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“Life’s too short, your missions too dire. Nurture another mind before yours expires” - Speech (Mamas On Stage)

 
 
 
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30 YEARS ON WORLD STAGES

TURNAROUND ARTS

Speech is a Turn Around Artist! Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and it infuses 73 struggling schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia with a strategy to bolster reform efforts. 

Speech works along side: Yo-Yo Ma, Kerry Washington, Misty Copeland, Alfre Woodard, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, The O’Jays, Larisa Martínez, Black Violin, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Tim Robbins, Valerie June, Ozomatli, Keb' Mo’, Jake Shimabukuro, Bernie Williams, Chad Smith, Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, David Garibaldi, Elizabeth Banks, Frank Gehry, IZ Avila, Jacqueline Suskin, John Cruz, John Lloyd Young, Mic Jordan, Paula Fuga and Tracy Reese.

This special video "Love Train" (written by the O'Jays) is produced by Turnaround Arts and Playing For Change and it features Turnaround Arts students performing alongside their Turnaround Artists. "Love Train" shares the message that the arts have the power to improve our schools and build more compassionate, connected communities. Learn more about Turnaround Arts at http://turnaroundarts.kennedy-center.org

 

THE NIGGA FACTORY - LATEST EPISODE

This docu series produced by Speech exposes a 400-year White supremacist marketing campaign that purposely perverted the Black diaspora’s image worldwide!

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16 BARS

Award winning film that serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system‘s revolving door.

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TOURS

Speech and AD are constantly touring the world with events that celebrate life, death and the struggles of our ancestors! Join the mailing list for up-to-date news.

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MUSIC

From writing some of the most iconic hip-hop songs to leading the trailblazing 2x Grammy Award winning group Arrested Development, this Milwaukee native has graced stages with global legends.

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ROBBY’S ROASTED CORN

Starting over 41 years ago as a humble corn stand at Milwaukee’s SummerFest, Robby’s Roasted Corn became renown as the most delicious corn you’ll ever taste!

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BLACK EXISTENCE

Speech started Black Existence as a worldwide resource for black diaspora culture. It’s a must see for those wanting black inspiration on their social media feed.

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VICTORY SPOT

The Victory Spot brings a team of worldwide, working professionals to Fayetteville, Georgia giving each student tools to accomplish their ultimate dreams!

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RevuLOVEtion PODCAST

Speech and his beautiful queen Yolanda get candid about marriage, love, spirituality, politics and just about everything else! This peanut butter and chocolate duo uncover the secret balance between the entertainment industry, parenting, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

With a name like Speech, you know this brother can speak! Coming off an explosive TEDx Talk in Portland about race and our sacred serial numbers, Speech speaks truth to power. His heart is to serve and when he does a unique mixture of performing and speaking, its obvious he’s here to serve us all.

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AD FOR AFRICA

 
 
 

DR. TERENCE N. THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP

Lifting up the young, gifted and Black! Established in 1992 after the tragic death of Speech’s older brother Terry, the Dr. Terence N Thomas Scholarship was endowed with $20,000 by the Thomas family and another $25,000 was given by Speech the following year. The Scholarship fund was incorporated in Wisconsin as a 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation. Since 1996, over 50 of our students have graduated from universities! Next year we will surpass the $ 1 million dollar mark in stipends to students from neighborhoods often described as at-risk.

Our students must maintain a 3.0 annual GPA in order to continue their scholarship award into the following academic year. This scholarship has an average retention rate of 98% annually! Most go on to post graduate studies. We presently have doctors, lawyers, communication specialists, clergy, accountants, international business specialists, elected officials, educators, social workers, business owners and pharmacist graduates! And most return to Milwaukee to become community thought leaders. It’s working!   

 
 
 
 
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