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If the preview picture confused you it’s because the one I wanted to use was giving me trouble, so I went with a collage I made of my friend and I instead (hey Bridget). I was feeling pretty nostalgic today and decided to compile a list of some of the videos that I remember most from 2014. I thought of videos that I found funny, enlightening, important, and/or intriguing, and ended up with a list of 19. At first I considered that maybe I’d squandered the opportunity to pick a number with some kind of meaning or pun (ex. 14 videos from 2014), but then I realized that 19 videos for my 19th year would work perfectly. Without further ado, here is the list:

Adult Swim: “Too Many Cooks”

Amanda Seales vs. Steven Santagati: Catcalling Debate on CNN

Azealia Banks: “Chasing Time” Music Video. I wish she would focus a little more on her music and a little less on her Twitter beef.

Barack Obama: Plans for Immigration Reform. Sorry bout it, xenophobes.

CNN: Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Diane Guerrero: Telling the Story of her Family’s Deportation

Edward Snowden at TED2014: “Here’s how we take back the Internet”

Emma Watson: Speech at the UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign 2014

FKA twigs: “#throughglass”. ‘Twas a great year for twigs. I’m obsessed with the vogue influences here and almost feel compelled to buy Google Glass when I watch this. Almost.

Geena Rocero at TED2014: “Why I Must Come Out”

John Oliver: Ferguson and Police Militarization on Last Week Tonight. Everything John Oliver did/said was on point this past year. He gets it.

La Roux: “Kiss and Not Tell” Music Video. Really into this video’s aesthetic, and thought her new album was fun and somewhat underrated.

Malala Yousafzai: Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. She’s an amazing human being. I highly recommend reading her book, I am Malala.

Mellody Hodson at TED2014: “Colorblind or Color Brave?” Super important talk about the uncomfortable topic of race in America, which was obviously huge throughout 2014.

Solange Knowles and Jay-Z: Elevator Fight via TMZ

Tricia Miranda: “Anaconda” Choreography. I watch this video several times a week as a form of replenishment. The third dancer KILLS it. Not even losing an earring could stop her.

Trinity Kardashian Bonet: Runway Looks from Season Six of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Perfection.

World of Wonder: Every episode of “Fashion Photo RuView”. I picked just one of my favorite episodes, but this webseries had me cackling from the beginning till the end of 2014. I recommend it even if you don’t watch the main show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Zak Ebrahim at TED2014: “I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.”

There’s a lot of different things going on here, but this is a pretty decent sample of the types of things that captured my attention this past year. There’re obviously many more things I could have highlighted, but these are just some of the first ones that came to mind. Feel free to check them out and share your thoughts.