Lebanon can be difficult and, at times, violent. But we choose to be witnesses to the hidden heroes working here. Otherwise, we’d miss the greatest opportunity of all: to stand for something more than the sum of our parts.

This week a talk from TEDxBeirut on the beauty of the Arabic language became the first talk in Arabic to be featured on TED.com. Above — a part of a note from the organizers of TEDxBeirut on why holding the event means so much to them and their community.

Watch the talk — “Don’t kill your language” — here»

Beyoncé, a.k.a. goddess among mortals slash queen of everything, dropped a surprise album this morning  and guess what? She sampled a TEDx Talk! One of our favorites, actually. It’s a killer talk by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about gender and femaleness and why we should all be feminists. You can hear the excerpt above in the second verse of ”***Flawless,” bookended by Beyoncé reminding you that she can own it. TEDxEuston, FTW.

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Watch Adichie’s talk here »