10 Inspiring TED Talks by black women

TED uses short powerful talks as a vehicle(usually 18 minutes or less.) for spreading ideas.

As a bonafide idea junkie, my love for TED Talks have no bounds. You can find me rummaging through YouTube for talks at an ungodly hour. Storytelling is a true art form, one that is deeply rooted in the black experience. Black women are such incredible storytellers. I still remember the stories my grandmother told me as a child. TED Talks are the modern day version of a black cultural pastime, don't let anyone tell you differently. Here are 10 inspiring TED Talks by black women:

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Probably the most popular of all the Talks, "We Should All Be Feminists" was featured on Beyonce's 'Flawless.' The talk though is more than a compliment to a pop song. Its a call to action to unload the word feminism and challenge our views on gender roles. It's a call for us to imagine a world where we dispose of gender roles and allow boys, girls, men and women to be full human beings. Listen to Adichie's comprehensive appeal for why you should be a feminist.

Be color brave, not color blind, Mellody Hobson

To open her speech Hobson tells the gut-wrenching tale of being mistaken for kitchen help.

3 Ways to speak English, Jamila Lyiscott Jamila is a friend. She invited me to the taping of the Talk. It was last year right after our mission trip to Haiti.

The danger of the single story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Every kid needs a champion, Rita Pierson

Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant

Born a girl in the wrong place, Khadija Gbla

My Story is painted on my body, Chantelle Brown

Shit happens. Clean it up and move on!

What we don't understand about gentrification, Stacey Sutton

Do you have any favorite TED Talks, please share them below?