Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
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.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
Witnesses in Kansas City say they felt a huge explosion that destroyed a restaurant and bar blocks away. More than a dozen ...
people are known injured. (Feb. 20)
Tags:ap,Associated Press,Bob Hallinan,Dr. John Verstraete,Dr. Marc Larsen,Jim Ligon,Paul Berardi,Seth Hall/Witness,Sly James,Tony Sanders,Troy Schulte
Grab video code:
SHOTLIST:SOURCE - KCTV - COURTESY KCTV5, EMBARGO KANSAS CITYLocation - Date: Kansas City, Missouri / February 19, 20131. Wide. Smoke billowing out from fire, pan down to fire2. Wide, firefighters amid fire3. SOUNDBITE: Dr. John Verstraete / Works Near Explosion Scene"We finally called the gas company...they came out and they checked inside out building and said we were above the limit that was healthy, and that we needed to evacuate. So, but, we stepped out the door...it wasn't two minutes before we were grabbing our stuff and the explosion hit...and it hit you like a shockwave."4. Wide. Fire seen down street5. Wide, Fire, different angle6. Wide, firefighter on top of ladder7. SOUNDBITE: NO NAME AVAILABLE (WOMAN) "One of my friends lives just a couple of blocks up the road here, and he was home and felt this huge movement inside his home."8. Mid. People taking pictures of fire 9. Wide, Fire, fire truck10. SOUNDBITE: Seth Hall/Witness "I felt it more than I heard it. Kind of like a big bass drum...in a club...you feel it, and the heat from the fire came into my car. The windows were up, but I could feel the heat."11. Mid. Firefighter directing people aroundSTORYLINE:Cadaver dogs searched through the smoldering rubble of a Kansas City restaurant after a gas explosion sparked a massive blaze Tuesday evening in an upscale shopping district. More than a dozen people were injured in the blast and resulting fire, which occurred just after 6 p.m. and completely destroyed JJ's restaurant. There were no reports of fatalities by Tuesday night, though authorities cautioned that could change because it was unclear how many people were inside at the time of the blast. Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said cadaver dogs were called to the scene because of the size of the conflagration. "I would always fear there are fatalities in a scene like this," Berardi said. He said results of the search would take hours and that he expected his crews would be working the scene through the night. City Manager Troy Schulte said it appeared an accident by a utility contractor had caused the blast, and a statement from utility Missouri Gas Energy late Tuesday reiterated that possibility, but Berardi and others cautioned that the cause was still being investigated. "This investigation is ongoing," Berardi said. "We do have reports that there was an odor of gas earlier. But, again, this investigation needs to be concluded before we want to speculate on any of that." Indeed, the smell of gas was very strong in the area hours after the blast. Berardi said the utility stopped the flow of gas about 8 p.m., and utility crews could be seen working in the area after the blast. Witnesses noted street signs indicated utility work was being done in the area, and a JJ's employee said the restaurant was open but undergoing renovations. Mayor Sly James was at the scene after the blast, praising the work of first responders. "The first thing we need to be concerned about is the people that are injured," James said. Police Sgt. Tony Sanders said the manager of JJ's restaurant was unable to account for three people, but it was unclear whether they were caught in the blaze or had left earlier. The University of Kansas Hospital was treating six people injured in the blast, said spokesman Bob Hallinan. He said one person was in critical condition, two were in serious condition and two others were expected to be released. He said all of those injuries were traumatic, such as broken bones, rather than burns or smoke inhalation. The final patient there was a burn victim who was transferred from Truman Medical Center, Hallinan said. Dr. Marc Larsen, medical director of the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital, which is near the scene of the fire, said they had treated eight people, six of whom were walk-ins with minor injuries. He said two males were in critical condition and would be kept overnight. He said one had extensive burns and another had facial trauma. Jim Ligon, a JJ's bartender, said he wasn't working Tuesday night but started getting texts and calls from co-workers minutes after the explosion. He said the incident happened during the peak of weekday happy hour, when there is typically anywhere from 15 to 45 people in the bar area as well as three to five tables of diners at the restaurant. "JJ's has a small staff, a family feel," said Ligon, 45, of Kansas City, Mo. "You see the same 100 people all the time _ a bar and restaurant for regulars. We're just really hoping we come out of here OK in terms of injuries." Ligon said he was on his way Tuesday night to meet up with co-workers at another bar in town to talk about the incident. The shopping area was established in 1922 by J.C. Nichols. Based on the architecture of Seville, Spain, it includes retail, restaurants, apartments and offices.(****END****)