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Theo  Wilson

Theo Wilson

Public Intellectual, The New Black Klansman, Author & CNN Commentator


Theo E.J. Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He's also known as “The New Black Klansman.” He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and he has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in theater performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full-time actor at the St. Louis Black repertory company. Read More >

Wilson is the executive director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. The organization uses the barbershop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing. In 2013, Wilson began speaking with "Rachel's Challenge," an organization dedicated to ending school violence through compassion. After viral video success beginning in 2015, he published his first book in 2017, The Law of Action. The book addresses some of the misconceptions about the law of attraction and the role direct action plays into manifestation. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: A Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt-Right

TEDx: Black Male Privilege in the #Metoo Era

Speaking Reel

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Speech Topics

Race & the Digital Divide

As if our historical differences weren't challenging enough to overcome, the echo-chamber effect created by algorithms presents an even greater challenge for our times. When false information is reinforced via our digital bubbles, it is almost impossible to receive any outside data that would challenge our paradigm. The first step to overcoming the echo-chamber effect is to know that you are in one. The next is to ask the critical question, "What am I missing in my paradigm that my bubble may be hiding from me?"

A Black Man Undercover Goes Undercover in the Alt-Right

How does a Black Lives Matter activist infiltrate the new wave of online white supremacy? What was it in the climate of America that made such an experiment necessary? Theo talks about his journey to into the dark-web as he uncovered the roots of the resurgence of hatred in America, and what we need to learn from the challenges it presents.

Addressing Male Privilege in Men of Color

The #MeToo movement forced men of all races and backgrounds to assess their toxic relationships with women and their own masculinity. But, men of color faced a huge obstacle in confronting their patriarchy; their own history of oppression. Theo unpacks his own toxicity as a man of color, and shares gems that apply to any man on the road to recovering healthy masculine behavior. This talk is not to be missed.