My Thursday 5¢: Five Videos to Watch

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Malala Yousafzai

Everytime I get an opportunity to hear this incredible girl speak, I listen.

Don’t know who Malala is:

Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago,  Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.

In a world where the internet, social media, TV and radio are full of a lot people yelling over each other to make their opinions heard, here we have 16-year-old girl who makes all of that seem so trivial.

These three videos are from her appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart on Oct. 8, 2013.  If you can’t draw inspiration from her, there must be something wrong with you.

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.1

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.2

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.3

Buffalo Style: Saving Saint Ann’s

This great video short comes from the wonderfully talented Christina Abt with’s Marc Odien working his videographer magic.  It captures why Saint Ann’s is important and why it must be saved.

Sergio Rodriguez: We’re In This Together!

Sergio Rodriguez released this great little ad here for his mayoral campaign. If he wanted to package his appeal in a neat little package, this is it. It shows a candidate who has appeal over a nice cross section of people from all walks of life in Buffalo. Someone who just isn’t spewing the tired political ad rhetoric we see so much of.

Why the local Republican powers that be haven’t gotten super behind this guy illustrates what is wrong with the Republican party locally and nationally. They are ignoring him because it isn’t politically prudent. They view the Buffalo mayoral race as no win scenario for them. That’s how it goes for the local party machines. They want to do what’s best for the machine and not what’s best for the voters in Buffalo. With proper backing, I am convinced Rodriguez would’ve had a chance.

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