|International Creative Artist and Entrepreneur Shyan Selah has been named as the new Education Chair Board Member for the Seattle Chapter of the prestigious and historic civil rights organization The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A grandson of Civil Rights Activists and Live Performance pioneers, Shyan comes to the NAACP with over 20 years experience incorporating Youth and Education advocacy throughout his professional entertainment career.
Taking his own personal story – first as a black student athlete growing up in the Pacific Northwest, to his experience in education and sports and his journey into Hollywood for music and business – Shyan has provided powerful sessions that have rocked college, high school, middle school and corporate audiences blending his soul-fused music style and raw personal story with high impact issues that range from bullying, gang violence, sports and entertainment, civil rights, black history and a myriad of other socially relevant topics affecting the culture at the education and corporate levels. His fusion of live performance, cultural diversity and bold testimony have made him one of the most powerful speakers/advocates in the region. Although Shyan has brought his message to countless high schools and colleges over the years, his work for youth has been most prominent in his hometown of Federal Way where he’s received the School Board award in 2014/15 and the Federal Way School District HERO Award in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
As the Founder/CEO of Brave New World, his business endeavors have given him the opportunity to work in unique and viable alliances with industry powerhouses such as Apple, INgrooves, The Orchard, ASCAP, BMI, NBA, NFL, MLB, AMAZON, Youtube, Facebook, and others. In addition to his position at the NAACP, Shyan also serves as a board member to The KING AWARDS, an official organization based on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the SCLC. Through his position at the NAACP, Shyan is looking forward to utilizing his skills and passion to further the expansion and raise awareness about the NAACP via education advocacy for all of its members and citizens in the community.