ENTERTAINERS & SPEAKERS | Texas Black Expo

ENTERTAINERS & SPEAKERS

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Edwin Bosso is the founder, CEO and senior partner of Myrtle Consulting Group LLC. He has had the privilege of trotting the world growing up and has lived in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Ivory Coast, France, Burkina Faso and the Netherlands. Edwin will tell you that his travels have taught him a lot about human interactions, which would prove useful later in his career as a change management professional. Edwin is fluent in four languages. Edwin completed his undergraduate education at The Hague Polytechnic in the Netherlands and earned an MBA from Rice University in Houston, TX.  In addition to Inc. Magazine naming Myrtle as one of the “superheroes of the U.S. economy,” the firm was placed in the top five Houston companies and in the top 25 Texas companies for growth in 2016. Myrtle has also been awarded “Best Firms to Work For” by Consulting Magazine two years in a row.

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Golden Brooks is an American actress. She began her career with starring role in the Showtime comedy series, Linc’s (1998–2000), and later has appeared in films Timecode (2000) and Impostor (2001). From 2000 to 2008, Brooks starred as Maya Wilkes in the UPN/The CW hit comedy series, Girlfriends for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series nominations. She also has appeared in films Motives (2004), Beauty Shop (2005), and Something New (2006).

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Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, co-founder and co-CEO of AllHipHop.com has amassed respect as a thought leader, trendsetter and journalism trailblazer in the Hip-Hop and entertainment industry. By creating a unique path in internet content curation, distribution, and technology for nearly two decades, he has directed one of the most successful and respected sources of urban culture news and information in the world. Along with being a driving force in music media, his passion and endeavors as a mentor and public speaker continue to grow nationally. As a cultural critic and pundit, he’s been featured in VIBE, The Source, Complex, GIANT, National Public Radio (NPR), BET, TVOne, VH1, The E! Channel, MTV, The O’Reilly Factor, USA Today, The New York Times, New York’s Hot 97 FM and numerous other outlets.

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Bryan-Michael Cox is a songwriter-producer, notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton. Among his most notable productions are “Be Without You” for Mary J. Blige, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II” and “U Got It Bad” for Usher, and “Shake It Off” and “We Belong Together” for Mariah Carey. During his career Cox has been responsible for over 250 million record sales, 35 number one hits, and 17 Grammy Award nominations (including 9 wins). He Broke the Beatles Guinness book of world records for longest time on the #Top 100 charts.

 Neil Levine  

Penalty Founder and CEO, Neil Levine has worked within every level of the music industry. In Hip Hop’s early days, he organized street teams, launched a magazine and ran a successful marketing and record company. Neil fell in love with hip hop at the very beginning and has been fortunate to work with many of the top artists in the country including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest and Fat Joe to name a few. Prior to launching Penalty, Neil owned arguably the top urban marketing company in the country called Round The Globe Music which was a turn key marketing and promotion solution for both the major and indie labels. Over the last several years, Neil has fully immersed himself in the digital space as a content curator, creator and marketer. He is known for spotting emerging trends with global relationships in music, TV, films and brands.

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For more than 20 years, James Azor has successfully managed and promoted top talent in the entertainment industry. He’s a visionary who understands the business of entertainment and the need to cultivate relationships based on honesty and integrity. Pop America is a part of his mission to help artists reach their full creative potential with a profitable career. James most notable work include hit makers and projects such as Krucial & Alicia Keys for Krucial Keys Entertainment, Lauryn Hill, Fugees, Kim Burrell, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Carlos Santana, Ice Cube, Wyclef Jean, Mack10, Master P, No Limit Records, SWV, Dr. Dre, Death Row, Organized Confusion, Seal, Earth Wind & Fire, Boot Camp Click, Sounds of Blackness, Gerald Levert, Luther Vandross, Free from 106 & Park, Cutty Ranks, Pras, John Forte, the Love Jones and Friday Movie Soundtracks.

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Kiotti, a Houston native and local favorite, has a new show (Late Night Hype) which airs Monday through Friday from 11pm to 2am. His energetic personality and savvy way with words makes him a hit with listeners. Kiotti is well-known on the local music scene; formerly with Asylum Records. Kiotti is the Founder of Young Families Against Drugs and Kiotti’s Kids Organization. Kiotti is one of the biggest artists/personalities in Houston and he can be found on www.itsflyhouston.com or follow him on Twitter @kiotti!

 CleRenda McGrady  

CleRenda McGrady is a mother of four, a best-selling author, life coach, and inspirational speaker, who finds purpose in making a difference in the lives of girls and women everywhere. In her best-selling book, Push Thru! Redefine & Create Your Own Success Story, CleRenda engages readers in her personal journey from the shadows of her seven-time NBA superstar husband Tracy McGrady, to defining success and purpose for herself. Her message is simple, “We all have a unique purpose to fulfill in life. When we connect with that purpose, we are able to create our own success story.” A passionate philanthropist, McGrady is the founder of Project P.U.S.H., which stands for “Purpose-led, Unstoppable, Success-bound and Hope-filled.” The non-profit foundation inspires and empowers women, funds educational pursuits through scholarships, and supports community and international outreach.

 Velma Trayham  

VELMA TRAYHAM is an all-American, Texas gal. She grew up in Houston, Texas, the third ward, and studied Marketing, Business and gained lots of hands-on experience. Velma discovered her passion for inspiring at the early stages of her career. Velma’s mindset that temporary failure didn’t mean permanent defeat has been her overall message to her audience. As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of THINKZILLA, Velma has helped develop workshops, mentoring and programs that have transformed companies with her successful marketing systems. Companies within a one year period saw 200% growth. Some of Velma’s major accomplishments is receiving multiple proclamations by the City Of Houston Mayor as well as being featured in publications such as; Defender Magazine, Sister 2 Sister, Rolling out, Houston Forward Times, Houston Press, Black News, Dallas Weekly, African American news, Jet, and Texas Oil & Gas as a business leader.

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Oscar was born in Costa Rica and grew up in New York City; his natural love for people has been a driving force in his life. Mr. Hines is one of the managing partners of KYND Radio and the CEO of Genuine Journey LLC. KYND’s tagline is “The KIND of Talk that Inspires Change”. This nicely summarizes Oscar’s mission, he has been passionate about helping people improve their lives for over 20 years. Oscar has had a successful career in Corporate America, then left it all behind to pursue his passion to become an Agent of Change; first as a Certified Wellness Practitioner where he helped thousands of people over the years take back control of their health, and now as a Managing Partner of one of the fastest growing Radio Stations and Digital TV Networks in Houston, whose core focus’ is positive inspiring talk.

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Jalene Mack is not only an entertainment attorney but has successfully integrated the demanding roles of wife, mother, actress, playwright, producer, writer and founder of a performing arts nonprofit by keeping the focus on her long-term goal “to make an impact on the entertainment industry.” She is also the founder of Mack Performing Arts Collective, Inc. (MPAC) a 501 (C) 3 non-profit corporation. MPAC prides itself on procuring Hollywood celebrities to give back by teaching free to low costs education workshops to children and young artists in the areas of acting, film & video production, stand-up comedy, and playwriting. Kim Fields, Faizon Love, Ella Joyce, Roland Martin, Kym Whitley, Sherri Shepherd, Golden Brooks, Malik Yoba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Gary Owen and Guy Torry are past celebrity guest instructors.

 Al Rucker  

Al Rucker is the owner of Midtown Bail Bonds, which has multiple locations spread across Harris and Fort Bend counties. He is the true rags-to-riches story, growing up in the foster care system, and showing how true determination can turn someone’s life around. He is the epitome of a Black man who did not take “No” for an answer, and he GIVES BACK… going above and beyond to help underprivileged children and their families. In addition to Midtown Bail Bonds, he has a passion for pop culture, social activism and speaking, and launched the Al Rucker Live Show, which is on Amazing 102.5 FM. Also — not stopping — he ventured out to open up his own hot spot, Dolce Ultra Lounge and Bistro, in the Cypress area. Dolce brings in the hottest and most relevant comedians from across the country for standup every Wednesday night, and Poetry and Live music every Friday. Al also has the entertainment connection, and has many of Houston’s top talent, including Paul Wall, on his team.

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Derrick Rideaux is a Regional Program Consultant for Wells Fargo At Work in Southwest Houston. In his role, Rideaux provides financial education to local businesses, community-based organizations, universities, and schools. For more than 12 years, he has served in the financial services industry— specializing in building long-term relationships and delivering excellent customer experience. He began his career as a teller at JP Morgan Chase in 2007 and exceled to other positions, such as relationship and personal banker before joining Wells Fargo in 2010. Rideaux earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University.

 Marcus Bowers 225x225 (2) Marcus Bowers, is a comedian, entrepreneur, and Naval SPECWAR veteran from Houston, Texas who never takes a day off. From comedy, to a multi-store business, to teaching and mentoring youth, Marcus Bowers stays busy.  He now has seven She’s Happy Hair stores open all across the nation. Yes, Marcus sells hair and he will make you laugh about it. Marcus is definitely dedicated to his work and he says, “if you can think it, you can do it .. the innovational people are leading the way.” He admits, he has grown tremendously since enlisting into the military and graduating college shortly after.  He unconsciously serves the community and enjoys making everyone happy. With brands all over the television, radio, social media, and comedy circuits, the serial entrepreneur has been taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way and is looking to expand into other markets and willing to help others as well.

 

 Danny Norris 225x225 (2) Danyahel “Danny” Norris is the Principal Partner of Norris & Norris, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, which specializes in providing intellectual property law and other transactional legal services to individuals, small businesses, and other entities.  Along with lecturing for various organizations, he currently serves as the Associate Director of the Law Library and Instructor of Legal Research, at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he received a faculty appreciation award in 2011. Mr. Norris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.  Mr. Norris has published several articles on a variety of topics covering both international and domestic issues. Mr. Norris is active in the local bar community, where he is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and a member of the Houston Bar Association. He is also involved in the state-wide bar community, where he is currently serving as President of the African-American Lawyers Section for the State Bar of Texas.

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