Young Black Men Speakers

Young black men, in many ways, epitomize our community’s resilience, spirit and energy. But far too often, they are labeled as troublemakers and left with little positive encouragement and mentorship. Fortunately, many GBS speakers see the need for investment in our young black men and specialize in events centered on and around their development. To learn more about speakers available to discuss young black men and their development, see the list below.

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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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 the television’...


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Charles Ogletree

Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree          Charles is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org) in September 2005 as a tribute to the legendary civi...


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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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Al Duncan         Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he is the au...


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Ryan Mack

Financial Guru and Founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC

Ryan Mack         PresidentThe Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, Inc.Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.Ryan Mack is graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the lar...


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Chris Broussard

Author and award-winning journalist who specializes in inspiring youth, empowering black men & achieving success God's way.

Chris Broussard         Mr. Broussard is an internationally known NBA analyst and award-winning journalist for ESPN. As a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he specializes in covering basketball, particularly the NBA. Because of his knowledge of the game and its participants, he makes regular television appearances on ABC and ESPN and has served as an analyst on the network's flagship NBA show, "NBA Countdown,'' alongside basketbal...


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Dr. Steve Perry

America's Most Trusted Educator • Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School • CNN Education Contributor • Host of TVOne new television show ‘Save my Son’

Dr. Steve Perry           Dr. Perry is in a hurry to transform the educational experience for all children. Born into poverty, he believes that success in life is determined by where you end, not where you start. It’s this philosophy that inspired him, early on, to transform the lives of poor and minority children by providing them with access to a college education, and more recently, has inspired him to bring his ideas and passion to children ...


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Jay Ellis

Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.

Jay Ellis           Jay is a series regular on the BET hit series, The Game, now in its 8th season. Ellis stars as the wide-eyed Bryce “Blueprint” Westbrook, a brilliant Stanford grad and recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The highly educated “Blueprint” is often the smartest guy in the room, which rubs his new teammates the wrong way. Jay can also be seen sharing the screen with Terrence Howard in the much-anticipated Farrelly Brothers film Movie...


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Lawrence Watkins         Lawrence is one of America’s leading entrepreneurship and personal achievement experts. His journey has taken him from an ultra-underachiever in high school to a graduate of an Ivy League business school as well as the Owner of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and Co-Founder of Watkins Media Group. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who was a counselor for preg...


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Kevin Brown

Stand-up Comedian/American Actor; Emcee

Kevin Brown         Kevin Brown aka Dot Com/ Uptown Kevin Brown/ Kevin “Dot Com” Brown /30 Rock Dot Com/ Dot Com: Kevin “Dot Com” Brown was a winner of the 15th annual “SCREEN ACTORS GUILD” award, for his portrayal of “Dot Com”, in N.B.C.'s “30 ROCK” (winner of multiple “EMMY awards” and “GOLDEN GLOBES”) and was on 30 Rock, the award winning comedy from its inception to the final episode Jan 31, 2013 (7 seasons) starring opposite Tina Fey, Alec B...


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Dr. Alduan Tartt

Psychologist, Motivational Speaker, Author, Media Personality, & Servant

Dr. Alduan Tartt         “Bringing Positive Psychology to the People” • “The People’s Doc”       Psychologist, Motivational Speaker, Author, Media Personality, & Servant       “I Use Psychology To Solve Problems”       “There are plenty of proven solutions for today’s problems but what the world needs are more invigorated, passionate, and persuasive teachers who are dedicated to lead people and organizations to actually implement the solutions th...


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Dr. Gregory Parks

Gregory is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) and the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society.

Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D.         Dr. Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has taught since the Fall of 2011. He holds an M.A., an M.S., and a Ph.D. (all in Psychology) and a J.D. Professor Parks served as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to The Honorable Andre M. D...


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Dr. Mark Sawyer          Dr. Sawyer is currently a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at UCLA, the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and the Chair of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Program in Afro-American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in December of 1999. In fall of 2005 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of African ...


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Kevin Chappell

White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.

Kevin Chappell          Kevin covers the White House and Capitol Hill, including hearings, floor debates, press conferences and events throughout Washington, D.C. for Ebony Magazine.     In 2008, during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he led a team of staffers at Ebony to lay out a journalistic and public relations strategy that proved to be the most important and monumental strategy ever embarked on by the magazine. In addition to in-depth...


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“The most prolific African American Filmmaker of this generation, that 90% of African Americans have never heard of...”          JANKS MORTON is a groundbreaking international and award winning Documentarian. As founder of iYAGO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, he states “the company came into existence to reflect both the conscious and unconscious soul of Black America". JANKS MORTON has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and is...


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Michael Blake        Michael humbly refers to the words of his mother who said that they went “From No House to The White House”.Michael is the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, which oversees the constituency outreach programs for the Obama For America campaign.Operation Vote oversees all efforts to constituencies including but not limited to: African-Americans, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Faith, Veterans, Jewish, LGBT & Asian American Pac...


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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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Darrell Bennett

Harvard and Morehouse alum, Darrell Bennett is a nationally-recognized author and adjunct lecturer at ASA College in New York City.

Darrell Jay Bennett Jr., Esquire           Darrell is a Harvard-educated attorney and college professor. He is also the founder and CEO of Bennett Books Global.   Darrell was born and raised in Baltimore City. As a teenager, he moved to Newport News, Virginia. Throughout his childhood, Darrell was a natural leader, serving as student government president in both middle and high school. In 2003, he graduated with the International Baccalaureat...


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Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb

A 30-Year-Old Triple Threat (Doctor, Lawyer & Social Entrepreneur) specializing in Healthcare, Health Law and Health Policy.

Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb         Bryant Cameron Webb, M.D., J.D. is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, majoring in interdisciplinary studies through the University’s Echols Scholars program. After leaving U.Va., he sharpened his interests by developing a combined MD/JD graduate education program. He received his Juris...


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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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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 management ...


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State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis          State Representative Courtney Allen Curtis is a Democrat State Representative, who represents St. Louis North County (District 73) including Ferguson in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012 and re-elected in August 2014. As a native and current resident  of Ferguson, Missouri, Mr. Curtis has been a vocal and vital figure during the un...


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