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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

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Luvvie Ajayi 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 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. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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0 0 (1 hour ago)
She is beautiful.
Hillary Young (1 day ago)
She's Dope!
Nikol Nikolowa (3 days ago)
She looks SO HEALTHY!!!! Gorgeous!
lily jolie (3 days ago)
“Shea Butter” 😩😂😂... great speech❤️
Queen_island c (5 days ago)
good morning 🌞 i need this money
C Chester (6 days ago)
I am a domino. Thank you 💖
Faith (10 days ago)
I'm a shady Nigerian too!!! :)
Chineye Maduka (11 days ago)
Ahhhh she’s Nigerian !
net surfer (13 days ago)
Where did the supply of slaves come from? …. the bulk of the supply came from the Nigerians. These Nigerian middlemen moved to the interior where they captured other Nigerians who belonged to other communities. The middlemen also purchased many of the slaves from the people in the interior . . . . Many Nigerian middlemen began to depend totally on the slave trade and neglected every other business and occupation. The result was that when the trade was abolished [by England in 1807] these Nigerians began to protest. As years went by and the trade collapsed such Nigerians lost their sources of income and became impoverished. Michael Omolewa, Certificate History of Nigeria (Lagos, Nigeria: Longman Group, 1991)
Xsadensio Farrow (13 days ago)
Awesome intro!!
Madhra AL (16 days ago)
Brit Giv (18 days ago)
She is so beautiful I cannot stand this . I just...she looks like a queen. Unfair.
Joy Wambui Mbugua (19 days ago)
She really sounds like Jennifer Hudson! Anyone else?
Leyton Collins (19 days ago)
Thank you! :-)
CELEBOSSLADY (21 days ago)
TNia (21 days ago)
Very powerful message
Ariel Cribb (23 days ago)
You GO Luvvie Ajayi !!
Munozovepi Gwata (23 days ago)
Omg this was so amazing so much fire #goals and her checkpoints !!!
Michelle (24 days ago)
This is probably the best TedTalk I've ever seen
Nancy Solari (24 days ago)
Its so great to hear you share insight on how important it is to talk when its needed. Telling the truth serves purpose for people where they can live full out
Suzy Liller (29 days ago)
Great speech !!! Let’s yell the truth!!
Neenah W (1 month ago)
😍😍 Thank you
Michelle (1 month ago)
Why do so many black women cut all of their hair off?
I'm really boost by ur story! U r amazing!
Adebayo Pelumi (1 month ago)
Beautiful piece...
fab ash (1 month ago)
Wow she’s inspirational 😭😍😍
Runako Madzima (1 month ago)
beautiful woman
MsToto21 (1 month ago)
Please keep yelling!!
Natinat (1 month ago)
I got chills during the whole speech. Her energy is overwhelming - and i mean that in the best way. Wow.
starryjennings (1 month ago)
Princess Appiah (1 month ago)
“In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell!”
Catina Mason (1 month ago)
I am inspired. This is me, I was tired of the consequences of being the voice that no one else wants to be. Thank you for the reminder to continue my purpose.
Cedric Hampton (1 month ago)
Soooo good!
Tina Lewis (1 month ago)
Fear has a concrete power that keeps us from doing or saying the things that are our purpose.
Malcolm Darrell (1 month ago)
Jesus and Jollaf brought me here.
Sarah Bella (1 month ago)
She just articulated everything I feel! I’m a Capricorn too! Although when she jumped out of the plane my heart went into my stomach. I’m not there yet.
Lady Mel☕📚 (1 month ago)
PowerFull Speak truths of power. I prefer "Be A Professional GoodMaker" Being the Domimoe comes down to being exactly who you are. Being yourself can be a revolutionary act. Checkpoints with yourself: 1. Did you mean it? 2. Can you defend it? 3. Did you say it with love? If your answer is yes to all three - speak ☆
gotGodandHislove (1 month ago)
Ideas worth TEDing ;)
shaniece pink (1 month ago)
Luvvie is exquisite!
Kung Dot (1 month ago)
2015, I turned 30, wtf she looks 25 right now
Mehoshi Shimoyama (1 month ago)
She is one of my favorite people! She is so inspiring, motivating and real!
winnie trending (2 months ago)
beautiful intelligent woman.
Pinyllia BG (2 months ago)
I observe that there are many dislikes. Are people afraid of the truth? Start questioning your own values! Side comment: I'm Norwegian, and I have no idea what shea butter is.
TheStarsDon'tDance (2 hours ago)
Lol shea butter is a common moisturize that people of color tend to use on their hair,skin or both.
Nichelle Simmonds (2 months ago)
Everyone needs to see this. No progression without people like this.
NewAnkh9TheSoulSeer (2 months ago)
💖'd this so thx! 👏👏👏
Tina Hammer (2 months ago)
in a world that wants us to whisper I choose to yell.. yes!
Lola Adeola (2 months ago)
Praise God 🙌🏾 So encouraged!!
Melissa S (2 months ago)
Fantastic speech
beida laguerre (2 months ago)
Can we mention her style? She slays!
Marangelli Ramos (2 months ago)
Wow! My respects Luvvie Ajayi! You are a true warrior 💪
Alison (2 months ago)
What a wonderful talk! Whoooosh! I've been talking about how I travel so much alone being about making comfort not a priority. This is such a fabulous talk about extending our selves to do what we know to be right.
Navostar1 (2 months ago)
604 people are uncomfortable with this video.
Hyperneutral (2 months ago)
That sounds all very inspirational but also shallow af, because bravest words come the from the safest places, don't they? The young woman lives in the USA, judged by her accent. This TED made me remember how I saw my first dead body on TV when I was a kid. It was the evening news about the assasination of the very important russian journalist Listjew. He spoke up against the super corrupt post Soviet establishment but was silenced after all. The way the camera kept circling his pale body, lying stretched on the stairs of his apartment building, with this deep red dot on his forehead never left my mind. What I learned that evening was: the truth is the scariest thing in the world because it kills people. Having you career destroyed is the last thing you're gonna lose when you speak up in countless places around this globe. So ya, the bravest words from the safest places. Am I a cynic or a realist?
Gisele (2 months ago)
Beautiful!! Gratitude to you, first domino!
Cedrick Allums (2 months ago)
With this Powerful Black woman speaking, is she speaking in respect to human dignity or women's equality? We need to learn how to ethno-aggregate as black people. Internationally, we have individual fights for special interest groups, while we overlook the racial need for unification. Even in Africa, the curse of Ham seems to prevail. When will our women speak for the race!? Willie Lynch philosophy happen way before Willie Lynch was said to have lived. Look at Shaka Zulu and see how blacks betrayed each other back then. When will we address that issue amongst us? We could amass a Nation in Africa more Powerful that ever know ... it blacks would come together as a people. Why has The Curse of Ham prevailed!?
grace ababan (2 months ago)
Ok, this TED talk is going to my favorite list. Very inspiring *now searching for her book*
Pascaline Nikuze (2 months ago)
nice one
lenny (2 months ago)
Being comfortable is overrated
Preston Graham (2 months ago)
So she's a self absorbed judge.
Vageta Wolf (2 months ago)
keniel bennett (2 months ago)
I love this!
Sara A (2 months ago)
She's awesome!
Sherrita Rainy (2 months ago)
This speech was amazing and inspiring as I am one of those people who think things that others aren't afraid to say
Rey S. (2 months ago)
She rambled for about nothing for 10+ minutes. Got damnit
Rey S. (2 months ago)
Pre-Med to Liberal Arts? That’s typical of most African students.
Rey S. (1 month ago)
Woulou Fatchiê So, what?
+Rey S. So?
Rey S. (2 months ago)
Woulou Fatchiê You know what? I’m not going to play dumb. That’s not in my nature. I assume you’re saying “So” as in “So, what if they start out pre-Med but then switch to liberal arts”. It’s not just so. They’re playing two games in one. First, they essentially lied on their application to gain admission to good schools. You know, like their personal statement was filled with stories of triumph, which ultimately lead them to want to pursue a medical degree, knowing full well they can’t get through the rigor of a medical program. They know they’re going to get in to only earn an easy degree. It’s an old hustle. Second, they earn the easy degree, and then some census taker tabulates them as another educated Nigerian. And we all know the propaganda is to say Nigerians are the most educated. They know they usually earn worthless degrees. They aren’t all engineers and doctors.
Rey S. (2 months ago)
Woulou Fatchiê So, what? What’s your point?
Kêlètigui Musso Faria (2 months ago)
Rey S. So?
PLATINUMARCH (2 months ago)
This woman should never be trusted
Rey S. (2 months ago)
PLATINUMARCH We need her to disappear
jamie lunes (2 months ago)
You need to stop!
Tel James (2 months ago)
BEAUTIFUL woman. Inside and out 🌷🌸
A Marie (2 months ago)
Did you mean it. Can you defend it. Did you say it with love. Pretty fucking solid.
A Marie (2 months ago)
Anmol Kaur (2 months ago)
This is honestly the best push I need right now. Luvvie you're incredible. YOU SPEAK TRUTH. Thank you.
metta dian (2 months ago)
Awesome 🤗💕💕
ALPO YEO (2 months ago)
Eileen Welzel (2 months ago)
absolutely love her
Eileen Welzel (2 months ago)
oh i love her and as i heard her say capricorn even more
Marysa Ada (2 months ago)
Being yourself is a revolutionary act
Amber Sotelo (2 months ago)
I need rotation to cut this off just kidding
C Fitzell (2 months ago)
I love her, so funny
steven reynolds (3 months ago)
she's a sales person, who desperately sells herself. she has not done anything, but bullshitting in her life. she's a fair trade brand bullshitter. she calls herself a troublemaker, no-one else. if she'd be a trouble maker, she'd be dead or incarcerated. she's not a rebel. she's a conformist, she preaches virtues of being a planet destroying consumer/bullshitter.
steven reynolds (3 months ago)
it's better to be evil, than to be boring
net surfer (3 months ago)
£250,000 in 1750 = $53 million in 2018 in 1750 King Tegbesu of Dahomey was reliably estimated to have earned £250,000 from the trade in that year alone, five times the annual income of England's richest duke. Black americans think the dahomey are heroes because they fought the french. They fought the french to continue slave trade. remember those ugly bald headed chicks running around in that movie Black Panther? they represent dahomey amazons, slave traders. we are being made a fool of right in our faces and don't know it. where is the money they owe us? can you all please go get us our money? don’t get emotional when they say “yes, we profited from you being tortured for CENTURIES. But we spent all the money, and we are poor now. Sorry.” Respond like this: F U PAY ME!! 💴💷🏧💵💸💶💳💰💰💰
steven reynolds (3 months ago)
we white men are evil. we are not like the black women. our eyes are neither small nor are they miles afar from one another.
net surfer (3 months ago)
she is not black. she is a black nigerian. don't compare her to other blacks.
steven reynolds (3 months ago)
black women have a poisonous tongue and having their eyes positioned into the side of their skulls gives them an improved aim...
Zoella Buḓeli (3 months ago)
Yassss Queen ❤
Pranav Kumar (3 months ago)
AMAZINNGG speaker and really great content !
findthe_rainbow (3 months ago)
Love her presentation, professional but disruptive.
Raven The Mogul (3 months ago)
I really love this
nesha tanner (3 months ago)
So beautiful
Efia Sheila's Journey (3 months ago)
"People and systems count on our silence to keep us exactly were we are."💯 "...being yourself can be a revolutionary act."💯
Jewel Watts (3 months ago)
love this talk. so amazing and inspiring.
Mishil Alkaia (3 months ago)
"In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell." Girl power! <3
Shelly G (3 months ago)
Knew it was going to be a good talk when I saw that power stance...🙌🏽
KatNzingha (3 months ago)
mmmm whats her number?
Trel Spiegel (3 months ago)
damn, she dropped so many "damn" moments. This is why I love ted talks​.
RhondaLeeQ (3 months ago)
Good for you! I get it and needed to hear this right now! Bless you! xo
Mrssewhardtoplease (3 months ago)
What’s this speech all about?
Mrssewhardtoplease (3 months ago)
Look at the shape of her eyes....interesting
Jasmine Houston-Burns (3 months ago)
As soon as she said shady Nigerian ....
LT Godwin (3 months ago)
This came right on time. I soooo needed to hear this.
Shea butter as a value. Join you on that Luvvie. Otherwise, real talk, bravo!!! We should indeed speak up, communicate, let things get out there in order to improve things, systems and old patterns.
Lauren Jackson (3 months ago)
One of the BEST TED Talks
Christine Dorcelus (3 months ago)
Hmmmm 😊. Beautiful

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