Munroe Bergdorf is a model and social activist.
Best known for channeling her unique blend of honesty and openness, Munroe is raising awareness of social issues that are affecting thousands of people across the world today. Via public speaking, digital and mainstream media model and social activist shares her lived experience talking about sensitive subjects and topics some perceive as ‘taboo’; challenging stereotypes on gender, race, diversity and sexuality.
When L'Oreal ended their partnership with Munroe in summer 2017 her story became global news. She was the first transgender model to be selected to front a UK beauty campaign, a project that would promote diversity and inclusiveness. But when Munroe's views on white privilege and systemic racism were sold to the press and became an international news story, the brand decided to end their partnership.
Munroe fronted Uniqlo's Utopia campaign alongside Skepta and shot by Rankin and recently shot the Christmas campaign for the inclusive beauty brand, Illamasqua, which will launch in November 2017. Munroe also currently appears in Missguided's #babesofmissguided global campaign.
In November 2017 Munroe featured on Huffington Post and AOL's online series, New Activists. The docu-reality show follows the daily lives of 5 prominent UK-based activists on the frontline of their campaigning.
Recent talks, panels and Q&A's have included both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Stylist Live and Black Girl Festival.
Munroe regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity and LGBT+ stories.
Munroe writes a monthly column for DIVA magazine regularly contributes to numerous publications including The Guardian, Them Magazine, Evening Standard.
Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times where his column appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator and was a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he taught a seminar on media and politics.
Mr. Blow is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”
Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. Mr. Blow went on to become the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to The Times, Mr. Blow had worked at The Detroit News.
Mr. Blow graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.
Comedian, actress, writer, producer and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change!
Amanda has an uncanny knack for taking serious topics (racism, rape culture, sexism, police brutality) and making them relatable and interesting through humor. She combines intellectual wit, irreverent silliness and a pop culture obsession to create her unique style of smart funny content for the stage and screens.
Along with performing stand up across the globe, Amanda tours colleges doing comedic lectures on everything from sexism and diversity, relationships to black popular culture.
The former MTV VJ with a master’s in African American studies from Columbia University is a series regular as Tiffany on HBO’s Insecure. In 2017, she was named one of Time Out LA’s Comedians to Watch. In addition, Amanda is creator/host of LA’s hit comedy game show, Smart Funny & Black, at Nerdmelt. She has also written/produced/starred in two seasons of her scripted comedy, Get Your Life, available on Blavity.
Amanda speaks truth to change via her wildly popular Instagram and monthly column “Amandaland” at InStyle Mag. She recently went viral after articulately and passionately confronting Caitlyn Jenner on issues of race and equality in America during a livestreamed dinner hosted by Katy Perry on YouTube.
A Jedi Khaleesi with a Patronus that’s a Black Panther with wings, Amanda Seales continues to keep audiences laughing, thinking, and living in their truth!
Clay Cane is an award-winning journalist, author, television commentator and radio personality.
He is the creator and director of the original BET.com documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, which earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism and was featured at the Obama White House. Clay also hosts The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126, the talk radio program tackles the most controversial topics in the country with thought-leaders, politicians and artists. Clay is also the recipient of GMAD’s 2016 James Baldwin Revolutionary Award and the author of Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God and Race, which was released in June 2017.