Banquet Host & Keynote Speaker

Master of Ceremonies

Lem "Saint" Gonsalves

"Saint" Lem's Poetry style infuses humor, passion, and ideas which inspire as well as entertain. He has opened for hip-hop artists Common and Lupe Fiasco and has shared the stage with R&B legends Bel Biv Devoe and Faith Evans and even performed for the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana. He was also selected to be on Season 3 and Season 5 of the NAACP Image Award nominated show "Verses and Flow" which is the only show on television recently to highlight performance poetry.


Keynote Speaker

Brandon Miree

Brandon Miree is also the proud founder of the "Keep A Book Alive" program that donates books to create or replenish libraries at senior living facilities in Southern California, keeping books out of landfills. He has wrote, produce, and directed various cultural relevant works geared toward self-enlightenment and promotion of knowledge creating an illustrated short story about Fredrick Douglas' life as a teenager on a slave-breakers farm. Having exhibits premiering at African-American museums around the country.