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15 Videos That Will Make You Rethink Everything

15 Videos That Will Make You Rethink Everything
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Spoken word and slam poetry: you might not know much about it now, but what if I told you that thanks to video sharing sites like YouTube, these are mediums of self expression that are cultivating progressive voices.

Groups like Button Poetry, Speak Easy NYC and Project V.O.I.C.E., to name just a few, are enabling young and old to lift their voices and create a chorus of strong, often progressive, voices who are making powerful statements on racial prejudice, feminism, gay rights, body image, on love, on empowering our youth and so much more.

Here is just a small list of powerful spoken verse performances from the last few years. This is by no means a definitive list of poetry performances: there’s so much more to explore and so many more voices to hear, but these — in no particular order — are ones that spoke to me personally with messages I sincerely felt needed sharing. Please be advised there is strong language in the following videos, in every sense of the word.

 

On Sexual Orientation

1. Denise Frohman – “Dear Straight People”

This video is poised to go viral, and for good reason. It tells in a licorice whip of a voice the complex relationship lesbians and bisexual women have with straight men and straight women. Articulating the experience of many, this poem is worth engaging with even if you don’t agree with everything it contains:

 

2. Janani – “Trans/National”

What it means to be a man of color is given new meaning here:

 

 

On Women’s Rights

3. Lauren Zuniga – “Personhood”

Zuniga, in a blowtorch of a voice, argues that legislating personhood is a very good idea. Here’s why:

Zuniga has many more astonishing poems with similar themes, including “To The Oklahoma Lawmakers” and “Girl:Exploded.

 

4. Kait Rokowski – “How to Cure a Feminist”

A sheer switchblade of a poem that detonates down the spine with successive hits, Kait Rokowski manages to touch on a very particular strain of anti-feminist behavior and articulate it with a disarming candor:

 

5. Sarah Kay – “The Type”

Mention spoken verse poetry and sooner or later you are likely to hear the name Sarah Kay, and for good reason. While all of her poems are wonderful, this particular piece has a message for young girls that cuts through empowering slogans and delivers a call to self-worth and self-value that deserves to be heard:

 

On Body Acceptance

6. Rachel Wiley – “10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy”

There are some poems that explode and some poems that call you in as they whisper. This beautiful piece does both and then soars as it explores the effects of fat shaming, of beauty and what love really means:

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12:01AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I am getting expertise all the time by reading such pleasurable posts.

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9:25PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Thank you.

8:15PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Wonderful to see thesevideos

9:26AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I'm sorry to say that I watched one of these videos and it only made me rethink was the usage of my time so I watched no others.

It is perfectly okay to be behind one particular cause or many causes that you feel are worthwhile and endeavour to change humankind. However, to be really be behind a cause you must be actively doing something about it. It requires more than lending a voice at a cocktail party. One must look at what is occurring in our society and find out what the true information is by those who are not handing out press releases. One has to really dig for the data. Political and economic factors go back over a hundred years for the beginning of the sharp turn towards a slave state.

The only problem with activism is not fully knowing the existing situation and how it came to be. When one battles the enemy of truth with truth and nothing but the truth then one can always win. When you introduce any arbitrary or lie into the process then you have merely exposed the chink in the armour so the enemy may strike.

While these videos may give relevant opinions they do not necessarily give you truth. One can only decide what is real for them and to do this one has to look and know with certainty that one has found truth.

8:29AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

3. Lauren Zuniga – “Personhood” Powerful. TRUE.

5:28AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thanks for sharing

3:50AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Excellent. Thank you.

2:35AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thx for this! Hope others get a chance to be reached as well!

11:53PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

noted

6:57PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thanks 4 the suggestions! Will check out a couple!

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