TED Talks (Technology. Entertainment. Design) are always a staple on my playlist, especially when I stumble on inspiring TED Talks for black women. But I have a few favorites that keep me on a steady mindset of positive motivation and conquering fear. And it’s always a plus when and most importantly unapologetic self-care and self-love. Check out these relatable stories from conscious black women, passionate about their self worth.
Inspiring TED Talks for Black Women
Shonda Rhimes, Author/Producer: My Year of Saying Yes To Everything
“I said yes to less work and more play, and somehow I still run my world. The more I play, the happier I am. The more I play the freer my mind becomes.” -Shonda Rhimes
Related: Get your book or audiobook copy of “The Year of Yes” here!
Cheyenne Cochrane, Natural Hair Activist: A Celebration of Natural Hair
“This…(natural hair) is more than about a hairstyle. It’s about self-love and self-worth…not to fold under the pressure of other’s expectations.” -Cheyenne Cochrane
Luvvie Ajayi, Author: Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
“…in a world that wants us to walk around as representatives of ourselves, being yourself can be a revolutionary act. And in a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell.” -Luvvie Ajayi
Related: Why You Shouldn’t Care If Anyone Likes You
Amma Asante, Film Director: The Power of Defining Yourself
“I believe in leaning in to our in identity, not leaning back.” -Amma Asante
Sarah Lewis, Harvard Professor: Embrace The Near Win
“Coming close to what you thought you wanted, can help you attain more than you ever dreamed you could.” -Sarah Lewis
Felecia Hatcher, Author & Entrepreneur: Tell Your Failure Story
“By my father sharing his failure story with me, it made me understand that this (failure) is apart of the process. Bumps in the road are part of the entrepreneurial process. They are part of life’s process.” -Felicia Hatcher
Vanessa Garrison & T. Morgan Dixon, Founders of GirlTrek:
The Trauma of Systematic Racism is Killing Black Women. A First Step Toward Change
“…like every black woman I know, like most all women I know, she had prioritized the care of others over the caring for herself. -Vanessa Garrison”
These women have such amazing insight on what it is to be a black woman in today’s world and how self-care and self-love are the first step in embracing our uniqueness. According to these successful ladies it takes:
+ using failure as a learning tool
+ nurturing our personal passions
+ saying yes to work but also to play
+ Being you with confidence!
Together, these inspiring TED Talks for black women have speak from a similar perspective. That becoming more self-assured and confident does not come easy, no matter who you are or what success have come your way. It ‘s manifesting through action.
Test some of these ideas by focusing on shifting towards a more positive mindset. The more aware you become about yourself and your needs, the better you can navigate life with confidence in who you are.
“Work does not work, without play.” -Shonda Rhimes
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