What makes you special? | Mariana Atencio | TEDxUniversityofNevada

  • Published on Feb 2, 2017
  • NBC News journalist Mariana Atencio has traveled the world from Haiti to Hong Kong. In her TEDx talk, Mariana tells us how the people she's met along the way and her own immigrant experience have taught her that the only thing we all have in common is being human. Get ready to 'get human' and embrace what makes you different! Take a stand to defend your race: the human race!
    Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, currently a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. The Huffington Post called her ‘our Latina Christiane Amanpour’ and Jorge Ramos wrote: ‘Mariana is the next-gen voice for Latinos breaking all barriers.’ Mariana is known for combining in-studio work and high profile interviews like Pope Francis, with tenacious field reporting all over the world, covering youth-led protests in places like Ferguson, Mexico, Haiti and Hong Kong.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • 卓越
    卓越 3 hours ago

    every one is special. fighting

  • Yusuf kerkukli
    Yusuf kerkukli 13 hours ago

    Mükemmel ötesi bi kadın

  • Comment Hero
    Comment Hero 14 hours ago

    06:40 Watch her Dance .

  • pawan sidhu
    pawan sidhu 15 hours ago +1

    Her way of speaking is too nice she speaks very fluently what a melodious voice I just love it☺❤👍😘

  • Tufeal Ahmed
    Tufeal Ahmed Day ago

    Ur the best speaker i have seen👍👍👍
    Best of luck for the rest of ur life!!!

  • Mithlesh Trivedi

    One of the best simple talks with clear objective.
    Well done.

  • shawarmageddonit

    Way to assume someone can belly dance just because they're from the Middle East...

  • Rashid Ennaimi
    Rashid Ennaimi Day ago

    Beautiful voice wawww

  • Chang Sara
    Chang Sara 2 days ago

    This talk made me cry.
    I have always had so many haters and I don't personally know most of them, I might not even know their names or who they are. And my friends would tell me to just ignore them and be myself because they probably just hate me because I'm better. It made sense but I was skeptical too because I don't feel any better or different than anyone else.
    So I googled: why do I have so many haters? Google aligned with what my friends said: you probably have something that they don't and they just have too much free time. Ok, so I googled again: how do I know if I'm different? I was so surprised by the answers because the qualities listed were nothing special to me. I thought I'd have to have some special talents or skills to be different, but Google says I just need to be a dreamer, positive, kind, empathetic, curious and a good listener. Right away, I sent my classmate (we never really talked) my lecture notes as requested because mine were neater; and I didn't because I was told not to be too nice to everyone as people would start taking advantage of me.
    I guess what makes me different is that I'm very true to myself and I embrace the person that I want to be. And having people doubting and judging me, including my parents, make me doubt myself more, just how Mariana felt at the summer camp. For some reason, I never stopped having that belief that I had, and I think it's because that desire to be the person that I wanted to be was so strong.
    It really touched me at the end when Mariana said to embrace being special. It can be really hard but that is what makes us humans. Thank you so much for the talk.

  • Orange22
    Orange22 3 days ago

    04:57 "Do you know what a hamburger is?"

  • viley sa
    viley sa 4 days ago

    I like the way you are.

  • amh vfj
    amh vfj 4 days ago

    ما في ترجمه

  • Merlin Mathew
    Merlin Mathew 5 days ago

    Loved it mariana, u rocked the stage and beat the brain, u said exactly the whole aspects of being different n the failure of perfection status in society,👌❤️

  • Rai Qamar Abbas
    Rai Qamar Abbas 6 days ago

    Muslims have great habits and practices that make them rare in front of any society so try to be respected for human race thats beautiful

  • priya biswas
    priya biswas 10 days ago

    100%love for her speech

  • Love and Light
    Love and Light 11 days ago +6

    Let nobody have a claim on the word "normal".

  • Badal Kumar
    Badal Kumar 13 days ago

    Blessed !!

  • Abdirahman HaLac
    Abdirahman HaLac 13 days ago +6

    Oh ! Great !
    this makes me to mind in that Allah chose me to be a Muslim.
    And that difference is enough with me.
    Thanks Allah for your guided.

  • coolrahul balani
    coolrahul balani 13 days ago

    God ur sister N ur family...!!

  • Angie Montes
    Angie Montes 14 days ago


  • Gazala Khan
    Gazala Khan 14 days ago

    Good one Mariana. It got me thinking of how and what makes me different!!

  • daniel zemichael
    daniel zemichael 14 days ago

    This gift does not normally happen, both smart and beautiful, Well deserved!

  • Free At Last
    Free At Last 14 days ago

    Wow. It's so great that her dad had been preparing her to move to the US.

  • Ani - Alo
    Ani - Alo 15 days ago

    amazing, she is amazing

  • Scott Sullivan
    Scott Sullivan 15 days ago +2

    Note that no parent sends their kids to any camp or school in Latin countries.

  • Legends Love
    Legends Love 15 days ago

  • Business Mindset
    Business Mindset 15 days ago

    Thank u for this inspiring words!
    Don't be a copy, be yourself! To be different makes us beautiful and unique. Peace ✌️

  • hady sy
    hady sy 15 days ago

    تبا لك على كل حال 😂😂

  • Priya pari
    Priya pari 15 days ago

    Less talk more drama

  • Rohan Singh
    Rohan Singh 16 days ago


  • Sharmaine
    Sharmaine 16 days ago +3

    She lost me when she Started talking about politics 😛

  • huy to
    huy to 17 days ago


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    huy to 17 days ago


  • tortilla roll
    tortilla roll 17 days ago

    Uh duh, strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility and luck

  • Ho Huu Thanh
    Ho Huu Thanh 17 days ago +2

    You have a great dad, he has an intelligent and beautiful daughter! Pray for your sister!!

  • Chidiebere Nwaoha
    Chidiebere Nwaoha 20 days ago

    I love this,is just like an enlightenment

    SHYAM PRASAD 21 day ago

    I would like to move canada this makes me spacial ( dream land )

  • Raghav mihibar
    Raghav mihibar 21 day ago +1

    Very good

  • Microwave
    Microwave 21 day ago

    What makes me special hmmmmmm I’m autistic l

  • Amani Al sayd
    Amani Al sayd 22 days ago +2

    What msks me special .. is that i’m trying to be special 🤞🏽

  • Minh Duong
    Minh Duong 23 days ago

    nothin' since i'm nothing special :-)

  • world car Malabar
    world car Malabar 24 days ago +1

    Do you still remember everything that happened to you when you were seven?
    Your speech was like yesterday's

  • instsh search
    instsh search 25 days ago

    After listening to her i literally felt that i got to know everything, that i wanted to know.

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    Sachin Jain 25 days ago

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  • Tamam Kotkot
    Tamam Kotkot 25 days ago

    Very nice

  • joana marie abadiano
    joana marie abadiano 27 days ago +1

    it's hard to preach ourselves

  • K B
    K B 28 days ago +1

    Food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food

  • K B
    K B 28 days ago +1

    Hamburgers are the best change my mind

  • Rizal Derck
    Rizal Derck 29 days ago


  • Jaldeep Kumar
    Jaldeep Kumar 29 days ago

    Amazing voice with perfect pronunciation!!!!👍👍

  • cruel fate
    cruel fate 29 days ago

    Someone can explain the phrase : Put oneself in other's shoes (Put yourself in Angelina's shoes) means put oneself in other's situation. Is that right ? Thanks 😘

    • K B
      K B 28 days ago

      cruel fate I’m hungry

  • Kylie Jonkman
    Kylie Jonkman 29 days ago

    Super proud of you! Bloody inspiring and what an amazing dad even though at times it may not have felt it! Thank you for sharing and inspiring xxx

    • K B
      K B 28 days ago

      Kylie Jonkman I’m hungry

  • vin Lennox
    vin Lennox Month ago

    By God I love that lady. Simply the BEST

    • vin Lennox
      vin Lennox 28 days ago

      K B lol what?

    • K B
      K B 28 days ago

      vin Lennox I’m hungry

  • zen anh anh
    zen anh anh Month ago

    It is interesting!

  • Edgar Leon
    Edgar Leon Month ago

    Is beautiful

  • Laura a
    Laura a Month ago

    I am a person who is very special because of my family

    • K B
      K B 28 days ago

      Laura a I’m hungry

  • Yan Jun Ni
    Yan Jun Ni Month ago +1


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  • HUY Luong Ngoc Quang

    This woman has a good speech. Bravo!

  • Frank Blackcrow
    Frank Blackcrow Month ago +1

    This looks like an indoctrination video.. from someone that was indoctrinated.. brainwashed to then as well to try to brainwash others.

    • K B
      K B 28 days ago

      Frank Blackcrow I’m hungry