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, arti...


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Ryan Mack

Financial Guru and Founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC

Ryan Mack         PresidentThe Optimum Capital Management, 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 largest ...


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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 U...


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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 t...


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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 reg...


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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 lege...


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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...


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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...


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Dr. Steve Perry             Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Capital Prep has sent 100% of its predomin...


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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 counselo...


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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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Dr. Alduan Tartt

On Air Psychologist for CNN & HLN, Host of TV One's TV Show Love Addiction

Dr. Alduan Tartt is a practicing clinical psychologist, motivational speaker, media personality, consultant, family man and author. Dr. Tartt has a passion from God to focus on relationship and marriage enrichment, empowering parents (especially single moms raising sons) and counseling youth and their families. Dr. Tartt loves to entertain while he teaches to ensure maximum impact, audience engagement and fun which is why he is known ...


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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 ...


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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 ye...


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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 Am...


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Jules Ferguson           “It was two o’clock in the morning on Memorial Day. No one was around. I stared across the room and saw nothing but a white ceiling, white floors and walls. There was dead silence, the kind that pierces your ears because it is so loud. In that moment, I had a choice to make - to live or take my own life. I chose to live.” The main message of Talkin’ About Life focuses on the “Power of Choice.”   Jules speak...


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Julian Jackson

Youngest HLN TV Contributor; Contributor to CBS Sports; Founder of JR SportBrief, and Social Media Consultant.

Julian “J.R.” Jackson            A workaholic since he was a child, JR has turned a love for sports, media and the internet into a full time career. Whether he’s in Los Angeles interviewing Hines Ward about conditioning, in Dallas talking social media with Kevin Hart or hosting a Google+ Hangout with Pelé from London, JR is always on the move.   Before college began, JR talked his way into a marketing and events internship at VIBE M...


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Brandon Maye

Keynote/Motivational Speaker • Author • Philanthropist • Entrepreneur and Former College Football All Ameican

Brandon Maye        You’re GUARANTEED Life-Changing Results!   "What God has for you, no devil in hell can ever take away - Point Blank!! There is no weapon formed against you that shall prosper." - Brandon Maye   Brandon Maye began his life journey with numerous frustrations and hurdles to overcome. He started from humble beginnings and even stood on the threshold of his NFL dream with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brandon beat insurmounta...


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Clifton Coates

“Your Premiere Voice of Choice for Motivation and Inspiration.”

Clifton Coates         “Only When You Learn How To Control Your Destiny, Will You Realize Your Full Potential.”   Clifton Coates has taken his passion for empowering at-risk populations and turned it into an art form. An extraordinary keynote and motivational speaker, singer and skilled workshop facilitator he is transforming leadership in school systems, colleges, corporations, government and non-profit organizations.Coates offers a un...


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Andre R. Fields, Ph.D.Dr. Andre Fields received his Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Fields currently serves as a psychologist and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College. As an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity, Dr. Fields purposefully merges theory, science, and practice to capture and explain the insidious impact of racism, stigma, and discrimination ...


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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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Donnie P.         Donnie, an entrepreneur and native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, realized early in his professional business career that he was equipped with the necessary drive and determination that would allow him to start businesses—from the ground up—without any money. He used these tools and, immediately upon graduation from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he established Community Case Management, an ado...


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Dr. Chris Hickey, Sr.

Author of “Admired Man Why? - The Making of An Admired Man.”

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr.         Dr. Hickey is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One - Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth.  He is also the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures and facilitates workshops b...


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Arthur Milton Porter III

Empowering corporations, organizations, entrepreneurs and leaders to reach their full potential

Arthur Milton Porter III         Arthur is a premier speaker that is guaranteed to inform, entertain and empower your audience. Arthur is the CEO of Kingdom Associates, a firm dedicated to helping others to reach their maximum potential. He is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience of helping thousands of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start of grow their businesses. He speaks nationally and internationally on entrepre...


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