You either love it or you hate it.
That’s right – April is over, and it’s time for the infamous gif of Justin Timberlake ringing in the month of May via song to dominate your Twitter timeline once again. We don’t even need to give you a direct quote here — you all know exactly what we’re talking about. And while we’re unabashed fans of JT in all his macaroni-haired glory, there are a few more people who deserve to share the spotlight this week. So without further ado (or spontaneous bursts of song complemented by early 2000s-calibre boyband choreography), here’s what grabbed our attention in the YouTube-sphere this week.
Sexist Commercials | Laurbubble
Why do women in commercials seem to be overwhelmed with joy at the prospect of a satisfactory all-purpose cleaner? Don’t costume designers know that white is not high on the list of colours worn during that time of the month? Are they all really that happy to be eating yogurt? These questions and more are covered in Laura Bubble’s newest sketch!
Sorry, did we say covered? We meant parodied and sung about and, to be perfectly honest, that seems like the perfect way to handle this topic. Seriously, did anyone ever believe that salad + laughter trope anyway? Although, we can’t hate too hard on the biscuit-eating tabloid-lover; we might be wearing the same outfit currently.
Why I Started Writing. | DottieJames
Dottie James is one of those people who produces videos we feel lucky to be privy to. Each thought, each word is so carefully constructed that it’s as though we’re peering directly into her mind – which, ironically, is part of the subject matter of her latest video.
Her newest poem, titled Why I Started Writing, tells the story of the storyteller herself. Where speech fell short, Dottie would write, letting her thoughts play out on paper instead of in the air where she feared they were weaker. The video is nothing short of mesmerising, with a lilting rhyme scheme and beautiful animations throughout that help drive the narrative home. This is definitely the kind of content worth waiting for… if only to repeat for weeks on end!
taking life one step at a time | New Age Creators
In the midst of exams and the uncertainty of ending another academic year come New Age Creators with a video about the future that could not have been more well-timed. And it’s not a KickThePj-style future with cardboard spaceships and fantastical monsters (at least not this time), but something much more tangible.
The creator behind this masterpiece is Chase Madsen, whose headspace we get to explore as he muses on topics such as the uncertainty of the future and finding comfort in ambiguity. Not only is it a fascinating conversation, but the visuals are stunning. Seriously, let us live in every frame of this short. How he managed to create so many nuggets of wisdom in one video we’re not entirely sure, but we’ll leave the bet ones for you to witness yourself!
8 THINGS ALL GIRLS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BODY CONFIDENCE/IMAGE | Grace F. Victory
If you’ve got a little case of the Monday blues, our next recommendation will help perk you right back up. Seriously, Grace Victory’s optimism and self-love is so contagious, it’ll have you smiling to yourself less than a minute in.
In this week’s video, Grace reminds us of just a handful of tips about body image and self-confidence that we could all work to commit to memory. From disassociating health from the number on the scales to remembering that our bodies have worked hard to carry us to where we are now, she uses a mix of facts and personal experience to touch on the self-love that is ultimately imperative to our happiness. This raw and honest persona is why we love Grace’s content, and while we can’t always give ourselves the positive self-talk we need, it’s reassuring to know that we have an online friend who can.
London Coffee Crawl | Rebecca Munroe
Are you sick of running your normal café ruts to Costa or your nearest Pret? Struggling to find new locations to help nurse that caffeine headache, or just a sucker for pretty latte art? Whatever your reason, Rebecca Munroe has got your covered in her newest video tour of London’s coffee scene.
With a bangin’ soundtrack and some beautiful images to boot, Becca is the effortlessly cool best friend you wish you had toting you around the city. It’s no secret that we’re fans, and we’re glad to see she’s putting out more content for us to hungrily devour. Also, six cafés in one day? We admire your dedication to the cause that is satisfying our craving for aesthetically pleasing coffee.
Still mad at us for getting that song stuck in your head? Here are some more videos to alleviate that burden:
From intricately laced verbal essays to visual love letters to her latest travels, Rosianna Halse Rojas always seems to know just how to turn an experience into a work of art. Of course her retelling of VidCon Europe in Amsterdam would be equally as cinematic!
If there’s one thing we’re certain we’ll miss about April, it’s Daniel J. Layton’s VEDA series. And while all of his content was spectacular as usual (yes, we’re eyeing that morning routine video, Dan), this cover of Waterfalls is definitely in our top three. Please say there are some full length covers in our future!
Throw up some streamers and grab the best looking cake at your local Tesco: Mark Ludford’s channel just turned ten! This week they gave us a surprisingly touching trip back down memory lane recounting a decade on the platform; congrats from us here at TenEighty, and here’s to ten more!