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Award-Winning Actor of Arrested Development, The Hangover & Transparent

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. He has appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested...

Star of The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist

Talented and multifaceted, Mayim Bialik - best known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory - has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, studies Judaism and practices natural living.

President & CEO of the NAACP, Activist for Civil Rights & Social Justice

Cornell William Brooks is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. As an attorney,...

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

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...

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons, but his most important triumph was...

CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran & Best-Selling Author

Acclaimed author Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

Actor & Filmmaker

Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies and the title character of Rudy. Son of...

Author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and New York Times Investigative Reporter

“A sort of Tina Fey character who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.” That’s how The New York Times first described Kim Barker when they reviewed her darkly comic memoir Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

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...

Disruptive & Future Technology Columnist, Yahoo Finance Tech Critic, CBS Tech Contributor & NOVA Host

Tech columnist and best-selling author David Pogue is one of the most entertaining, informative and enormously popular speakers out there today. Pogue provides invaluable insights on how technology impacts our work, businesses, and connections...

ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying...

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.

Provocative Public Intellectual & Groundbreaking Author

One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and...

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded.

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation

As the grandson to Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela is ensuring that his grandfather’s legacy lives on through his continuing work to ensure Africa’s brighter future. Among Ndaba’s efforts is the Founding of the Africa Rising Foundation, an...

Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Cultural Critic & Journalist

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one...

RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge & Author

Internationally renowned television personality, radio show host, platinum-selling recording artist, and now author, Michelle Visage has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry for the past three decades. On the television front,...

Award-Winning Musical

The award-winning musical “Invisible Thread” documents the true story of Griffin Matthews, a black American who is battling to find his place in a world full of injustice and inhumanity. Based on the formation of his grassroots non-profit...

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