t find a way to create a balance....

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Jane John-Nwankwo  CPT, DSD, RN, MSN, PHN    With more than 10 years as a professional female motivational speaker, Jane can hold any audience sitting straight on their chairs for any length of time! Jane resides in Southern California, but travels internationally for motivational speeches. She is a seminar leader and a published author of more than 50 books including textbooks for healthcare training, fiction for entertainment, books f...

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Dr. Alduan Tartt

Psychologist, Motivational Speaker, Author, Media Personality, & Servant.

Dr. Alduan Tartt         “Bringing Positive Psychology to the People” • “The People’s Doc”       “I Use Psychology To Solve Problems”       “There are plenty of proven solutions for today’s problems but what the world needs are more invigorated, passionate, and persuasive teachers who are dedicated to lead people and organizations to actually implement the solutions that improve lives.” - Dr. Alduan TarttDr. Alduan Tartt is one of those...

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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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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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Towanna Freeman

Award Winning Author • Life and Career Strategist • Advocate for Teen Girls

Dr. Towanna B. Freeman         Towanna is a successful life coach, inspirational speaker and advocate for young women. Freeman conducts workshops and conferences where she imparts a life-changing message that presents hope and inspiration. It is her purpose. It is her success. So much, in fact, that she has co-authored an award winning book, Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment, which reveals a seven-step method for identifying and...

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Gabriel Crenshaw

Dr. Gabe, psychologist, is an on-air TV/Radio personality. He specializes in psychology/Youth/Family, Relationships, Inspiration & Motivation.

Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw           Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw (Dr. Gabe), psychologist, is an on-air TV/Radio personality, described as America's Best 'Lifechanger' while serving a two-year stint as psychologist on The TV show, “Extra.”   Dr. Gabe is the creator/host of his own digital media program, Mental Minute™w/Dr. Gabe, and a contributing expert on various news broadcasts. Dr. Gabe has appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), The ...

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Michael Williams

Michael is ‘Mr. Sankofa Man’ who specializes in personal genomic testing as it pertains to heritage enrichment and rediscovering kinship ties.

Michael Williams        Michael is the CEO and Director of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based family educational consulting firm, Native Womb Advantage Consulting, LLC empowering diverse family communities throughout the African Diaspora  how to utilize personal genome testing to improve disease prevention, reconnect with lost kinship ties, and reclaim the knowledge of ancestral origins.As a Personal Genome Testing Expert Michael utiliz...

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Dr. Chris Hickey, Sr.

Author of “Admired Man Why? - The Making of An Admired Man.”

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr.            Dr. Hickey is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One - Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth.      He is also the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures and facilitates ...

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Aja McClanahan

America's Financial Sweetheart spreading the good news about financial empowerment!

Aja McClanahan            Aja hails from Englewood, Chicago. According to many, this is a place where everyone should be poor and no one should prosper. Yet, her family has defied the traditional state of the Black American household by purposely becoming free from debt on both personal and business balance sheets.    Aja’s straightforward, yet personable style inspires others to take stock of their lives to create vision, passion a...

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Dr. Dawn DeLavallade

Advocate for the Female Breadwinner - the newest category of American woman. Her mission is to advance our society toward a place of acceptance and healing!

Dawn DeLavallade, M.D.         Dawn is a practicing physician and writer based in Orlando, Florida. As a radiologist, Dawn currently enjoys a “virtual” practice by providing radiologic interpretations from her home office for Emergency Room patients across the country. Her decision to choose a career in virtual medicine has allowed Dawn the flexibility to be a dedicated mother despite the demands of her profession.In addition to her co...

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Andrea Cennington

A passionate voice wittingly serving others as an advocate, empowering and inspiring seamlessly taking listeners on a journey from victim to victorious.

Andrea Cennington, LCSW, PhD (ABD)         Andrea is a pathfinder and a curious renegade for family stability. She passionately explores ways to empower women and children through education. Andrea has successfully overcome many travails of her own including homelessness, being raised in a home of alcoholism and domestic violence, and being the spouse of one with addiction issues. Despite these experiences, she intentionally and purposefully rais...

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Hasani Pettiford

Nation’s authority on male/female relationships, human sexuality, and men's issues.

Hasani Pettiford         For over a decade, award-winning speaker, TV personality, and published author, Hasani Pettiford, has been a recognized authority on human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, as well as, personal growth and development. Hasani has directly impacted the lives of many, as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another, putting them on the path to healthier, more meaningful relati...

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Valerie Coleman Morris

Valerie is your guide to a deep and emotionally intellectual understanding of individual financial responsibility from cradle to grave.

Valerie Coleman Morris         Valerie, a former CNN domestic and international correspondent/anchor is considered a northern California Bay Area native when it comes to television news. She began her career in the early 70s in San Francisco at KRON-TV as a reporter and then KGO-TV as a long time anchor.Valerie was an Air Force kid who lived in England, France, Scotland and Japan by the time she was a junior in high school. She’s a graduate of Sa...

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Michael Cottman

White House Correspondent and Commentator with Rev. Al Sharpton’s national radio show, who offers unique insights about President Obama's social policies, racial diversity, scuba diving slave ships and balancing work and marriage.

Michael H. Cottman         Michael, an award-winning Journalist and Author, is a Senior Correspondent for, a division of REACH Media/Radio One, the nation’s largest black-owned media company.Cottman covers the White House and offers commentary and political analysis about President Barack Obama, focusing primarily on how the Obama administration’s economic, education and health-care policies impact African Americans and people...

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Sheri Riley

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Entrepreneur, and Empowerment Speaker who empowers high achievers to stop spending 100% of their time on 10% of who they are.

Sheri Riley         Sheri is a wife, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur and we all know this is not easy, but she’s figured out how to make it simple. As an Empowerment Speaker, Personal Development/Leadership Coach, and Life Strategist, she works with high achievers to make choices that lead to less stress, more clarity, and internal peace. With her 9 Exponential Living Principles, she helps herself and others to stop spending 100% of ...

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Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in education, Black identity, and cultural/community-based spaces.

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas         Dr. Douglas is a dynamic and sought-after international speaker, author, songwriter, and scholar who captivates audiences with his unique combination of depth, wit, and practicality. He has lectured and delivered keynotes in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the United States.        Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, communi...

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To Build Your Business, You First have to Build Yourself, Look like Success.

D. De’Vaughn (Jolanta Whitaker)            Ms. De’Vaughn is a professional stylist since 1996 and salon owner since 1999, successful entrepreneur, platform artist, freelance stylist, keynote speaker and best-selling author. Ms. De’Vaughn has had the pleasure of working with fashion photographers for nationally known modeling agencies. She also has appeared in national ad campaigns for blue chip brands.   Ms. De’Vaughn is the owner a...

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