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Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer

She is best known as the showrunner, creator, head writer, and executive producer of the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal.

Vernon Baker, Medal of Honor

His exploits on the battlefield, which eventually led to multiple distinguished honors. An American hero. A story of triumph over extreme prejudice and hardship.

Songs of Freedom, Segregated & Unequal

"If America’s original sin is indeed slavery, then her most insurmountable by product of said sin is her inability to reckon with the resulting effects and long lasting trauma." ~ Alphonse McCullough

Protest Music in Black & White

Protest music played an integral part in spreading the message of Freedom Fighters from the Jim Crow Era to the Civil Rights Era through the following decades to present day, where the struggle continues still.

Janis Kearney, Sharecroppers Daughter

She was an author, lecturer, and publisher, she was the daughter of sharecroppers and went on to serve as a diarist to President Bill Clinton. This is (Part I) of the inspiration behind her success.

Ethel Payne, Journalist
A  black journalist, known as the "First Lady of the Black Press." She was a columnist, lecturer, and freelance writer who combined advocacy with journalism reporting on the Civil Rights Movement.

Bob Nash, Presidential Advisor
He served as Senior Economic Advisor to Governor Bill Clinton, President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, and Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. This is his story.

Songs of Freedom, Jim Crow - Civil Rights
“The ’60s saw Black American Artists forging their own distinct voices... more powerful than pleading.”
~ Alphonse McCullough

Janis Kearney, Publisher

Ms. Kearney was the publisher of the historic Arkansas State Press and later served as diarist to U.S. President Bill Clinton, the first such appointment in history.  Part II

Betty Hines, Strategic Business Consultant

Strategic Business Consultant whose firm’s primary focus is to work with CEOs and their Executive Management Team. 

Shirley Chisholm, Catalyst for Change
“Fighting Shirley” Chisholm was Unbossed and Unbothered, setting a blazing trail as a catalyst for change in her time.

 Claudette Colvin, Teenage Trailblazer
At the age of 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing...

Susan Rice, US Representative

The first black woman to serve as U.S. representative to the United Nations. A diplomat, policy advisor, and former public official, her story is one of dedication and excellence.

Althea Gibson, Athlete
A pioneering black athlete who played an integral role in breaking down color lines and paving the way for equal opportunities. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title. 

Rev. M.L, Civil Rights Activist

American civil rights activist, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. A dream not yet realized.

Mahalia Jackson, Gospel Singer

Known as “The Queen of Gospel,” she had the voice of a generation. Her spirit lifted up the nation at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. during the 1950s and 60s. 

Chief Judge Algenon Marbley
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Our conversation details his life story as a change agent and raison d’être (reason for being).

Victoria Vasques
An advocate for American Indians, leading education reform, health care, and advancing energy initiatives. This is her story

Adrienne Kennedy, A Playwright Remembers
An acclaimed actor, activist and author, Ruby Dee graced the stage and screen for more than seventy years. Her influence was undeniable. “I had never seen a black person on Broadway. It was a huge experience.”

Adrienne Kennedy, A Playwright Remembers II
“She wasn’t anything like I had expected… it’s a quality that she had… and I’m sure it played a huge role in her success and life.” Adrienne Kennedy was awestruck working with an icon.

Ciemone Sheppard, The Value of Your Time
“I value my time. When people put a dollar amount on what you are worth it minimizes you. I always knew my time was more valuable. Your time is what you’re selling. So what is the value of that time? You can’t get it back. It goes by so fast.”

Joe Louis, A Moment in Time

The date, June 22, 1938. The place, Yankee Stadium. It
was a rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and became one of boxing's most talked about and significant bouts in history.

Leadership Series: Beth Turner | Producing Against All Odds Her first full-length play, Ode to Mariah, was a woman’s coming of age tale at the turn of the 20th century. Turner’s children’s play, “Sing On, Ms. Gri” received a grant that allowed her to travel to West Africa and compare African influences in African-American dance, music, and storytelling.

Leadership Series: Glenn E. Martin | Navigating Our Darkest Moments “My life is not linear… life is a rollercoaster. Even in all my success now I have dark moments. Although I find that I learn more in the valley than I do on the mountain top. I embrace those times when I’m in the darkness cuz I know there’s light up ahead on the horizon always.”

Leadership Series: Ted Bunch | Empathy & Transparency “We’re all swimming in the same water.
We don’t want to indict men. We want to invite men. We don’t want to call men out. We want to call men in.”

Kailee Scales A Force for Amplifying Others
“A strong leader brings a strong sense of awareness to the problem. They can ask those WHY questions and can motivate a team to the WHY, while still addressing the HOW.

Ben Wilson Guided by the Golden Rule

"The golden rule has guided me and I didn’t learn that
in New England. I learned that in Jackson, Mississippi.”
Ben Wilson is one of most respected environmental lawyers
in the world.

Colorful Conversations with Leon Isaac Kennedy
A Fresh Perspective & Questions Unanswered

‘The Observers,’ a documentary with a fresh perspective that explores and discusses ufology, with scholars, investigative journalists, and experts in the field.

Jonathan Glickman | A Pathway Paved With Passion
Part I
and Part II “Panoramic
is the word I kept returning to when thinking about a broad, forward-thinking view of the changing media business.”

Tracey Edmonds | Inspiring Persona I & II “This world… it’s an international multi-ethnic experience. It’s important not to limit yourself to only one experience you feel most comfortable in. You’ve got to push yourself outside your comfort zone to grow and evolve.”

Ambassador Delano Lewis The Politics of Race Relations in the District Ambassador Lewis rose from segregation-era Kansas to prominence in government, business, and the not-for-profit world. His bestselling memoir, “It All Begins with Self,” affirms his belief in the value of family, education, hard work, perseverance, mentors and supporters.

Leadership Series: Deval Patrick | Limited Means and Limitless Hope “I am passionate about generational responsibility, the old-fashioned notion that we in our time must do what we can to leave things better for those who come behind us.” ~ Governor Deval Patrick.

Dr. Nkem Okeke | A Global Citizen for Global Health
"I would question policies and they would say the committee decided, and I was like who is this committee. I was bold enough to go to the Chief Medical Directors Office and ask to join the committee. He laughed at me and I felt so small, but I said I’m going to fix this. I made sure I had a seat at the table.”

Leadership Series: Dr. Helene D. Gayle | The Route to Making a Difference “We’ve got to give young people a sense of a way out. A sense of hope. A sense of future. A sense that they can feed their children and the ability to hold their head up with dignity because they have work
that gives them dignity.”

The Golden Rule Question & Environmental Justice

Ben Wilson discusses the great challenges of our day along with the history of Environmental Law. 

Minyon Moore, Cultivating Relationships of Trust

With the power of perspective, she is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers with extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy.

Sheila Johnson, Entrepreneur 

Her professional and humanitarian efforts have inspired tremendous change for women, especially women of color, marginalized communities, and underserved populations.

Billie Holiday, Jazz Singer

A legendary jazz icon who poured her heart into every performance. She considered her voice a musical instrument used to create art that was deeply inspired by her life.

Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy, Africare Founder

What was once a school genealogy project turned into an invaluable family archive. An insightful conversation about the Kennedy roots, and the patriarch that inspired our family through his Black Experience.

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

The first African American Supreme Court justice, he was a passionate voice and he was a champion of civil rights.

Lupita Nyong'o, Actress

Born in Mexico City, and raised in Kenya, the first Black African to win an Academy Award for acting.

Songs of Freedom, Segregated & Unequal II

"Negro" or "Colored" musicians regularly faced segregation and violent environments wherever they performed. Those stories and their negative legacy have been treated largely as if they never happened.

Andrew Young, Civic Activist

The renowned mayor of Atlanta he helped change the course of history as a leader during the civil rights movement. 

General William Ward, on Leadership

He has spent his life in selfless service to the nation safeguarding America’s interests at home and abroad and has an admirable reputation for teamwork.

David Blackwell, Statistician
A distinguished career and life full of tremendous perseverance and inspiration. This is the legacy he left behind.

Ruth Simmons, University President
“The most important thing one can do for children is to not accept the limitations they are so willing to impose on themselves.” Ruth Simmons, the first African American president of an Ivy League institution, shares her story of success.

Marcus Samuelsson, Restaurateur

Award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, philanthropist, and food activist creating success in every flavor.

A Philip Randolph, Social Activist

With six decades of civility, Asa Philip Randolph was a trailblazing leader, organizer, and social activist. He was a voice for change and the man behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Mike Tyson, Boxer

Known as the Baddest Man on the Planet, Iron Mike Tyson’s story will knock you out. He raised eyebrows in the ring and everywhere else. The youngest heavyweight boxing champ in history and one of the best of all time.

Mae Jemison, Astronaut

On September 20th, 1992 the first woman of color entered space. This is the story of Mae C. Jemison’ s Astronomical Endeavor.

Frederick Douglass & President Lincoln

The date, August 10, 1863. The place, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A day that marked the first time that an African American and U.S President had met as near equals in American History.

Secretary Dan Glickman “We were part of a racist tradition in many quarters of agriculture.” Glickman served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented Kansas' 4th congressional district in Congress for 18 years.

Remembering Colin Powell with General William Ward & General Tony Zinni “He was the first black of many things: National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the highest-ranking military officer, Secretary of State.” 

Michelle Obama: This is Me 

“Your destiny is not determined on the day you’re born.” Such wise words from Michelle Obama’s grandfather helped mold her into the incredible figure she is today. 

Cap Times Interview on Adam P. Kennedy & Adrienne Kennedy's Play Sleep Deprivation Chamber While we work to shed light on the must know stories of Black Americans, our President & Founder,
Adam P. Kennedy, recently sat down for a candid conversation about his life and experience.

Barbara Jordan, Eloquent Thunder

Barbara Jordan, a well-respected speaker, public servant, and educator was a politician of the people. Jordan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, becoming the first Black American to represent Texas in the House, and the first Black American woman from the South to be elected to Congress.

Ed Bradley, TV Correspondent

The first black television correspondent to cover
the White House, and to anchor his news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley. He was best known for 26 years on the CBS News television program “60 Minutes.” 

Angeline Boulley, Author “There simply are too few stories told by and about Indigenous girls and women, especially from a contemporary viewpoint. We exist and have dynamic experiences to share beyond history books or stories set long ago.” 

Sharon Reynolds | Resolve & Resilience Part I

and Part II “I come from a long line of hardworking champions on both sides of my family who persevered through the toughest times you can ever imagine.”

Mellody Hobson | Invested in Success

Named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People’ in the world in 2015 by Time Magazine, Mellody Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy.

Tiffany Newhouse | Transformational Change Agent

Tiffany Newhouse, CEO of Newhouse Project Consulting (NPC), has 25 years of experience as an Executive Consultant, Leader, and Transformational Change Expert in the private and public sectors.

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