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Music Journalist, Cultural Critic, TV Personality, Former Host of "The Cycle"

Touré is an American writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality. He was a co-host of the TV show "The Cycle" on MSNBC. He was also a contributor to MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show", and the host of Fuse's "Hiphop Shop" and "On the Record". He serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. He taught a course on the history of hip hop at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, part of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.

Touré is the author of several books, including "The Portable Promised Land", "Soul City", "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now" and "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon". He is also a frequent contributor at The Daily Beast.

Speech Topics

How to Become a Pop Star in Modern America

You will understand how people climb the pop culture ladder after this discussion with speaker Toure about the mediums, messages, and branding efforts needed to command the attention of millions and become a pop culture star. This will be examined through the prism of three case studies: Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, and Justin Bieber. Ultimately pop stars are repositories for our dreams they represent who we want to be, either in life or for a night. Fans live vicariously through the star. Toure explores how to build and display a life that people aspire to.

What We Can Learn About Life from Hip-Hop

Hip-hop is a culture that defines America and is defined by America, and no one has interviewed more of hip-hop's most pivotal figures than Toure. With a unique understanding of hip-hop and its power, importance, and place in our lives, he lays out some key life lessons we can take from hip-hop, including those of self-reliance, self-empowerment, fearlessness, making lemonade out of life's lemons, and the value of crowning yourself a king. Toure is one of the ultimate hip-hop authorities and there is no one who can lead a more insightful discussion on hip-hop today.

How Racism Functions Today and Ways to Deal with it to Get Success

Modern racism is far more fluid and subtle than the racism of our parents and grandparents. We often encounter moments where we feel we have received racist treatment but if we tried to explain it to others they would not understand. So what do we do? In this speech, Toure outlines several concrete things we can do to combat racism, based on his interviews with psychologists and sociologists. He explains that racism is not truly a comment on you or your ability, but on the person who is being racist.

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