jasminebarta

Jasmine Barta

Journalist, storyteller, and kindness advocate. I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and have a passion for writing and social media. I believe that every single person has a story worth telling, and that small acts of kindness can make an extraordinary difference.

Honor Your Loved Ones in KIND TV’s Suicide Prevention Episode


 

Every day, around 123 Americans die by suicide. That’s about one person every 12 minutes.

Many of us have family or friends we’ve lost to suicide. It’s something our country, and many countries, desperately need to put more resources into preventing. In the meantime, we’re hoping our suicide prevention episode will help save just one life. We reached out to our community and many who have struggled with suicidal thoughts or attempts joined us to share their stories and speak one powerful message: you are not alone.

We’d like to honor those who have lost a loved one to suicide (or those who have survived a suicide attempt or suicidal thoughts) in our episode credits,

Stockings for the Homeless!

It’s intimidating being one person wanting to make a positive difference in our world with HUGE international problems. What possibly could just one person do to help?

As Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” She was a smart woman indeed and couldn’t be more correct.

We gathered those who wanted to help and together set out to help our homeless population in the Seattle area. What we didn’t plan was who we’d come across at the end. Desperate, cold and all alone… or so he thought.

The true holiday magic comes not only from spending time with family and loved ones,

A Gift of Love for Preston Scott

Nothing is greater than a parent’s love for their child.

In 2014, at just 4 years old, Preston Scott was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer usually found in children. He’s been through more obstacles and trials than any young boy should ever have to, from chemotherapy and surgery to suffering through seizures and infections. Despite this, there’s still hope. There are innovative treatments and options abroad, but they are expensive.

Preston’s dad, Jesse, has never given up on the fight to save his son’s life, and neither should we! Watch as a community comes together to give a gift of love to a 7-year-old boy who is fighting for his life and his single father who has devoted everything to help him.

The Impact of kindness

This talk was given at a TEDx event in the Netherlands, and is all about the power of kindness, which we love. Jacqueline believes that the change kindness can make is so great that we should embrace it instead of avoiding it.

Many people are kind when prompted. They’ll help when asked, but how many of us go out of our way to push ourselves to live a life where we seek out small acts of kindness and grace on a daily basis, instead of letting it be passive?

Kindness costs nothing, but it’s the best gift you can get!

10 beautiful videos that will warm your heart

In a world that heavily publicizes and publishes all of the bad things occurring on a daily basis, sometimes it can be easy to forget about all of the wonderful, magnificent, kind acts happening on a daily basis.

Here are some uplifting videos to remind you that despite the tragedies on the news, there are beautiful people doing beautiful things to help others every single day. Are you one of them?

 

1. Everyone deserves a second chance

2. Our animals are our family

3. We can heal through music

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A Veteran’s Huge Surprise

Talk It Up TV set out to help a veteran family in need, and we found the perfect one. After getting to know them, we decided what they needed was a little Christmas magic and a life-changing act of kindness to brighten their lives.

Meet the Kelleys: David is an army veteran who was injured while on active duty. While in Iraq, he broke his back and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He also also has PTSD and is often confined to a wheelchair. His wife, Stacey, is his caregiver and the couple have three children together,

HOPE Against Human Trafficking | Full Episode

 

 

 

This is the story of “Hope,” a young girl who was trafficked in Seattle at age 16. She was coerced to run away from home, and before being rescued in an FBI raid, was raped and abused by multiple men a day. This is a true story, and one that needs to be told.

Human trafficking is not something that just happens overseas. It happens in the United States, too. And it happens in your city. Polaris says that since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the U.S.

Anny Havland Featured on Extraordinary Women Series

 

The world needs more extraordinary women!

We are amazed at the support Talk It Up TV has gained. With nearly 5-million YouTube views, the community has proven that positive media and kindness matters! Our life-changing acts of kindness and desire to change fear-driven media tactics have made a huge difference to a lot of lives.

And it all started with a dream – a dream by Anny Havland. Growing up, Anny didn’t have a lot, but that never stopped her from envisioning a better future for herself and, later in life, her son.

Finding Happiness After Cancer: A Survivor’s Story

 

Annette Crabtree was 14-years-old when she was diagnosed with cancer. It was the week before she started high school. One day, in the middle of the night, she woke up with lower back pain. After visiting the hospital she was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.

Within 7 days she was on the operating table unable to feel her legs due to the pain and numbness. The cyst was removed and she immediately began radiation therapy. Annette also spent 18 months undergoing chemotherapy. She went to school Monday through Wednesday and had treatments every Thursday,

Father-Son Team at the Frontline of Positive Music Movement

By Jasmine Barta

No one can deny that music is powerful. It inspires us, motivates us, and can even help us overcome tragedy and heartbreak. Music is a vital part of our daily lives and it influences us from a young age. Despite all of this, there is still a lot of negative music – songs laced with obscenity and violence.

That’s why a #PositiveMusicMovement is exactly what this world needs. Father and son team Xola and Mattias Malik are at the center of this movement, and what they’re doing to help change the music industry is nothing short of extraordinary.