Poetry Speakers

Etan Thomas

NBA Player, Author, Poet, Political Pundit and Children’s Advocate.

Etan Thomas         Etan Thomas is More Than An Athlete. He’s been called a “gentle giant.” A “rebounder with a cause.” Thomas defies the stereotype of the apolitical athlete, and plants his roots in his budding literary career with the conviction of a Bill Russell, and the poetic finesse of Muhammad Ali.  Born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Thomas’ childhood was surrounded by books on the civil rights movement, politics and ...


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Bethanee Epifani Bryant

Ms. Bryant points audiences to a valid, unchanging Source of foundational truths that will help them live their best lives by helping them to discover and develop a strong sense of who they are.

Bethanee Epifani Bryant         Bethanee Epifani [ee -pif -uh-nee], a 2010 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is the ultimate communicator, with a great interest in inspiring today’s young people to discover their gifts and live their best lives. She works as a Motivational Speaker, Toastmaster Youth Coordinator, Poet, and Youth Mentor. She invigorates her audiences as she shares vital life principles of self-love, self-determinat...


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Karen Haynes

As an ordained minister & military verteran Karen empowers others to maximize their potential and affect positive change in their lives.

Karen Haynes            Karen is an Ordained Minister and Military Veteran. She completed more than 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps. Ms. Haynes speaking career began while she was a recruiter in Shreveport LA. She inspired youth in the black communities to dream of a fantastic future. Ms. Haynes was born in St. Louis, Mo. She was an army dependent.   During her childhood she overcame a learning disabi...


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Bruce George

Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist.

Bruce George          Co-Founder of Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam on HBO and Anti-Gang-Violence Advocate   Bruce was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 41 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…    Bruce has wo...


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Dr. Ramona Hyman

Dr. William Ferris, former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, says “Hyman’s skills as an actor and writer are rare.” She is passionate; she inspires audiences to achieve, to contribute to life.

Ramona L. Hyman, PhD          Educator, Speaker, Essayist, and Poet, Dr. Ramona, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work is grounded in an African American cultural and religious sensibility.Deeply rooted in the African American Civil Rights tradition, Hyman uses historical gems and lessons from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 in a contemporary context to motivate, inspire, and teach. Dr. Hyman earned a B.A. from Temple...


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Leonard Tshitenge

Dynamic Congolese Poet & African Diaspora’s Activist-Intellectual

Well known as Afroblues in the Boston Poetry Community, Leonard Tshitenge is a dynamic and engaging Poet, Master of Ceremony, Speaker, Youth Worker, and dedicated Father and Husband.Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, Leonard uses his poetry to advocate for underprivileged Continental Africans and for the people in the Eastern Congo impacted by the Congo’s Wars, The deadliest War since World War II. He is currently invol...


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Dr. Stanley Crawford

Optimistically Determined Leader

Dr. Stanley T. Crawford           Stanley T. Crawford, Ed.D. has been an educator for over 20 years.  He has served in education leadership positions at the district and building levels. In addition, he has taught in public education at PK-12 and College settings.  Prior to public education, he worked as a manager in the service industry.  Stanley, also served in the United States Air Force.   Dr. Crawford is a graduate of the Univer...


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