Category: Video

Here’s a fun “In My Feelings” challenge video from Spotted in Chambana

Drake's new album Scorpion came out a few weeks ago, and honestly, I'm kind of surprised that I'm able to reference Drake in a post here on SP. That feels good in and of itself. 

Anyway, I saw this video posted in Spotted in Chambana, and it put a smile on my face, so perhaps it'll bring one to yours, too. If you're unfamiliar with the song, or the "In My Feelings" Challenge, read up on it here.

Enjoy your Friday.

Photo is a screenshot from the video.

CUTC's Annie debuts on Thursday, and you should watch this interview with Sandy

The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company is putting on its final show of the summer season, the iconic Annie, this weekend at the Virginia Theatre. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m. and tickets are available here

The best part? There's a REAL dog playing Sandy. I'm sure there are lots of wonderfully talented actors too, but look at this super good doggo that's going to be in the show:

Video from the CUTC Facebook page

C-U sitting volleyball player Nichole Millage got silver at the ParaVolley World Championships

Millage, a Centennial grad and environmental sustainability specialist for the City of Champaign, helped the USA Women's National Sitting Volleyball Team make it to the gold medal match against Russia at the championships in the Netherlands. Unfortunately they came up short, but still a pretty amazing accomplishment. They also qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

This was her 4th appearance at the world championships, and she's also competed in the past three paralympics. 

If you've never watched sitting volleyball, check out this video of their match from their FB page. These are amazing athletes.

Photo from Facebook

Sindha Agha's latest video, one about painful sex, released on BBC Three

Former Uni High and U of I grad Sindha Agha is on a tear. Her work as a videographer, writer, and generally amazing artist has been featured in New York Times, and she's been making waves.

Her latest video is her first episode of her Body Language series for BBC Three discussed painful sex. You can watch the beautiful video below, and see what she had to say about it below from her Facebook post:

The first episode of Body Language, my series for BBC Three, is out!

Up to 18% of women worldwide suffer from dyspareunia (painful sex). As women, we’ve been led to believe that many of our experiences are indescribable, incommunicable; that even when we can figure out how to talk about what happens inside our bodies and our minds, that we’d better not — that others don’t want to hear it because it’s too gross, too sad, too strange. On a personal level, this aspect of our culture has cost me tremendously. These films are my attempt to create a visual language that can externalize our innermost experiences — to dismantle taboo and let other women know they are understood. /// thank you to Rhonda Hierons for sharing your story so honestly, Navi Lamba for commissioning the series at BBC Three, and PRETTYBIRD's Juliette Larthe & Paulette Caletti for producing this with such heart.

Top photo is a screenshot from the video.


Check out this video of Niagara Falls lit up with Illini colors

And the orange and blue lighting is for real an Illini tribute. Illinois alum Mark Thomas is retiring from his position as the Western New York regional director of New York State Parks, and was involved in the installation of the LED lights that light up the falls each night. 

From the U of I Facebook page:

Among his many accomplishments, Mark led a $70 million improvement project at Niagara Falls—which included installing the new LED lights that adorned the falls in Illini colors this week. Congratulations to Mark on a wonderful career!

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C-U Adventures in Time and Space is closing three of their rooms for renovations

If you haven't yet tried The Cabin, The Lost Temple, or Calling all Heroes, get yourself in there and try them now! They will be closing this summer for renovations. Check out our write ups of The Cabin and The Lost Temple, and watch this spooky trailer for The Cabin:

Reservations must be made online in advance, even if it's for the same day.

Alan Dershowitz is speaking at U of I on April 26

The attorney, who has represented Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, and Jim Bakker, and who was part of the O.J. defense team, will be giving a public lecture at Foellinger Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free.

His name has been in the news the past couple of days, because he had dinner with Trump on the heels of the Michael Cohen raids. He's been outspoken against the Mueller investigation, despite his liberal political leanings, and was particularly fired up about the raids in a segment on New Day this morning. If you've got a few minutes, it's a pretty interesting back and forth with Chris Cuomo.

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Watch Illinois Senator Durbin (and other members of Congress) grill Mark Zuckerberg

“Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

This is what Senator Dick Durbin said to Zuck, which got some laughs, of course. I'm sure you can guess what Zuck responded with.

I realize this SPlog might seem like clickbait, given that this is more of a national (eh, global) issue. However, given that it's relevant to most everyone, seeing Durbin question Facebook Overlord Mark Zuckerberg at yesterday's hearing, it feels like an OK thing to post given that he's an Illinois representative.

A few weeks back, I posted about former U of I Professor Dr. Safiya Noble discussing this issue of privacy and Facebook. Yesterday, the hearing you've all been seeing float across the internet, and be made into memes time and time again, happened.

Watch Durbin's questioning first, and then go to the quick 3 minute highlight reel to check out what you missed. The whole testimony is out there, but that's five hours long. So, have fun with that if you desire.

Top photo screenshot from the video.


You should know that Sinclair Broadcast Group’s WICS/WICD broadcasts in C-U

Over the weekend, Deadspin published this article and video discussing the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The group owns roughly 200 television stations across the country, has recently been under heavy criticism after the video circulated with dozens of stations reading the same script criticizing so-called "fake news" stories.

This is a monster story, but not really one that should surprise many considering how conglomerated the media landscape has become. John Oliver discussed this on his show Last Week Tonight months ago, and commented on it today as it has resurfaced since the Deadspin post, calling the group a "brainwashed cult".

So, here's something that stood out to me this weekend, after looking through the link that Deadspin provided, which lists which stations are owned and operated by this media group:

One of those stations, WICS, is based in Springfield, and owned by this group. Their affiliate, WICD, is a station that broadcasts to Champaign, Urbana, and Danville. This is information that's being broadcast in this community.

If you haven't watched the video, you should. You can see it below.

Donald Trump has defended Sinclair today.

If you're interested in learning more about this Sinclair Broadcast Group's recent activity, look no further than this New York Times article about their intents to purchase Tribune Media, which has been a battle with the Justice Department for many months.

Top photo is a screenshot from Deadspin's video.