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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the Director of Strategy for #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce the prison population by 50 percent by 2025. Senghor’s 2014 TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.2 million times; TED featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of the year. Senghor is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, which is designed to help victims and violent offenders heal through the power of the arts. Senghor is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs, is a story of his redemption from a nineteen-year prison term for murder. The New York Times calls Writing My Wrongs a “gritty, visceral, memoir.”


Interview with Oprah Winfrey

Senghor’s TED Talk

Interview with The Root