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.
The People's Scholar who specializes in finance, education, and black social commentary.
- Academic, Association, At Risk Youth, Author, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Civil Rights, College Orientation, Commencement, Constitution Day, Diversity, Education, Emancipation Proclamation , Finance, Homecoming, Personal Finance, STEM, Young Black Men
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- New York
Dr. Boyce WatkinsDr. Boyce Watkins 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, and...
Actor, TV host, emcee, youth mentor and
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 take his plan to the next le...
Emmy Award Winning Newsmaker, producer, writer, broadcaster, and host of BET Tonight.
- 100 Black Men, Association, At Risk Youth, Black History Month, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Commencement, Emancipation Proclamation , Homecoming, Media, Multicultural Affairs, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Urban League, Race Relations , Young Black Men
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- District Of Columbia
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 television’s most respected journalists. Now,...
Speaker | Trainer | Developer | Entrepreneur
Kai Dupe is a speaker, trainer and software development consultant with over 25 years of experience. He is an expert in languages such as Object Pascal and C#. Dupé has trained thousands of people on how to use programming languages such as Visual Basic and ASP.Net. Mr. Dupé is also a doctoral student at Pepperdine University where he is researching the lack of African American males in the information technology field. Kai is concerned wit...
20th Century Self-Motivational & Inspirational Speaker, dedicated to helping you become Better
Chaz Shepherd is a Singer, Writer, Producer, Composer, Actor, Speaker, Activist, and Host. From singing your soul happy and invoking a better you to hosting the Apollo theater, Chaz reaches for you one way or another. Chaz Shepherd was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he still lives. The son of the great Cheryl Shepherd and Ronald Shepherd, Chaz inherited creative talent and Charisma that pleasantly touches the hearts of those who experi...
International Authority on Soft Skills | Award-Winning Youth Advocate
Al DuncanAl Duncan 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 auth...
Financial guru and founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC
President of Optimum Capital Management, Ryan Mack, has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of ...
“Bringing Positive Psychology to the People”
Dr. Alduan Tartt is a positive psychologist, professional speaker, parenting, teen and relationship expert. He provides positive, empowering and relationship-enhancing advice for all ages. He is author of The RING FORMULA: How to Be The Only Woman He Ever Needs, a dating guide for women who wish to date and keep the man of their dreams. He teaches teen girls How To Date A Boy to promote healthy dating, self-respect and pregnancy prevention. He is...
Nation's authority on male/female relationships, human sexuality, and men's issues,
For over a decade, award-winning speaker and author Hasani Pettiford has been a recognized authority on human sexuality, interpersonal relationships and personal growth and development. Hasani has directly impacted the lives of many as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another, putting them on the path to more meaningful relationships. As the founder and president of Touch & Agree Family Institute, a relat...
Co-Founder of AllHipHop.com
AllHipHop.com co-founder and co-CEO Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur has combined his outstanding journalism skills, artistic talents, and ability to envision the future to establish himself as a trendsetter and trailblazer creating a unique path in Internet content and technology. As a cultural critic and pundit, he's been featured in VIBE, The Source, Complex, GIANT and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), BET, TVOne, VH1, The E! Channel, M...
Man Cannot and Will Not Destroy God's Plan for Your Life...No Matter How Hard Some May Try!
Dr. Lee Jones currently serves Professor and President & Executive Editor of InSpire Magazine and Executive Director of the InSpire ILEAD Institute. Most recently, he served as the Dean of The School of Graduate Studies and Professor of Educational Foundations at The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater He served as a member of the Provost Administrative Team and manages a 3.2 million dollar operating budget. Dr. Jones was responsible for provid...
Academician and hip-hop expert
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill 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 on CNN, MSNBC, a...
Diversity Trainer, CEO and Lead Facilitator of Side by Side, A Diversity and Community-building Company
"We are living in the most exciting time in human history! If we are willing to do the work, make the sacrifices and meet the challenges we could usher in a new era of peace, justice and true community." These are the words that Alvin has been sharing with audiences on college and high school campuses, in corporate boardrooms and at grass root gatherings all across the country for more than two decades. Many have described him as a "messenger" o...
Thought Leader on Black Greek Letter Organizations
- Academic, Alpha Phi Alpha, Author, Black Men , Black Social Commentary, Black Student Union , Commencement, Emancipation Proclamation , NPHC Fraternities/Sororities, Law School, Multicultural Affairs, NAACP, NABA, National Bar Association, National Urban League, Psychology, Young Black Men
- $5,000 - $10,000
- North Carolina
Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D., is a leading scholar, author, and lecturer on (1) Black Greek-letter organizations ("BGLOs") and (2) the role of unconscious race bias in contemporary society. Dr. Parks has served as a law clerk for judges on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, Prince Hall Affiliated. Dr. Parks...
White House Correspondent for EBONY MAGAZINE, the largest African-American publication in the world.
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 coverage of the campaign, ...
Award Winning Filmmaker, Author, and Community Activist
“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 a much so...
From No House to the White House: One of the People Behind President Obama's Re-election.
Michael BlakeMichael Blake 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 Pacif...
Professor of Political Science UCLA.
Mark 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 and African-American Stud...
Mentoring Expert that specializes in Student Achievement, Authentic Networking, and Soft Skills.
Bertrand GervaisRecognized by USA Today and Fox News as one of the "Top Gen Y" leaders in the country, Bert Gervais a.k.a. “The Mentor Guy” is one of the nation’s top experts on mentorship, communication, and authentic networking. His number one Amazon best-selling mentorship book "Who’s in Your Top Hive?" has garnered critical reviews and his work has been translated into a curriculum for corporations, non-profits, and high schools. He currently...
Founder of Great Black Speakers Bureau and Leading Entrepreneurship & Personal Achievement Expert
- 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Student Union , Business Development, Business School, College Orientation, College Success, Discovering your Passion, Entrepreneurship, NPHC Fraternities/Sororities, High Achieving Youth, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Networking, NSBE, Personal Productivity , STEM, Technology, Upward Bound, Young Black Men, Youth Entrepreneurship
- $2,500 - $5,000
Lawrence WatkinsLawrence Watkins 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, Co-Founder of Ujamaa Deals, and Principal of Sachs Technologies. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, KY to a police officer father and a mother who...
Co-founder of dangerousNEGRO and a leader of a new breed of young entrepreneurs in America.
Demetrius Darnell WalkerDemetrius Darnell Walker is a native New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Demetrius represents not only the merits of higher education, but street knowledge as well. Growing up in New York City, Demetrius was exposed to the struggles of the urban community. Avoiding the common pit falls of fellow friends and family members was a daily battle. An exceptionally gifted student, Demetrius left the city turmoi...
ISTRIVE - ISTUDY - ISUCCEED Movement
Johnel BarronIt's a game called, 'Life' - and Johnel Barron has the proven, winning approach to reach into the wandering souls of today's youth. Affectionately referred to as "Mr. B", this powerful speaker, consultant, and mentor is changing the dynamics for how teens across the country define "personal success". Often mistaken as a college student himself, Johnel has the ability to connect with teens and parents with a strong voice of reaso...
Your Relationship Coach
Dr. David Stephens is a relationship coach to married couples and singles in the dating game. He conducts seminars, marriage enrichment classes, and does keynote speaking for churches, civic groups, and leadership development organizations. Dr. Stephens is a dynamic speaker with a unique combination of street smarts and biblical wisdom. He has expanded his intuitive knowledge about love and marriage through academic training, continuous self-stud...
Former celebrity Tour Manager; Hip-Hop & Music related
New Yorker, George Green overcame his troubled urban youth to build a distinguished public speaking career. His engagements have taken him to college campuses, high schools, and centers for troubled teens and young adults where he discusses violence, youth empowerment, and reflects on his own difficult childhood to share lessons learned. His vast audiences are comprised of those from diverse cultures, nationalities, and religions, and he relates ...
Founder & CEO of Jackets for Jobs
Award-winning entrepreneur, Inspired Style co-author, and sought-after speaker Alison Vaughn knows what it means to step out in faith to make a lasting and beautiful impact on her community of Detroit, Michigan and to touch lives and self esteem in a profound way. Today, she guides audiences to achieve inspired, timeless style, while demonstrating through her words and actions that beauty flows from within. Listeners are routinely brought to ...
United States Military Veteran | Academic Professor | Youth Motivational Speaker
Dominique Conteh is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chapter National Congressional Black Women Group (NCBW). Her profession as a professor at Lincoln College of Technology in Marietta, Georgia has brought her knowledge and recognition in the academia society. She is a scholar in her own right, having graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University. Where she recieved two Bachelor Degrees in Crimnal Justice with a concentration in L...
The masculine scholar Exploring fatherhood, rites of passage, education and the influence of Hip-hop on the masculine male.
Dr. Theodore S. RansawA highly sought after guest speaker, Dr. Theodore S. Ransaw is a scholar specializing in the fields of Education, Afro American Studies and Communication. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Education and International Studies. Dr. Ransaw also has a MA and a BA in communication. He teaches classes on diversity, Black masculinity, Hip-hop music and culture and oral communication. D...
Harvard and Morehouse alum, Darrell Bennett is a nationally-recognized author and adjunct lecturer at ASA College in New York City.
Darrell Bennett, Jr. is a college lecturer, consultant, and author of inspirational books. Darrell was raised in Baltimore City and as a teenager moved to Newport News, Virginia. At 18, he wrote his first book, Daring to be Different. In 2007, Darrell graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in History as Valedictorian. In 2010, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was also elected Class Marshal. Today, Darrell is an adjunct lect...
Baltimore native whose debut feature film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine. Candis’ short film THE WALK tells the dramatic story of a wheelchair-bound septuagenarian who builds a robot suit with his grandson in an attempt to walk again. Sheldon has also created viral ...
Socio-political analyst, behavioral health specialist & multi-mediator, specializing in Black behavioral/self-conceptual solutions.
Cleo Manago has been in the trenches for social reform for well over two decades. A socio-political analyst, behavioral health specialist, activist, writer, film-maker and popular spokesperson on the most controversial issues facing Americans today, Manago is a prominent figure in the African American community and beyond. He is courageously at the forefront when it comes to combating society’s most pressing issues. His distinctively inventive p...