Young, Black, and Paid: Success Secrets of Great Entrepreneurs and Leaders for Students

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Orangeburg, S.C. – SC State will host Young Black and Paid: Success Secrets of Young Black Entrepreneurs, with guest speaker Al “The Inspiration” Duncan on the campus of SC State in the K.W. Green Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at 7 p.m.

This empowering and engaging Program will take a peek inside the minds of some of the greatest black entrepreneurs of all time.

“SC State has been presented with the opportunity to generate information relative to the students. With their participation this will be a very successful event,” said Ariel Singleton, campus activities board advisor.

Al “The Inspiration” Duncan is recognized as America's leading youth empowerment advocate. Duncan is a successful entrepreneur and a World-Class motivational speaker. He is a recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award and The National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional service in the field of youth development and empowerment. The National PTA organization comprises of more than 5 million parents and other alarmed adults dedicated to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

Duncan, a high energy, high content, high impact speaker and a columnist/blogger for “The Black Collegian Magazine,” grew up in a dangerous, poverty stricken neighborhood. Duncan would have been labeled as an at-risk child. However, Duncan continued to excel in other career endeavors, such as professional saxophone player and professional chef. At the age of 24, he took a detour from his musical career and gained the tremendous responsibility of raising his youngest brother, who was 12 years old at the time.
Duncan has delivered 1,100 keynote speeches and seminars to nearly 600,000 people.

He currently serves on the American InterContinental University School of Business Advisory Board and the Fulton County Workforce Investment Board of Directors in Fulton County, Ga.

Duncan’s discussion will focus on the following topics:
• Turn your ideas into money
• Increase earning potential
• Become self-motivated
• Increase the number of opportunities
• Master emotions
• Use skills for dealing with adversity

For more information about Young, Black, and Paid, contact Ariel Singleton, campus activities board advisor, at (803)536-8488.