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Society & Culture

TEDTalks Society and Culture

Rank #177 in Society & Culture category

Society & Culture
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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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328 Ratings
Average Ratings
152
75
40
23
38

Excelente

By Fabio Santos - Dec 29 2012
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A minha melhor descoberta de 2012!!

Some Great Stuff Here

By Jay Helms - Feb 15 2012
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Loved Kathryn Schulz and enjoyed Mike Rowe. Definitely worth viewing and discussing.

iTunes Ratings

328 Ratings
Average Ratings
152
75
40
23
38

Excelente

By Fabio Santos - Dec 29 2012
Read more

A minha melhor descoberta de 2012!!

Some Great Stuff Here

By Jay Helms - Feb 15 2012
Read more

Loved Kathryn Schulz and enjoyed Mike Rowe. Definitely worth viewing and discussing.

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TEDTalks Society and Culture

Rank #177 in Society & Culture category

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Thought-provoking videos about life and being human, with ideas from business leaders, psychologists and researchers speaking onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Rank #1: How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

Dec 05 2018
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How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish -- to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results.

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Rank #2: Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

Nov 30 2018
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In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement -- and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. "We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence," she says. "I believe we can build that world."

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Rank #3: My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

Nov 13 2018
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Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued -- and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. "I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted," Jacobs says.

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Rank #4: A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw

Nov 02 2018
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How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias. She shares three lessons to apply if you've been harassed or discriminated against -- and introduces Spot: a free, anonymous, online reporting tool that helps empower victims.

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Rank #5: How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm

Oct 24 2018
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What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted online. She describes how she's working to help victims and outlines the current state of legislation aimed at punishing perpetrators.

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Rank #6: How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore

Oct 24 2018
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A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school, training or employed by 2030.

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Rank #7: How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | Alex Honnold

Oct 08 2018
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Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite's El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.

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Rank #8: 3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

Oct 01 2018
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Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.

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Rank #9: What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy

Sep 26 2018
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In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits -- some dating back to the 1980s -- were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store evidence. When this scandal was uncovered, prosecutor Kym Worthy set a plan into action to get justice for the thousands of victims affected. In this powerful, eye-opening talk, Worthy explains how her office helped develop an innovative program to track and test these kits -- and calls for a national effort to help solve the problem of stockpiled rape kits.

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Rank #10: Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

Sep 20 2018
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Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pillaging ancient graves -- and how they're bridging divides with communities who are demanding the return of their cultural treasures.

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Rank #11: The press trampled on my privacy. Here's how I took back my story | Kate Stone

Sep 18 2018
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After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative -- and help prevent others from losing their privacy, too. Learn how she reclaimed her story in this personal talk infused with humor and courage.

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Rank #12: What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill

Sep 12 2018
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Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effective altruism" -- and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

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Rank #13: How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

Aug 30 2018
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Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an inspiring message about what she's learned on the path from child refugee to international model.

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Rank #14: Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

Aug 21 2018
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What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains how both environmental and man-made factors have led to disparity by design in cities from East Palo Alto, California to East Jerusalem and beyond -- and suggests some elegant solutions to fix it.

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Rank #15: How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha

Aug 20 2018
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When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.

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Rank #16: How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

Aug 17 2018
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Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. In this inspiring talk packed with images of his work, Hood shares the five simple concepts that guide his approach to creating spaces that illuminate shared memories and force us to look at one another in a different way.

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Rank #17: How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

Aug 13 2018
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AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity. "AI is serendipity," Lee says. "It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human."

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Rank #18: How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace

Jul 24 2018
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Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill set to invent a "zero date" approach and get off swipe-based apps -- and how you can, too.

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Rank #19: An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

Jul 12 2018
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Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.

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Rank #20: How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

Jun 14 2018
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In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we're erasing the very struggles that got us to where we are now," she says. "Indigenizing my queerness means bridging the many exceptional parts of myself."

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Rank #1: How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

Podcast cover
Read more

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish -- to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results.

Dec 05 2018
12 mins
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Rank #2: Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke

Podcast cover
Read more

In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote "Me Too" across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement -- and makes a powerful call to dismantle the power and privilege that are building blocks of sexual violence. "We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence," she says. "I believe we can build that world."

Nov 30 2018
16 mins
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Rank #3: My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

Podcast cover
Read more

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued -- and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. "I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted," Jacobs says.

Nov 13 2018
15 mins
Play Now

Rank #4: A memory scientist's advice on reporting harassment and discrimination | Julia Shaw

Podcast cover
Read more

How do you turn a memory, especially one of a traumatic event, into hard evidence of a crime? Julia Shaw is working on this challenge, combining tools from memory science and artificial intelligence to change how we report workplace harassment and bias. She shares three lessons to apply if you've been harassed or discriminated against -- and introduces Spot: a free, anonymous, online reporting tool that helps empower victims.

Nov 02 2018
9 mins
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Rank #5: How revenge porn turns lives upside down | Darieth Chisolm

Podcast cover
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What can you do if you're the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying? Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted online. She describes how she's working to help victims and outlines the current state of legislation aimed at punishing perpetrators.

Oct 24 2018
10 mins
Play Now

Rank #6: How we can help young people build a better future | Henrietta Fore

Podcast cover
Read more

A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it's the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school, training or employed by 2030.

Oct 24 2018
14 mins
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Rank #7: How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | Alex Honnold

Podcast cover
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Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite's El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.

Oct 08 2018
11 mins
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Rank #8: 3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

Podcast cover
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Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.

Oct 01 2018
6 mins
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Rank #9: What happened when we tested thousands of abandoned rape kits in Detroit | Kym Worthy

Podcast cover
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In 2009, 11,341 untested rape kits -- some dating back to the 1980s -- were found in an abandoned warehouse once used by the Detroit police to store evidence. When this scandal was uncovered, prosecutor Kym Worthy set a plan into action to get justice for the thousands of victims affected. In this powerful, eye-opening talk, Worthy explains how her office helped develop an innovative program to track and test these kits -- and calls for a national effort to help solve the problem of stockpiled rape kits.

Sep 26 2018
19 mins
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Rank #10: Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

Podcast cover
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Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pillaging ancient graves -- and how they're bridging divides with communities who are demanding the return of their cultural treasures.

Sep 20 2018
13 mins
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Rank #11: The press trampled on my privacy. Here's how I took back my story | Kate Stone

Podcast cover
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After a horrific accident put her in the tabloid headlines, Kate Stone found a way to take control of her narrative -- and help prevent others from losing their privacy, too. Learn how she reclaimed her story in this personal talk infused with humor and courage.

Sep 18 2018
6 mins
Play Now

Rank #12: What are the most important moral problems of our time? | Will MacAskill

Podcast cover
Read more

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of "effective altruism" -- and shares ideas for taking on three pressing global issues.

Sep 12 2018
11 mins
Play Now

Rank #13: How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

Podcast cover
Read more

Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp -- where she was born and lived until the age of seven -- to share an inspiring message about what she's learned on the path from child refugee to international model.

Aug 30 2018
7 mins
Play Now

Rank #14: Why the "wrong side of the tracks" is usually the east side of cities | Stephen DeBerry

Podcast cover
Read more

What do communities on the social, economic and environmental margins have in common? For one thing, they tend to be on the east sides of cities. In this short talk about a surprising insight, anthropologist and venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry explains how both environmental and man-made factors have led to disparity by design in cities from East Palo Alto, California to East Jerusalem and beyond -- and suggests some elegant solutions to fix it.

Aug 21 2018
6 mins
Play Now

Rank #15: How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha

Podcast cover
Read more

When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial backing.

Aug 20 2018
14 mins
Play Now

Rank #16: How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

Podcast cover
Read more

Can public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future? Landscape architect Walter Hood has explored this question over the course of an iconic career, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the upcoming International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. In this inspiring talk packed with images of his work, Hood shares the five simple concepts that guide his approach to creating spaces that illuminate shared memories and force us to look at one another in a different way.

Aug 17 2018
14 mins
Play Now

Rank #17: How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

Podcast cover
Read more

AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity. "AI is serendipity," Lee says. "It is here to liberate us from routine jobs, and it is here to remind us what it is that makes us human."

Aug 13 2018
14 mins
Play Now

Rank #18: How to stop swiping and find your person on dating apps | Christina Wallace

Podcast cover
Read more

Let's face it, online dating can suck. So many potential people, so much time wasted -- is it even worth it? Podcaster and entrepreneur Christina Wallace thinks so, if you do it right. In a funny, practical talk, Wallace shares how she used her MBA skill set to invent a "zero date" approach and get off swipe-based apps -- and how you can, too.

Jul 24 2018
5 mins
Play Now

Rank #19: An honest look at the personal finance crisis | Elizabeth White

Podcast cover
Read more

Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.

Jul 12 2018
18 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: How I'm bringing queer pride to my rural village | Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

Podcast cover
Read more

In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. "In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we're erasing the very struggles that got us to where we are now," she says. "Indigenizing my queerness means bridging the many exceptional parts of myself."

Jun 14 2018
5 mins
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