Homecoming Speakers

Are you looking for a great name in African-American public speaking to perform at your next university or college’s homecoming events? Great Black Speakers has the most extensive collection of public speakers, lecturers and scholars that are world-known for their expertise and raising awareness on many subjects. From motivating your enrolled students to have ultimate increased academic success in the coming year to educating youth on staying drug smart and party safe, you will be able to find a speaker with a purpose that will boost your homecoming event!

Dr. Boyce Watkins         Dr. Boyce is one of the most highly sought after African-American scholars in the world. Specializing in financial psychology, educational motivation, and black social commentary, Dr. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News, BET, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and many more national media outlets. Brilliant, articulate, an...


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Hill Harper          Hill is an award winning actor, bestselling author and philanthropist. Hill is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Letters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007.Hill currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. CSI is the most successful televisi...


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Donna Brazile         Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New ...


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Lynn Whitfield         Growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Bette Davis in “All About Eve” from her grandmother’s lap. She loved classic movies and with child-like confidence, she could see no reason she could not become an actress and some day play those same types of roles. Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl who dreamed ...


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Terrence Jenkins         Terrence J is a young man with a master plan. From apprenticing with NASCAR® to working on radio and throwing some of the best social gatherings around, Terrence J has been preparing himself for superstardom and making sure that his life is the American Dream, blasted out of the box. Now, he’s using his hosting spot on BET®’s 106 and Park, the hottest music program in the world (airing in the US, Japan and the UK), to tak...


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Ed Gordon            Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct. These are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports his name is synonymous with the “big” interview. Gordon’s knack for landing exclusives and his no-nonsense style make him one of television’s most resp...


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Common

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 eight album...


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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill         Dr. Marc is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country. His work, which covers topics such as hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. Dr. Hill has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and New York Times and has been a regular guest...


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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 fall 2010 Jud...


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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 consistently dis...


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Daymond John

Founder of the Iconic Brand “For Us By Us” (FUBU) & Co-Star of the Hit Show, Shark Tank

Daymond John          A young entrepreneur, industry pioneer, highly regarded marketing expert and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and as a speaker in business and mo...


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Hosea Chanchez

Actor and Filmmaker

Hosea Chanchez         Hosea stars as Malik Wright on the BET comedy The Game, a smart, cutting-edge show about professional football players and the women entangled in their lives. Chanchez’s acting talent, charisma, and instinctive sense of humor have made Malik a truly multidimensional character: a star quarterback who is both a “ladies’ man” and a “momma’s boy.” His portrayal of this brash yet sweet young man faced with sudden success has alr...


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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 Tigger is u...


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Shaun Robinson

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Author, and Host of Access Hollywood

Shaun Robinson         Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Shaun Robinson is the weekend co-host and correspondent for the syndicated entertainment news show, "Access Hollywood”. Shaun is also the author of the new book, “Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself”. Born out of Shaun’s passion to help girls be more comfortable in their own skin and become tomorrow’s leade...


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Glenda Hatchett

Former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Georgia Juvenile Court and star of The Judge Hatchett Show.

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett          A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personnel and ant...


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Rocsi Diaz

Radio Host & Television Personality

Rocsi Diaz          You never know what Rocsi's going to do next because with every step she takes, something amazing happens!Though born in Honduras, Rocsi (Racquel Diaz) was raised and shaped in America. Her family moved to the New Orleans area, where Rocsi grew up, moving through her teen years and into her diverse love of music and culture. “My mom used to listen to Air Supply and Sting, and we listened to the music of the N.O., from Master P...


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T’Keyah Crystal Keymah

Award-winning Performer, Writer, Producer, and Director.

T’Keyah Crystal Keymah          Performer, writer, producer, director, T’KEYAH CRYSTAL KEYMÁH is her name personified: a prism of energy and vision, known worldwide for her acclaimed work on TV’s In Living Color, Cosby, and That’s So Raven. Keymáh voiced Bumblebee on Teen Titans and Trixie’s mom on American Dragon. Stage credits include Love Letters (w/ David Alan Grier), her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Some of My Best Friends: A Collect...


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Free Wright

Media Personality, Television Producer and Philanthropist

Marie “Free” Wright         A woman with grace, intellect and individuality, Marie “Free” Wright is an accomplished media personality, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known as one of the original co-hosts of BET’s top-rated “106 & Park” countdown show, where for five years she interviewed the likes of Michael Jackson, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and Alicia Keys. In October 2010, Free returned to BET to produce and star in ...


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Farai Chideya         Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about issues ...


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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), BET, TVOne,...


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