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U.S. State Department's Hip-Hop Ambassador

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 Toni Blackman Biography

Toni Blackman is a cultural ambassador and an advocate of improvisation. Her experiences as a diplomatic worker enable her to move through various communities (the arts, political circles, international gatherings, youth groups, academia, and the music industry) with ease. As America's first Hip-Hop Ambassador, her work has consistently communicated that hip-hop is the international platform to position the US as a good global citizen.

Blackman has traveled and worked in 30 different countries including Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, Swaziland, Ivory Coast, the DRC, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, and a host of places in Europe. Her diplomatic work encompasses peace and reconciliation, literacy, HIV awareness, and gender violence prevention. Highly respected as the founder and director of Freestyle Union, a cipher workshop that uses free styling as a tool to encourage social responsibility, Blackman's work has held great influence in the world of hip-hop activism. This former Echoing Green Fellow has also been a fellow with the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute. A great deal of Blackman's creative organizing efforts involved the Freestyle Union and its woman-centric initiative Rhyme Like a Girl, which launched in partnership with Girls, Inc., and later partnered with the New School University.

Toni Blackman has transformed her passion for creativity and improvisation into a powerful presentation on "getting open," being centered, and harnessing one's own personal power from the inside out. She has performed and spoken at the Aspen Institute Summit in Oman, at the prestigious Pio Manzu International Conference in Italy, during the World Cup at the ManUp Summit in South Africa, and for the FORD Foundation and City Xpo Big Ideas Conference in Virginia. She has led workshops and trainings for the NBA, Craigslist Foundation events, Julliard, Ross School of Business-UM, Smithsonian Museum, Harvard, Girl Scouts "Beyond Bars" program for incarcerated mothers, Latin American Youth Center's Gang Violence Prevention, MDGFive UN program for Maternal Health, and Institute for Policy Studies. A former adjunct professor of hip-hop at Binghamton University and a visiting professor at University of Michigan, Blackman is currently a judge for the US Department of State's American Music Abroad program.

She toured Southeast Asia with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Musical Ambassador Program and has shared the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, Wyclef, Dougie Fresh, Wu Tang Clan, GURU, KRS One, Bahamadia, Dead Prez, Boot Camp Clic, Me'Shell NdegeoCello, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jill Sobule, James "Blood" Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Youssou Ndour, and even Rickie Lee Jones. Her first book, Inner-Course, was released in 2003 (Villard/Random House). Toni Blackman is available for performance workshops, lectures, inspirational talks, and small group and private coaching.

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Inner-course: A Plea for Real Love

Inner-course: A Plea for Real Love

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  • Hip-Hop Diplomacy, Pop Culture & Politics

  • Free Your Style, Free Your ______

  • Social Entrepreneurship: Big, Bold Ideas & Your Purpose

  • Wisdom of the Cipher Circle

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Toni Blackman

U.S. State Department's Hip-Hop Ambassador

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Toni Blackman Biography

Toni Blackman is a cultural ambassador and an advocate of improvisation. Her experiences as a diplomatic worker enable her to move through various communities (the arts, political circles, international gatherings, youth groups, academia, and the music industry) with ease. As America's first Hip-Hop Ambassador, her work has consistently communicated that hip-hop is the international platform to position the US as a good global citizen.

Blackman has traveled and worked in 30 different countries including Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, Swaziland, Ivory Coast, the DRC, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, and a host of places in Europe. Her diplomatic work encompasses peace and reconciliation, literacy, HIV awareness, and gender violence prevention. Highly respected as the founder and director of Freestyle Union, a cipher workshop that uses free styling as a tool to encourage social responsibility, Blackman's work has held great influence in the world of hip-hop activism. This former Echoing Green Fellow has also been a fellow with the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute. A great deal of Blackman's creative organizing efforts involved the Freestyle Union and its woman-centric initiative Rhyme Like a Girl, which launched in partnership with Girls, Inc., and later partnered with the New School University.

Toni Blackman has transformed her passion for creativity and improvisation into a powerful presentation on "getting open," being centered, and harnessing one's own personal power from the inside out. She has performed and spoken at the Aspen Institute Summit in Oman, at the prestigious Pio Manzu International Conference in Italy, during the World Cup at the ManUp Summit in South Africa, and for the FORD Foundation and City Xpo Big Ideas Conference in Virginia. She has led workshops and trainings for the NBA, Craigslist Foundation events, Julliard, Ross School of Business-UM, Smithsonian Museum, Harvard, Girl Scouts "Beyond Bars" program for incarcerated mothers, Latin American Youth Center's Gang Violence Prevention, MDGFive UN program for Maternal Health, and Institute for Policy Studies. A former adjunct professor of hip-hop at Binghamton University and a visiting professor at University of Michigan, Blackman is currently a judge for the US Department of State's American Music Abroad program.

She toured Southeast Asia with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Musical Ambassador Program and has shared the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, Wyclef, Dougie Fresh, Wu Tang Clan, GURU, KRS One, Bahamadia, Dead Prez, Boot Camp Clic, Me'Shell NdegeoCello, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jill Sobule, James "Blood" Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Youssou Ndour, and even Rickie Lee Jones. Her first book, Inner-Course, was released in 2003 (Villard/Random House). Toni Blackman is available for performance workshops, lectures, inspirational talks, and small group and private coaching.

Toni Blackman Videos

  • Toni Blackman - Blink Your Eyes on Vimeo
  • Toni Blackman at TEDxUMassAmherst
  • Toni Blackman at TEDxBrooklyn - YouTube

Toni Blackman Books

Toni Blackman Speaking Topics

  • Hip-Hop Diplomacy, Pop Culture & Politics

  • Free Your Style, Free Your ______

  • Social Entrepreneurship: Big, Bold Ideas & Your Purpose

  • Wisdom of the Cipher Circle

FAQs on booking Toni Blackman

  • How to book Toni Blackman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Toni Blackman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. Fill out a booking request form for Toni Blackman, 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 Toni Blackman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Toni Blackman?

    Booking fees for Toni Blackman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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 Toni Blackman, 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 Toni Blackman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Toni Blackman for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 Toni Blackman 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 Toni Blackman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Toni Blackman 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.

Toni Blackman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Toni Blackman for your event is available upon request. Toni Blackman generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ursula Rucker, Thea Monyee, Kristal Brent Zook, Justine Simmons and MK Asante. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Toni Blackman for an upcoming event.

Toni Blackman Speaker Videos

  • Toni Blackman - Blink Your Eyes on Vimeo
    Toni Blackman at TEDxUMassAmherst
  • Toni Blackman at TEDxBrooklyn - YouTube

Toni Blackman Speaking Topics

  • Hip-Hop Diplomacy, Pop Culture & Politics

  • Free Your Style, Free Your ______

  • Social Entrepreneurship: Big, Bold Ideas & Your Purpose

  • Wisdom of the Cipher Circle

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