White People: MTV Documentary
What does it mean to be white? MTV's 'White People' is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today.
Questioning The Black Male Experience In America
How would you like to be remembered, in a word or two? That question was posed by a black man and answered by other black men in a multimedia art project called "Question Bridge: Black Males."
Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?
About categorization, ethnocentrism and the dynamics of in-groups and out-groups
TED description: "We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work — so we can take control when they go wrong."
Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
TED description: "Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how."
TED talks on identity: Knowing yourself before judging others
Liza Donnelly: Drawing on humor for change
Interesting perspective on identity creation and appearance for women; humor as a powerful tool for self-actualization
TED description: "New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules."
Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
On the importance of "being true to yourself" and overcoming what seem like unsurmountable barriers
TED description: "Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have."
Lizzie Velasquez: How do you define yourself?
TED description: "In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, 'The Worlds Ugliest Woman,' Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness."
Pico Iyer: Where is home?
On the multicultural identities today and how we all are a "work in progress"
TED description: "More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer — who himself has three or four 'origins' — meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still."
Ashley Graham: Plus-size? More Like My Size
TED description: "Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn't leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model."
Humorous takes on serious issues of race and religion
Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso
TED description: "Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes â” exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine."
Regina Bernard-Carreno: The underlying racism of America's food system
TED description: "Dr. Bernard-Carreno has been actively researching and writing about the cultural performance of food, food access and food racism in low income neighborhoods in New York City and abroad. Along with researching and writing, Dr. Bernard-Carreno has been designing scholarly projects and community products based on food access in poor NYC areas."