Message to the Black Man

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A Message to the Black Man

This is to the Black Man. Too often there is one group here in these United States of America that have the American dream, yet on a daily basis, the odds, the full weight of society is placed on their back. When things are bad in an area, guess who is the first to catch a blame? When things go good who is the last to be acknowledged, if at all?

The jobless rate for the Black Man is a disgrace. I personally believe that their is one way to beat that problem. Entrepreneurship is the American Dream.

The American Dream to the Black Man

As a Black Man in America, that knows what the American dream is, and it’s not about owning a home, building a legacy for his children. When he comes home, of course he has his rock there. There’s something that can be said about going to face something that has been designed to set you back. But we do it.

This is a shout out to my brothers. You can do it. Keep your head up. Keep building. Love your wife. Love your kids.

I love you and I’m proud of you.

Darrin Marion

R.I.P. Baba Dick Gregory. Passed at 84.

R.I.P. Baba Dick Gregory.

Died at the age of 84. I learned to see the world through his eyes a long time ago. Life in itself is so real it’s funny. Had a picture of Dick Gregory on the wall of my shop, and a picture of John Brown. Anyone that is a true fan of Baba Dick, knows the significance.

He predicted that we would go through what we are experiencing now.

I remember listening to one his last radio interviews. He was morose. R.I.P. Baba Dick Gregory.

The Best Motivational Speaker in Indianapolis Indiana

Should I begin as a college motivational speaker?motivational speakers indianapolis indiana darrin marion

I think that I could be a fantastic motivational speaker in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. I know that motivational speaking isn’t for everyone and the inspirational speaker needs to have a story that inspires action. I know that after all of the wild experiences I had in college. Yes I went to Grambling State University, what’s a bit different about my college education is that I spent time playing football at Indiana University, yup, I was both a Tiger and a Hoosier (whatever that is!). I think with a little work,, me, Darrin Marion, I’d be one of the best motivational speakers Indianapolis has to offer.


I could be the best college motivational speaker. Ever.

Definitely one of the BEST MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS INDIANAPOLIS has to offer. Ever. I’m motivated.

I would be the best college motivational speaker in the State of Indiana. I definitely know that I would be the best motivational and the most inspirational speaker in the Traders Point area. I’m just sayin’. 😉 As a matter of fact I remember being a Red Ribbon Ambassador at Pike High School. I’m a child of a single parent, I had a full ride scholarship from Jackson State University, later, I transferred to Grambling. Moving from Indiana to a place like Jackson State University… Man talk about a culture shock. I had to get out of that place.

Whatmotivational speakers indianapolis indiana darrin marion college motivational speaker indiana motivational speaker indianapolis is a motivational speaker anyway?

A motivational speaker is the kind of person that both asks and tries to provide the answer to a few questions. Whose lives do you want to change as an inspirational public speaker?  What are you passionate about?  Is there a topic that you can talk about day after day and still be enthusiastic about? What can I talk about as a black man in Indianapolis that is uniquely distinct. Man, I love my Indianapolis community, I think this would be a fantastic decision.

I have a friend that’s an African American male keynote speaker. I have some very strong opinions as a black business owner. We, black businesses, have a difficult time in so many ways. I actually had a conversation with a gentleman today, he told me that I should run for office, I laughed. Then I said, ain’t no way. I love hip hop waay too much. Hahaaha!

What is a keynote speaker?

There is a bit of difference between a keynote speaker and a motivational speaker. Generally a keynote speaker is tasked with giving a speech at a formal event. A keynote speech,  sets the overall tone and context for the event. A speech at a graduation, also known as a commencement speech, is as a keynote speech. At Grambling, I am fortunate enough to say that the keynote speaker at my graduation was president Bill Clinton. Fan or not, that is a significant event to occur at a traditionally HBCU.

An inspirational coffee shop story.

I remember when I first opened my shop, Darrin’s Coffee in Zionsville, also known as “The Best Coffee Shop in Indianapolis“, right on Main Street, I didn’t have anything to start my business with except 6lbs of coffee and a popcorn popper. I know if someone wanted to find a motivational keynote speaker they would love to pick up me for all of the wild experiences that I’ve had in my life. I know that I’ve been asked in the past to speak at a Motivational Speakers Indianapolis event. I think. I turned it down. I was kinda nervous. Well, very nervous.

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I was told that more than likely I would be the most inspirational speaker in Indianapolis, Indiana. All because of the obstacles that I’ve faced and have managed to overcome. I know that I listened to some of the best motivational speakers I could find on a daily basis. People like Les Brown, Tony Robbins and Jesus. ( I don’t know Jesus’ website, per se, but is probably a good start.) Yes, I believe that Jesus was probably the best motivational speaker to walk the Earth.

The Indianapolis Speakers bureau. Is that the place to start?

I was looking online for Indianapolis public speakers and I found the Indiana Speakers Bureau. There and Toastmasters International seem to be the best place to start. I was told that to be a great motivational and inspirational speaker, I needed to posses the following skills:

  1.  Always, always, always focus on improving as an inspirational speaker rather than immediate results.
  2. People want to be inspired by a really great speaker that is good at what they do. There’s only one way to become really great at something is to practice.
  3. Always continue to learn as much as I can to perfect my craft as a motivational speaker.
    1. Learn from the greats, and use continuing educational resources, like Toastmasters or the Indianapolis Speakers Bureau.
    2. Produce something of value. If you think about it, people are paying you to be inspired. Well. You might as well be inspirational, definitely a bit beyond an inspirational quote. Remember your job is to be an inspirational speaker!


So here I come. Indianapolis and Indiana Motivational Speakers. Get Ready, the Best Motivational Speaker in Indiana, with an inspirational motivational story, is coming soon.



Ready (sort of) to speak in Indianapolis, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Carmel,.. Basically anywhere in Indiana.

Hip Hop Never Dies | Darrin Marion

Hip Hop Will Live Forever

This is how I know we will always love hip hop no matter how old we get. Check out the video below.

Where did Hip Hop Come From?

The roots of hip hop are found in African-American music and ultimately African music. The griots of West Africa are a group of traveling singers and poets who are part of an oral tradition dating back hundreds of years. Their vocal style is similar to that of rappers. The African-American traditions of signifyin’, the dozens, and jazz poetry are all descended from the griots. In addition, musical ‘comedy’ acts such as Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly are considered by some to be the forefathers of rap.

The key elements of true lyricism are – in no particular order – flow,  content, creativity, consistency, staying on message.

The difference between West Coast and East Coast Hip Hophip hop

West coast music production style, reminded you of cruising in your car or riding around on the city streets. Most notably was the smooth bass and clean drums. Think Dr. Dre’s album, “The Chronic”. Actually, for you West Coast or Hip Hop Heads in general, here is a link to a vinyl version of “The Chronic”.

East coast beats were grittier, and sometimes very lofi. Think about Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

No matter what kind of opinion Darrin Marion has, I will always have love for the music. Ain’t nothing like hip hop music.

Calling all Foodpreneurs in Indianapolis. Let’s Do Food.

For the Foodpreneurs Out There. You Should Watch.

Running Little Child. Running Wild. I have on my Mad Scientist hat… Means one thing. (Watch the video.. The song reference makes sense. This is a shout out to the Foodpreneurs.
Are you a Foodpreneur looking for access to a commercial kitchen? If so, you probably want to watch this video.

What is a Foodpreneur?foodpreneur are foodpreneurs are entrepreneurs that meld being a foodie with a food business


A Foodpreneur is an entrepreneur that is in the food industry. However, there is a bit of a twist. The foodpreneur is a former foodie that has decided to go into the food business.  Merriam Webster Dictionary defines foodie as : a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads.

Where do Foodpreneurs fit in?

Spent some time today in the MLK Corridor. The Northwest Area Quality of Life Project,  Saw some really great things going down. There was one thing that bothered me. There was no food. Like no food. AT ALL. That bothered me. A LOT. So… I had an idea.

What Foodpreneurs need the most.

There’s one thing foodpreneurs need more than anything else… They need access to a commercial kitchen. What if we could provide a kitchen, if they would come hang out around lunchtime one day a week. We could get them access to said commercial kitchen. They could bring food to people that would buy it. People that needed food could get it, Sounds like a win/win/super-win situation to me. Like fresh food. Food is right there on Maslow’s Hiearchy of Needs.

Usually there is a significant investment in a commercial kitchen facility and professional food preparation equipment, it can make a lot of sense to rent/share your kitchen with other food startups in order to generate additional revenue and recoup your commercial kitchen investment. That’s what this is all about. Let’s get it!

Please inbox me or shoot me an email at: and lets make some food happen. Not just food. Like good food. Who’s with me?