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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  • Carolina Buitrago
    Carolina Buitrago 46 minutes ago

    Powerful and inspiring talk. Indeed, We are all human beings, that’s what really matters. However, we are all different and therefore, special. Thanks for sharing your experience Mariana!

  • UB TV
    UB TV 9 hours ago

    Such a wonderful discourse! I have downloaded and I will listen again and again for practice!

  • Ashish Sawariya
    Ashish Sawariya Day ago

    Entonces tú conoces español.. no lo sé pero me gusta español chicas.. té quiero. Jja.. amar desde India..

  • Jhaman Rahwani
    Jhaman Rahwani 2 days ago

    Incredible thoughts

  • Tuấn Anh Võ
    Tuấn Anh Võ 2 days ago

    Pround of my "freedom" in my mind. I'm from VietNam, one country had socialist. In there, it isn't have freedom in mind

  • Anyar Deui
    Anyar Deui 2 days ago

    I am a simple man...

  • Island sea I lve
    Island sea I lve 2 days ago +3

    Wat a beautiful inspiring speech thanks to my sister in humanity 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Aya Elwakeel
    Aya Elwakeel 3 days ago +5

    Me too i'am special , because iam strong i was failled and start again to do what i love and what i need ❤

  • Lucie789
    Lucie789 4 days ago

  • rin okumura
    rin okumura 5 days ago

    She is greath

  • Arshad VK
    Arshad VK 5 days ago

    I like the way she breath rathe than she talks

  • Sayed Khalil Tammar
    Sayed Khalil Tammar 6 days ago

    Be a good human, being speacial is easy.

  • M1n1 111
    M1n1 111 7 days ago

    كلام هايل كتبت الورقه وساحتفل بها اليوم

  • Nermin Hesenova
    Nermin Hesenova 7 days ago

    I am special because I know need to be human.

  • Sevia
    Sevia 8 days ago +2

    This hit me so hard as an immigrant :’)

  • Amelia Lita
    Amelia Lita 9 days ago +2

    I love how honest she is!

  • riverman
    riverman 9 days ago

    YOU are special

  • Gabriel Henrique
    Gabriel Henrique 9 days ago

    i could spend the whole day listening to her

  • Rebecca Cawley
    Rebecca Cawley 10 days ago +12

    I am special because God created me purely out of love. I am special because God blessed me with my son, Mason, I am eternally grateful to be this child's mother. He is also extremely special💙
    God Bless, everyone!

  • Nicolae Fabian
    Nicolae Fabian 11 days ago

    Hm.... So what makes her special?

  • Morning Wood
    Morning Wood 11 days ago

    You’re special to me, baby. 😉

  • thành lê
    thành lê 12 days ago

    i am specia because i differient whit all

  • Just be you
    Just be you 15 days ago

    Great 👌🙏 mam👏👍

  • Alex Astorga Lara
    Alex Astorga Lara 15 days ago


  • Edu Solis
    Edu Solis 16 days ago

    H kjb

  • Messi - Alien
    Messi - Alien 17 days ago

    hello Viet Nam

  • Pradeep Uprikar
    Pradeep Uprikar 17 days ago



    Mariana i love you

  • neha sinha
    neha sinha 18 days ago +3

    Highly likeable👍.. journalist like u is d need of the hour

  • timber Xu
    timber Xu 19 days ago

    傻左,你觉得你来美国就是获得一个space?经济、历史、资源、政治什么你都不考虑? 毒瘤

  • samaneh heidari
    samaneh heidari 19 days ago

    There is a thing by talking on ted’s stage ! I lost my mom and father in 21 month working and through lots of difficulties! Divorced and other issues and all those make me different

  • Yirandy Zamora-Garcia
    Yirandy Zamora-Garcia 19 days ago

    Best Ted Talk hands down!!!

  • Redha Habib
    Redha Habib 19 days ago

    Underestimating others is a very horrible mistake one can ever do.

  • Aj
    Aj 20 days ago

    Again the example of a victim card playing Muslims..uggggh

  • Vikram Raj Singh
    Vikram Raj Singh 20 days ago

    No one is special and nobody is different. The much simpler beings are much more close to existence...

  • Abhishek Singh Bhadauriya

    Stand against wrongs and dare to talk what is right .. makes me special.

  • Brig Sushil Bhasin
    Brig Sushil Bhasin 21 day ago

    wow. An intriguing story

  • Mohd Asif
    Mohd Asif 21 day ago

    Great speech

  • Lucas Gabriel
    Lucas Gabriel 21 day ago

    She's awesome

  • Nerisha Ibrahim
    Nerisha Ibrahim 21 day ago +11

    She is such a beauty with a brain. Love the way she speaks👏

    • Sy T
      Sy T 21 day ago

      Do u want to be like her.🤗.
      I absolutely.
      Try to imitate her voice and the rhythm.
      Do you agree with me??

  • doggone
    doggone 21 day ago

    What makes me special? my nine inches

  • van hung Le
    van hung Le 21 day ago

    Wow that’s great .I’m born in

  • تعليم اللغة الإنجليزية

    Who's repeated this speech more than one time ❤

    • Sy T
      Sy T 21 day ago

      I repeated this speech many times in order to imitate her voice and rhythm. I really love english and wanna inprove my english skills.🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Dongmin Seo
    Dongmin Seo 22 days ago


  • Kevin Kinchen
    Kevin Kinchen 22 days ago

    If she wasn't hot, no one would listen to her

  • raza shah
    raza shah 23 days ago

    i just like your performance and dress

  • Willy Rangel
    Willy Rangel 23 days ago

    Que hermosa eres, excelente este Ted saludos desde ARGENTINA pero soy VENEZOLANO

  • Bilal Khan
    Bilal Khan 24 days ago

    really amazing , worth watching

    • Bilal Khan
      Bilal Khan 21 day ago

      Mimi manel if you need any help you can ask

    • Bilal Khan
      Bilal Khan 21 day ago

      Mimi manel sure!

    • Mimi manel
      Mimi manel 21 day ago

      I want someone who helps me learn English to communicate with him Do you do that to me please

  • 易山川
    易山川 24 days ago

    Everyone is special! You can do better than before.

  • Henry Tran
    Henry Tran 25 days ago

    Her voice speaks English is easy for learner like me

  • Stars Star
    Stars Star 26 days ago +12

    Positive attitude willing to change to be better person. God loves me too and my parents and family. ♥

  • pawan kumar
    pawan kumar 26 days ago

    Very well

  • Rock the Nation
    Rock the Nation 26 days ago +2

    Thank you so much for your beautiful speech ❤️

    • Mimi manel
      Mimi manel 21 day ago

      I want someone who helps me learn English to communicate with him Do you do that to me please

  • Sedefnur Taşın
    Sedefnur Taşın 26 days ago

    All of theme is True. I agree with him

  • Muhammet Şadan Kuzgun

    she is like a star

  • Brenda Vanessa
    Brenda Vanessa 27 days ago +3

    Espectacular! Mariana eres un ejemplo a seguir, te felicito que charla tan inspiradora

  • Pepper K
    Pepper K 28 days ago

    i am special i can fab with 2 fingers

  • Sundar Pichai
    Sundar Pichai 28 days ago


  • Zainab Katton
    Zainab Katton 28 days ago +13

    I do not want to be beautiful. I want to create something beautiful That's what
    makes me speciel

  • Naamagal Rajenthiram
    Naamagal Rajenthiram 29 days ago

    I’m special because I’m ready to change for a better me❤️

  • Elisa Herrera
    Elisa Herrera 29 days ago

    Mariana you was very lucky that your Daddy make your futue special, Some children dont have that opportunity .

  • HH BleachyReborn
    HH BleachyReborn 29 days ago

    Strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck.

  • Andrey Chmut
    Andrey Chmut Month ago

    To feel different is not good for person, but how about different countries? whole country is different to US even if a lot of people support US way of life and not going to increase number of immigrants in US.

  • tic tac
    tic tac Month ago

    Yes, they broke a law and they should pay a penalty for it.. like other immigrants...!! Hey, how do u justify this and consider it a simple flaw?? They ought to be kicked out from the country. The same immigrants are Boston suicide bomber, orlando shooter. Spies from numerous country would infiltrate in USA unless there's strong constraints for immigration. Consequence can be understood in the recent attacks. What Trump doing is not for himself or his party, rather for his country's security,

    • tic tac
      tic tac Month ago

      +Andrey Chmut yeah.

    • Andrey Chmut
      Andrey Chmut Month ago +1

      l think even poor countries suffer from the problems of uncontrolled immigration and terrorism.

  • Tai Salviano
    Tai Salviano Month ago +11

    So inspiring! Thank you for your speech!

  • Hương Mây Bùi
    Hương Mây Bùi Month ago

    So good

  • Şerife Nur AKÇA
    Şerife Nur AKÇA Month ago

    keşke türkçe alt yazısıda olsaydı

  • iCoteg
    iCoteg Month ago

    Клас! Очень сильная речь!!! Когда я слушал ее, мне казалось, что она вот-вот заплачет. Но сколько мудрости и силы в этой молодой женщине!!! Да, мы часто и не задумываемся почему другие так отличаются от нас. Но и кто-то другой видит в нас отличия. Но, что в итоге победит - то, что нас разделяет, или то что объединяет, зависит именно от нас!

  • The Redmont Official

    I like her communication skill

  • Thi Viet Than
    Thi Viet Than Month ago +1

    Your voice touched my heart! Thank you so much!

  • ferrum7ish T B
    ferrum7ish T B Month ago

    Estaba por compartir , hasta que dijiste en el minuto 12:45 "deben ser sancionados" y cambié de idea. ¿Quién te crees que eres?

  • Jhon charls Vizcarra mayorga

    Beutyfull woman

  • Ella Urey
    Ella Urey Month ago

    your talk is inspiring. Thanks dear

  • Anna Cecilia Olgado

    This talk made me want to be sent to summer camps.

  • 秦润梓
    秦润梓 Month ago

    There are stars in her eyes

  • the world beautiful

    that ideas sound good but I couldn't understand

  • Lina Kadoora
    Lina Kadoora Month ago

    Maybe you speak Arabic

  • Emma Betaganso
    Emma Betaganso Month ago

    Amazing! Wow!

  • Lisa Munoz
    Lisa Munoz Month ago

    This was a wonderful message. From an young age I learned that everyone has a story. Even the haters have a story behind their hate. I learned this by having to repeat my story in defense of the color of my skin. My story is not important right now, but I wanted to say how proud I am of you Mariana. You could just keep this to your self but you choose to be brave and tell the story. I think that if we all took time to understand each other there would be a lot less hate in the world. Keep up the good work.

  • Abdijalil Said
    Abdijalil Said Month ago +1

    Gorgeous lady ❤️

  • Trinidad Barañao
    Trinidad Barañao Month ago

    im not special. i really want to be .

  • Cr7
    Cr7 Month ago +1

    She is so gorgeous❤️!

  • Saniata Gilo-Sahut
    Saniata Gilo-Sahut Month ago

    I like this speaker 🤙

  • Mlg Ryan
    Mlg Ryan Month ago


  • l r
    l r Month ago

    I remember when I was 8 years old, seeing and meeting kids from France. They looked different, spoke different, had a different smell to them. That day was the beginning of appreciating what makes other special. That day began my path to my personal growth. Today, I love to meet people from all cultures, speak their language, sit and talk with them, eat their food. When i do this, i become them, I hear their struggles, their joy and they teach me that we do all come to this world in a different body, different color, but we all want the same thing, to dream and to achieve. What makes me different, is that I accept every human as a human; I AM a humanist. I celebrate me today and every day, because i am special, quirky and unique and a wonderful human being because I accept you as special, and wonderfully made.

  • Emmanuel Niyigena
    Emmanuel Niyigena Month ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Chiemi Watanabe
    Chiemi Watanabe Month ago

    I am special because I'm trying truck even I hate truck though

  • my daddy
    my daddy Month ago +1

    i came for inspiration. i mastubated ... on maarianna

  • Ayesha S
    Ayesha S Month ago

    She has a great speaking voice and style

  • Alejandra CH
    Alejandra CH Month ago

    that scared me lol

  • Irina Irina
    Irina Irina Month ago +1

    Great speech! Love this girl! She's so confident, powerful and motivated! I was almost crying listening about her sister...

  • Dave Lana
    Dave Lana Month ago +5

    The summary of her speech is you need to stop following the crowd in order to discover yourself and be different!

  • john escalante
    john escalante Month ago

    The problem with your premiss is that you wanted to embrace the American way, Fatima or any other Muslim by principal do no embrace, they assimilate. Assimilate other cultures. They’ve done it for centuries. It took Spain 700 years to kick them out. The white Americans are now becoming the OTHERS thanks to people like Fatima! We Latin Americans, like you, come from a common European ancestry, very similar to American. We look down and native Americans, the Native American that we in Latin America almost vanished from the face of the earth. How many people do we need to let in until this country brakes economically speaking. You sound true and compelling but I believe your selling your self politically! Because it is a political speech. You are beautiful and very European! You expect perfection from human? Be real! Life is not as simple as you think! Besides, it obvious that you come from a wealthy family. You think your speech will change the world? Forget the mold. You are arrogant, and yes... very human. I’m disappointed! It’s a brain wash! Vulnerable minds will listen but not smart people. And there are a lot of smart people in the world. Write another speech! One that is not so airy, so empty.

  • Emine Dogan
    Emine Dogan Month ago

    Beni neredeyse her dakikasi aglatan ve bir saniyesini bile kacirmamak icin pür dikkat dinledigim harika bir videoydu cok genis perdeden bakabilsek ve basarili olabilsek kendimizi bulabildigimiz alanlarda en onemlisi empati kurarak baska insanlara saygili olarak hayatimizi sekillendirmek umarim iyi insanlarin iyi hayatlari olur

  • Faraz Arif
    Faraz Arif Month ago

    Pathos always works above Logic and Beauty finds her way to make you special........no matter, what profession do you have

  • Valeria Zuñiga Charcopa

    es una comunidad donde conviven

  • julio araque
    julio araque Month ago

    Proud of a Venezuelan women, she's leaving the name of our country higher.... loved her

  • Monika Taska
    Monika Taska Month ago

    Deeply cute

  • João Carvalho
    João Carvalho Month ago

    h god, I loved it. Congratulation for your history and discuss. i could felt truth in your words

  • Nivi Rk
    Nivi Rk Month ago