Speakers/Artist

Bryonn Bain

Bryonn Bain is Brooklyn's own prison activist, hip hop artist, spoken word poet, author, actor and educator. Described by Cornel West as an artist who "…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear," Bain hosts BET-J's award-winning talk show My Two Cents. Airing weekly in 28 million...

Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times best-selling author. He is also the former editor of the online news site, The Daily Voice. Each of Keith’s four books has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, including his most recent book, For...

Jason Carney

JASON CARNEY is a poet, writer, educator and anti-hate activist from Dallas, TX. His program will speak about the culture and nature of hate that he once thrived upon, and what it took to change his life. A former skinhead, Jason Carney has overcome his own racism, homophobia, drug addiction, and...

Live Through This-Sabrina Chap

Sabrina Chap is a writer, performer and activist whose groundbreaking collection, 'Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction' is quickly becoming a fixture in the new mental health scene. A thought provoking and engaging speaker, Chap has spoken on art, creativity, gender and...

Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and...

James Clementi

James Clementi is the older brother of Tyler Clementi. The loss of his brother was a life altering event for James, and sent him on a path of activism and awareness for bullying, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Like his brother Tyler, James is gay. The core part of his message is the equality...

Lupe Fiasco

Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip-hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity. He adopted the name Lupe Fiasco and began recording songs in his father's basement, and joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco...

Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana is a journalist, activist and political analyst whose commentary on politics and youth culture have been seen on the CNN, FOX News (the O'Reilly Factor), C-Span, PBS (The Tavis Smiley Show) and heard on NPR. He's currently Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law based think tank, The...

Talib Kweli

A far cry from the image-driven gangster rappers of the late 1990s, emcee Talib Kweli strives to "reconcile left-wing idealism with the anything-goes attitude of hip hop," according to critic Kelefa Sanneh in the New York Times. He seems "determined to move hip hop past materialism," noted Jon...

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach's most recent book, Go the F**k to Sleep, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on Amazon.com months before the book was even available, it has been published in more than thirty languages, been a...

Walter Mosley

WALTER MOSLEY is the author of twenty-three critically acclaimed books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. His popular mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins began with Devil in a Blue Dress in 1990. Others in the series include A Red Death, White Butterfly, Black Betty and A...

Ali Shaheed Muhammed

DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is known around the world as one-third of the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, but he began his musical career in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. It was there that his uncle, Michael Jones, a bass player and DJ himself, pulled aside 8-year-old Ali...

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson, Esq. is the President and CEO of The Jamestown Project, a national think tank focusing on democracy. She is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and former Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She is a commentator on the Tom Joyner Morning Show where she speaks to 8...

Bobby Seale

With in the last fifteen years the demise of several sixties left radical icons [including Huey P. Newton's death in August of 1989; Abbie Hoffman 1991; Jerry Reubin in 1993, Eldridge Cleaver and Quame Turea in 1998 and now Dave Dellinger in 2004], Bobby Seale, in effect, has become one of the last...

Tavis Smiley

From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, as a broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley, who started his career as an aide to the late Los Angeles mayor...

Touré

Touré is a veteran TV and print journalist. He is a correspondent for Access Hollywood. He was the host of BET’s The Black Carpet and the host of Treasure HD’s I’ll Try Anything Once, an action-adventure reality show where he dove into wild challenges like demolition derbying, sumo...

Lee Mun Wah

For the past twenty years, StirFry Seminars has revolutionized the field of diversity through its internationally acclaimed films and seminars. Over 30 million viewers worldwide have seen The Color of Fear, as well as many of the other groundbreaking films produced and directed by Lee Mun Wah,...

Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West has been described as one of America’s most vital and eloquent intellectuals. A noted philosopher, he has taken his struggle for racial equity to the national spotlight, providing a gifted and stimulating voice to the ongoing debate. Currently the Class of 1943 University...