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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Video of the Week - Eulogizing those who made History

Steve Jobs

This weekend, I've taken time to watch some videos about Steve Jobs. He died back on October 05, 2011. There are several videos I recommend, including, but not limited to One Last Thing from PBS, Billion Dollar Hippy from BBC and a Steve Jobs Revealed documentary from Bloomberg TV.

After Steve died, a memorial service was held at the Apple Campus in Cupertino and his sister, novelist Mona Simpson eulogized him.

Here is the entire transcript of Mona summarizing Steve's life.

Rosa Parks

Another person who made history by refusing to submit to injustice was Rosa Parks. Angered by racial prejudice against people of color in the United States, Rosa Parks once refused to give up her seat in a public bus because only whites were allowed to sit in that part of the bus. This and other acts of civil disobedience by Parks and others championed the civil rights movement in USA and elsewhere in the world.

To commemorate Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey delivered a moving speech where she used the phrase "I will not be moved" several times to underscore the very essence of Rosa Parks's resistance against racial discrimination and injustice.

Having problems with the above video? Download it here. The transcript and audio are available at American Rhetoric.

Whitney Houston

On the day Whitney Houston died, 98.4 Capital FM presented a 'Remembering Whitney Houston' show, sans a radio presenter, where just her music took the better part of two hours. This emotional show was played several times that Sunday.

Personally, I'll always remember Whitney Houston for her profound 'One Moment in Time' hit.

True, her life was in no way perfect. But Whitney was beautiful imperfect, as one wife once said of her husband. Here is Kevin Costner eulogizing Whitney.

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To end this post, I've long agonized what would be the one song to aptly capture the conflicting emotions, fond memories, loss, grief, love, reflection.. that come with funerals.
Torn between Jewel's 'Leaving on a Jet plane' and 'One Sweet Day' by Mariah Varey and Boyz II Men, I've opted for the latter.