AJ Carr is a 16 year old professional public speaker, a published author, as well as a professional SAG actor. He currently has a recurring role in the hit Showtime series “The Chi”, created by Lena Waithe & produced by Common. He has also had roles on FX’s “Atlanta”, PBS’s “Mercy Street”, & most recently, the NBC series “Chicago PD”. AJ is an amazing actor, but it’s what he does with his personal time that makes him so extraordinary. AJ uses his many talents and platform to reach and inspire young people all around the country.
AJ recently released his first children’s book “Ballardine”. He travels to different schools, community centers, & hospitals to read the book to children of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
Building Bosses/Youth Empowerment Tour
AJ created a non-profit organization called “Building Bosses”, to help the youth to explore & cultivate their talents, promote leadership & positivity, build character through self-esteem by teaching self-worth, & encourage our youth to become productive members of society.
Through Building Bosses, he started a Youth Empowerment Tour. The purpose of the “Youth Empowerment Tour” is to help empower the youth by creating a forum where the youth can openly address the many issues that affect their communities everyday, & suggest possible ways they can make a difference. This tour is about our young people, feeling underrepresented and often unheard, taking initiative to collect and connect with their peers to spread knowledge, empowerment, and affirmation that there is more to the youth of today than social media and video games; that they have concerns and want to address them, for themselves.
Hip Hop Artist
AJ’s first single “Gotta Make It’ is now available on Apple Itunes and Spotify. The song is a powerful inspirational song that has already touched so many lives.
There have been many news stories about him and the work he does. He has been the keynote speaker for major events, and he has presented to audiences of more than 1000 people. He was featured on the front page of the CapTimes, he has received 3 letters of commendation from The White House, & a documentary film has been created about AJ titled “AJ Carr”, and it will be shown in schools in multiple states. AJ strives to make a difference in as many young lives as possible, and inspire positive change.