Kathleen Neal Cleaver

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2017-06-04T12:29:59+00:00

Kathleen Neal Cleaver Kathleen Neal Cleaver has spent her life participating in the human rights struggle. She started alongside her parents in the 1950’s civil rights protests in Alabama. By 1966, Kathleen Neal dropped out of Barnard College in New York to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where she served in its Campus [...]

Cynthia Bond

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2015-05-04T00:35:58+00:00

Cynthia Bond Cynthia Bond is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her novel RUBY was chosen to be an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. RUBY was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick. RUBY'S experiences of abuse, violence and prostitution are inspired by Bond's East Texas childhood and [...]

Jussie Smollett

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2015-05-04T00:33:03+00:00

Jussie Smollett Jussie Smollett stars as the talented son Jamal Lyon in FOX's music industry award-winning show EMPIRE, from producer / director Lee Daniels. His role allows him to blend both his acting and musical skills in the high-octane fueled drama. Smollett recently confirmed in a backstage interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he was gay, [...]

Matt McGorry

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2017-08-12T18:24:24+00:00

Matt McGorry Matt McGorry stars as Asher Millstone in ABC's hit series How to Get Away with Murder produced by Shonda Rhimes and created by Peter Nowalk. He can also be seen in his SAG Award-Winning role as post-military newbie corrections officer John Bennett in the Emmy-Nominated Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. [...]

Wendell Pierce

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2014-11-09T13:57:04+00:00

Wendell Pierce Wendell Pierce is an accomplished actor who has conquered all realms of media with critically acclaimed performances in theater, film, television and broadcast radio. The TONY, Emmy, Obie and Peabody winning actor has used his visibility to enlighten and educate his community as well as the nation on the prevalence of urban [...]

Daymond John

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2014-10-27T00:07:59+00:00

Daymond John With business savvy and style to spare, speaker Daymond John entertains audiences every week as the go-to branding guru on ABC's hit entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank. A highly regarded marketing expert and author, John is the founder of iconic fashion brand FUBU ("For Us by Us"), which effectively created the then-untapped urban apparel [...]

Dr. Maya Angelou

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2017-06-04T12:29:59+00:00

Dr. Maya Angelou On May 28th, 2014 the world lost a true American hero, Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou inspired thousands of lives through her poems, books, music, movies, and lectures. Although she may no longer be with us, her work and her legacy will continue to inspire others to fulfill their greatest potential and [...]

Dr. Jackson Katz

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2017-07-16T22:52:01+00:00

Dr. Jackson Katz An educator, author and filmmaker, Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on hundreds of colleges and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional [...]

Byron Hurt

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2017-06-04T12:30:00+00:00

Byron Hurt Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. He is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated television show, REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT. Since 1993, he has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender, race, sex, [...]

Bill T. Jones

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2017-08-12T18:29:50+00:00

Bill T. Jones Bill T. Jones is a tall, powerful dancer, and soloist who often mixes video, text and autobiographical material into his choreography. Jones met his long-time partner and companion, Arnie Zane, in 1971 and the two have choreographed hundreds of innovative solos and duos together. In 1982 they founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie [...]