Mena Fombo’s TEDxBristol 2017 Talk, ‘No you cannot touch my hair’, was inspired by her campaign about microaggressions which gained international attention.
Since then, her talk has been shared on the prestigious ‘Big Ted’ website, where it has racked up over 130,000 views. Covering ideas around personal invasion, respect, equality, and racist micro aggressions, the powerful talk explores the objectification of black women.
TEDxBristol is a platform to raise up voices which may otherwise not be heard. Mena used this as an opportunity to raise others as well as herself. As well as the ‘No. You Cannot Touch My Hair!’ campaign, Mena has founded the Black Girl Convention, a movement which focuses on connecting communities, careers and enterprise, tech, digital, art, and creative skills, and leadership development for women of African and Caribbean heritage. Mena has also recently received an honorary doctorate from UWE ]for her gender and BAME equalities work.
OggaDoon are proud media partners of TEDxBristol, and love to see the successes achieved by speakers who make the most of this coveted platform. TEDxBristol is a non profit and predominantly voluntary organisation working hard to develop and nurture diverse creative talent in the city.
All TEDxBristol speakers receive several months of speaker training and story development coaching, which is quite unique in the world of TED talks. As a result, speakers like Mena are able to grow their skills and gain confidence to represent Bristol and issues that matter on a global stage.
TEDxBristol 2019 is coming on 17 November 2019 with speaker announcements coming too. Watch this space!