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These TikToks Will Have You Cracking Up—And Winning At Work

Follow these women in tech, business, healthcare and more, for inspiration to live your best professional life.

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Have you ever heard the saying you are what you consume? If you are career-focused and want to move from the basement to the corner office suite, the manifestation of your dreams starts with your mindset. What are you putting in front of you that is getting you closer to where you want to be? Outside of the here-today-gone-tomorrow dance challenges, mouth-salivating recipes, and cute outfit compilations, TikTok has become a clutch resource for inspiration and career advice—whether you like it in a serious tone or delivered as pure comedy.

While you scroll on your way to your next lunch break, take a look at these Black women on TikTok who are not only engaging and entertaining but provide advice and tips that will set you up to live your best professional life:

Sugar, Nurse

@mylifeassugar_

##healthcareworkersoftiktok##cnalife##phlebotomist##viral##fyp##nursesoftiktok

♬ She Make It Clap - Soulja Boy

This self-proclaimed nurse coach helps students and professionals become more successful by showing the real (and hilarious) day-to-day encounters of working in the field. Her advice spans from how to survive nursing school to how to find your dream job making big bucks.

Rawan, Project Ops Manager

@rawanog

make sure to do this! ##linkedin##linkedintips##linkedinprofile##careertok##careeradvice##career##jobhunting##tech##stem

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys - Kevin MacLeod

Rawan uses her TikTok skills to empower underrepresented communities by sharing career tips, resources, and advice. She offers a combination of tech-industry advice as well as general tips that can benefit you no matter what you do for a living. The Facebook project ops manager immigrated to the United States at 16 and adds stories of her personal journey and love for travel in her videos, too.

Jahleane, Blogger

@jahleane

To better days in 2021 💞 ##learnontiktok##tiktokpartner##postgradlife##blacktiktok##visionboard

♬ The Wisp Sings - Winter Aid

Jahleane doesn't shy away from sharing the ups and downs of living as a recent grad in her 20s. She offers book recommendations, motivational advice, and a much-needed break from into what most recent grads have to deal with today, all while managing to keep her edges laid and bills paid.

Bozoma Saint John, CMO, Netflix

@badassboz

You know what your superpower is?? KNOWING AND VOICING YOUR GREATNESS.

♬ original sound - Bozoma Saint John

If you follow influential women who work at the executive level in entertainment, then you're probably no stranger to the name Bozoma Saint John. The global chief marketing officer (CMO) at Netflix gives a behind-the-scenes look at life in the C-suite and beyond. She also posts super-impactful interviews on career advice, confidence and leadership that she's given on physical and virtual stages.

Robyn M. Neal, Social Media Manager

@robynmneal

Game Day in the Life - Celtics vs Sixers

♬ Work Out (Talkbox) - Adam Tahere

She's a sports fanatic who spends her days in floor seats tweeting pics and posting bomb updates for the Boston Celtics. On top of letting us live vicariously through her TikToks, Robyn also shares job opportunities in the sports industry, as well as the day-in-the-life of her career as social media manager.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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