7 “TED” Talks That Can Change Your Life

I find small obsessions where I can sit for hours, if the time allows, focused on that one thing. Recently my obsession has been about TED talks. If you aren’t familiar with what this is, it’s basically a platform for people to spread their ideas in the form of short talks. Some can be lengthy, but I wouldn’t bother writing this is it wasn’t worth your time.
 
I’ve compiled a few that I think are essential for inspiration, particularly for millennials who could use a quick pick-me-up. 
 
 

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It’s Okay To Not Be Sorry | #ShineStrong

I’m sure we all have friends that say, “I’m sorry” a lot. It’s almost as if they’re apologizing for their existence and passing it off as an attempt to be polite while apologizing for being rude. When in fact the majority of the time they’re not even being rude and have no reason to apologize, but it is such a knee-jerk reaction for the words to utter from their lips, that it occurs more often than necessary. 
 
I read about and watched the commercial Pantene released (Not Sorry ‘see below’) aimed at women to encourage them to stop saying “sorry” so much. Which falls in line with their gender normality charged commercial released last year “Labels Against Women”.
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Lupita Shuts Down Haters … Again

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On The Couch Today The gracious, beautiful and vibrant Lupita Nyong’o. Courtesy of Ms. BM.

Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:

Lupita Nyong’o put her haters to shame (once again) when she announced that she will be cast in the upcoming Star Wars film. This news is a welcome addition to spectators who were unsure what the mainstream media would do with the woman who is singlehandedly revolutionizing beauty standards in Hollywood.

Ever since co-starring in the highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, critics opined that Lupita would be cast aside as an anomaly; a one-hit wonder who would fade into obscurity after a specious 15-minutes.

But Lupita is back and stronger than ever, landing a coveted role in a blockbuster series.

It begs the question … why were some so willing to downplay Lupita’s career trajectory? Why were some so quick to smear her accomplishments in pessimism?

It’s understandable why some were cautious; Hollywood is notorious for hastily sidestepping women of color. And Lupita was never positioned to become the media darling…

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11 Signs You’re On The Right Track

Any given moment you are led to a ton of questions that you feel you can’t answer. The pressure can give you a headache and all of a sudden everything you thought you knew becomes a question also. It all gets so confusing! There’s no right, no wrong and an unlimited number of possibilities to figure it all out.
 
Maybe, it’s time for you to realize that your only goal is to figure out what works for you and your purpose; so the answers to those questions fall into place. Over time you learn that embracing the journey is far more rewarding than reaching the destination, and that there’s more to celebrate when you’re on the road to becoming the person you want to be, if you just take the time to appreciate it.
 
PLEASE remember: Don’t ever compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Focus on your journey and you’ll see it all unfold the way it is meant to.

On The Couch Today

When we think of big names affiliated with Facebook, we generally think of Mark Zuckerberg (The list stops there). But have you ever heard the name Sheryl Sandberg?
She was a huge part of the #BanBossy movement launched a couple of months ago with Beyoncé, Arne Duncan, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Garner and more.
 
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On The Couch Today

I love emotion provoking speeches! When a woman makes a speech or says something that makes you think, want to change, or feel better than before she spoke, she should be celebrated. She deserves to sit on the couch today. She = Gabourey Sidibe.
 
May 1, 2014, Gabourey Sidibe gave a long and beautiful speech at Gloria Awards and Gala. She is radiantly beautiful and for a person to have half of her confidence…they should be so lucky. I posted about her a while back, and she still stands for the same beautiful thing, strength and self-love. Continue reading for excerpts from her beautiful speech.
 

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On The Couch Today

#Held back-Malala
There is this compelling young woman who has been making headlines for some time now, and the more I’ve seen her, the more I wanted to know about her. So, I’m offering her a seat, comfortably, on the couch today. Since I mentioned her in last weeks post, it only seems right that I get her acquainted with you guys.
 

I’m Breaking-up With Every Guy That I’ve Never Been With

I got my first ever advice-related question in the other day. I’m been grueling over the answer to this impeccably simple question. Until I decided I’d answer here, publicly – hopefully you don’t mind – but I’m sure there is someone else out there needing advice on the same thing. I am grateful you chose me, however, so thank you! 

 

On The Couch Today – FIRST ONE!

P!nk at Billboard's Women in Music 2013 event at Capitale in New York City. Michael Seto Photography

P!nk at Billboard’s Women in Music 2013 event at Capitale in New York City.
Michael Seto Photography – Found on Billboard

We have Mrs. Alecia Beth Moore Hart aka P!nk. In December of 2013 my personal favorite bad-ass, punk-rock artist accepted Billboard’s Woman of the Year award at their annual Women in Music luncheon in New York City. We can bring to light the fact that Billboard celebrates women every year in the first place. But it was P!nk’s acceptance speech that brings me to (figuratively) sit her on PL’s couch today.
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Hold Your Ground

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Something I’ve always believed in, is when people spew hateful insults in your direction or attempt with such ferocity to tear you down, they never had solid ground to stand on for themselves in the first place. That hate is not meant for you, it’s meant for them, they just don’t have very good sense of direction.

To this day, I have yet to be proven wrong. So, when someone is throwing unwarranted darts at you, dodge them and keep walking proud. You should never fight with a fool, for people looking in can’t tell the difference. Be golden, my Gems.