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Looking to draw a crowd? APB's roster of pop culture and lighter side speakers contains a wide range of celebrity speakers and entertainers whose keynotes unfailingly entertain audiences around the country. Coming from backgrounds in hip-hop, popular TV and film, poetry, and free-thinking journalism, APB's pop culture and lighter side speakers enlighten all generations on the trends and events that are on the cutting edge of our culture.

Pop Culture & Lighter Side

Renowned Paranormal Researcher, Author & Adventurer

Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He’s written books for both adults and children, he’s a talk show host, television producer, lecturer and the founder of the new legend tripping...

Host of ABC's The Chew

Charismatic, clever, edgy, and always spot-on with his stylistic flair, Clinton Kelly is best known for co-hosting ABC’s daytime hit The Chew and TLC's What Not to Wear.

Tech Venture Capitalist, Founder of The Atom Factory, Entertainment Mogul

A master at leveraging the power of digital media to connect with fans and cultivate brand loyalty, business speaker Troy Carter catapulted Lady Gaga to unparalleled fame and is now the founder and CEO of Atom Factory.

Emcee / Activist / Co-Owner of Blacksmith Music Label

Few hip-hop artists have made as profound an impact in as short a time as Talib Kweli. In recent years, Kweli has played a major part in bringing a sense of spirituality, social conscience, and moral balance back to hip-hop.

Award-Winning Author

The best-selling author of Super Sad True Love Story, speaker Gary Shteyngart offers insights into the absurdity of life, balancing humor with tragedy.

Best-Selling Author & "Human Guinea Pig"

Renowned as "the human guinea pig," A.J. Jacobs has outsourced his life to India, read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to become the smartest person in the world, lived modern life as the ultimate biblical man, and followed every...

"Eco-Model" & Author

The author of Style, Naturally, the first global guide to sustainable “green” beauty and fashion, Oakes is known as the “Eco-Model,” working on campaigns for socially and environmentally conscious companies and brands. A graduate of...

Cultural Icon & Talk Show Host

Although television talk shows can be controversial, cultural icon, host, and speaker Jerry Springer believes they serve as important forums to discuss prevalent issues.

Actor / Writer / Spoken Word Poet

Joe Hernandez-Kolski, aka "Pocho Joe," is committed to creating work that challenges the audience while it entertains. He combines poetry, comedy and his unique socio-political "Chicagoan" point of view to create a performance that embraces the...

All-Time Jeopardy! Champion

The master Jeopardy! player, Jennings has surpassed all records., establishing himself as the All-Time Top TV Game Show Winner in the world.

"Jewtopia" Star, Best-Selling Author & Director

Bryan Fogel has appeared as a keynote speaker, comedian, and performer at well over 100 fundraisers for major organizations, corporations, universities, and schools across the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews.

Cartoonist and Writer, Close to Home

John McPherson is the cartoonist and writer behind the renowned comic panel Close to Home. McPherson has published more than 20 book collections of his work, yearly block calendars, and an award-winning line of greeting cards. He also...

MVP Wide Receiver & Activist

Perhaps the greatest wide receiver in Steelers' history, speaker Hines Ward promotes social and political reform in South Korea through his Helping Hands Foundation.

Host, Survivorman

Speaker Les Stroud is a filmmaker and survival expert best known as the host of the TV show Survivorman. He shares survival skills to help people navigate life.

Creator of "The Boondocks"

Creator of "The Boondocks" comic strip and animated series, McGruder is a young, fresh, and outspoken political satirist who dispenses social commentary with subversive humor. In his insightful presentation, "Negrology, the State of Black...

Journalist & Author

Journalist Michael Davis was a senior editor and Family Page columnist for TV Guide, coordinating, editing, and writing major feature and cover projects.

Animation Director, The Simpsons

As animation director, speaker David Silverman helped bring "Bart Simpson" to life each week. He now oversees seven production teams as supervising director for the show.

Poet, Spoken Word Artist & Media Personality

With a master's in African American studies & experience in entertainment, Amanda Diva has made a name for herself as a respected voice on pop culture, women's issues & the Black Diaspora.

Musician, Actor & Activist

Michael "MIKE-E" Ellison is a recording artist, poet, producer, and actor with credits that span film, theatre, and television.

Foremost Expert on Asian Pop Culture

Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer across mediums including graphic novels, film, television and new media. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Levy is known for establishing the manga...

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