LINEUP

THE OZY FEST LINEUP BRINGS TOGETHER THE GAME-CHANGERS AND CHANGE-MAKERS WHO ARE AHEAD OF THEIR TIME AND WORTHY OF YOURS.

THE OZY FEST MIAMI LINEUP WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. IN THE MEANTIME, CHECK OUT SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO HAVE JOINED US IN THE PAST.

  • JOHN LEGEND

    JOHN LEGEND

  • TREVOR NOAH

    TREVOR NOAH

  • AWKWAFINA

    AWKWAFINA

  • JOE BIDEN

    JOE BIDEN

  • ISSA RAE

    ISSA RAE

  • PADMA LAKSHMI

    PADMA LAKSHMI

  • STACEY ABRAMS

    STACEY ABRAMS

  • LAVERNE COX

    LAVERNE COX

  • TA-NEHISI COATES

    TA-NEHISI COATES

  • JASON DERULO

    JASON DERULO

  • DAN CRENSHAW

    DAN CRENSHAW

  • ANDREW YANG

    ANDREW YANG

  • TALIB KWELI

    TALIB KWELI

  • TAN FRANCE

    TAN FRANCE

  • GLORIA STEINEM

    GLORIA STEINEM

  • BAKER MAYFIELD

    BAKER MAYFIELD

  • AMY PURDY

    AMY PURDY

  • MICHELLE WOLF

    MICHELLE WOLF

  • TRAE YOUNG

    TRAE YOUNG

  • KARAMO

    KARAMO

  • JOHN KASICH

    JOHN KASICH

  • MARSAI MARTIN

    MARSAI MARTIN

  • HASAN MINHAJ

    HASAN MINHAJ

  • MIGUEL

    MIGUEL

  • ALEX RODRIGUEZ

    ALEX RODRIGUEZ

  • JAMEELA JAMIL

    JAMEELA JAMIL

  • SPIKE LEE

    SPIKE LEE

  • DULCÉ SLOAN

    DULCÉ SLOAN

  • EDDIE HUANG

    EDDIE HUANG

  • DAVEED DIGGS

    DAVEED DIGGS

  • SAMANTHA BEE

    SAMANTHA BEE

  • YOUNG THE GIANT

    YOUNG THE GIANT

  • MARC LASRY

    MARC LASRY

  • TOVE LO

    TOVE LO

  • MEGAN RAPINOE

    MEGAN RAPINOE

  • WILL.I.AM

    WILL.I.AM

  • COMMON

    COMMON

  • SEAN SPICER

    SEAN SPICER

  • HILLARY CLINTON

    HILLARY CLINTON

  • ZARA LARSSON

    ZARA LARSSON

  • BARBARA CORCORAN

    BARBARA CORCORAN

  • DESI LYDIC

    DESI LYDIC

  • RONNY CHIENG

    RONNY CHIENG

  • SIMON SINEK

    SIMON SINEK

  • LAURENE POWELL JOBS

    LAURENE POWELL JOBS

  • ROXANE GAY

    ROXANE GAY

  • JEMELE HILL

    JEMELE HILL

  • SALMAN RUSHDIE

    SALMAN RUSHDIE

  • GROUPLOVE

    GROUPLOVE

  • SCOTT ROGOWSKY

    SCOTT ROGOWSKY

  • ROY CHOI

    ROY CHOI

  • PASSION PIT

    PASSION PIT

  • STEVEN PINKER

    STEVEN PINKER

  • DR. ANTHONY FAUCI

    DR. ANTHONY FAUCI

    The best man for one of the worst jobs in the world, Fauci as truth-teller is a stellar addition to the OZY Fest lineup. Is there a doctor in the house? Damn right there is.

  • CONDOLEEZZA RICE

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE

    @CondoleezzaRice

    Can we call the former secretary of state and current director of the Hoover Institution Condi? We can, and we will.

  • MARK CUBAN

    MARK CUBAN

    @mcuban

    The first time we remember seeing Mark Cuban, he was on court screaming at a referee. The last time we saw him? He was a billionaire who some were teasing as a possible future president.

  • SEVYN STREETER

    SEVYN STREETER

    @sevyn

    Sevyn Streeter got her first record deal at age 9 as part of girl band TG4 and later she performed with RichGirl. Well, she’s back and freer than ever in her new album, Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz, and this time, the whole world is listening.

  • MALCOLM GLADWELL

    MALCOLM GLADWELL

    @Gladwell

    A man in a Porsche once yelled out to writer, journalist and podcaster extraordinaire Malcolm Gladwell, “I love you, bro,” and we couldn’t agree more with the man with the Porsche.

  • MARC REBILLET

    MARC REBILLET

    @marcrebillet

    “Rare” is a tame way to describe the eccentric and minimally clothed electronic musician Marc Rebillet. Operating under the alias Loop Daddy, Rebillet is famous for his bizarre yet enthralling livestream performances he shares with his 1.3 million YouTube subscribers.

  • TIG NOTARO

    TIG NOTARO

    @TigNotaro

    Tig Notaro went from high school dropout to comedy legend, all the while battling breast cancer. Next up? A “flawless” performance in the upcoming Army of the Dead, where Tig helps battle a zombie outbreak.

  • MAZ JOBRANI

    MAZ JOBRANI

    @MazJobrani

    Who doesn’t need a good laugh these days? We welcome Maz Jobrani, Iranian American stand-up comic, podcast host and star of CBS’s Superior Donuts, whose jokes bust boundaries while audiences bust a gut.

  • JIM CRAMER

    JIM CRAMER

    @jimcramer

    If there’s anyone better at making us want to throw stuff and rant about stocks and bonds than Cramer, host of Mad Money and co-founder of The Street, we have no idea who that is.

  • BIG FREEDIA

    BIG FREEDIA

    @bigfreedia

    God save the Queen Diva! Bringing New Orleans-based bounce music to hip-hop lovers everywhere, rapper Big Freedia “came to slay” and is here to stay.

  • DEEPAK CHOPRA

    DEEPAK CHOPRA

    @DeepakChopra

    Pioneer in alternative medicine and a leading influencer on mind-body health and well-being, mega-bestselling author Deepak Chopra is your guide to tapping your fullest potential and achieving lasting health.

  • AIDA RODRIGUEZ

    AIDA RODRIGUEZ

    @FunnyAida

    From the start of her stand-up career, when she lived in her car with her children, to starring in Netflix’s Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, Latina comic Aida Rodriguez has traveled far and sure knows how to pack a punch.

  • MATT JAMES

    MATT JAMES

    @mattjames919

    So he didn’t find true love at “the Mansion,” but the first Black bachelor, Matt James, found his voice, and he’s using his new platform as a TV personality, entrepreneur and activist to reach new audiences.

  • CARMEN YULÍN CRUZ

    CARMEN YULÍN CRUZ

    @CarmenYulinCruz

    Former San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz showed the world what leadership looks like when Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, declaring, “We don’t just rebuild, we transform.”

  • ADAM GRANT

    ADAM GRANT

    @AdamMGrant

    If you feel like your work-life balance is all kinds of wrong, you’ll want to tune in to what organizational psychologist Adam Grant has to say. Corporate brainwashing beware!

  • ELSA MAJIMBO

    ELSA MAJIMBO

    @ElsaAngel19

    Eighteen-year old Kenyan comedian, fashionista and influencer extraordinaire Elsa Majimbo is famous for her quarantine videos featuring a pair of ’90s-era sunglasses and, often, a bag of potato chips. Is she evidence that authenticity is more marketable than polish?

  • KAT CUNNING

    KAT CUNNING

    @katcunningmusic

    Don’t even think about putting Kat Cunning in a box; from a sold-out U.S.-tour to roles on The Deuce and Trinkets, the non-binary powerhouse is skyrocketing to fame and looking damn good while doing so.

  • STEPHEN A. SMITH

    STEPHEN A. SMITH

    @stephenasmith

    Never has one man talked so loud, for so long and been so wrong about so many things in just the right way as sports commentator and host of ESPN’s First Take Stephen A. Smith.

  • SOPHIA CHANG

    SOPHIA CHANG

    @sophchang

    Can you spell street cred without Sophia Chang? The self-proclaimed “baddest bitch in the room,” who brought the Wu-Tang Clan to the world, thinks not.

  • MARCUS SCRIBNER

    MARCUS SCRIBNER

    @MarcusScribner

    Starring in the groundbreaking ABC’s hit sitcom Black-ish and Hulu’s Farewell Amor, 21-year-old Marcus Scribner is part of a talented generation of actors using their platforms to be agents of change.

  • REV. AL SHARPTON

    REV. AL SHARPTON

    @TheRevAl

    A firebrand? Yeah, they’ve called the minister and civil rights activist that. Talk-show host and politician? That too. He even ran for president in 2004. Fearless? As befits a New York native, hell yeah.

  • KATTY KAY

    KATTY KAY

    @KattyKay_

    This BBC presenter has covered it all — from wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq to political battles and sex scandals in Washington, D.C. Her favorite gig in our opinion? Co-hosting When Katty Met Carlos with OZY’s CEO (and news junkie) Carlos Watson.

  • DR. MICHAEL LOMAX

    DR. MICHAEL LOMAX

    @DrMichaelLomax

    This former literature professor at Spelman and Morehouse has been running the United Negro College Fund since 2004, raising billions to help African American students attend college and launch careers.

  • DERAY MCKESSON

    DERAY MCKESSON

    @deray

    If you see a striking man in a puffy blue vest, and he’s organizing and protesting against racial injustice, odds are it’s BLM activist DeRay Mckesson. If you happen to be so lucky, you’d better listen to what he has to say.

  • REP. MAXINE WATERS

    REP. MAXINE WATERS

    @RepMaxineWaters

    A politician, specifically a U.S. representative for California’s 43rd congressional district since the early ’90s, Waters still strikes fear in the faint of heart. Which just goes to show: You can’t keep a good woman down.

  • TOM COLICCHIO

    TOM COLICCHIO

    @tomcolicchio

    Celebrity culinary artist and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio can sure as hell handle the heat. What else has he been cooking up? Ways to battle American food insecurity while working to save and diversify a struggling restaurant industry.

  • SUNNY HOSTIN

    SUNNY HOSTIN

    @sunny

    “What’s the deal with all of these lawyers becoming TV hosts?” Yeah, that’s what you want to ask. But you take a gander at any of Hostin’s hard-hitting on-screen work, including her true crime series, the Truth About Murder, and it all makes some sort of crazy sense. She’s that good.

  • DR. EDDIE GLAUDE JR.

    DR. EDDIE GLAUDE JR.

    @esglaude

    Bestselling author and chair of Princeton’s African American studies department, Glaude is a social critic in the tradition of James Baldwin. A scholar of history, religion, politics and philosophy, he asks that we not “posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.”

  • SE CUPP

    SE CUPP

    CNN political commentator and “practical conservative,” Cupp is also a nationally syndicated columnist and co-author of Why You’re Wrong About the Right.

  • FAREED ZAKARIA

    FAREED ZAKARIA

    @FareedZakaria

    Wondering what the heck you are going to do in a post-pandemic world? Well, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS, columnist for the Washington Post, editor at The Atlantic and bestselling author Fareed Zakaria has got you covered.

  • VALERIE JARRETT

    VALERIE JARRETT

    @ValerieJarrett

    Sitting at the right hand of The Man, President Barack Obama, as a senior adviser for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, Valerie Jarrett knows all, sees all and dishes not at all. Until now.

  • MING TSAI

    MING TSAI

    @mingtsai

    Pro squash player turned celebrity chef Ming Tsai thrives under pressure. But on Simply Ming, his Emmy-nominated cooking show, he makes home cooking look fun and easy. Panko-crusted oysters, anyone?

  • CARLOS WATSON

    CARLOS WATSON

    @carloswatson

    Kindergarten wasn’t his thing (he got expelled), but today he’s an Emmy Award-winning TV host and journalist — and co-founder and CEO of OZY Media. Whether interviewing guests from Bill Gates to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Saweetie for The Carlos Watson Show or debating urgent issues of the day with the BBC’s Katty Kay, Watson is incisive, inclusive and irrepressible, which may’ve been more than his kindergarten teachers bargained for.

  • JOHN STESSEL

    JOHN STESSEL

    At one time just the province of shut-ins and kids without a lot of friends, magic, as practiced by magicians now, is taking the tried and true and making, well, magic out of it. Which is precisely where Stessel, Vegas headliner and participant in Wizard Wars, comes in. What deviltry is this? It’s Stessel’s magical stock in trade. Don’t blink!

  • DR. DANIELLE MOSS

    DR. DANIELLE MOSS

    @DrDanielleMoss

    Meet the educator working to rectify the achievement gap: Dr. Danielle Moss, CEO of Oliver Scholars in New York City, and fierce advocate for finding just how far your courage goes.

  • LILY LIU

    LILY LIU

    Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, Liu took a struggling mining crypto startup called 21, transformed it into Earn.com and sold it three years later to Coinbase for over $100 million. What else? This self-described “good Chinese American girl” moved back to China after a stint at McKinsey and KKR and built a hospital.

  • BIG FREEDIA

    BIG FREEDIA

    God save the Queen Diva! Bringing New Orleans-based bounce music to hip-hop lovers everywhere, rapper Big Freedia “came to slay” and is here to stay.

  • DR. ROSLYN CLARK ARTIS

    DR. ROSLYN CLARK ARTIS

    Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis is the 14th president of Benedict College — and the first female to hold the post in its 147-year history. Which is about damn time if you ask us.

  • ALICE STEWART

    ALICE STEWART

    Being a Harvard Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government would have been enough for most/many but so would have being “just” a journalist or Mike Huckabee’s communications director. All part of Alice Stewart’s plan, and not-so-far of a stretch to where she sits now as a political commentator for CNN.

  • HAKEEM OLUSEYI

    HAKEEM OLUSEYI

    Astrophysicist, educator, humanitarian and media personality Hakeem Oluseyi didn’t let doubt or circumstance get in the way of his passion for physics. He was one of OZY’s first ‘Rising Star’ profiles back in 2014; now they’re making a movie about his life.

  • GERALD JOHNSON

    GERALD JOHNSON

    Gerald Johnson knows General Motors. He started more than 40 years ago at a GM plant in Euclid, Ohio. Today he’s executive vice president, global manufacturing, responsible for roughly 103,000 employees in 16 countries. A mentor to young professionals throughout his decades-long career, he’s also a founding member of the company’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

  • NYRA JORDAN

    NYRA JORDAN

    Social justice may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of insurance, but look no further than Nyra Jordan. The social impact director of the American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact is flexing her finance skills for good by helping open economic opportunities for overlooked communities.

  • TOPE FOLARIN

    TOPE FOLARIN

    If you haven’t read A Particular Type of Black Man, by Tope Folarin, then you are missing out. The Nigerian American author and Morehouse College alumnus has a way with words that will leave you breathless.

  • SAMMY JAYE

    SAMMY JAYE

    From hosting scientists to TikTokkers, tackling topics from mental health to political activism, Sammy Jaye is the youngest person to host her own podcast on iHeartRadio, fostering important conversations at the young age of 18.

  • LAUREN WESLEY WILSON

    LAUREN WESLEY WILSON

    Hey media and marketing, meet the woman who’s changing the very face of your world: Lauren Wesley Wilson. She’s the founder and CEO of ColorComm, Inc. and a Spelman alum.

  • DR. MONIQUE UMPHREY

    DR. MONIQUE UMPHREY

    Houston Community College’s president, Dr. Monique Umphrey, is a powerhouse. With bona fides that stretch from corporate to higher education, her work got her into the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence and in like Flynn to judge OZY’s Genius Awards. Because, yeah, it takes one to know one.

  • EUGENE S. ROBINSON

    EUGENE S. ROBINSON

    Just when you think you know OZY’s editor-at-large — journalist, MMA fighter, punk rock musician, sex columnist, podcaster — he flashes another layer. Which means exactly nothing is predictable about Eugene S. Robinson. He likes to say where others zig, OZY zags. To which we say Eugene is the biggest, baddest zagger of them all.

  • CAMI ANDERSON

    CAMI ANDERSON

    You look in the dictionary under “world beater” and guess whose pic comes up? If your definition of beating the world includes being a five-time CEO, a school superintendent and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, you’ll be looking at OZY’s co-COO. Ladies and gentlemen: Ms. Cami Anderson is IT.

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