Oliver W. Colbert

+ I Love What I Do

Thank you for being here. My life work is dedicated to helping people see their potential; especially people who managed to overcome the odds coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, like myself. Through performing spoken word and facilitating motivational keynotes & workshops, I’ve been able to ignite a fire in hundreds of millennials over the span of my 7 year career as a speaker.

+ My Life Story

In 1994 my father passed away from a seizure. His transition left my mother emotionally distraught and confused as to how she was going to raise 3 children on her own. Nonetheless, being the strong black woman that she was, my mother navigated life’s challenges and persevered to successfully raised us to be bold, black, and beautiful.

Growing up in Brooklyn, everything in my environment suggested that I’d either be dead or in prison by the time I was 18-years-old. There was no doubt that I was going down the route that my neighborhood had scripted for me because by the time I was 18, I had been kicked out of high school and arrested.

After seeing the pain I put my mother through during that period of my life, I knew that I had to change. I became invested in self-improvement, changing my attitudes, and my education. I decided that my environment wasn’t going to dictate how my life was going to turn out — I was!

+ Testimonials

Oliver's message was very engaging and inspirational. After his performance two student organizations approached me wanting to book Oliver for upcoming their upcoming events.

Kaicherise Mcrae-Alexander, Rutgers University

Oliver was VERY authentic in his life experience, sharing with the young men who attended. His keynote about his life struggles, successes and obstacles truly served as a pillar of hope to these young men to not be afraid to live in their truth. It was truly an honor to work with Oliver in this capacity and I look forward to the future opportunities of us collaborating.

— Fatima Henry, Stony Brook University

Oliver’s visit to campus was a great experience for the Buffalo State community. His workshop was both engaging and thought-provoking. Oliver’s poetry performances were very powerful! One of our best programs this year.

— Jason Parker, SUNY Buffalo State


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