2009 Speakers



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Dr. Benjamin Chavis


President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN)

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the worlds largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. Dr. Cha...

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Maxine Waters


U.S. Congresswoman (D - CA)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children,...

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Kim Barnouin


Author of Skinny Bitch/Skinny Bastard

Before she was a Skinny Bitch, Kim Barnouin was a high school drop-out turned model who only crossed paths with a vegetable on her pizza. Today she is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Sk...

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Amabel "Belle" Nima


Editor In Chief of African Vibes Magazine

Amabel Niba is the Editor In Chief of African Vibes Magazine, a glossy general interest lifestyle magazine she founded in 2006 to counter the negative stereotypes about Africa and Africans perpetrated...

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Christopher Darden


Writer / Lecturer / Prosecutor

Christopher Darden is a writer, lecturer, and heads the criminal defense department for The Foxx Firm in Culver City. He is a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, where he was ...

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