Representation matters | Nikesha Elise Williams | TEDxFSCJ

Representation matters: The conversation you’ve always wanted to have with a Black woman â€" At a time when Black women are still stereotyped as mammies and jezebels, sapphires and welfare queens, the need for Black women to be represented has never been greater, explains Nikesha Elise Williams. In language both poetic and polemical, Williams traces the wonder she experienced as a youth seeing Black women perform the works of Black women artists, the helplessness she suffered as the victim of racist slurs, and the disbelief she still feels knowing today’s women of color do not enjoy the representation they’ve earned in politics, the workplace, and the media. Yet beyond the whirl of trending topics and hashtags lies the simple message Black women would impart: See us. The real us. The vulnerable us. Not just your version of us. Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy award winning news producer and author. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Nikesha attended the Florida State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. In addition to winning an Emmy, Nikesha won the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters award for Best Breaking News in 2014. Nikesha lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but you can always find her online at, or @Nikesha_Elise on Twitter and Instagram. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at