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.


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 seen in th...

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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 Brand Building Powerhouse specializing in Success Principles & Professional Career Development

Jeannetta Blue (Jaybee)         Jeannetta “Jaybee” Blue is a Talent Acquisition Professional specializing in Recruitment Strategy and the training, development and mentorship of aspiring professionals. After spending the early part of her career in the branding world, Jaybee developed an interest in the enhancement of employment brands, specifically the Recruitment and development of aspiring professionals. Jaybee firmly believes that...

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Stephen A Smith

ESPN TV (First Take) and radio personality (mid-day show in NYC) as well as an 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 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 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 Lo...

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Teddy Williams

NFL Player who shares "You Are Destined for Greatness" with youth across country

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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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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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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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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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 articles in T...

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Gabriel Crenshaw

Dr. Gabe, psychologist, is an on-air TV/Radio personality. He specializes in psychology/Youth/Family, Relationships, Inspiration & Motivation.

Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw           Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw (Dr. Gabe), psychologist, is an on-air TV/Radio personality, described as America's Best 'Lifechanger' while serving a two-year stint as psychologist on The TV show, “Extra.”   Dr. Gabe 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 has appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), The ...

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Isiah Anderson

Isiah is a visionary with a passion for change, and is committed to creating opportunities for urban communities to thrive in the areas of economic, education and community revitalization.

Isiah Anderson         Isiah is a man of passion. From his faith, to his family, to his business, he is driven by a passion for change. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership, mentoring, and coaching, Isiah aides his team in developing and implementing programs designed to innovate urban education, create economic opportunities and cultivate community-building partnerships. He is the Managing Officer of Three Cord Inc., a m...

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