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5 Things I’ve Learned As A Black Woman Attending TED2022: A New Era

At one point on Twitter, you’d often see jokes or memes after someone would go on a rant or on for a bit longer than 140 characters regarding something they may be passionate about. Then they’d wrap it all up with “Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.” And, while it’s not every day that you get to travel miles away to hear a real-life TED talk from billionaires like Bill Gates and even, the controversial Elon Musk, in April, that was the case for me. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to travel to Vancouver to attend TED2022, “A New Era.” At TED, I attended sessions that included topics like play, imagination, intelligence, and more, plus dinners that encouraged me to have tough conversations about capitalism with people who looked like me and some who didn’t. Going to an event like TED (which stands for “Technology, Entertainment, and Design”) not only forced me to participate in uncomfortable conversations but also self-care that included hand massages, meditation...

May 6, 2022

Bill Gates Has A Billion-Dollar Answer For Preventing Pandemics, But Is He Fronting The Cash To Make It Happen?

If Lauryn Hill is known for nothing else, it’s her iconic album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” On it rests one of her most famous tunes –“The Ex-Factor,” in which the opening lyrics state, “It could all be so simple.” Based on Microsoft Founder and CEO Bill Gate’s recent TED talk, one could assume he shares a similar sentiment. With the theme A New Era, TED2022 featured some of the world’s most prolific thought leaders. Gate’s session was a part of this epic lineup during session six of the conference, Wellbeing. During this session, each speaker was tasked with the responsibility to share thoughts and solutions that could contribute to the holistic health and overall good of people. This year’s talk by the tech giant and billionaire was a sequel of sorts to his Ted2015 talk. Seven years ago, Gates spoke with the audience about the World’s lack of readiness for an impending pandemic. This year, the foreshadowing commentary shows how countries were not prepared for what the...

Apr 18, 2022

Melinda Gates Suggests Frontline Workers and Black People Should Get COVID-19 Vaccine First

Earlier this year, Trump announced that the United States will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) , according to CNN, and many are concerned with the negative consequences that could result from the decision. On the heels of Trump’s decision, Bill and Melinda Gates — co-chairs of the Gates Foundation — are providing funding and direction on how to navigate COVID-19 vaccines. Time reports that the Gates Foundation has pledged to fund the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) with $1.6 billion over the next five years to ensure that vaccines are available to people all over the world, regardless of income. In the midst of protests against police brutality and racial injustices against Black people, Melinda Gates understands that both police brutality and health disparities reveal systemic racism. “What happened to George Floyd was brutal and horrible and should never happen to anyone, anywhere. This is a moment of reckoning in the United States. We all need to...

Jun 11, 2020