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Dr Eric Thomas

We are incredibly fortunate to have ET speak at our event

Award winning international speaker, author and mother from Croydon Dr Ava Eagle Brown will be hosting a special event featuring the critically acclaimed ‘hip hop preacher’ and YouTube sensation Dr Eric Thomas. Urban Life 2016 with Eric Thomas and Friends will be taking place in London on Saturday 24 September.

Radio presenter Sonia Poléon and Dr Ava Eagle Brown will welcome a number of inspiring individuals from a variety of backgrounds to share their experiences with the visitors at the event. Experts in property, wealth and finance will share the stage with actors, singers and artists making sure there is something for everyone.

Dr Eric Thomas (better known as ET) will be the keynote speaker at Urban Life 2016 and is set to visit a London school to talk to teenagers about the dangers of gangs, drugs and crime. His incredibly successful YouTube videos have accumulated over 50 million views and he works with some of America’s leading sports personalities.

Dr Ava Eagle Brown spent her early life living in rural Jamaica and experienced a harrowing childhood where she faced abuse and harsh ordeals, following a devastating experience she was forced to move away. Dr Ava used her experiences to transform her life and is now an internationally renowned speaker and transformational coach helping other people make the most of their lives. The mother of two is also a celebrated author, her book “The Mango Girl” is in process of being made into a film.

Dr Ava Eagle Brown said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have ET speak at our event, he has an inspirational and emotional story which many people can relate to. Our special event will inspire parents and their teenage children alike to embrace who they are and work hard to reach their goals.

“Sonia and I are working together to stop young people from leaving education and resorting to a life involving drugs and gang crime. In the past year serious youth violence has increased by eight percent in London, with gun crime also becoming more common. We believe our speakers will empower young people to understand the importance of education and what they are able to achieve.

“We are here to prove that people can change and control their futures. Urban Life 2016 will make a difference in your life and realise your true potential.”

Speaking in advance of the event from his office in Detroit, Michigan, Eric Thomas said, “I promise you, if you come to this event, you will re-write your history and make the rest of your life the best of your life.”

Urban Life with Dr Eric Thomas and Friends 2016

Saturday 24 September 2016

Ruach City Church, 197-199 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7HY

From 9.30 AM. Tickets start at £35 and go up to £497 for VIP tickets.

Tour information and tickets:
Eric Thomas Website:
Dr Ava Eagle Brown website:
Sonia Poleon on Twitter:


Interviews with Dr Ava Eagle Brown, Sonia Poleon and Dr Eric Thomas available on request.

High resolution images available on request.

Journalists are invited to attend the event but must please register with Famous Publicity in advance.

For further information, please contact Tabitha Monkhouse on 0333 344 2341, email, or Adam Betteridge on 0333 344 2341, email or Tina Fotherby on 07703 409 622, email

About Dr Ava Eagle Brown:

Dr Ava Eagle Brown was unable to enjoy formal education as she spent much of her childhood searching for money and food to provide her family’s next meal. She was determined to change her life and succeeded in achieving a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

She has since achieved two Master of Business Administration degrees (MBAs) at both the Newport University in California and the University of Wales (2014).

About Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas, PhD is a critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, educator, pastor and Audie Awards Finalist. ET, as he is affectionately known, has taken the world by storm, with his unique, creative style and high-energy messages. His messages continue to impact tens of millions of people in several hundred countries. Through a significant social media presence and his international tours, “ET, The Hip Hop Preacher” has rapidly become a global phenomenon.

Drawing from his personal experiences as they relate to homelessness, the absence of his biological father, scholastic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET allows his life to be an “open book” from which radiates dynamic and inspiring messages that relate to many people across all strata.

While the typical undergraduate student takes between four to six years to complete their studies, ET took 12. For most, that would have signalled the end of any future academic aspirations. For ET, it was a springboard from which his academic success would be launched. In 2005, he completed and received a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and in 2015, Eric successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD in Education Administration on May 8th, 2015, from Michigan State University.

Dr Thomas’ commitment to community activism has been long standing. It began with his award-nominated GED Program that lead to his non-profit, Break The Cycle, I Dare you, and a plethora of ministerial and educational endeavours. The culmination of those efforts resulted in the development of the Advantage program at Michigan State University. This program targets high risk college students by improving their study habits and increasing their retention rates. Michigan State University is where he continued to pursue his passion to remedy the effects of adverse societal influences plaguing both the young and old. It is from this platform that he created International Urban Education Consultants; a non-profit organization committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal-framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning.

ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success. Millions of followers have been able to apply the principles revealed in his award nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success, which has scaled the social media charts with over 50 million hits. His second release, Greatness Is Upon You, features 24 life-changing fundamental precepts and is meeting with equal success. Both titles are available through Eric Thomas and Associates Publications and can be purchased online at

As CEO of his consulting Firm, ETA LLC, Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of reputable organisations and Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and UPS. He has also consulted for major universities and the major sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS.

Eric’s spiritual walk, tenacity and drive are the perfect examples of his quotes, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you‘ll be successful.” At a recent business meeting, Eric had the opportunity to learn more ‘Secrets of Success’ from Warren Buffett. This invitation-only event broadened his mind and further strengthened his resolve to empower others in their pursuit of greatness.

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