It’s time for #RealTalk. What does the American Dream mean, and how can we positively reset it? OZY and Chevrolet are teaming up for an innovative discussion, taking on the toughest questions in our society today. Hosted by OZY co-founder and multi-Emmy-Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson and joined by key leaders from across the country, we’re having pointed conversations to identify problems and arm you with solutions. Put aside the shouting matches and talking heads, and be an ally: Join us Tuesday, Dec. 8, on YouTube for this special edition of The Carlos Watson Show. It’s a real conversation you won’t want to miss.
Coates, an author and former national correspondent for The Atlantic, is one of America's foremost public intellectuals on race, best known for his landmark essay, “The Case for Reparations.” His book Between the World and Me, a letter to his son about growing up Black, has now been made into an HBO special.
A motivational speaker and author of five books, Sinek strives to teach leaders how to inspire people. Patience, a maternal instinct and an ability to put another human being first are chief among his hallmarks of good leadership. The goal? To make loving your job a right, not a privilege.
The rising-star comedian of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent is able to dish out insults with abandon but finds a way to elevate and bring people together in the process. A former contestant on Last Comic Standing, Rodriguez is also a commentator on The Young Turks and an unmistakable voice to be reckoned with.
4. Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
The chair of the department of African American studies at Princeton University, Glaude is a top academic voice on race. The author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, Glaude is a keen observer of African American political life, religious thought, gender and class.
5. Jasmine Davis
As a dyslexic trans woman raised in Chicago, Davis was often told she wouldn’t be able to overcome the obstacles placed in her way. But her struggles with schoolwork in a flawed education system proved a blessing in disguise, as she was inspired to help improve the way people like her were taught — particularly after attending Second City Improv in Chicago and meeting other LGBTQ people who were living their dreams. Now based in Los Angeles, Davis is a working actress, appearing in hit shows like L.A.’s Finest and The Chi.
The former Ohio governor presided over a period of record growth in the Buckeye State, adding more than a half-million jobs and expanding health coverage for low-income, vulnerable residents. He ran for president in the 2016 GOP primary, with a campaign focused on resolving partisan divisions and opposing the rancor that now dominates political life. The author of four New York Times best-sellers — as well as proud husband and father of twin daughters — now serves as a senior commentator for CNN while running the Kasich Company.
7. Angela Duckworth
A University of Pennsylvania psychologist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Duckworth founded Character Labs to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. Her experience as a public school teacher in some of the nation’s largest cities — New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia — informs that mission, which she writes about in her powerful book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
The former NBA standout and member of Michigan’s iconic “Fab Five” team has evolved into one of the sharpest commentators in the game. But Rose, co-host of ESPN’s Get Up!, is more than just an NBA talker: He’s launched his own business, Three Tier Entertainment, and become a prominent philanthropist around his native Detroit.
and many more …
We’ll have more exciting names to announce in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep the #RealTalk going with your friends, family and neighbors during this trying time. And be sure to mark your calendar to join us for the big show on Dec. 8.