Location: Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
Actor/producer Ameer Baraka has achieved acclaim in HBO’s “Treme,” set in his native New Orleans and alongside Academy Award-Winner Forrest Whitaker in “My Own Love Song.” His incredible story of ascendancy from juvenile delinquency to prominence has inspired Oprah Winfrey to feature him on her
Carol Bebelle is a native New Orleanian. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Tulane University. She has a 20-year career in the public sector as an administrator and planner of human service programs.
Cheryl Quirk Landrieu is the First Lady of New Orleans. Married to Mayor Mitch Landrieu for 26 years, Cheryl and Mitch are the parents of five children. Cheryl currently serves as Clerk of Court for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cymphonique Miller is an actress, singer, dancer and writer and the star of the hit TV show "How To Rock." Cymphonique built a diverse R&B, Pop and Hip Hop fan base before taking her acting and music career mainstream.
Dr. Denese Shervington is president/CEO of The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, a community-based public health institute in New Orleans. She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Tulane University Medical Center. Dr.
DeVon Franklin is a Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, where he spearheads some of the studio's most successful films including Karate Kid, Jumping the Broom and the latest Sparkle.
DJ Soul Sister is the host of the longest-running rare groove radio show in the U.S. (WWOZ FM), and her vinyl-only live DJ sets are highly regarded both in her hometown and around the globe.
Dr. Steve Perry is founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, which has sent 100 percent of its students to four-year colleges since its inception.
Jonshell Johnson is a rising junior at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana and is an active member of the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA), where she serves as a youth organizer and community leader addressing educational equity issues.
Percy Miller also known as “Master P” was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in the poverty of Calliope Housing Projects, motivated and determined to reach his goals and dreams, led him to become a successful entrepreneur.
Mitchell J. Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010, with a clear mandate to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of New Orleans.
Patrina Peters, activist, mother and Mardi Gras Indian, has converted several hardships into a platform for peace and love.
Roland Martin currently serves as TV One’s political editor, senior analyst of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," and host of "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" on TV One.
Percy Romeo Miller, Jr., known as Romeo, is an American entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Has sold over 10 million records as a multi-platinum music artist. He has been awarded an American Music Award and a Grammy.
Toi Monroe will be entering the eleventh grade at McMain High School and aspires to be an actress, model and psychologist. She participates in Urban League College Track, a college readiness program for under-resourced youth in New Orleans.
Tonya Lewis Lee is a writer and producer. She has written children’s books, novels and screenplays and is Co-President of Tonik Productions. Lewis Lee is also a dedicated advocate for women’s health having worked with the U.S.
Traci Renee Braxton is a talented actress, writer, singer and philanthropist, who can be seen on WEtv’s Thursday evening hit show Braxton Family Values with sisters Toni, Towanda, Trina, Tamar, and brother Michael.
Trina E. Braxton evolved from singing in an R&B girl group with her sisters to a multifaceted entertainer and astute businesswoman. Best known for her bluntness and energy, Trina is a fan favorite on WEtv’s top-rated reality show, Braxton Family Values.