Monday, December 15, 2014

APB’s Jeffrey Tambor Receives Golden Globe Nod for New Hit Series, Transparent

APB speaker Jeffrey Tambor received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a TV comedy for his starring role as “Maura Pfefferman” in Amazon Prime's first breakout series, Transparent!

The groundbreaking series also received a nomination for best TV comedy and several nominations from the Writers Guild of America. Upon reflecting on his big nomination with Entertainment Tonight, the Arrested Development alum said that the biggest lesson he has learned about the transgender community is that “lives are at stake.” Tambor hopes that with this recognition putting the show on the map, the conversation surrounding equal rights for all people will move forward.

Interviewed by numerous media outlets such as The Colbert Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more, Tambor is spreading awareness about the trans community and advocates for others to “perform your life” by discovering their true potential within. In his empowering and customized presentations, he incorporates themes of creativity and self-awareness to help audiences reconnect with their hopes and dreams.

Learn more about Jeffrey Tambor.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

American Program Bureau Adds Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Children's Rights Activist, to Its Roster!

Among his many accomplishments, Kailash Satyarthi has rescued over 80,000 children from child labor and trafficking with his Save the Childhood Movement. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, Satyarthi has worked tirelessly for decades to put an end to child slavery, poverty and illiteracy. Along the way, he founded the Global March Against Child Labor, which gained traction across 103 countries and support from approximately 7.2 million people.

American Program Bureau is thrilled to add renowned 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Indian children's rights activist Satyarthi to its outstanding roster of speakers. Satyarthi lectures on hot button issues such as corporate collusion in child labor and children's rights to requisite, free education.

However dire these issues are, Satyarthi offers concrete solutions to solve these injustices in his riveting presentations. Be the first to book Satyarthi for your keynote or conference today, and make a striking impression on your audience tomorrow.

Contact APB to learn how your organization can benefit from this dynamic, new and inspiring speaker.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sneak Peek: View Trailer for Highly Anticipated Documentary, A Path Appears!

A Path Appears, the bestselling book by APB speakers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, has inspired a three-part documentary airing on PBS January 26, 2015.

Part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative, this special television event follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Kristof and WuDunn as they uncover human oppression and explore successful strategies for fighting the inequalities that span the globe today.

Through heart-wrenching interviews, inspiring storytelling, and insightful conversations with such world leaders as Desmond Tutu, Kristof and WuDunn — joined by celebrity activists including Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, Mia Farrow, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard — take viewers on an eye-opening journey that highlights real people struggling for survival in the face of poverty, abuse and other hardships.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn inspire others to become active global citizens by bringing to the forefront the critical issues that often go overlooked in society. True catalysts for change, they not only share empowering stories, but present new ideas to ensure a better future for all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

APB’s Leading Voices Speak on Ferguson Social and Racial Unrest

A St. Louis County grand jury choose not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer who fatally shot unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown. Police and eyewitness reports of the incident were at odds, and as a result, threw the region into a state of unrest — and into the national spotlight. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard and issued a preemptive state of emergency.

It may be 2014, but history continues to repeat itself. APB hosts several speakers at the forefront of this case, as well as similar ones: Attorney Jasmine Rand is known for representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African American 16-year-old who was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012. Rand has made a number of media appearances to discuss the case. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, have turned their collective grief into a campaign for social justice, change and responsibility. They both speak out against violence and empower audiences to transform communities.

APB offers a range of world-renowned speakers well versed in civil rights — from leaders who have changed attitudes, nations and history. To learn more about APB’s experts, click here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exclusive Deal: Book Renowned APB Speakers for Your MLK and Black History Month Events Now!

For 50 years, APB has been the leader in civil rights programming. In commemoration of such events as the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the Selma marches, APB has teamed up with the foremost speakers on the topic — such as Michael Eric Dyson, Ndaba Mandela, Mary Frances Berry, Sybrina Fulton, Blessing Offor, Robert Townsend and many more — to offer numerous programs that bring the past, present and future of civil rights in America to life. By contacting us today, you will receive an exclusive discount on the following new and popular voices we have available:

New to APB

Blessing Offor | An incredible singer-songwriter, Offor captured the nation's attention when he earned a coveted spot on Season 7 of The Voice. Born with vision loss in one eye and limited vision in the other, Offor came to America from Nigeria at the age of six, hoping to receive medical treatment to correct what little vision he had left. Due to complications, he became completely blind. Now a world-class artist who has been on stage with some of the greatest performers of our time, Offor ignites audiences with a lively performance uniting conversation and song, sharing a passionate message of realizing one's dreams despite adversity.

Robert Townsend | Acclaimed performer Townsend proves sensational onstage again in his new one-man-show, Shakespeare, Pimps & Hollywood. A dynamic event in which he acts, sings and dances, Townsend takes audiences on an unforgettable journey through his storied life. Exploring such themes as the evolving perceptions of African Americans in film and the importance of deriving life lessons from failures and triumphs alike, Townsend offers an exciting evening of humor, insight, and candor.

Other Popular Voices

Michael Eric Dyson | A renowned scholar and public intellectual featured on NPR and MSNBC, Dyson melds scholarly insight with contemporary culture and examines civil rights and race relations.

Ndaba Mandela | Carrying his grandfather's torch forward to a new generation, Ndaba empowers today's youth to inspire meaningful change for justice and equality.

Mary Frances Berry | Former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Berry — who helped end apartheid — continues to foster social reform and gender equality.

Sybrina Fulton | After the death of her son Trayvon Martin made national headlines, Fulton become an ardent activist who is now widely sought after for her insight into the Ferguson tragedy.

$500 discount applicable only to Blessing Offor, Robert Townsend, Michael Eric Dyson, Ndaba Mandela, Mary Frances Berry, Sybrina Fulton and those found in the above Voices of Diversity & Inclusion Catalog; speaker must be booked by December 19, 2014 for event playing prior to March 1, 2015.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

APB Speaker Ernie Hudson Reflects on the 30th Anniversary Year of Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call!? GHOSTBUSTERS!

Actor and youth advocate Ernie Hudson has been in Hollywood and on TV for decades, yet Ghostbusters has been an undeniable highlight in his long and successful career. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and before the film’s re-release in theaters, Hudson sat down with Entertainment Weekly magazine to reflect and share his experiences.

Co-starring in one of the greatest comedies in movie history, Hudson played Winston Zeddemore, considered by many as the fourth Ghostbuster. However, he believes the film provided countless life lessons, including how to deal with situations that don’t work out as originally planned. After “Winston” became a smaller role than anticipated, Hudson learned to adjust, move forward and keep his career going by turning to television roles.

Now with an impressive list of credits and awards, Hudson has become a sought-after actor despite the ups and downs, including growing up in poverty, experiencing the loss of his mother and facing racism in Hollywood. The wisdom Hudson gained before his big time roles allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He shares his story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges and inspires others to always persevere.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

APB’s Michio Kaku Offers Insights into the United Nation’s Recent Climate Report

The United Nation’s climate science panel recently finished its report on global warming and the news is ominous. APB speaker Michio Kaku, world-renowned Theoretical Physicist, appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the findings and action needed to avoid irreversible damage in the future.

Based on the most accurate report to date, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is calling for drastic changes in environmental policy by the year 2100. Kaku further explains the imminent and profound risks of our deteriorating environment, pointing out potential threats to society in the way of food shortages, refugee crises, mass extinction of plants and animals, and such dangerous weather patterns as extreme heat and flooding.

As these reports stir up global concern, the public is turning toward world leaders for answers. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Naomi Klein, internationally acclaimed journalist, are two trusted voices who are weighing in.

An expert on sustainable growth, Dr. Brundtland offers valuable strategies for thriving in an era of climate change while safeguarding our planet for the future. Klein, the brilliant mind behind the #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine, and her latest, This Changes Everything, presents a compelling case that climate change is the civilizational wakeup call our world needs. Her fact-based insight exposes to audiences the true danger and instability we will face if nothing is done now.

View more of today’s leading environmental speakers.