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.

Common

Actor and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Music Artist

CommonWith 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 eight albums. In 200...


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Jalen Rose

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

Jalen Rose          Current 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 Schoo...


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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 LyteLyricist, 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 consistently displays tha...


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Big Tigger

Music Director, Radio Host, DJ and Spokesperson

Big TiggerSince 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 Tigger is universall...


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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 school in Baton...


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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian/American Actor; Emcee

Kevin BrownKevin Brown aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com: Kevin “Dot Com” Brown was a winner of the 15th annual “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”) and was on 30 Rock, the award winning comedy from its inception to the final episode Jan 31, 2013 (7 seasons) starring opposite Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin an...


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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 platforms. Ke...


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Rahiel Tesfamariam

Activist, writer, public theologian and cultural critic. Columnist for The Washington Post and founder/ publisher of UrbanCusp.com, an online lifestyle magazine.

Rahiel Tesfamariam Rahiel is the Founder/Publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. Rahiel is also a columnist for The Washington Post. Born in war-torn Eritrea a decade prior to independence, Rahiel Tesfamariam’s roots can be traced off the coast of the Red Sea. As a product of her nation’s tenacious struggle for self-determination, she we...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Business Image Advocate specializing in Leadership & Professional Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)          Jaybee is a Corporate Recruiter, Speaker and Writer, referred to by many as the “Woman’s Woman.” She has consulting experience in the Independent Music Industry as well as development and implementation of Branding and Marketing campaigns, Recruiting, Operations and Image Consulting for small business, organizations and movements. After experiencing a major personal lifestyle change stemming from an 80 lb. weigh...


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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 relationships.As...


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Chuck CreekmurAllHipHop.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), BET, TVOne, VH1, The...


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Mike Muse

Former Industrial Engineer Turned Curator of Music & Politics

Mike Muse Mike, a former Industrial Engineer, is the co-founder of Muse Recordings; a celebrated record label with a reputation of quality and innovation. With the labels debut album release, Marc’s Project, an instant buzz was created that surrounded the album. This allowed Muse Recordings artists to establish partnerships with the NFL (Super Bowl), NBA (summer tour), McDonalds (commercial, jingle, promotion), Starbucks (partner, acoustic tour)...


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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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George Green

Former celebrity Tour Manager; Hip-Hop & Music related

George Green         New Yorker, George Green overcame his troubled urban youth to build a distinguished public speaking career. His engagements have taken him to college campuses, high schools, and centers for troubled teens and young adults where he discusses violence, youth empowerment, and reflects on his own difficult childhood to share lessons learned. His vast audiences are comprised of those from diverse cultures, nationalities, and relig...


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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. Not once ...


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Sheldon Candis

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

Sheldon Candis         Sheldon Candis 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 of a whe...


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Mike Ambassador Bruny

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

Mike Ambassador BrunyI'm a speaker, certified life coach and author who creates and works on projects designed to empower people.His latest project is called, "Brand Inside a Brand," which helps working professionals have more impact, more connections and more opportunities by building a personal brand.  These are not people who are looking to leave their current employers, just looking to be bigger and better. In many cases they are new to a rol...


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Yarima Karama

Writer, poet, hip hop artist, actor and performer. Specializes in prison reform, youth building, and creative arts as an outlet for change.

Yarima Karama          Yarima Karama was just like any other child growing up trying to find himself, sometimes stumbling sometimes falling on his face along the way. He had an abusive, alcoholic step-father, who was a career military man so many things stayed hidden, including the bruises he wore.Facing abuse at home and seeing the calamities of life faced by others, he took his aggression out on paper and wrote down what he wasn’t allowed to s...


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Dr. Shonta Smith

"The Essence of Education" Educator-Author-Professional Speaker-Coach

Dr. Shonta M. SmithDr. Shonta M. Smith is the “The Essence of Education”. Her company Dr. Shonta Smith International LLC is based in St. Louis, MO. The company provides services to professionals and institutions in the education field. The company’s mission is to help schools and institutions provide the highest quality education possible to our youth and to help teachers, principals and other education professionals excel in their careers. The c...


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