Famous Speech Friday: Chai Jing's "Under the Dome" Documentary

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Viral doesn't even begin to describe this spring's wild ride for Chai Jing's "Under the Dome," a 104-minute documentary on air pollution in China. The documentary is similar to Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," blending a TED-style talk on stage with short filmed pieces and a blizzard of charts and graphs. Your choice of clothing can speak for you. But her personal narration on stage is underscored by her simple, down to earth clothing.

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Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis accepts an historic 2017 Oscar

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But by the time she stepped onto the stage, what emerged is as beautifully "written" as if the best speechwriters had crafted it. Start strong, and with a surprise: I can't say it better than this take on the speech in The Atlantic : "Davis’s speech quickly went viral and received wide acclaim for a lot of reasons, and prime among them was simply good writing.

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Famous Speech Friday: Debi Jackson on her transgender child

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Mothers get five minutes or so on stage, and cover every topic under the sun. The day I let her go to school in girl clothes, she was happier than I had seen her in a very long time. The speech went viral after it appeared on The Huffington Post , with tens of thousands of shares and hundreds of thousands of views, propelled in part by a tweet from singer Ricky Martin.

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