Contracting STDs such as HIV or AIDs can be a traumatic and devastating change in someone’s life. Statistically, the African-American community is in the most need for education about the dangers of contracting STDs and how to identify them. Our speakers for the contraction of HIV/AIDs here at Great Black Speakers all have personal experience stories with either being diagnosed or having someone they loved diagnosed with HIV or AIDs. Out of the ashes of these tragic stories rise passionate advocates who are motivated to stop the spread by educating audiences about the statics, facts, identification and protection methods against HIV and AIDs.
Award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction, speaks on behalf of Artists for a New South Africa, Children’s Defense Fund, and U.S. State Department, to educate people around the world on issues involving HIV/AIDS, Civil Rights, etc.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell Jurnee is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. She joined the cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its 5th season after co-starring in the most recent series of HBO’s “True Blood”. Jurnee also starred earlier this year in Tyler Perry’s film “Temptation.” The film was Perry’s biggest grossing box-office hit outside of his “Madea” brand.Jurnee was also seen in th...
International HIV/AIDS Activist & Humanitarian
Hydeia Broadbent At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now at the age of 30, Hydeia spends her time spreading the me...
Award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism.
Luvvie Ajayi An eleven-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a respected entertainment and humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. Luvvie is a columnist for TheGrio, has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence, AOL.com, ...
Radio Personality and Award-winning Journalist.
Clay Cane Clay is a New York City-based, radio personality and award-winning journalist. His work covers various topics: pop culture, sexuality, race, religion, social networking and personal branding. Raised in both Washington State and Philadelphia, his diverse racial and socio-economic background has fueled him to consistently deliver edgy commentary, which has garnered a strong following on his social commentary website, Cla...
Young, Beautiful, and HIV Positive.
Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn, a native Tennessean, was diagnosed with HIV at age 19. Since then she has moved both live and television audiences around the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda with her compelling personal story. Brown has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. She is currently the CEO and an Independent HIV Consultant for, Marvelous Connections. Her humanitarian...
‘The Go-to- Girlfriend’ Lifestyle & Love Coach, Media Maven, Author & Inspirational Speaker, who teaches on fear, faith, femininity, relationships & women’s empowerment.
DEYA “DIRECT” SMITH DEYA SMITH, AKA “DEYA DIRECT!” is the Go-to Girlfriend, Love and Lifestyle Coach and creator of the social media community Fly and Fabulous Women of Purpose. A former Miss Black USA, she brings her unique skills as a national correspondent/host; her passion and knowledge as a producer; her charisma and sense of humor as an actress, blogger, personality, inspirational speaker, and most recently author...