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APB is proud to represent a robust roster of African American speakers whose wide-ranging talents and expertise make for scintillating keynotes. From best-selling authors and business leaders to social critics and award-winning journalists, these African American speakers deftly address any number of issues, from black Americans' representation in the media to the role of hip-hop in youth culture.

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Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson is also a best-selling author, one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, and he has revitalized the title with the...

Crisis Management Expert, Author & Inspiration for Scandal

The real-life inspiration behind ABC's hit political thriller series Scandal starring Kerry Washington, Judy Smith is the US's premier crisis management expert.

Advisor & Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

Clarence B. Jones is currently a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute. From 1960 until 1968, he was one the closest political and...

Executive Editor, ESPN & Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony

An award-winning media executive and brand architect, speaker Amy DuBois Barnett is of one of our nation's premier curators of American popular culture.

Inspirational Football Coach

The memorable coach behind the hit film 'Remember the Titans,' Boone transformed a racially divided football team into a united group of state champions. He delivers a message of respect and teamwork.

Television Producer & Writer

Mara Brock Akil is a trailblazer for women in television. Using her career to advance and challenge the entertainment business, Akil strives with every project to affect, encourage and entertain all who watch and work with her.

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

Mother of Michael Brown

Lezley McSpadden is the mother of Michael Brown, the slain Missouri teenager who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation at a convenience store in the suburban St. Louis city in August 2014.

Theoretical Physicist Known for Supersymmetry

Physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr. teaches as a full time physics professor exclusively at the University of Maryland. His thesis, “Symmetry Principles in Selected Problems of Field Theory,” was the first at MIT to deal with supersymmetry.

Award-Winning Journalist

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media. She has made a success of challenging convention with her fresh insights on issues both close to home...

Actress & Women's Rights Activist

Actress, model, and speaker Gabrielle Union is one of America's top young stars, appearing in Bring It On and Ugly Betty. She also advocates for women's rights.

Author, Educator & Historian

A former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, law professor and civil rights historian, Dr. Mary Frances Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal...

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city youth.

Actress & Youth Volunteer

Tracee Ellis Ross is a NAACP Image Award-winning actress who starred in CW's hit comedy Girlfriends and is currently the star of the new hit ABC comedy series Black-ish. She works closely...

Entrepreneur, Music Icon & Spiritual Leader

Once a rapper with Run DMC, today Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons is the star of Run's House, a fashion mogul, and a minister.

Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

Since bursting onto the scene as a passionate, influential force in the Black Arts Movement almost 40 years ago, Giovanni remains one of the commanding voices gracing America’s political and poetic landscape today. Her latest collection, ...

Filmmaker

One of America's most outspoken social critics, Lee is an all-around respected and talented filmmaker. Director of critically acclaimed, social conscious films including Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do the Right Thing,his work is...

Actress on Hit TV Show Empire

Grace (Gealey) Byers can currently be seen as Anika Calhoun on the hit FOX series Empire, which returns for season three in the fall of 2016. From having near-death experiences to growing up in a unique family setting, Byers shares her...

Political & Social Activist

A leading voice in civil rights, speaker Al Sharpton is founder and president of the National Action Network, which supports community businesses and combats corporate racism.

Actress

From playing Bill Cosby’s youngest daughter “Rudy Huxtable” on the iconic Cosby Show to starring as “Miranda” in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne on TBS, Keshia Knight Pulliam has forged an illustrious acting career in both film and...

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