Hip-Hop Speakers

Hip-hop is a very popular genre of music and the hip-hop industry had now grown larger than ever before. Becoming a hip-hop artist or getting into the industry is an American dream of sorts for youth across the nation, but is very difficult to accomplish. Making it in the hip-hop industry requires not only unmistakable talent but endless amount of self-promotion and motivation. Here at Great Black Speakers we have found the biggest and most successful African-American names in the hip-hop music industry available for public speaking about their inspiring stories and rise to the top. To book one of our well known African-American hip-hop experts and artists to appear at your next function, please browse our extensive selection below.


Actor and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Music Artist

Common         With his Multi-Grammy Award winning music career and his continued work in film, Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. He has been seen on the silver screen in films such as SMOKIN ACES, AMERICAN GANGSTER, WANTED, TERMINATOR SALVATION and in DATE NIGHT and JUST WRIGHT. Prior to acting, COMMON rose to prominence as one of hip-hops most poetic and respected lyricists having recorded over e...

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Jalen Rose

ESPN/ABC Analyst; University of Michigan Fab Five and 13-year NBA Star; and Founder of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose          ESPN/ABC analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist. Jalen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Southwestern High Sch...

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Jeannetta Blue

The Brand Building Powerhouse specializing in Success Principles & Professional Career Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)         Jeannetta “Jaybee” Blue is a Talent Acquisition Professional specializing in Recruitment Strategy and the training, development and mentorship of aspiring professionals. After spending the early part of her career in the branding world, Jaybee developed an interest in the enhancement of employment brands, specifically the Recruitment and development of aspiring professionals. Jaybee firmly believes that...

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MC Lyte

Undeniable queen of hip-hop who supports worthy projects, events and fundraisers such as AIDS awareness, anti-violence and Rock-the-Vote.

MC Lyte         Lyricist, Pioneer, Icon, Inspirational Speaker, Veteran and Entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip-Hop artists of our time: MC Lyte. A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip-Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved.A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, Lyte never compromises who she is and consis...

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Big Tigger

Music Director, Radio Host, DJ and Spokesperson

Big Tigger         Since his stint as an intern at Music Director and Host of CBS Radio's WPGC's Afternoon Drive, official DJ for the Washington Wizards and Spokesperson for their Charitable Organization, Wizards Care, Big Tigger has earned a name for himself as one of radio and television's most distinctive personalities providing hip-hop fanatics with the hottest music and performances from multi-platinum hip-hop and R&B artists.Big T...

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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian and American Actor

Kevin Brown         aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com Kevin Brown aka Dot Com is a winner of the 15th annual “SAG” 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)”. Dot Com was on 30 Rock for seven seasons starring opposite Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.Dot Com plays a Bodyguard, Best Friend and...

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Keith Clinkscales

A media entrepreneur who has worked with creative endeavors from across the world of sports, music and entertainment.

Keith Clinkscales         Keith is the CEO of Revolt Media, and a partner in a newly launched multi-platform 24-hour music media network founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Keith brings to the network over 20 years of experience growing media enterprises for cross-cultural audiences. Keith is charged with bringing this dynamic void of music television to life while growing the targeted millennial audience through traditional and digital media platform...

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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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Marlon Haywood

Marlon specializes in civic engagement, leadership, mentorship of young black men, expression of faith, education, and self-empowerment.

Marlon Haywood           Marlon was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Englewood area. Never one to let his environment dictate his future, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU). Marlon received his Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from NIU. Currently, Marlon is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Roosevelt University.   Marlon’s ...

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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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Roger Love

The Motivator who specializes in Greatness, Leadrship, Management and Special Lectures for Colleges and Universities. Former Educator who is currently writing a book on Urban Education in America.

Roger Love         Roger was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago and is the ninth of 10 children in his family. He was raised by his mother. Like most young men growing up in a poorer environment, Roger always desired a better way of living for himself and his family. As a child, he took an immediate liking to school and sports, which he says he knew was the passport to a much better life.“I consider myself blessed for some reas...

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Benoni Tagoe

Benoni has created a brand that appeals to urban millennials who are looking to understand business, finance and real estate in a digestible manner.

Benoni Tagoe          Benoni has created a brand that appeals to urban millennials who are looking to understand business, finance and real estate in a digestible manner.      Benoni began his career in the music industry working on the management teams of artists such as: Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks and Mindless Behavior. An integral part of The Jonas Group, Benoni was brought on to manage and grow the group’s global digital pres...

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Reginald Kee

“Speaking LIFE to Unlock the POWER of GOD within YOU”

Minister Reginald Kee (d.b.a. Reggie Legend) is the author of over 11000 poems and haiku. Reggie has had his work recognized as the featured poem/haiku of the month and haiku of the day on defpoetryjam.com, christianpoets.com and usatoday.com on multiple occasions.Seeking to increase his platform, Reggie branched out from these simple postings and began writing social commentary known as "poetitorials": a combination of poems and editor...

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Chuck Creekmur         AllHipHop.com co-founder and co-CEO Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur has combined his outstanding journalism skills, artistic talents, and ability to envision the future to establish himself as a trendsetter and trailblazer creating a unique path in Internet content and technology. As a cultural critic and pundit, he's been featured in VIBE, The Source, Complex, GIANT and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), B...

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Mike Muse         Mike Muse, co-founder of Muse Recordings, by intersecting politics and pop culture, uses his platform to create social change. As an industrial engineer turned media mogul, Mike has secured deals for Muse Recordings with the NFL, NBA, Chrysler and Starbucks.    Mike is a guest commentator on pop culture, and politics on the highest rated urban radio stations in the country including XM Sirius Satellite Radio. He leve...

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Demetrius Darnell Walker         Demetrius is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Demetrius represents not only the merits of higher education, but street knowledge as well. Growing up in New York City, Demetrius was exposed to the struggles of the urban community. Avoiding the common pit falls of fellow friends and family members was a daily battle. An exceptionally gifted student, Demetrius left the city turmoil to s...

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Dr. Theodore Ransaw

The masculinity scholar - Exploring fatherhood, rites of passage, education and the influence of Hip-hop on the masculine male.

Dr. Theodore S. Ransaw         A highly sought after guest speaker, Dr. Theodore S. Ransaw is a scholar specializing in the fields of Education, Afro American Studies and Communication.He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Education and International Studies. Dr. Ransaw also has a MA and a BA in Communication.Theodore Ransaw, is a true innovator, a man who has done what has not been done before....

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Sheldon Candis

Baltimore native whose debut feature film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sheldon Candis         Sheldon is a director and producer, known for LUV (2012), Sonny Listening (2002) and The Walk (2010).        Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.        Candis’ short film THE WALK tells the dramatic story ...

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Dr. Shonta Smith

“The Essence of Education” Educator • Author • Professional Speaker • Coach

Dr. Shonta M. Smith         Dr. Shonta Smith is the “Essence of Education”. She has defied the odds. From the slums of inner city St. Louis, she knew early on that there was something more. Dr. Smith knew that life in and of itself was great. She knew that greatness was upon her and that it was her responsibility to be true to herself and do great things. Dr. Smith was blessed early on as she had the opportunity to participate in the vo...

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Mike Ambassador Bruny

Run The Point (Take Action) from where you are, with what you have.

Mike Ambassador Bruny         I work with young professionals of color looking to have more impact at work and life.I’m a speaker, certified life coach and author who creates and works on projects designed to empower people.My latest project is called, “No More Reasonable Doubt," which is all about creating support structures and exposure for your professionals of color.  My podcast by the same name features professionals of color shari...

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Michael Flowers (mikeflo)

mikeflo is a recording artist, producer, stylist, consultant and official tour dj for the legendary hip hop duo dead prez. mikeflo is a retired teacher and human rights activist.

Michael Flowers (mikeflo)         mikeflo is an emcee, producer, stylist, consultant and official tour dj and emcee for the legendary hip hop duo dead prez.mikeflo has been billed all over the world alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including: Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, dead prez, Common, Rick Ross, Outkast, KRS-ONE, A Tribe Called Quest, Dj Premier, Dj Drama, DJ Green Lantern, and a host of other industry heav...

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Earl Majette

Brother Earl-Poet and Community Activist who specializes in serving at risk youth, expanding our communal economic mindset using Hip Hop to bridge the generational divide.