American Program Bureau A Global Speaker, Celebrity & Entertainment Agency

Celebrity & Entertainment


APB's speaker roster includes some of hip-hop's most influential names. From the founders of the game to today's trendsetters to community activists, APB's hip-hop speakers deliver pointed keynotes based on life experience and give insight into hip-hop's significance.


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.

Hip-Hop Artist & Actor

Mos Def's devotion to hip-hop and passion for social consciousness combine with a synergy seldom witnessed in rap history. Def’s first solo album, a multi-dimensional portrait of an MC who embodies the best of hip-hop’s past and one of its...

Rapper & Actor, Law & Order: SVU

Hip-hop pioneer currently starring on Law and Order: SVU, Ice-T has risen up from the harsh realities of growing up disadvantaged to become a successful entertainer and entrepreneur. Serving as a sobering, yet inspirational, role model,...

Spoken Word Artist

Saul Williams has defined and redefined poetry as an accessible and living art form. Who he is and what he does vary by mod, mood and mode of expression. He does much more than write, act and perform: He is a true artist.

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...

Rap Artist & Community Activist

Performer, author, and activist Sister Souljah organizes community youth events that encourage activism. Her best-selling books include No Disrespect.

Social Critic & Intellectual

An activist, social critic, and one of the nation's most notable African American leaders, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is among a new generation of public intellectuals who move with equal ease between Faculty Row and Fraternity Row, "the street" and...

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.

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.

Tariq Trotter from The Roots

Lauded for his complex lyrical content, instrumental prowess, and improvisational skill, Tariq Trotter, a.k.a. Black Thought, delivers an unforgettable performance.

Author, Emcee & Producer

Dubbed "the conscience of rap" and its "leading activist" by "Rolling Stone". Organizing KRS-ONE's Temple of Hip-Hop Kulture, a hip-hop preservation society that promotes hip-hop as a strategy toward health, love, awareness and wealth.

Hip-Hop Artist & Actor

LL COOL J is an entertainer who has succeeded in crossing into all mediums of entertainment. Already a talented actor currently starring in NCIS: Los Angeles, two-time Grammy Award winner and NAACP Image Award winner, LL continues to...

Correspondent for Extra Newsmagazine

Having succeeded in building a successful career in marketing and entertainment, AJ Calloway encourages young adults to strive for academic excellence and pursue entrepreneurship. He is currently a correspondent for Extra.

Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist

Slam poet Black Ice was discovered by Russell Simmons and went on to appear in five episodes of HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

Cross-Cultural Performance

In The Color Orange, long-time friends Mohammed Bilal and Josh "Boac" Goldstein challenge American notions by offering a vibrant new look at race, racism and how we get along.


With his dedication to lyrical craft, roaring tracks and b-boy stance, speaker David Banner is one of the most gifted rappers to emerge from below the Mason-Dixon line.

E! News Anchor & Actor

Charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist and author Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins is the new co-anchor alongside Giuliana Rancic of the international news program E! NEWS. Jenkins has used his style to mass market himself and his...

Poet / Author

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born poet and author who was appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, as a featured performer for Joburg Arts Live, and in magazines including Nylon and Glamour. A sought after...

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.

Professor of Science Education & Author, and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy

Christopher Emdin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center...

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