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7 Inspiring Self-Care TED Talks Every Black Woman Should Watch


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TED Talks (Technology. Entertainment. Design) are always a staple on my playlist. So many different topics, and so little time! But I have a few favorites that keep me on a steady mindset of positive motivation, conquering fear, and most importantly unapologetic self-care and self-love.



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 Click To Tweet




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 Click To Tweet




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 Click To Tweet




Amma Asante, Film Director: The Power of Defining Yourself

I believe in leaning in to our in identity, not leaning back. -Amma Asante Click To Tweet




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 Click To Tweet




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 Click To Tweet




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 Click To Tweet



These women have such amazing insight on what it is to be a black woman in this world and how self-care and self-love is the first step in embracing our unique identities. 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!


Becoming more self-assured does not come easy, but comes with 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.logo with signature


Work does not work, without play. -Shonda Rhimes Click To Tweet



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About The Melanated Maven

Hey! My name is Jo and I'm a proud Kenyan, scientist, and researcher of fact and fiction. Natural health/beauty, skincare, mindfulness and self-care are my passions. I hope my experiences motivate you to confidently live a happier, healthier and more authentic life, led by your intuition.
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