Never quite sure how to start these off… YouTube is cool.
The Winter Olympics are currently happening in Pyeongchang (spelt it right first time), South Korea. Speed skating, luge, the whole thing. Have you been paying attention to it? Are Britain going to win anything? Who knows, but fingers crossed for gold!
Seeing someone go down a track at 50 miles an hour on what is basically a tea tray brings up an interesting thought: how do people find their specific passion? Do you fall down a hill while holding an empty tea tray after giving your parents their early afternoon cuppa while they work on your broken down car for you? Then, once you get to the bottom of the hill, you get up and think, “That was fun. I wonder if I can make that my job in some way?” The answer to that is almost certainly no. The way that you find your passion is by being inspired enough by other people and their work to try it yourself. Who and what inspires you? Let us know!
Now onto your regularly scheduled Round-Up!
MY SISTER – her new life as an independent learning disabled woman | Bertie Gilbert
As with the first one, Bertie’s obvious love and warmth for Gene is palpable through every beautiful frame, shot by Ciaran OBrien. This piece also shows how living independently can help your loved ones as well, with their mother talking about being able to have time to do her own thing.
This short documentary is as incredible as its predecessor, if not more so – the Godfather: Part 2 of this genre, perhaps? Gene, Bertie and Melinda, if you’re reading this, we’d get a bigger shelf put in if we were you because come this year’s Summer in the City you might well be taking home another trophy.
What I learned from the Creators for Change Summit. | justkissmyfrog
As a Creators for Change fellow, Leena Normington has been a part of YouTube’s push to “show their fans and the world new perspectives and ways to work for social change”. As part of that, Leena was invited to the Creators for Change Summit in London at the end of January. The whole thing lasted eight hours and, from how Leena talks about it, was life-changing experience.
Malala Yousafzai was there to speak, amongst other people, including Rosianna Halse Rojas. The way Leena talks with such reverence for what Malala has done is wonderful to see. The theatre analogy she uses to describe the feeling of having such an inspirational woman in the room with her is one that is seemingly pitch perfect for how it must have been like.
An invigorated Leena, an emotional Leena, but one that speaks with such humility and admiration for the people she’d been lucky enough to witness tell their stories. We look forward to what she does next.
FIFA and Chill with Maya Jama | Poet and Vuj Present! | Copa90
Did you watch TV or listen to the radio at all in the last 12 months? Did you see TenEighty’s coverage of Niche’s Creator Day in 2017? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, it’s likely you’ve seen Maya Jama doing her thing.
Long ago, the Bristolian was part of Copa90’s YouTube presence as the “Football Virgin”, learning about the beautiful game from people who know it best. This video is a homecoming for Maya, with the majority of it being taken up by her reminiscing with David Vujanic and Poet about the good ol’ days, really showing the newer fans some of the history of the channel. With a few audience questions and a close game of FIFA, this is a video filled to the brim with laughter and good times.Yes, Copa fam!
They almost went through the whole video without mentioning her extremely famous boyfriend. A bit like this recap of it.
I’m Getting Published | Mandeville Sisters
For a number of years now, Amelia Mandeville has been writing books. She’s also been trying to get those books published with no success… until now. She’s got a book deal!
This video chronicles the journey from 2014, when she first spoke about writing, until 2018, when she starts to cry happy tears while getting the good news on the phone. A lot has changed for her in that time, including her hair colour. We’ve all been there. Congratulations, Amelia, you’re a true inspiration to everyone in a similar position.
Every Colour of You comes out this November. You can pre-order it now!
Dumbledore vs British Homophobia | Rowan Ellis
It is fair to say that J.K. Rowling has taken a slight kicking from the Twittersphere in recent times. Most of that has to do with the handling of Dumbledore’s queerness in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Rowan Ellis speaks about how British legislation created Section 28, which stipulates “…shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” Throughout her video, Rowan speaks about how this impacted the way in which Rowling delivered the news of Dumbledore’s sexuality, choosing not to explicitly speak about it in the books, but instead in an interview after the Deathly Hallows had been released. Rowan speaks so eloquently about this topic and what it all means for her as a queer woman.
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Steven Bridges is one of those magician people. “WITCHCRAFT!” We hear you cry. It’s wizardry actually, get your accusatory shouting in order! He does his astounding thing on the streets of London, shoplifting in the process? Watch and you will see.