Social Issues

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 »
Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Luther Jackson is a businessman, professor and social justice advocate, known for his keen analysis of the social and economic forces that prevent America from being a more perfect union. A gifted educator, Jackson is hailed for his facile analyses of public education, the justice system and the stark realities that lurk behind abstruse economic theory. Jackson is... Continue »
Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik is a 21st century civil rights leader. As the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with over 4.5 million viewers per month, Michael is a leading voice for young America. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy A trailblazer of social... Continue »
Rafael Romo

Rafael Romo

Rafael Romo is Senior Latin American Affairs Editor of CNN Worldwide. He is based out of Atlanta and reports to Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide. Romo is charged with tracking the top stories across Latin America for the global audiences of CNN across its multiple platforms. A native of Mexico, Romo is an... Continue »
Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975, including the most important national policy advances in the modern era for the protection of Native American... 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 »
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 »
Kenneth Braswell

Kenneth Braswell

With over 22 years of community development experience, Braswell serves as the Executive Director of Fathers incorporated (FI) (www.fathersincorporated.com). Since 2004, the agency’s main focus has been on the development of support and services for fathers. FI is a not-for-profit organization and serves as the leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. Currently, Braswell is the Director... Continue »
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