Motivational Speakers

It can be difficult to spark motivation to improve our lives, we often doubt ourselves and we have been trained to be overly self-conscious. We often lack motivation in many areas such as including academic success, workplace self-application, self-education, financial success, physical self-improvement and many, many more. To inspire and motivate an audience at your next community or corporate event try booking an African-American motivational speaker from Great Black Speakers to give a presentation on their personal success stories, expertise and methods of motivation. Educate your audience about steps to take for success and improvement in all aspects of your life and how to motivate yourself to take them.

A’Lelia Bundles

Author • Journalist • Nonprofit Board Chair • Madam Walker descendant. Blends current events, entrepreneurship & history into entertaining, informative mix.

A’Lelia Bundles         Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles currently is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess of Harlem: The Life and Times of A’Lelia Walker, a biography of her great-grandmother, to be published by Simon and Schuster. She also serves as president and chair of the Foundation for the National Archives, the private partner which provides funds and support for the exhibitions, programs and educational materials of the National A...


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Jurnee Smollett Bell

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...


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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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Robert Townsend

Hollywood Iconic Actor, Comedian, and Filmmaker

Robert Townsend         Robert started out as an extra in the classic film “Cooley High” and became one of the most extraordinary forces in entertainment.Townsend made his name with early roles such as corporal ellis in 1984’s “A Soldier's Story.”But when Townsend couldn't find more good roles, he created his own. 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle” was a statement about Black Hollywood in content and its creation...A cutting satire about African-American...


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John Marshall

John Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, our nation's first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, specializes in motivational speeches dealing with his father's role in our nation's civil rights movement and his place in American History.

John W. Marshall         John is the younger of two sons of Thurgood Marshall, the lead attorney in Brown v Board of Education, and our nation’s first African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. John specializes in motivational speeches dealing with his father’s role in our nation’s civil rights movement and his place in American history. He has also been the featured speaker for numerous law enforcement and fire and re...


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Stephen Smith

ESPN TV (First Take) and radio personality (mid-day show in NYC) as well as an ESPN.com columnist. Long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stephen A. Smith           Stephen was born in the British Virgin Islands and raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, NY. He attended Winston-Salem State University and played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines.        Smith has built the foundation of his career as a journalist for the New York Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and is now a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. In March 2003, he was promoted to General Sports...


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Dr. Ian Smith

Celebrity Medical/Diet Expert, Author, Radio Host & Speaker

Dr. Ian K. Smith         Dr. Smith has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club,” the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile?, and a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show “Rachael Ray.”Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “HealthWatch” on American Urban Radio Networks.He is the former medical corresp...


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Sanya Richards Ross

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Sanya Richards-Ross          Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the st...


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Angela Benton

The Change Agent Diversifying the Innovation Economy

Angela Benton            Angela is the Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator. Launched in 2011, NewME’s mission is to accelerate underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. NewME has received critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine, among others for the work they are doing to ensure the technology entrepreneurship is accessible to women and minorities. Additionally, Angela and the inaugural class ...


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Valorie Burton

Bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping you get unstuck and be unstoppable!

Valorie Burton          Valorie is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching resources have he...


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Angela Braden

Blind woman seeing her clients to their personal best. Angela's expertise is in motivation, student success, and diversity.

Angela Braden          Angela is hailed by many to be one of the most gifted and captivating speakers to recently emerge. Although she lost all her eyesight as a child, she didn't allow her disability to define her destiny. Angela graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors in Communication Studies, and from Texas Southern University with a masters in Speech Communications. She’s currently a member of the faculty at Lone Star Co...


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Lucille O’Neal

Author of Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Lucille O’Neal         As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Lucille O’Neal’s journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” She is a woman you know; a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. O’Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcee and, above all, a woman of unique courage.   Acquainted early in life ...


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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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Alicia Bowens

The L.O.V.E. Coach, specializing in empowering teen and single mothers.

Alicia T. Bowens         Born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Alicia learned the meaning of perseverance at a very young age. Although she was an honor student and star athlete, Alicia became a teenage mother during her sophomore year of high school at the age of fifteen. However, she didn’t let having a child at such a young age stop her. Alicia kept up with her classwork while she was out, and returned to school, going on to graduate on time ...


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James Wright

Dynamic and compelling speaker and educator on Diversity and Inclusion, Recruiting and Social Media related topics.

James Wright          With a background in previously managing NBCUniversal’s Talent Acquisition Pipeline Development and the 2012 Diversity Director of The Staffing Management Association of Southern California (SMA), James Wright has a track record of delivering practical, repeatable roadmaps for increasing Diversity in global corporations such as NBCUniversal, Time Warner (AOL), Pepco Holdings, Inc., Verizon / MCI, and respected industry orga...


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Sil Lai Abrams

Inspirational speaker, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist, and relationship expert for the online version of EBONY Magazine.

Sil Lai Abrams          Truth in Reality Founder & CEO, Sil Lai is a NABJ award-winning New York City based writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist. Truth in Reality is a grassroots media advocacy organization whose mission is to change the way Black women and interpersonal violence are portrayed on reality television. Sil Lai has appeared on ABC, FOX, BET, Court TV, and TruTV as an expert on relationships and do...


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Towanna Freeman

Award Winning Author • Life and Career Strategist • Advocate for Teen Girls

Towanna B. Freeman         Towanna is one of those rare “Triple Threat Women.” She is an entrepreneur, mother of two, and a military wife. She 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, Pu...


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Dr. Antoine Moss

BlackEnterprise.com Contributor & America's Top Authority on Internship Mastery & Early Career Achievement

Dr. Antoine Moss           As a nationally recognized resource in the fields of internships, early career achievement, leadership, and motivation; Dr. Moss has contributed to career and empowerment articles and stories for media outlets like The Plain Dealer Newspaper, Fox 8 TV News, and WERE News Radio 1490. Most notably, he’s a currently weekly contributor for BlackEnterprise.com’s Career Section where he writes articles that help to advance th...


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Dr. Zachery Williams

Public Intellectual that focuses on Black History and Studies, Politics and Public Policy, Black Religion and the Black Church, and Black Men.

Dr. Zachery Williams         A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dr. Williams is Associate Professor of History at The University of Akron. He is the Director of the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute, a non-partisan scholar-activist public policy think tank that uses African American History to understand and solve major public policy issues and social problems. As a scholar and public intellectual, he has published articles in T...


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Andrea Cennington

A passionate voice wittingly serving others as an advocate, empowering and inspiring seamlessly taking listeners on a journey from victim to victorious.

Andrea Cennington, MSW, PhD (ABD)          Andrea is a pathfinder and a curious renegade for family stability.  She passionately explores ways to empower women and children through education.  Andrea has successfully overcome many travails of her own including homelessness, being raised in a home of alcoholism and domestic violence, and being the spouse of one with addiction issues.  Despite these experiences, she intentionally and purposefully ...


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Sharon Meadows

Passionate Published Author and a Certified John C. Maxwell Speaker, Teacher and Leadership Coach.

Sharon D. Meadows         Sharon’s professional career began as a software engineer. She earned a B.S degree in MIS from the University of North Carolina. After several years, she realized her passion for working with people was greater than her appetite for developing software.Sharon transitioned to become more people-centric and became an IT Business Analyst/Project Manager. Her extensive business experience of more than 17 years in IT has equi...


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Anthony Rucker

Accessible and creative approach to lectures, workshops, and technical assistance delivered with insight and passion and coupled with a knowledge base that makes them relevant and withstanding.

Anthony C. Rucker          Anthony is sought out for interviews and advice. Featured in Ebony Magazine giving advice to brothers about recreating romance in their relationships. His insights are unique and he provides advice that empowers every individual to get everything one could want and need from any relationship, with a point of view that can't be found anywhere else. With a background in psychology, human development and conflict resolu...


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Yoli Chisholm

A business “backbone builder” with deep marketing and personal roots. Seeking to motivate in ways that matter delivering measurable transformation to organizations and people striving to excel.

Yoli Chisholm          As a seasoned revenue marketing expert, start-up mentor and intellectual innovator, Yoli Chisholm has been at the bleeding edge and active participant in every digital marketing transformation in the last 20 years.  The daughter of South African freedom fighters, Yoli brings a radical approach and point of view to excellence in business and life. “Scrappy discipline” is her mantra where innovation is the backbone of runn...


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Gabriel Crenshaw

Dr. Gabe is America’s Best Lifechanger! He’s Intelligent Talk w/Swag. Specializes in psychology/Youth/Family, Relationships, Inspiration & Motivation.

Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw          Dr. Gabe, psychologist, is an on-air TV/Radio personality, touted as America’s Best ‘Lifechanger’ while serving a two-year stint as psychologist on The TV show, “Extra.” He is the creator/host of his own digital media program, “Mental Minute™w/Dr. Gabe,” and a contributing expert on various news broadcasts. Dr. Gabe appears on “The Doctors,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” Jamie Foxx’s “Foxxhole” Radio, The UK’s “The Lawrence...


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