Motivation & Inspiration

Lisa Price

Lisa Price

From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Founder & President of Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multi-million dollar beauty empire. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building the collection that would become a... Continue »
Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books... Continue »
Ray Lipowski

Ray Lipowski

His comedy is the best of both worlds — not black, not white — but true. Ray started his comedy career back in 2000 and has been blowing up clubs, colleges and comedy rooms ever since. Entering a comedy contest with absolutely no experience — not even touching a mic — he took 3rd place. This is no small... Continue »
Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson

Imagine this: you’re a Grammy-nominated singer, considered one of the best vocalists of your generation, who has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West and R. Kelly, yet some folks consider you “underrated.” This has been the plight of Syleena Johnson, acclaimed as one of the finest R&B voices to have... Continue »
The Three Doctors

The Three Doctors

Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors serve as an extraordinary model of leadership for anyone who’s been through any kind of life challenge or major hardship. Sampson David, MD: Dr. Sampson Davis’ life has come gratifyingly full-circle. Born as the fifth of six children in one of New Jersey’s poorest cities,... Continue »
Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend

A passionate visionary and trailblazer, Hollywood Icon, Robert Townsend transcends any medium he touches. Whether he’s performing stand up, acting, writing, directing, producing, or running a television network, his magic and versatile talent is undeniable. A Hollywood-pioneer well ahead of his time, Townsend, a Chicago native is often referred to as one of the “Godfathers” of the Independent Film... Continue »
Tim King

Tim King

Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago (including the nation’s first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. 100% of Urban Prep graduates—all African-American males and mostly from low-income families—have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities. Tim also... Continue »
Linal Harris

Linal Harris

Linal Harris is an international business professional, Fortune 500 company executive, writer, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, radio host and life coach. He is also the recipient of a number of honors and awards, such as the Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 2012, 40 Game Changers under 40 award and The Chicago Defender’s 2013, Men of Excellence award. Harris is an avid traveler,... Continue »
Tony Sculfield

Tony Sculfield

Although deemed very successful now, Mr. Tony Sculfield aka “Da One Man Riot” had very humbling beginnings. Tony started his journey by working hard as a Trade Checker during the day and moonlighting as a comic at night. After winning the Miller Light Comedy Search in 1992, he was crowned the funniest person in Chicago and landed his dream... Continue »
Devin T. Robinson

Devin T. Robinson

One chair, one mic and one stage is all he needs to make you see someone: in the jungles of Africa, on a slave ship, running from the Klu Klux Klan, boxing into history, speaking at the “March on Washington” in 1963, playing the sax as Louis Armstrong, discussing the talent of today versus yesteryear and media exposure of... Continue »
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