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Kevin Powell

Writer, Humanitarian, President of BK Nation

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Kevin Powell Biography

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today.

The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth.

Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.”

Kevin has gone on to be a poet and journalist and the author of 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. One of his upcoming books will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Quincy Jones’ Vibe.

Indeed, he has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and major websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Nation, NPR, ESPN, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Esquire, HuffPost, Utne Reader, The Guardian, The Baffler, The Progressive, Complex, and British GQ.

As a civil and human rights activist, Kevin will launch a new American organization in 2023, yet to be named, focused on voter education and voter empowerment, and bringing people together, and which will showcase a website full of blogs from contributors of diverse backgrounds.

Kevin’s activism also includes an annual clothing drive for homeless youth in New York City; a leadership role in the movement to re-define manhood away from sexism and violence; a deep responsibility to mentorship and development of people of every age as agents for change; and a commitment to democracy, justice, diversity, inclusion, and equality for the American people, be it education, #MeToo, immigrant rights, gun violence prevention, marriage equality, economic opportunity, healthcare access, or an end to racial profiling.

To further demonstrate that commitment to a life of service Kevin ran for Congress in his adopted hometown of New York City in 2008 and 2010; he has lectured and worked and traveled in all 50 American states and 5 of the world’s 7 continents; he is directing, writing, and producing his first documentary film, also called “When We Free The World,” about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, about fathers and sons; and Kevin is the playwright of an upcoming stage play, based around his writings, speeches, and conversations about what it is to be a man.

Kevin is a proud and long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Speaking Topics
  • • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    • Diversity 101: Creating a Healthy & Successful Workplace

    • From Rosa Parks to Barack Obama: Civil Rights in America

    • Lets Get It Started: Redefining American Manhood

    • History Is a People's Memory: The Importance of Black History Month

    • Someday We'll All Be Free: Young America, Voting & the New Activism

  • Redefining Manhood: Changing Us, Changing The World

    In response to continuous issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz carrying a mattress around campus to protest her on campus rape, Kevin Powell will lead conversations that will focus on where definitions of manhood come from (home, religious institutions, sports, pop culture, mass media, etc.), how they help us as males, and how they stunt and hurt us as males. He will examine our own journeys and also those we’ve witnessed of famous or iconic figures in our society. The dialogue will feature an honest conversation about gender, violence against women and girls, and the role we men play, since most cases are male violence against females. And how we males can become allies to women and girls in the struggle against all forms of gender violence, abuse, and oppression. Kevin will cover: what is power, what is privilege, who has it and why, and who does not have it, and why. He will also examine how these messages are reinforced through popular culture, including hip hop, college campus life, and sports. Finally Kevin will draw on his own experiences with gender violence, as well as the very personal and transparent writings he has done on the topic.

  • Are Dr. King & His “Dream” Still Relevant?: Community, Social Media, & the New Activism

    In this thought-provoking and interactive lecture Kevin Powell, one of America’s most engaging political, community, literary, and cultural leaders and voices, takes the audience on a journey from Dr. King to Ferguson, Missouri, from civil rights to hiphop, from race and power to gender, class and all the many ways we are different, and the same. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a product of post-Civil Rights America, Kevin discusses his family’s history in the Jim Crow South, his childhood as a product of integrated schools, and how and why Dr. King’s life and work became relevant to him—and why it was not for several years. Connecting the dots between elders and young people, Kevin also dives into the tricky terrain of twitter, Facebook, and other social media as the spaces of the new activism, and why we should be paying attention to these new tools for change in the 21st century.

  • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    Powell feels he has been a leader his entire adult life, practically from the moment he set foot on the campus of Rutgers University in the mid 1980s as a teenager. Inspired by the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson and the anti-apartheid movement filtering through colleges nationwide, Powell threw himself into the role of student and youth leader on campus and off. Over time those early experiences have been translated into very visible and influential careers at MTV and Quincy Jones' Vibe magazine, as one of the most prominent voices of the hip-hop generation, and in New York City as a very active and well-respected community leader, trendsetter, business owner, and mover and shaker. Most recently Powell ran for Congress in Brooklyn, New York, and plans to seek elected office again in the near future. Indeed, Powell's varied experiences in academia, media, corporate America, politics, and the arts and entertainment worlds have afforded him the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive action plan for leadership and leadership development in corporate America. This simple and accessible approach to leadership development includes a step-by-step guide on how individuals can identify their inner leadership qualities and skills, and how best to highlight those qualities and skills for the good of themselves and their company.

  • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    Kevin Powell has consulted and worked with a number of major corporate brands through the years, including Coca-Cola, Best Buy, Nike, VirginMobile, Clear Channel Communications, Nissan, Microsoft, and Random House. In this keynote presentation, Powell details moments in American history of corporate generosity; highlights some of the issues and crises affecting the American social fabric in these early days of the 21st century; and offers a concrete and multidimensional game plan for corporate involvement in the community, including ways a corporate entity can boost brand awareness or repair their brand image in the aftermath of not so positive media attention while giving back.

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The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood

The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood

Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays

Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays

Open Letters to America: Essays by Kevin Powell

Open Letters to America: Essays by Kevin Powell

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life

Someday We'll All Be Free

Someday We'll All Be Free

Who's Gonna Take the Weight:  Manhood, Race, and Power in America

Who's Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America

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Kevin Powell Biography

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today.

The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth.

Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.”

Kevin has gone on to be a poet and journalist and the author of 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. One of his upcoming books will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Quincy Jones’ Vibe.

Indeed, he has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and major websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Nation, NPR, ESPN, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Esquire, HuffPost, Utne Reader, The Guardian, The Baffler, The Progressive, Complex, and British GQ.

As a civil and human rights activist, Kevin will launch a new American organization in 2023, yet to be named, focused on voter education and voter empowerment, and bringing people together, and which will showcase a website full of blogs from contributors of diverse backgrounds.

Kevin’s activism also includes an annual clothing drive for homeless youth in New York City; a leadership role in the movement to re-define manhood away from sexism and violence; a deep responsibility to mentorship and development of people of every age as agents for change; and a commitment to democracy, justice, diversity, inclusion, and equality for the American people, be it education, #MeToo, immigrant rights, gun violence prevention, marriage equality, economic opportunity, healthcare access, or an end to racial profiling.

To further demonstrate that commitment to a life of service Kevin ran for Congress in his adopted hometown of New York City in 2008 and 2010; he has lectured and worked and traveled in all 50 American states and 5 of the world’s 7 continents; he is directing, writing, and producing his first documentary film, also called “When We Free The World,” about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, about fathers and sons; and Kevin is the playwright of an upcoming stage play, based around his writings, speeches, and conversations about what it is to be a man.

Kevin is a proud and long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Kevin Powell Speaking Topics

  • • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    • Diversity 101: Creating a Healthy & Successful Workplace

    • From Rosa Parks to Barack Obama: Civil Rights in America

    • Lets Get It Started: Redefining American Manhood

    • History Is a People's Memory: The Importance of Black History Month

    • Someday We'll All Be Free: Young America, Voting & the New Activism

  • Redefining Manhood: Changing Us, Changing The World

    In response to continuous issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz carrying a mattress around campus to protest her on campus rape, Kevin Powell will lead conversations that will focus on where definitions of manhood come from (home, religious institutions, sports, pop culture, mass media, etc.), how they help us as males, and how they stunt and hurt us as males. He will examine our own journeys and also those we’ve witnessed of famous or iconic figures in our society. The dialogue will feature an honest conversation about gender, violence against women and girls, and the role we men play, since most cases are male violence against females. And how we males can become allies to women and girls in the struggle against all forms of gender violence, abuse, and oppression. Kevin will cover: what is power, what is privilege, who has it and why, and who does not have it, and why. He will also examine how these messages are reinforced through popular culture, including hip hop, college campus life, and sports. Finally Kevin will draw on his own experiences with gender violence, as well as the very personal and transparent writings he has done on the topic.

  • Are Dr. King & His “Dream” Still Relevant?: Community, Social Media, & the New Activism

    In this thought-provoking and interactive lecture Kevin Powell, one of America’s most engaging political, community, literary, and cultural leaders and voices, takes the audience on a journey from Dr. King to Ferguson, Missouri, from civil rights to hiphop, from race and power to gender, class and all the many ways we are different, and the same. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a product of post-Civil Rights America, Kevin discusses his family’s history in the Jim Crow South, his childhood as a product of integrated schools, and how and why Dr. King’s life and work became relevant to him—and why it was not for several years. Connecting the dots between elders and young people, Kevin also dives into the tricky terrain of twitter, Facebook, and other social media as the spaces of the new activism, and why we should be paying attention to these new tools for change in the 21st century.

  • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    Powell feels he has been a leader his entire adult life, practically from the moment he set foot on the campus of Rutgers University in the mid 1980s as a teenager. Inspired by the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson and the anti-apartheid movement filtering through colleges nationwide, Powell threw himself into the role of student and youth leader on campus and off. Over time those early experiences have been translated into very visible and influential careers at MTV and Quincy Jones' Vibe magazine, as one of the most prominent voices of the hip-hop generation, and in New York City as a very active and well-respected community leader, trendsetter, business owner, and mover and shaker. Most recently Powell ran for Congress in Brooklyn, New York, and plans to seek elected office again in the near future. Indeed, Powell's varied experiences in academia, media, corporate America, politics, and the arts and entertainment worlds have afforded him the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive action plan for leadership and leadership development in corporate America. This simple and accessible approach to leadership development includes a step-by-step guide on how individuals can identify their inner leadership qualities and skills, and how best to highlight those qualities and skills for the good of themselves and their company.

  • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    Kevin Powell has consulted and worked with a number of major corporate brands through the years, including Coca-Cola, Best Buy, Nike, VirginMobile, Clear Channel Communications, Nissan, Microsoft, and Random House. In this keynote presentation, Powell details moments in American history of corporate generosity; highlights some of the issues and crises affecting the American social fabric in these early days of the 21st century; and offers a concrete and multidimensional game plan for corporate involvement in the community, including ways a corporate entity can boost brand awareness or repair their brand image in the aftermath of not so positive media attention while giving back.

Kevin Powell Videos

  • I Don't Camouflage - Kevin Powell Interview - Hip Hop, Peer ...
  • bell hooks and Kevin Powell: Black Masculinity, Threat or ...
  • Black Writers Conf. 2010 - Kevin Powell Keynote - YouTube

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  • How to book Kevin Powell?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kevin Powell for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kevin Powell, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kevin Powell or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kevin Powell?

    Booking fees for Kevin Powell, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kevin Powell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kevin Powell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kevin Powell for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kevin Powell for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kevin Powell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kevin Powell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kevin Powell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as , Redefining Manhood: Changing Us, Changing The World, Are Dr. King & His “Dream” Still Relevant?: Community, Social Media, & the New Activism, The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader and How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kevin Powell for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kevin Powell generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Juan Williams, Van Jones, Ellis Cose, Donna Brazile and Montel Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kevin Powell for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kevin Powell Speaking Topics

  • • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    • Diversity 101: Creating a Healthy & Successful Workplace

    • From Rosa Parks to Barack Obama: Civil Rights in America

    • Lets Get It Started: Redefining American Manhood

    • History Is a People's Memory: The Importance of Black History Month

    • Someday We'll All Be Free: Young America, Voting & the New Activism

  • Redefining Manhood: Changing Us, Changing The World

    In response to continuous issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz carrying a mattress around campus to protest her on campus rape, Kevin Powell will lead conversations that will focus on where definitions of manhood come from (home, religious institutions, sports, pop culture, mass media, etc.), how they help us as males, and how they stunt and hurt us as males. He will examine our own journeys and also those we’ve witnessed of famous or iconic figures in our society. The dialogue will feature an honest conversation about gender, violence against women and girls, and the role we men play, since most cases are male violence against females. And how we males can become allies to women and girls in the struggle against all forms of gender violence, abuse, and oppression. Kevin will cover: what is power, what is privilege, who has it and why, and who does not have it, and why. He will also examine how these messages are reinforced through popular culture, including hip hop, college campus life, and sports. Finally Kevin will draw on his own experiences with gender violence, as well as the very personal and transparent writings he has done on the topic.

  • Are Dr. King & His “Dream” Still Relevant?: Community, Social Media, & the New Activism

    In this thought-provoking and interactive lecture Kevin Powell, one of America’s most engaging political, community, literary, and cultural leaders and voices, takes the audience on a journey from Dr. King to Ferguson, Missouri, from civil rights to hiphop, from race and power to gender, class and all the many ways we are different, and the same. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a product of post-Civil Rights America, Kevin discusses his family’s history in the Jim Crow South, his childhood as a product of integrated schools, and how and why Dr. King’s life and work became relevant to him—and why it was not for several years. Connecting the dots between elders and young people, Kevin also dives into the tricky terrain of twitter, Facebook, and other social media as the spaces of the new activism, and why we should be paying attention to these new tools for change in the 21st century.

  • The Leadership We Are Waiting for Is Us: How to Become an Effective Leader

    Powell feels he has been a leader his entire adult life, practically from the moment he set foot on the campus of Rutgers University in the mid 1980s as a teenager. Inspired by the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson and the anti-apartheid movement filtering through colleges nationwide, Powell threw himself into the role of student and youth leader on campus and off. Over time those early experiences have been translated into very visible and influential careers at MTV and Quincy Jones' Vibe magazine, as one of the most prominent voices of the hip-hop generation, and in New York City as a very active and well-respected community leader, trendsetter, business owner, and mover and shaker. Most recently Powell ran for Congress in Brooklyn, New York, and plans to seek elected office again in the near future. Indeed, Powell's varied experiences in academia, media, corporate America, politics, and the arts and entertainment worlds have afforded him the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive action plan for leadership and leadership development in corporate America. This simple and accessible approach to leadership development includes a step-by-step guide on how individuals can identify their inner leadership qualities and skills, and how best to highlight those qualities and skills for the good of themselves and their company.

  • How to Build Corporate Responsibility & Trust in the 21st Century

    Kevin Powell has consulted and worked with a number of major corporate brands through the years, including Coca-Cola, Best Buy, Nike, VirginMobile, Clear Channel Communications, Nissan, Microsoft, and Random House. In this keynote presentation, Powell details moments in American history of corporate generosity; highlights some of the issues and crises affecting the American social fabric in these early days of the 21st century; and offers a concrete and multidimensional game plan for corporate involvement in the community, including ways a corporate entity can boost brand awareness or repair their brand image in the aftermath of not so positive media attention while giving back.

Kevin Powell Speaker Videos

  • I Don't Camouflage - Kevin Powell Interview - Hip Hop, Peer ...
    bell hooks and Kevin Powell: Black Masculinity, Threat or ...
  • Black Writers Conf. 2010 - Kevin Powell Keynote - YouTube

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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