Antwone Fisher is a classic example of how anyone can overcome diversity and obstacles to become one of the most respected and giving people in the world.
Future Hall of Famer Charles Barkley brought vitality, attitude and a host of skills to professional basketball, maturing into one of the league's most respected, awe-inspiring and recognizable individuals.
Member of the 2008 U.S. Men's 4x100m Olympic Gold Medalist relay team at the Beijing Olympics; Gold Medalist in the 4x100m free relay and Silver medalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships
Darius Rucker is an American musician, currently pursuing a career in the Country Music genre. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.
Reminisce for any length of time about the gridiron glory of college and professional running backs and the name Gale Sayers emerges to the forefront. Sayers' work ethic and development of his God-given athletic talents resulted in his selection into the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Sayers' entire NFL career (1965-1971) soon became a treasured highlight film. The quick, agile and elusive Sayers caused scores of missed tackles and created never-ending headaches for defensive coaches throughout the league.
Accomplished Film, Television and Stage Actor; Author of the NY Times best-selling books "Letters To A Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny" and "Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny"
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
The multi-talented LeVar Burton has been capturing the attention of audiences and peers for over two decades, whether acting, directing, producing or writing, Burton continues to prove he can do it all.
An 80's icon, Malcolm-Jamal Warner is perhaps best known for his role as Theo Huxtable, a teenager growing up in contemporary America, on the hit television series The Cosby Show.
Since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997, Swoopes has stormed onto the sports scene as one of the nation's most skilled and impressive athletes, earning the nickname that testifies to her speed and grace on the court, "Wind."
Sister Souljah, born 1964 as Lisa Williamson in New York (Bronx), is a controversial hip-hop generation author, activist, recording artist, and film producer.
TV Personality, Attorney and Author of "If You Don't Stand for Something, You Will Fall for Anything" and "Shine, a Physical, Spiritual and Emotional Journey to Finding Love"
During a time where so few heroes materialize, The Three Doctors serve as an extraordinary model of leadership for anyone who’s been through any kind of hardship whether it’s coping with the struggles of the streets or internal challenges of dealing with self, finding our place in the world or determining our own unique destinies.
Twenty-eight year old Vonetta Flowers grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in Birmingham and through Track, went on to become a seven-time All-American at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
"The face that launched a thousand chips," Wally Amos is the father of the gourmet cookie industry. As inventor of "Famous Amos" cookies, his story is the quintessential American success story.
Named Executive Producer of NBA Inside Stuff and NBA Entertainment-produced specials in March 1998, Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad has hosted Inside Stuff on NBC since 1998. Rashad is also a host for the NBA on NBC studio show.
Former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University.
Dr. Carlton Green is one of the most recognized and highly respected executives in North America. He holds a BS Degree in Nutrition Science, a Masters in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration.
Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., CEO of R. Thomas Consulting & Training, Inc., has been for over two decades at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative strategies for maximizing organizational and individual potential.
Ernest Gaines was born January 15, 1933 on the River Lake Plantation in Pointe CoupĂ©e Parish, Louisiana, the setting for most of his fiction, which he calls Bayonne; he was the fifth generation in his family to be born there.
Fred M. Ssewamala is Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Social Development at Washington University (St. Louis).
Mr. Ewing hails from Minneapolis Minnesota, where he began his professional acting career in 1976 as a founding member of the Mixed Blood Theatre Company, a company dedicated to the dream of Martin Luther King and the concept of "color-blind" casting.
On April 1998, President Clinton named George W. Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia in Banjul, West Africa where he served from September 1998 to July 2001.
Harry Belafonte has been called "the consummate entertainer"- an artist in every field in which, he has participated - a concert singer, a recording artist, a movie, Broadway and television star and producer. Belafonte's activity in the human rights struggle is globally respected.
National Football League Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow joined FOX Sports Net in 1998 as an in-studio analyst for the network's COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY's pre and post game telecasts, and as a college football analyst for the-NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT. He has expanded his duties on the NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT as a NFL analyst for the nightly show. His knowledge of the game coupled with his enthusiasm helped him make a smooth transition from the field to the studio.
Author, "Seven Days to Working Well"; Transformative speaker on leadership, stress, diversity, sales, motivation, & media relations; CEO of Courtney Consulting
Paula L. Woods is the author of the acclaimed Charlotte Justice mystery series, including the forthcoming SMILING FACES. DIRTY LAUNDRY (2003), the third novel in the Charlotte Justice series, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was named a Best Mystery of 2003 by The Seattle Times and South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant is the founder and Pastor of the fastest growing AME Church in the nation. The Empowerment Temple, in just it's first 14 months has grown to a membership from 43 to 2,500.
Rita Bailey is widely sought after for her unique infusion of gifts. In addition to customer service, she specializes in the areas of Culture, Leadership, People Success Strategies, and Women's Issues.
Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995, making her the youngest person -- and the first African-American -- to receive this highest official honor in American letters. She held the position for two years.
Roger Wilkins was born in 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. His father, a business manager with a prominent black paper, The Kansas City Call, died when Wilkins was a child and the family moved to New York and then to Michigan, where Wilkins spent most of his formative years.
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