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.

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 e...


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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 ...


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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 f...


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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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A’Lelia Bundles

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

A’Lelia Bundles          A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties and arts patronage helped define the Harlem Renaissance. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walkerwas named a New York Times Notable Book.She is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation and a vice chair of Colu...


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Jeannetta Blue

The Marketing Powerhouse specializing in Talent Acquisition & Professional Leadership Development

Jeannetta (Jaybee)  Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Marketing Professional specializing in Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in developing “Recruiting Dream Teams” as well as developing leaders to recognize top notch talent.Jaybee is known for her quirky concepts and appr...


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Stephen A 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 Gene...


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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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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 medic...


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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 reso...


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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 Lo...


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Teddy Williams        The last words his grandmother whispered before passing were: “You Were Destined for Greatness”. It broke the first of many clouds that would hang over the life of Teddy Williams, showing rays of sunshine, and giving him the determination to be successful.Not many would have bet Teddy would have just signed a 2.3 million deal with the Carolina Panthers after celebrating his 5th season in the NFL. He began finding t...


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Dr. Tererai Trent

Partnerships with Oprah Winfrey and Save the Children & One of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

Dr. Tererai Trent         “She’s my favorite because she symbolizes everything I believe The Oprah Show stands for. Her story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we’ve shared over the past 25 years: Hope; Your thoughts create your reality; Gratitude; It doesn’t matter where you come from; Keep reaching for your dreams: And above all… You have the power.” - Oprah WinfreyRooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herdin...


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Jane John-Nwankwo  CPT, DSD, RN, MSN, PHN    With more than 10 years as a professional female motivational speaker, Jane can hold any audience sitting straight on their chairs for any length of time! Jane resides in Southern California, but travels internationally for motivational speeches. She is a seminar leader and a published author of more than 50 books including textbooks for healthcare training, fiction for entertainment, books f...


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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 Clinkscales is the Chief Executive Officer of REVOLT Media & TV, a post he assumed in 2013 after being appointed by REVOLT Founder and Chairman Sean Combs.An expert on new media, lifestyle and culture, Clinkscales oversees an aggressive strategy to make REVOLT the #1 name in music by focusing on building a network that is real-time, multi-platform and fueled by artists and fans. As CEO, Clinkscales led RE...


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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 earl...


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Deborah Mitchell

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee.

Deborah J. Mitchell         Most recently Deborah was the Executive Producer of Arise On Screen, a 30 minute weekly socially interactive movie review show on Arise TV. The network airs nationally and internationally via SKYTV. Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee...


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George Hegamin

Retired NFL Superbowl Champion turned NFLPA Senior Manager: Coach, Motivator and Mentor.

George Hegamin         For more than 15 years, George has utilized his experience as an NFL athlete and Super Bowl Champion to successfully coach, motivate and mentor student-athletes, entrepreneurs and sales teams alike.   Born in the rough inner city of Camden, NJ, George is the walking billboard for motivation and perseverance. He walked on to his high school football team as a junior and was able to parlay that into successful caree...


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Sil Lai Abrams

NABJ award-winning writer, Inspirational speaker, domestic violence awareness & prevention activist & advocate, and relationship expert for the online version of EBONY Magazine.

Sil Lai Abrams         Starting from more than humble beginnings, NABJ award-winning writer and domestic violence advocate Sil Lai Abrams has overcome addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence and a ninth grade education to arise triumphant through the use of the nine step self-help methodology called the Self Empowerment Principles In Action (SEPIA) Process which she created and described in her first book No More Drama: 9 Simple Steps ...


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Towanna Freeman

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

Dr. Towanna B. Freeman         Towanna 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, Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment, which reveals a seven-step method for identifying and...


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TJ Haygood

Award Winning Entrepreneurer & Small Business Owner, WEN Master, and Inspirational/Interactive Speaker.

TJ Haygood "My personal and professional passion is to use my God given talents every day to serve small businesses and individuals in the workplace who struggle to find a balance between who they are, who others want them to be, and who they really want to be deep down inside.  The art of being should be as easy as breathing, but often it is not.  I am a WEN Master inspiring others to be a master at helping ourselves and others "Work t...


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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 art...


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Vladimire Calixte

Award-Winning Celebrity Relationship Therapist, Award-Winning Author, Relationship Expert, Speaker & TV Personality.

Vladimire Calixte         Vladimire is a nationally respected, multiple award-winning expert on mental health, self-esteem, abuse, addiction, and relationships. She works with children, adolescents, women, men, couples and families from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians and professional athletes.She has been featured in Heart & Soul Magazine, Ebony Magazine and has appeared on CBS Radio, FOX news radio, ABC’s Here an...


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