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EMMY NOMINATED SERIES directed by and starring Steve Buscemi is back for a second season!!! Park Bench is a local's take on the special people, places, and spirit of New York City. Through unscripted moments with average New Yorkers and Steve's celeb friends, Buscemi takes viewers on a funny, first-hand journey/misadventure, told in his unique voice.
Journey to the Draft is an organic, unscripted, docu-series that follows three college football players, all with promising professional careers. These young men attend different schools across the country and play a variety of positions on the field, but at the end of the day they share one goal:to play in the NFL. The AOL docu-series follows players Leonard Williams, Kevin White and Marcus Peters.
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.
SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBirmingham, Alabama - 22 July 20141. Close of lentils, spices pouring into a cooking pot2. Wide of cooking class3. Close of student chopping green peppers4. Wide of Willig demonstrating at the front of the class5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mandy Willig, dietician (Transcript Below)6. Various of students serving food prepared in class7. Close of student cutting carrots8. Close of student pressing garlicAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFile - no shot date or location9. Various of overweight people walkingAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBirmingham, Alabama - 22 July 201410. SOUNDBITE (English) Rickey Dorsey, participant (Transcript Below)11. Close of chopped onions and garlic in a bowl12. Mid of student Rickey Dorsey pressing garlic13. Mid of students watching demo14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharon Reid, participant (Transcript Below)15. Close of carrots and onions in sizzling pot16. Wide of Willig teaching17. Mid of students eating prepared food18. Close of foodVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:(NATS of lentils going into pot)A CUP OF LENTILS AND A DASH OF SPICE...JUST A FEW OF THE INGREDIENTS USED TO PROMOTE HEALTHIER EATING THROUGH TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CUISINE.(NATS: I'm really enjoying the looks on people's faces as they're contemplating eating cold peas.)BUT GETTING ENOUGH OF YOUR GREEN VEGGIES IS ONLY ONE COMPONENT OF THE "TASTE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE" COOKING CLASS.SOUNDBITE (English) Mandy Willig, dietician:"The actual African heritage consisted of lots of fruits and vegetables, of grains. It was a very low sodium diet that relied on a lot of herbs and spices to actually provide the extra flavor. Oldways has found a way to provide a six-week curriculum to give easy, feasible recipes that can help people develop those skills and to eat more like our African ancestors did."BOSTON-BASED NONPROFIT "OLDWAYS" HOPES ITS CULTURAL TAKE on HEALTHY EATING WILL HELP TACKLE AMERICA'S OBESITY EPIDEMIC. ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT FIGURES...AN ESTIMATED 35 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE OVERWEIGHT, WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS CARRYING THE HIGHEST RATES AT NEARLY 48 PERCENT.SOUNDBITE (English) Rickey Dorsey, student:"I'm used to a lot of fried food. I'm definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets. And sweet tea."RICKEY DORSEY SAYS HE CAME TO THIS BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA CHURCH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS ETHNIC HERITAGE -- BUT AFTER A FEW WEEKS OF SWAPPING PROCESSED FOODS FOR FRESH PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS, HE AND SOME OF HIS CLASSMATES HAVE ALREADY LOST A FEW POUNDS.SOUNDBITE (English) Sharon Reid, student:"They teach you how to eat and to cut back on all the salt and stuff. You know, that's a substitute. So I think it's very healthy."ABOUT 500 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE FREE PROGRAM...WITH MORE COURSES PLANNED....OLDWAYS SAYS 66 PERCENT OF PARTICIPANTS REPORT WEIGHT LOSS AND 38 PERCENT LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE...AS STUDENTS ARE SEEING AND TASTING A DIFFERENCE.MAGGIE MAZZETTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS.