Bryant H. McGill

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Bryant McGill
Portrait of Bryant McGill 2013
Born Bryant Harrison McGill
(1969-11-07) November 7, 1969 (age 44)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Writer, Speaker, Activist
Children Savannah McGill (b. 2001)
Sierra McGill (b. 2003)
Scottlynn McGill (b. 2009)
Website
http://bryantmcgill.com

Bryant Harrison McGill (born November 7, 1969) is an American author, speaker and activist in the fields of self-development, personal freedom and human rights.[1] His writings and small aphorisms have been published in over 200 books[2] and are regularly used in newspapers,[3][4][5] political speeches,[6][7] peer-reviewed journals,[8][9] academic papers and theses,[10][11] and by university presidents and deans[12][13] in non-violence programs and college ceremonies.[14] He is a recognized Goodwill Ambassador[15] and the founder[16] of the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace, which has among its initial project signers Matt Damon, Arun Gandhi, Don Cheadle, Ben Affleck, Ray Romano and Montel Williams.[17] McGill's primary partner in the Goodwill Treaty project since its launch is his friend, American singer and songwriter, Susaye Greene.[18][19] For his Goodwill Treaty project the United States Congress officially recognized McGill's, “highly commendable life’s work as a Goodwill Ambassador for World Peace.”[20] In 2010 McGill delivered a televised speech as an "Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill"[21] with the LA Mayor's Office, Charles L. Beck, Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD), Sheriff Leroy Baca (LASD) and Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations.[22] McGill also presented with Gerald Levin, the Former CEO Time/Warner, and Homeboy Industries, who offered their "Insights Regarding the Impact of Illicit Weapons".[23] In 2009 McGill made an on-stage appearance as a guest MC and goodwill ambassador on VH1's "Rock of Love Tour" with Bret Michaels and Great White to introduce the bands at the live concert.[24] In 2010 McGill was a World Charity Day spokesman appearing in a 12 month televised cycle of public service announcements for charities on Plum TV with Lou Gossett, Jr., Lenny Kravitz and singer Chayanne.[25]

Bryant accused himself of being a "hypocrite" in a 2-page spread in Origin Magazine,[26] saying, "I was advocating for world peace, but I was waging a violent war against my own body. I was speaking about poverty and starvation, but I was eating more than my fair share. I was a hypocrite." In the article he credits his "epiphany" as his inspiration for losing over 100 lbs and keeping it off for five years.[27] Since losing his weight, McGill has become a health and wellness advocate and has shared his story as an expert speaker at summits and training seminars with Frank Ferrante of "May I be Frank", Dave Scott, six-time ironman[28] and Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,[29] who is also a signing supporter of the McGill's Goodwill Treaty.[30]

McGill is a poet and the editor and author of the McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, and other books in the McGill Reference Series, which are used by over one hundred thousand writers, educators, students, aspiring-poets and songwriters from over one hundred countries.[31][32][33]

On 21 August 2006, McGill was the subject of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal concerning a celebrity verification group he created to protect people from identity theft and cyber-bullying.[34] McGill and his experiences were later described in the Random House Book, Stealing MySpace.[35] McGill runs a consulting firm serving a number of celebrity entertainers, actors, models, singers and corporate accounts.[36]

In 2012 a photo from Bryant's photo-journalism project with the homeless, "Faces of Poverty" was picked by Ron Howard's team as a finalist from 100,000 submissions in Ron and Canon's Project Imagin8ion.[37]

Recent Books[edit]

Voice of Reason: Speaking to the Great and Good Spirit of Revolution of Mind (2012)[edit]

McGill's book, Voice of Reason, explores violence in society, predatory corporate capitalism, the destruction of diversity by monocultures, feminism, human rights, personal liberty and revolution.[38] In Voice of Reason, the author writes, "The battlefields of life were first meadows and gardens. We made them into battlefields, and by the same power, we must release the dark spell, so they are meadows and gardens once again." The book has been endorsed by activist Dr. Arun M. Gandhi, Prof. Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and the former president of the American Psychological Association and by Larry Flynt of Hustler Magazine who is a well-known supporter of free speech and the Occupy Movement. Prof. Philip G. Zimbardo, NYT Best-Selling author of The Lucifer Effect, called Voice of Reason, “...an iconoclastic tome of contempt for unjust authoritarianism, with an inspirational silver-lining that gives it all wings.” [39] Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine called Voice of Reason, “A peaceful voice for change in a corrupt world.” [40] Dr. Arun M. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, “For a world consumed by a Culture of Violence, a Voice of Reason comes as a breath of fresh, positive air. The only hope of transforming the world from the 'tsunami of violence' is for each of us to Become the Change We Wish To See in the World. Bryant McGill shows us the way.”

Other works[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Bryant lives in Los Angeles with his partner, the photographer, and TV / film producer, Jenni Young.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bryantmcgill.com/about/
  2. ^ Partial Referenced Summary of Works
  3. ^ The Washington Informer. Front Page. Vol. 48, No. 33. May 30th-June 5th 2013
  4. ^ The Asian Age. New Delhi. Monday. 6 September 2010. Page 6. Header Feature.
  5. ^ The Dartmouth Review. Volume 32 Issue 13 March 13, 2013, Page 12.
  6. ^ 2014 "State of the City Address". Speech delivered by Honorable Mayor Ardell F. Brede. City of Rochester, Minnesota.
  7. ^ City of Manchester. "Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy" 2014. Page 31.
  8. ^ Eckstein, Daniel. Sperber, Mark. McRae, Shannon. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families; Forgiveness: Another Relationship "F Word" - A Couple's Dialogue. International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, July 2009; vol. 17, 3: pp. 256-26. Print.
  9. ^ McMullen, Hannah. "The art of the possible: How data and technology can help a marketer stay true to their brand" Journal of Brand. Volume 2. Number 2 (June 2013): Print.
  10. ^ Serrat, Olivier. "Understanding and developing emotional intelligence." Cornell University ILR School, 2010. Web. 26 Feb 2012.
  11. ^ Ross, Tim. Inspirational Cryptograms. York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2011. Print.
  12. ^ Wittenberg University. President Laurie Joyner. President's Message, "A Day of Respect". 21 Nov 2013.
  13. ^ New York University. Robert I. Grossman, Dean of NYU Medical Center and School of Medicine. NYU Medical Center and School of Medicine. "Message from the Dean & CEO — In Touch" June 2012.
  14. ^ Sarah Lawrence College. 86th Commencement Speech: May 23, 2014. Bronxville/Yonkers, NY.
  15. ^ Official Citation by the State of Connecticut General Assembly, 1st day of October 2008, Hartford, Connecticut State Capitol
  16. ^ Bryant, McGill. "Life Transformations" with Eve Michaels. KZSB AM 1290, Santa Barbara. January 3, 2011.
  17. ^ http://GoodwillTreaty.org
  18. ^ WGCH AM 1490, Boston, Frankie Boyer of Lifestyle Talk Radio, April 17, 2013. Interview on Culture of Violence, Healing and Personal Revolution.
  19. ^ December 2, 2011. San Francisco. Recorded Welcome Speech by Susaye Greene. Concert Program. Concerts at the Cadillac. Susaye Greene and the Jeffrey Chin Trio.
  20. ^ Congressional Certificate Recognition, Under the Seal of House of Representatives, 111th Congress, 1st Session, Washington, DC., 2009, "In Recognition of Ambassador Bryant H. McGill"
  21. ^ Official Event Program. "Historic Illicit Weapons Destruction by LAPD". SA Recycling LLC. Port of Los Angeles
  22. ^ FOX 11 LA KTTV. November 15, 2010. Transforming violent weapons into peaceful art.
  23. ^ KTLA 5 Evening News. November 16, 2010. Illicit weapons used in violent crimes destroyed by LAPD and turned into art.
  24. ^ Feb 19, 2009. VH1 Concert. Season Three. "Rock of Love Tour" with Bret Michaels. Seguin, TX.
  25. ^ World Charity Day PSA. Plum TV. Aspen, Nantucket, the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard, Telluride, Sun Valley, Vail, and Miami Beach. Lou Gossett, Jr. Lenny Kravitz. Bryant McGill. Aired 10:35pm. 5 January 2010 - 25 December 2010.
  26. ^ National magazine distributed in Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods
  27. ^ Bryant, M. (2013, 04 01). How self-love saved my life: To heal the world we must heal ourselves. Origin Magazine, 2(13), 35. Print.
  28. ^ 2014. Meyers, Katya. "Racing to Success", Learning from the world’s most successful professional athletes, fitness gurus, and athletic entrepreneurs.
  29. ^ 2013 Expert Panelist. Mind and Body Summit. New South Wales, Australia. APR. (32)
  30. ^ https://twitter.com/BryantMcGill/status/444980695031492608
  31. ^ "Popular Computer Tools for Creative Writers and Dictionary." Smart Computing Magazine. 22.4 (Apr. 2011: 4. Print.)
  32. ^ August 28, 2005, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Article, Saturday's in the South, Section: Dedicated Paper Insert Booklet.
  33. ^ Software version, #1 Downloaded Rhyming Reference on Download.com
  34. ^ The Wall Street Journal, Vol. CCXLVIII, Iss. 43, Page A1 (Cover Story), August 2006, Potemkin Visages: Spotting Fake Celebs on MySpace.com by Jessica E. Vascellaro "Web Sleuths Verify Profiles So Teens Aren't Taken In" http://online.wsj.com/article/SB115612053635540656.html
  35. ^ Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America by Julia Angwin, Random House, 2009, p. 242, (ISBN 1400066948, 978-1400066940), Interview Excerpts.
  36. ^ Stated by celebrity client, Gary Busey during live interview, Coast to Coast AM
  37. ^ https://www.longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/26329
  38. ^ McGill, Bryant (2012). The Voice of Reason. Sarasota, FL: The Paper Lyon. p. Table of Contents. 
  39. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Reason-Speaking-Spirit-Revolution/dp/0615615791
  40. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Reason-Speaking-Spirit-Revolution/dp/0615615791

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