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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.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
High-end British brands like Burberry and Mulberry have been dressing Asian fashionistas for years. Now UK retailer Cath Kidston wants to kit out Asian shoppers and their homes with its traditional British fabrics and designs. SOUNDBITE: Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, saying (English): "This season we've got a number of new prints that we've introduced to the collection. This print here "Trains" has been extremely successful for us around the world. Another great seasonal print that we've got is "Cottage". Again this is the prints that we would bring in, have them in the range for six months and then move on to something different. Whereas every season we always have classic prints." 2013 should be a big year for CEO Kenny Wilson - as the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary. Cath opened her first store selling home furnishings in London in 1993. And the products continue to sell well in their home market - defying high street troubles and racking up a 24% increase in sales before Christmas. PTC Cath Kidston's best known for its colourful prints. The brand says its cheerful and witty designs have easily made themselves at home in Asia. And by the end of the year, Cath Kidston will have more stores in the region than in the UK. Two recent openings in Shanghai are just the beginning. SOUNDBITE: Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, saying (English): "Key markets that we're going to be looking at across Asia are Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and obviously a major focus on China. I'd envisage that we're going to try and open in excess of 30 stores in Asia this year." The accessories and homewares have been a hit in Japan for some time - it's the company's number two market. The products are a cultural fit too says Neil Saunders from retail research agency Conlumino. SOUNDBITE: Neil Saunders, Managing Director, Conlumino, saying (English): "It's very differentiated. It provides a very distinct and very unique, well-designed product, that people buy into. Now in the UK it goes down very well, but of course in Asia it has the added cachet of being that British heritage brand and Asian consumers, especially the rising middle class, really buy into that kind of style." Cath Kidston's not immune from the fast turnaround demanded from the fashion world. To keep the range fresh, they introduce around 70 new prints every 6 months. For now, their designs and Asian expansion are coming up roses.