Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. This groundbreaking show changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives. The result is a unique format revealing as different as everyone appears to be, we are all universally Connected.
Wake up to your world in 2 minutes.
Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
"INSPIRED" features celebrities, visionaries and some of the biggest newsmakers of our generation, recounting the stories behind their biggest, life-changing moments of inspiration.
In a compelling series of verite encounters, Win Win provides unique access into the minds and lives of the world’s most-celebrated entrepreneurs and athletes.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Comedy is hard, but teaching comedy to children is hilariously difficult. Kevin Nealon is giving the challenge to some world-famous comedians. As these young minds meet with comedy’s best, get ready to learn some valuable comedy lessons, and to laugh!
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Executive produced by Zoe Saldana (who will be the subject of one episode), a celebrity travels back to their hometown to pay tribute to the one person from their past (before they were famous) who helped change their life by giving them an over-the-top, heart-felt surprise.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Captain D: Greetings children, Captain D here. I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, he lives right here in the lamp and his name is Mr. Flare.
Mr. Flare: Hey Captain, how are you doing? Good to see you.
Captain D: You too Mr. Flare.
Mr. Flare: Oh, hello children.
Captain D: So, Mr. Flare sounds like a very glamorous name, but you are actually a pretty down to earth sort of guy. Is it not true?
Mr. Flare: That is right CD. I am simple and easy to get along with. But, you know what? That does not mean I am worthless and do not deserve recognition and respect.
Captain D: And, you really like to travel, right?
Mr. Flare: I sure do, I have been all over the world and present at some of the most important events in the history, the 2006 night launch of the space shuttle discovery. The launch of any space thing really. The Police Reunion Tour, the reenactment of the World Trade Center, reenactment of the Iwo Jima, raising of the flag by the Lafayette High School Cheerleading Squad. Hell, I met most of these kids watching, although you would not know it from the way they act.
Captain D: All right, now.
Mr. Flare: I am not finished. They do not want to give my due credits. They rather believe I am some paranormal, ghost or angel. Well, angel my big refracted ass.
Captain D: Okay, thank you Mr. Flare. He raises a good point though. A camera lens is an imperfect device. Light can bounce around its various elements and create weird anomalies on the image. Some people choose to regard this as evidence of paranormal occurrences. My question is why? Here is a perfect example. This video claims to show some sort of fire angel, covering around the bonfire at the gathering of chanting Christians and Honduras.
But, you have to be completely dense not to realize that this is nothing more than a lens flare from the fire itself. Aside from the fact that it moves in concert with the camera, if you look carefully, you can see that it is an actual miniature image of the fire upside-down. So, why do some people continue to post ordinary videos like this and then fill the descriptions with ridiculous lies? My guess is for attention.
But, you do not need to make stuff up to get some personal attention, just leave the computer once in a while and go hangout with a friend. Better yet, make new ones like Mr. Flare.
Mr. Flare: Well, sorry I just have to get that out of my system.
Captain D: But, now I am afraid that it is time for us to go kids.
Mr. Flare: Yes, an undergrad in California is about to take a picture of his family against the shinny metal wall.
Captain D: Remember, love with your heart, use your head for everything else.