Choosing Joy, Ambition, and Self-Love

TEDXPrinceton Women

“Keah Brown is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. As a Black disabled queer woman, she’s had to fight to see her worth and value in a world that too often does not see it in her. Keah is a person who loves herself but she didn’t always. After years spent buying into others ideals of who she should be, she decided her voice was the only one she should listen to. Follow Keah on Instagram and Twitter @keah_maria Keah Brown is a journalist, screenwriter, and author. She created the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute in 2017 and was one of The Root’s most influential African Americans of 2018. She is deeply passionate about pop culture, music, Film and TV. Her work can be found in The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire UK, Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Keah Brown’s debut essay collection THE PRETTY ONE, is out now via Atria Books. Her picture book “Sam’s Super Seats” will be out 2022 via Koklia Books. You can learn more about her at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at”

‘The Pretty One’ author Keah Brown shares self-love journey

The Today Show

Keah Brown, born with cerebral palsy, struggled to accept herself growing up. Brown joins the 3rd hour of TODAY to discuss her journey to self-love, which she also writes about in her new book, “The Pretty One.”

You Can Be ‘Disabled and Cute,’ Says Keah Brown


‘I can be both disabled and cute. It’s not an either-or situation.’ — Keah Brown wrote ‘The Pretty One’ to show she’s more than just her disability.

The Pretty One


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