Black Tie Gala Emcee
Lamman Rucker is an Actor, Educator, Activist and Entrepreneur who, since his childhood years, has used his platform, passion and purpose to empower, educate and ignite communities through artistic, philanthropic and academic innovation.
Rucker will lead an all-star cast this Summer in the upcoming new BET series, The Black Hamptons, along with a new recurring role in the seventh and final season of Queen Sugar (OWN). This comes after the resounding success of his role as ‘Jacob Greenleaf’ in Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking debut drama series, Greenleaf, on the OWN Network. Always addressing the topics of family and fatherhood head-on, Lamman Rucker has shown us what it looks like on television to be devoted to a brilliant and gorgeous wife (who he also works with) who successfully parent two adopted children all while trying to maintain order with an uncontrollable uncle in his role as ‘Will’ in the hilarious, Meet The Browns. He has taken us along the journey of trying to compete for the heart of a woman like Paula Patton on Sacrifice (BET Plus), for Mona’s love on the beloved, Half & Half (Bounce TV) and what it looks like to suffer the consequences of greed, power and narcissism in the legendary daytime mainstays, As The World Turns (CBS) and All My Children (ABC).
Rucker has also maintained a powerful screen presence with impactful lead roles in numerous films, as well - like historical classic, The Temptations, as ‘Jimmy Ruffin’; independent favorite, The Man in 3B (Netflix); heartwarming Service to Man (Amazon Prime), motivational Bad Dad Rehab 2 (TV One); adorable and moving, Cooking Up Christmas (OWN) and, of course, the unforgettably handsome and valiant, ‘Sheriff Troy’, in Tyler Perry’s, Why Did I Get Married? films opposite Jill Scott.
With top-quality acting range spanning 20 Years - from the theatrical stage to our laptops and living rooms - Lamman Rucker always brings great depth, intensity and compassion to his work that leaves fans wanting more.
When not on camera, Lamman Rucker makes even bigger waves with his relentless commitment to social justice, youth empowerment, climate change, financial literacy, public health and more. He is a spokesperson for several charitable efforts and community action initiatives including the Association of Black Cardiologists, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, The Black AIDS Institute, The Magic Johnson Foundation, B-Me Community, Project Pneuma (pronounced Noomah), Dream Corps, A.H.E.A.D., Inc. and Green For All, to name a few. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of non-profit, The Black Gents - an all-Black male collective of actors and artists driven to resurrect, restore and refine the positive images of Black men and boys through mentoring, cinema, sophistication and service.
A prolific speaker and motivator, Rucker has travelled the international speaking circuit at corporate conferences, university commencements and masterclasses, marketing campaigns and philanthropic endeavors. With a master’s in education, three honorary doctorates and as a former K-8 school teacher and high school basketball coach, Lamman Rucker has demonstrated his immeasurable value of the safety and healthy development of our children. His contributions to books like Saving Our Daughters, Fatherhood, best-seller, REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding and the upcoming, Love, Dad, are testimonies.
A man of meaning. A man of mastery. A man of magnificence. Lamman Rucker has a clear voice and he uses it for the greater good. His sensitivity, power and grace is a joy to witness and it’s building a significant legacy for this generation and those to follow.