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Black Women Empowerment 


Color Blind or Color Brave by Mellody Hobson | 14:14

"Now, race is one of those topics in America that makes people extraordinarily uncomfortable" says Co-CEO of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson in the first 2 minutes of her TED Talk. She then explains how in order to actually create change, it's crucial to engage in conversations about race and racial disparity— we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

On Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, - the academic who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum - gives a keynote on the unique challenges facing women and girls of colour when it comes to the struggle for gender equality, racial justice and wellbeing. 

Dear Black Women, Let’s talk about healing 
by Angela Bowden | TEDxMSVUWomen | 12:27


Beginning with a powerful poem, Angela talks about the power of acknowledging and healing from the “strength and resilience trauma” that black women normalize and carry; Realizing the black woman's burden and healing our caregivers and youth. Angela Bowden is a writer, speaker and activist. Bringing her lived experiences as an African Nova Scotian woman, Angela speaks and writes extensively about social justice and the emotional experiences of her people. She has delivered many speeches at social justice and women focused events and has published articles and poetry reflecting African Nova Scotians experiences and pain. Angela is passionate about the anti-racism activism she is involved in and has organized and participated in many events that challenges the injustices in our communities and systems. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


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My journey to self-love by Dr Andrea Pennington | TEDxPeterborough | 19:09


Dr. Andrea Pennington is an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher and international bestselling author of several books. For decades, she hid her battle with depression and anxiety. As a popular American medical journalist and TV host, she survived her high-powered media career as a functional depressive. In despair, she went on a journey that led to a surprising musical epiphany, an out of body experience and an awakening, which helped her reconnect to the essence of her Authentic Self. Now, Dr. Pennington speaks globally to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to support people on their journey to overcoming trauma and embracing authentic living.  [The views expressed in this video are the presenter’s own and not endorsed by Ted Talks.] 

Why you think you’re ugly by Melissa Butler


The Lip Bar challenges the standard of beauty through their products, pricing and ingredients. They focus on their beliefs that beauty isn’t linear, cosmetics shouldn’t be for the privileged, and makeup is a mere enhancement of who you are, not a completion of you! In 2012, Melissa launched The Lip Bar because she was incredibly frustrated with the beauty industry. Why were most cosmetics filled with unnecessary chemicals? Why did lipsticks only come in a limited range of colors? And more importantly, why was the depiction of beauty so damn linear? Melissa started making lipstick in her kitchen based on her belief that beauty should not compromise health and because she was determined to not change the way she looked to fit into some superficial or trendy beauty standard. She is not passionate about makeup. She is passionate about creating an inclusive narrative on what beauty is and reminding women that they don't have to settle for anything.  

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable by Luvie Ajayi Jones |  10:54


Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong by Amy Morin | 15:01 


Everyone has the ability to build mental strength, but most people don't know how. We spend a lot of time talking about physical strength and physical health, but much less time on mental strength and mental health. We can choose to perform exercises that will help us learn to regulate our thoughts, manage our emotions, and behave productively despite our circumstances - the 3 basic factors of mental strength. No matter what your goals are, building mental strength is the key to reaching your greatest potential.


Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Since 2002, she has been counseling children, teens, and adults. She also works as an adjunct psychology instructor.  

What If? by Cassandra Worthy | 13:08


Change is gonna come. Ain’t that the truth? Change Enthusiast Cassandra Worthy taps into the power of a simple question – “What If” – as she examines the physiological and psychological reasons why we so often resist change, and shows us how we can adjust our mindset to enthusiastically embrace change.


SPEAKER BIO: Cassandra Worthy helps organizations embrace change. Through her unique strategy of Change Enthusiasm, she equips individuals with the tools to harness the power of emotion and accelerate their transformational journeys into the future. hold for bio This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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