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...


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Judge Karen Mills-Francis         Since the fall of 2008, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TVs most recognizable court show judges. She has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her velvet robe, vintage brooches , and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the fool hardy, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice to a national television audience in her show, “Supreme Ju...


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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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Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Founders of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com 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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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

On Air Psychologist for CNN & HLN, Host of TV One's TV Show Love Addiction

Dr. Alduan Tartt is a practicing clinical psychologist, motivational speaker, media personality, consultant, family man and author. Dr. Tartt has a passion from God to focus on relationship and marriage enrichment, empowering parents (especially single moms raising sons) and counseling youth and their families. Dr. Tartt loves to entertain while he teaches to ensure maximum impact, audience engagement and fun which is why he is known ...


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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

Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer trailblazer for the “Road to Glory”: led by his love of God, family, basketball and second chances.

Nevil Shed        “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 h...


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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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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 workshops b...


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Ryan Kilgore

Every Person has a Passion, Every Passion has a Purpose, Every Purpose has a Person.

Ryan Kilgore         Ryan, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been masterfully playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. A fourth generation sax player, Ryan’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world to accompany renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder and legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not onl...


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Rev Sharon Risher

Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher        Rev. Sharon was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, S.C. shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17th, 2015. Her beloved mother and the church’s sexton, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend. Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is o...


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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 grad...


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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 BlackAmericaWeb.com, a division of Radio One/REACH Media, the nation’s largest black-owned media company.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/arts/13joyn.html   Cottman covers the White House and offers commentary and political analysis about President Barack Obama, focusing primarily on how the Obama administration’s economic, educa...


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Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Author, border crossing scholar, songwriter, and motivator who specializes in Black education, Athletics, Leadership Development, and Black identity/family/ curriculum development

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas--"Dr. Ty"         Dr. Ty Douglas is a rising star who is inspiring audiences across the globe! The author of three books, including the soon to be released project: “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity...


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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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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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Monica May

Radio host and teen empowerment speaker dedicated to reaching young people through her dynamic speaking approach and relatable personality.

Monica MayMonica is currently the host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, as well as news/community affairs director at STAR 94.5 a Cox Media Group station in Orlando. Boasting an extensive 35-year career in radio, Monica is never afraid to tap into her other passions.In 2002, Monica relocated her family to Houston, TX to work as a media relations specialist for a non-profit organization targeting the homeless population. Monica admits w...


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Joanna de Pena is a rising phenomenon by delivering passionate and inspiring messages to not only feel motivated but to give strength and confidence in todays society to make the appropriate changes to break the current cycle that is keeping them in despair or lost. Growing up as an inner city kid with limited resources, Joanna managed to land a full scholarship to a boarding school, Proctor Academy in Andover, NH – Where she excelle...


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Shannon LaNier

Emmy winning TV show host, author & 9th generation descendant of President Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings. LaNier talks... Pop Culture, Genealogy, Entrepreneurship, College Survival & Relationship.

Shannon LaNier         A veteran television host, media personality, and author, Shannon LaNier has been keeping audiences tuned in his entire life.Shannon currently co-hosts “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that airs on BET's sister station, Centric, and cable providers globally. “Arise 360” is part of Arise News, a network seen in over 175 million homes in more than 50 countries throughout the world,...


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Dr. George James

With a practical approach to relationships and life, Dr. James helps bring success within the reach of those he influences!

Dr. George James, LMFT        Dr. James speaks, counsels, consults, coaches and teaches people how to overcome everyday relational struggles to build successful connections in love, family and career. With a practical approach to relationships and life, Dr. James helps bring success within the reach of those he influences!Dr. James has been a reoccurring expert guest on many radio, TV and online programs. He is also a reoccurring relati...


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Jeremiah & Joshua West

Jeremiah (10) and Joshua West (7) are young social entrepreneurs who teach other kids how to give, save and be wise spenders. They also teach kids how to be Change Agents within their communities.

Jeremiah & Joshua West             10 year old Jeremiah West and 7 year old Joshua West are young entrepreneurs with a two-fold mission: improving childhood literacy and teaching their peers how to give, save, and spend their money wisely.    These dynamic brothers wrote a book entitled Champions of Change: Live to Give when they were only 6 & 8 years old. The book has received all 5 star reviews on Amazon and they have sold over 5,...


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Boyd Melson         Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson isn’t your prototypical pugilist. He’s a college graduate, well mannered, articulate and most importantly, fights for more than a paycheck; he battles for a cause.Born was born to a French Creole father and an Israeli-Polish mother resulting in Melson’s unique ethnic background and upbringing being that of African American, Native American, and European Jewish. Melson played basketball as a yo...


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