Video Review: Shawn Mendes & Khalid “Youth”

A gun falls on the ground and shatters. A stack of televisions on a pyramid televise the March for Our Lives speeches by Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg.

Inside a warehouse, Autumn de Forest waves red smoke in the air. Yetunde Washington, Nia Mandisa Parker and Lourdes Honor Taylor, hiplet dancers, perform a routine at night on a New York City building. On the rooftop, Kojo Odu Roney and hearing-impaired dancer Giuliana Siraguso perform sometime in the afternoon.

Khalid rides on an oversized box as he passes through the street.

Ballerina Lizzy Howell performs in an auditorium. Environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez stands behind a television. Shawn Mendes stands in a warehouse. Wrestler Hassan Hawthorne walks toward his opponent. Clawdeena, a drag performer, turns around to face the camera. The crane puts Zuriel Oduwole and her video camera on the ground again.

Ahmed Mohammed, who was arrested for being a clock to school, prays at the Statue of Liberty. Donielle Hansley performs on a cube in New York. Rapper Sonita Alizadeh stands by her microphone. Gymnast Morgan prepares for her leap. Gun survivor D’Angelo McDade lies on the ground, tape over his mouth. Lynn Yeboah and Janthe Benthall  debate David Doktorman and Isaac Segal. Young wrestler Phoenix Hunter pulls a car.

Martial arts champions Rayna Vallandingham and Ethan Fineshriber spar on the rooftop at night. Elias and Zion Phoenix play the piano on the back of a truck. Nasser Little dunks the basketball in the net inside the warehouse. Parker Clark breathes fire. Austin Perine wears a cape. Jack Andrada researches a cure for cancer.

All the young people get their moment in the spotlight.

Rating: 5/5

Millennials are considered to be apathetic, picky and spoiled. They are entitled and want everything handed to them. They don’t want to work and have no ambition. Voting doesn’t make sense to them unless the politician incites passion in them.

Austin Perine, a 4-year-old child, shows an empathy to the world most adults lack. A visit to a homeless shelter led him wanting to help the homeless. Meanwhile, teenagers like Lynn Yeboah, Janthe Benthall, David Doktorman and Isaac Segal are educating themselves on complex issues and winning national debates.

They are also speaking up. D’Angelo McDade gave a speech at March for Our Lives after being affected by gun violence in Chicago, Illionis. He was almost killed while sitting on the front porch. Ballerina Lizzy Howell, a plus-sized young woman, won’t let anyone tell her no. She started posting videos of herself dancing on Instagram, which brought awareness to her condition, pseudotumor cerebri, which causes excess fluid around the brain.

Director: N/A Year: 2018

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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