50 TED talks by 50 talented black women

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Looking for inspiration? Look no further. Fifty talented black women from across the globe share their powerful words of wisdom.

Starting here, enjoy 50 thought provoking TED talks by 50 super talented black women in this five part series.

An invitation to men who want a better world for women. Meet Elizabeth Nyamayaro, head of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, which has created more than 2.4 billion social media conversations about a more equal world.

2. AMMA ASANTE | TEDxBrixton
The power of defining yourself. Amma Asante, director of the Hollywood movie Belle, discusses working in Hollywood, where only 0.4% of directors are black females, and the pressure to live up to a definition bestowed upon her.

3. RAKIA REYNOLDS | TEDxBarnardCollege
Rules of the road on your journey to success. Rakia Reynolds assembles a mosaic of accumulated roadblocks, failures, stumbles, and unexpected moments of triumph and joy, weaving together an authentic and hopeful journey to inspire entrepreneurs for ages to come.

Embrace the near win. Art historian Sarah Lewis asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

Let’s save the world with girl-led startups. Anne-Marie Imafidon discusses the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and how to increase the number of girl-led startups around the world

6. SOMARA THEODORE | TEDxCreativeCoast
The evolving identity of a first generation American. Meteorologist Somara Theodore, whose family hails from Trinidad, has grown up as a first generation American. The complexities of her own experience informed her understanding of the even wider complexities beyond her own.

7. MEMORY CHAMPITI | TEDxYouth@Lilongwe
Local charity: Yes you can. Memory Champiti, aged 23, has grown up in Lilongwe. Her passion for youth and women empowerment has led her to begin a charity aimed at educating and equipping vulnerable women and children.

8. DR MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK | TEDxHousesofParliament
The dawn of a new space era. Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock discusses the power of dreams and her ideas to democratise space travel and exploration.

Indigenous versus indi-genius. Neurosurgeon, Dr Nozipo Maraire give a rousing talk challenging the audience to change their mindset.

Tell your failure story. Social entrepreneur, author and speaker Felicia Hatcher advocates more transparent discussion of failure as a recipe for success, and describes the failures that formed the pillars of her success story.

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Post by Octavia Goredema 
Octavia Goredema is an award winning career coach, writer and the founder of Twenty Ten Talent. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or over on Twitter.

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  10. Zakiya

    Thank you for curating this grouping of presentations! Really good stuff! I would just like to point out that black women also come from countries where the primary language is french, Spanish, Portuguese and their voices also matter to the black community in the U.S. And all over the world. I know that Tedx did a series in São Paulo with 8 self -identified black women thought leaders. I would love to see their presentations added to the list if you have not already. Powerful messages and experiences from these women entrepreneurs and change agents.

    We need to translate all of the presentations into several languages too! Keep up the good work.


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