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Four Fabulous Video Band-Aids YOU need NOW!

I'm having one of those days. The type that can't be improved by consuming ridiculous amounts of caffeine or chocolate. (I tried.) Lately, each time I turn on the news, my stomach begins to ache and I feel like I'm gonna hurl. It's days like these when the slumping economy, plastic television pundits, and big bank bonuses really bum me out.

Are you like me? Mainstream media got you down? Sick of Edwards? Tired of Tiger? Need a break from the shallow, male dominated 24-hour-blab-fest? Do you crave provocative remarks from women who can lift you up and make you feel good (the kind of healthy escapism that won't result in substance abuse or an std?) Well don't despair, because I've got a few media feel-better-band-aids:

In the late afternoon, when my blood sugar drops and the "echo chamber" starts to get under my skin, I take a temporary news detox. Shhh. My secret ritual is to curl up in my favorite chair (preferably with a hot cup of tea in hand and a kitty on my lap) to devour a few substantive video clips from insightful women. It's a simple quick fix pleasure of mine. I find these fifteen minute staycations always do the trick. Any topic will do: humor, poetry, literature, academic analysis, thanks to Vimeo, Ted, YouTube, and countless others the options are endless. Lately my favorite media indulgences are good commencement speeches.

I know, I know, I bet I lost you on that last one huh? Like me, your first reaction to the words "commencement speech" is to file em away in the boring category of your brain alongside other scorned word pairs such as "post office," "card denied," "please hold," or "bus stop." But, I promise, these commencement speeches are different. So, next time the largely white, misogynistic, petty coverage of the day's news makes you want to rub a giant turd all over your computer screen, pause, take a deep breath, and give these videos a try.

What? Not in the mood to search through the ginormous pile of virtual crap littered all over the Internet? Well my friend, it's your lucky day because I've done the dirty work for you. Below are a handful of quick clips by provocative females on a wide variety of stimulating issues including analysis of pop culture, failure, and privilege. (I've also included my top two favorite commencement speeches.) It's Internet escapism you can feel good about. So go ahead, take a break, ponder meaningful media, and pause to appreciate smart remarks by witty women —how refreshing! Thanks to these ladies my computer screen stays clean, my spirits are lifted, and my day just got a whole lot brighter. Hope yours does too.

Enjoy!

Ellen DeGeneres Tulane 2009 Commencement Speech
Full transcript can be found: here

Staceyann Chin "Feminist or Womanist" Def Poet Performance
Full transcript can be found: here

bell hooks Cultural Criticism and Transformation Part 1
Full transcript can be found: here

J. K. Rowling Harvard 2008 Commencement Speech
Full transcript can be found: here

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, if you've enjoyed these video clips and/or have suggestions for engaging/funny/provocative short internet clips that lift your spirits, I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for more. Please share the media love on the comments section below. Thanks!

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"Instead of showing your boobs, show your brain."

Ellen's speech was very uplifting (and obviously very funny, too - the guy on the left couldn't stop cracking up!). Thanks for sharing this. It's lighthearted, but still drives home important messages.

And how true it is when she says, "Instead of showing your boobs, show your brain." Women, we need to remember this. When you respect yourself, you set an example for other women to follow suit and respect themselves, too. Let's hope this catches on!

YES

All 6 (8?) parts of the bell hooks vids are worth the time! Best thing I've seen on YT in awhile.