Topic’s streaming service brings you exclusive TV and films from around the globe. Try it free. Cancel anytime.Learn More

Topic Studios produces award-winning film, TV & podcasts, supporting creators at the forefront of culture.Learn More

Topic is a First Look Media company

Ryan Chanatry

Video
Can child stars have a happy life after their iconic runs are over? Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel (Family Matters), proves they can. Join him and Beverly Hills, 90210’s Brian Austin Green as they chat fame, acting, and their new role as fathers.
Read More
Video
Nestled deep in the lush jungles of Argentina, this whimsically designed wooden house features a clay hearth that’s perfect for meditating in front of a fire and warming yourself as nighttime brings cooler temperatures.
Read More
Video
Featuring a suspended fireplace in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the untouched open fields of Norway, this architecturally stunning house offers the luxury of modern living and the peace of being far away from the rest of the world.
Read More
Video
Who needs a fireplace when you have zebras and giraffes? This outdoor bonfire in the open wilderness of Tanzania proves that the pleasure of gathering around a fire does not always require an indoor structure.
Read More
Video
Escape the grind of city life and retreat to this rustic American lodge, where you can grab a book and enjoy it by the classic stone fireplace. Let the sound of the crackling fire and the soft ambient music put you in a state of complete relaxation.
Read More
Video
Step inside this traditional Japanese bamboo house, pour yourself a cup of tea, and sit by a warming cauldron hanging over an open fire pit. The best part of this hearth is imagining what heavenly aroma is wafting out of the pot.
Read More
Video
There’s nothing more classic than reading a book by the fire in a rustic American lodge. Let the sound of the crackling fire and the soft ambient music put you in a state of complete relaxation. Featuring music by Ben McElroy.
Read More
Video
Featuring a suspended fireplace in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the untouched open fields of Norway, this architecturally stunning house offers the luxury of modern living while off the grid. Featuring music by Shoal.
Read More
Video
Nestled deep in the lush jungles of Argentina, this whimsically designed wooden house features a clay hearth that’s perfect for meditating in front of a fire and when nighttime brings cooler temperatures. Featuring music by Acid Twilight.
Read More
Video
Who needs a fireplace when you have zebras and giraffes? This outdoor bonfire in the open wilderness of Tanzania proves that the pleasure of gathering around a fire does not always require an indoor structure. Featuring music by Penya.
Read More
Video
Step inside this traditional Japanese bamboo house, pour yourself a cup of tea, and sit by a warming cauldron hanging over an open fire pit. The best part? Imagining what heavenly aroma is wafting out of it. Featuring music by Yumi Kurosawa.
Read More
Series
What’s it like gathering around a fire in Norway? Or Japan? This winter, cozy up to five unique fireplaces from around the world with this series of video-wallpaper fires that warm your home while transporting you to breathtaking locations.
Read More
Video
When an ice cream shop owner in Orangeburg, SC tries to remove a Confederate flag from his property, he’s met with resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, igniting a fight that reveals the deep-seated racism that the flag still upholds.
Read More
Series
A mysterious call from a dying stranger upends Katie Bonner’s life and sends her down a dangerous rabbit hole in search of a woman named Tala. Is she risking everything to save a woman she's never met, or trying to destroy the woman she's become?
Read More
Series
When troubled teen Jas starts investigating her dad’s suspicious death, she clashes with new teacher Ruby, who’s hiding a dark secret. What Jas uncovers will change everything for their small Tasmanian town.
Read More
Video
Woodburn, OR is an agricultural town with a large Latinx population. In this episode, residents choose items that tell their immigrant stories and seemingly banal objects that they can’t live without.
Read More
Video
Cascade Locks, OR is a scenic town that was narrowly saved from a forest fire in 2017. This episode explores how almost losing everything changes one’s relationship to property and possessions.
Read More
Video
Happy Valley, OR is a storybook upper middle-class suburb known for being safe. Here residents reflect on the importance of maintaining that sense of safety through their material possessions.
Read More
Series
To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.
Read More
Video
Dignity Village and Kenton Women's Village, OR are self-run communities for previously homeless people. Being homeless has given some residents a uniquely profound perspective on material possessions.
Read More
Video
On stage he makes crowds laugh with his hilariously biting musings. Off stage, comedian Gastor Almonte talks about how his comedy is rooted in his immigrant roots, parenthood, and his beloved neighborhood of East New York.
Read More
Video
High school comes with enough struggles, but Ash also has to deal with painful gender dysphoria and a fear of simply going to the bathroom. But he still believes coming out as trans saved his life and is finding more strength each day.
Read More
Video
One uneventful night, Katie gets a call from an unknown number. On the line a man named Zuhair pleads for her to help his pregnant wife, Tala, as gunshots ring out. What she hears changes her forever, and the search for Tala begins.
Read More
Video
Jas figures out the truth behind her dad’s death and reveals it at a school meeting, changing everything for the small town. As Jas finally grieves for her dad, Ruby is also able to face the pain of her own past.
Read More
Video
Jas finds Marcel hoping to get answers, but he’s grieving and tells her how much her dad loved her. Distraught, she returns to school and makes a scene. Ruby makes her promise to stop her investigation, but Jas discovers another clue.
Read More
Video
Ruby has a full-blown panic attack in the classroom as she revisits the traumatic death of a past student. After Jas gets into more trouble, her frustrated grandmother reveals that her dad did have a secret, sending Jas on another search.
Read More
Video
Jas meets one of her dad’s work colleagues, who tells her he couldn’t have been stoned when he died, as the report suggests. She also learns her dad may have been having an affair. Ruby has flashbacks of a traumatic episode.
Read More
Video
After Ruby falsifies her student teaching report, it becomes clear that she’s hiding something from her past. Jas continues her investigation into her dad’s death, which leads her to chase down the strange man from outside his funeral.
Read More
Video
Fifteen-year-old Jas’s dad has recently died in an accident in the river, but she refuses to believe the story and suspects the town’s mine manager was involved. Meanwhile, new teacher Ruby arrives in town, unaware of what she’ll be dealing with.
Read More
Video
An emotionally stirring look at the last day in the life of a down-and-out soul singer, starring soul legend Lee Fields and Janet Mock. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Alex Ashe.
Read More
Video
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
Read More
Video
What was it like to be a funeral director during the rise of COVID-19 in April 2020? In this intimate portrait, Doris’s Brooklyn funeral home is overwhelmed, but she never forgets her purpose: to celebrate the deceased and give back to the living.
Read More
Video
After a recent breakup, Joanna reluctantly goes on a Ferris wheel ride with her three friends, who try to offer her advice and end up exposing shocking secrets about all four of them. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Lebanese filmmaker Lara Zeidan.
Read More
Video
From ex-gang members to military veterans, the call centers of Tijuana are filled with English-speaking deportees who have been forced to trade the American Dream for a new life wedged between home and displacement.
Read More
Video
Few hobbies require the technical skills of railway enthusiasts. Get to know the niche world of Garden Rail Magazine and its impassioned community, who find focus, therapy, and camaraderie in the hobby of running large-scale trains outdoors.
Read More
Video
The devastating power of tornadoes is undeniable, but have you ever wondered why the Bible Belt and Tornado Alley overlap? Meet survivors, meteorologists, and everyday people whose experiences with tornadoes have confirmed their belief in the Divine.
Read More
Video
Katie becomes obsessed with finding Tala and separates from husband Bradley, who believes the call was just a scam. But Katie has woken up from her privileged life and she’s not stopping, especially not after hearing what her P.I. found.
Read More
Video
Katie’s search takes an unexpected turn when she meets a Sierra Leonean man who reveals information that confirms she’s on the right track. Back home, Katie’s personal life is spiraling too, as everyone she loves side against her.
Read More
Series
A former civil rights attorney who sued the police over 75 times, Larry Krasner is now revolutionizing the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office with progressive, but polarizing reforms. Can he change the criminal justice system from the inside?
Read More
Series
Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams hosts this illuminating series showcasing short films from some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film today. Clearly the future of film is bright.
Read More
Video
Now embroiled in a custody battle, Katie forges on with her mission only to find her P.I. backing out. Still no closer to finding Tala and faced with losing everything in her life, Katie must make an important decision about her search.
Read More
Series
In this short docu-series, a diverse group of everyday people recount their arrest stories and reveal the shocking range of encounters one can have with law enforcement.
Read More
Video
A lyrical portrait of a devout Amish woodworker who begins to question his faith. When Kenneth is excommunicated from his insular community, he must find a new purpose in life without God.
Read More
Video
Krasner and his team build a police misconduct database to recommend a list of officers to bar from testifying in court. Lisa Harvey, the supervisor of the juvenile unit, is optimistic that she can work with her new boss Bob Listenbee.
Read More
Video
For the first time in 20 years, the Philadelphia D.A.’s office is charging an on-duty officer with murder after Ryan Pownall shot David Jones three times in the back. The FOP supports the officer and pledges to get him back on the force.
Read More
Video
With some notable reforms in place, Krasner knows there’s more work to do. He passes the baton by recruiting law students to work in his office or join other progressive D.A. offices so the movement can continue in Philly and around the country.
Read More
Video
LaTonya Myers is an upstanding citizen but on probation, she’s treated like a criminal. To give people like LaTonya a fair chance and to curb the number of people in jail because of probation violations, Krasner makes a proposal.
Read More
Video
Krasner recommends new sentences for juveniles who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The parents of Sultan Ahmad Jr., who was killed as a teenager, learn that their son’s killer is getting out soon.
Read More
Video
Local cops are trying to blame Krasner for a spike in crime, but it’s not that simple. At a town hall, a frustrated Krasner calls the cops liars and walks out. When a key Councilmember considers pulling her support, Krasner rethinks his approach.
Read More
Video
Krasner campaigned on a historic pledge to end capital punishment in Philadelphia. That vow is tested when the time comes to prosecute the murderers of beloved officer Robert Wilson III. Family members and the police union demand the death penalty.
Read More
Video
It’s fall 2017, and Larry Krasner is running for D.A. of Philadelphia, the most incarcerated big city in America. How will the city respond to Krasner’s bold promises to change the system, end mass incarceration, and hold police accountable?
Read More
Series
What happens to a property after it’s been marred by tragedy? Can it be revived or will it be forever stigmatized? “Distressed real estate” expert Randall Bell shows us what has become of four infamous sites around the US steeped in trauma.
Read More
Series
In these documentary portraits inspired by Racquet Magazine, Darius Clarke Monroe examines the role of racquet sports in American culture and sheds light on the unexpected communities, obsessions, and passions built around tennis and handball.
Read More
Video
When Mark Kuhn decided to build a homemade tennis court, he never imagined it would become popular or take on such profound significance. The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club started out as a family project and grew into a beloved public court for his community. But after his family experienced an unthinkable tragedy, it became a very private outlet for healing. Today, it remains a fitting memorial that still conjures many happy memories for Mark.
Read More
Video
Built by and for its community, the Maravilla handball courts in East LA have provided an outlet for healthy exercise for almost a century. But they’re so much more than just an athletic space. Amanda Perez gives us a history lesson on the courts, which span back to 1928 and have come to represent the neighborhood’s rich Chicano heritage. Since then, multiple generations have upheld the historic landmark as a sacred site where people can be themselves.
Read More
Video
He was crazy about tennis, she was drawn to his passion. Together, they built a life running the South Oxford Tennis Club in Brooklyn from 1981 to 1997. Now Richard and Ann Northern are sharing their favorite memories from those days, from his Tennis Hotline show, to building the courts with their own hands, to having their own wedding at the club, which kicked off a decade and a half of love, labor, and rackets.
Read More
Video
This intimate portrait of a tennis instructor is like a meditation on finding strength and peace through the ritual that is bringing ball to racket. She’s tough as nails when she’s training her students, but in her personal life, she’s grieving her mother’s health and old age. The only thing that recenters her is practicing her serve. When she’s on the court, she finds her breath again and transforms into the formidable athlete and instructor that most people see.
Read More
Video
Professor of law, psychology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at USC's Gould School of Law, Elyn Saks sits down with Maria Bamford to share her personal experiences with schizophrenia.
Read More
Video
Actor and comedian Andy Kindler (Bob's Burgers) sits down with Maria Bamford.
Read More
Video
Lauren Ash hosts The Second City's sketch comedy, music and variety show featuring NBA champion and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr; plus a performance by Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.
Read More
Video
Legendary comedy force The Second City enlists its finest alumni and famous friends for a mash-up world of original sketch comedy, animated shorts, musical performances, interviews, and more. Chrsitina Anthony hosts; musician Valerie June performs "Angel From Montgomery" as a tribute to the late John Prine. Fred Armisen guest stars.
Read More
Video
Maribeth Monroe hosts; musician Andrew Bird performs; Amber Ruffin interviews Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot; special guest Rachael Leigh Cook.
Read More
Video
Welcome to first episode of the Last Show Left on Earth.
Read More
Series
A timely mash-up of original sketches, musical performances, animation and rare Second City footage. Featuring Second City alumni and famous friends and filmed from basements, bedrooms and bunkers from across the country.
Read More
Video
A viral Instagram account, a bold fashion line. One young Palestinian man shows the Arab diaspora they don’t have to tap into the Western zeitgeist—they can create their own. Followed by a Q&A with Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese filmmaker Roxy Rezvany.
Read More
Video
How do you grieve for an unborn child? This tenderly animated short film explores the beautiful Japanese Buddhist ritual for grieving an abortion through one woman’s story. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Read More
Video
Move over, viral videos. The real gems on YouTube have under 1000 views. Comedians Greg Stone and Anthony DeVito set out to find the best of the undiscovered, kicking off with blindfolded motorcycling, kitchen kung fu, and questionable impressions.
Read More
Series
He might be a false prophet, but Sri Kumaré has been known to teach true enlightenment. In his documentary, the fake guru gained real followers, whose lives he changed through his made-up teachings. Now Kumare is back with a new series, The Guru Inside You. Each episode focuses on a different issue, from loneliness to diet trends, with even wilder and funnier teachings. Get real spiritual guidance from a false prophet, and have fun in the process.
Read More
Video
An amplification of racial division through one man’s act of kindness, Mthunzi follows a young Black man who stops to help a stranger and ends up in a life-or-death situation. Followed by a Q&A with emerging South African filmmaker Tebogo Malebogo.
Read More
Series
Comedian and self-proclaimed “telephone call enthusiast” Chris Gethard brings his acclaimed podcast to the screen. Each unpredictable episode features one anonymous caller, 30 minutes of brutally candid conversation, no names, and no holds barred.
Read More
Series
What was it like to be transgender in America during Trump? Trans filmmaker Tony Zosherafatain drove across the country to examine the lasting impact of the administration's policies and was forever changed by the resiliency of the trans community.
Read More
Series
Get a glimpse at the future of health and rehab through five individuals testing out groundbreaking new technology and programs. Judging by their stories, the future is bright.
Read More
Series
New Orleans lore collides with dark magic in this horror anthology series. Created by Coodie & Chike and starring Chad Coleman, PJ Morton and Omar Dorsey, these “Twilight Zone”-style tales expose chilling corners of the Big Easy.
Read More
Series
An intimate look at four rising musicians from Chicago and the common issues that young Black women artists have to overcome both in a male-dominated music industry and a marginalizing society, from racism to physical expectations to sexual trauma.
Read More
Video
In support of Black Lives Matter, Sri Kumare focuses this episode on how to break the cycle of systemic racism. It starts with the individual—we must acknowledge and eradicate our implicit biases.
Read More
Series
Seven billion people. One act. Infinite ways to do it. Everybody eats, but that’s where the similarities end. With the power to influence cultures, industries, and personal ambitions, eating is a direct entry point into understanding humanity
Read More
Series
Hip-hop, ballet, vogue, and so much more. In this competition, 20 fiercely unique dancers show off their moves across five iconic NYC neighborhoods. Host and judge, vogue pioneer Cesar Valentino, will decide: who’s got the Best Walk?
Read More
Video
Two immigrant brothers from Nigeria are pitted against each other when one pursues the American Dream and the other gets fed up by the cycle of oppression that defines it. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Nigerian filmmaker Adewale Olukayode.
Read More
Video
Shot in stunning black and white, the film wordlessly weaves together striking portraits of three Cuban women of different generations who explore their bodies, beauty, strength, and pain. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Everlane Moraes.
Read More
Video
Shane Ortega identifies as Two-Spirit, a Native term referring to a person with both a feminine and masculine spirit. The Idaho resident and retired Army veteran believes that trans rights are inextricably linked to the decolonization of America.
Read More
Video
Meet the owner of the first trans-focused nonprofit in Mississippi. After her friend Mesha Caldwell was murdered for being trans, Evonné started her organization to help protect the trans community in a state that fails to do so.
Read More
Video
For Rebecca, a trans woman and Mexican immigrant living on the border, discrimination comes from many directions. Can she live freely in a state with one of the highest immigration detention rates?
Read More
Video
For the first time ever, Chris gets shivers during a call. The caller describes the various ghost encounters she’s had, but the most chilling is about a little boy named Ben who she believes drowned and may now be on a path of vengeance.
Read More
Video
He used to be a radio DJ and roadie for bands like Black Flag, but the caller is now a nuclear administrator who yearns to return to music. Channeling Henry Rollins, fellow music lover Chris gives him some hard-core life advice: “rise above.”
Read More
Video
What starts out as a wholesome story about a savvy backyard kids’ club turns into a wild tale of ‘90s party life, drugs, and sneaking friends into raves inside your pants. The roller coaster ends on a tender note about the caller’s resilience.
Read More
Video
Chris’s caller discovered something amazing while quarantining with her husband and going through a divorce: she’s super gay. And that’s only the beginning of this story about acceptance, motherhood, embracing your true self, and...boobs.
Read More
Video
Love comes in different forms, but most importantly we need to love ourselves. In this episode, Sri Kumare dispenses some valuable wisdom on how to change our narratives to achieve self-love.
Read More
Video
In episode two, Sri Kumare tackles loneliness, an issue that affected 60 million Americans even before quarantine but is now more pervasive than ever. From being ghosted on Zoom to not being able to go to SoulCycle, these are troubling times. Luckily, Kumare is here to offer his unique spiritual wisdom. For example, loneliness is a lot like cheese—it can be hard, stinky, and open a hole inside of you. Also, don’t hold in your loneliness or else you might get an emotional UTI.
Read More
Video
In episode one, Sri Kumare teaches his most important lesson: how to be your own guru. He reminds us that people who call themselves spiritual leaders are frauds, so it’s best to be your own. But if all else fails, there’s always mimosas.
Read More
Video
In this quiet and tender film about grief, Herman decides to join his wife after losing her. Through the act of crafting his own coffin, he ends up building a stronger connection to life. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Sanford Jenkins.
Read More
Video
Intertwining traditional Black folk songs and modern dance, this nonlinear film looks at growing up in the South and reconnecting with the land of one’s childhood and ancestors. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Callie Lyons.
Read More
Video
A coming-of-age story about class, race, and jumping into other people's pools. Teenager Tommy’s family can barely keep their heads above water, so why not jump into someone else’s? Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Haley Anderson.
Read More
Video
A visually poetic portrait of a young Black boy in the South who navigates the mundane and discovers the miraculous. Followed by a Q&A with director Terrance Daye, who drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious home in the South.
Read More
Video
Shot on Hi8 tape, this poetic film explores a father’s influence on masculinity, self-acceptance, and lost innocence using urban imagery and experimental visual and audio layering. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Ameer Kazmi.
Read More
Video
Jollof rice is a widely celebrated staple dish in both Nigeria and Ghana, but who does it better? In this seriously heated cook-off, Chef Segun of Nigeria and Chef Barbara of Ghana will each make a convincing case for their country’s version.
Read More
Video
Sisterhood is more than skin deep. Half-sisters Jazmin and Timeisha are both proud to be Black, but having different skin tones means being impacted by prejudice in different ways. But they share one identical trait: they’ve got each other’s backs.
Read More
Video
A great way to earn money or a pyramid scheme? Both Carly and Roberta sold clothes for controversial MLM (multi-level marketing) company LulaRoe, but see why one calls it a healthy outlet and one became an anti-MLM advocate.
Read More
Video
He lost nothing and fled. She lost everything and stayed. After surviving the 2018 Woolsey fire, record exec Damon Dash and lifelong Malibu resident LisaJo McGee developed very differing views on the value of home.
Read More
Video
One minute she was driving and the next, Jennifer Montano’s life was forever changed. But her terrible mistake has also given her a new purpose in life.
Read More
Video
After two years in prison, Evie Litwok, a Jewish lesbian and daughter to two Holocaust survivors, founded Witness to Mass Incarceration, which advocates for incarcerated women and LGBTQ people.
Read More
Video
Coss Marte recounts his old life as an NYC drug dealer and the day he was arrested. After doing seven years, he founded a gym that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness.
Read More
Video
When a heroin addict describes withdrawal as “the flu times a million,” the last thing he needs is an arrest interrupting his doping routine.
Read More
Video
During journalist Daniel Genis’ 10-year stint in a maximum security prison, he was sent to solitary four times. His most noteworthy infraction? The unauthorized exchange of five human souls.
Read More
Video
Max was protesting police brutality when he was tackled to the ground by officers, but he was immortalized in the process. The moment was captured and became a widely used photo of resistance.
Read More
Video
How does an innocuous driving offense lead to having three encounters with the cops and your car being completely torn apart? Was it thorough policing or just plain harassment?
Read More
Video
This is the story of how almond milk led to one girl’s arrest. Hannah Laytner walked into a party with Silk and came out with Rolling Rock—guess which one is easier to spot by campus police?
Read More
Video
When his crush showed up to the party, Kevin Richards was already in handcuffs for trying to save it from aggressive cops. Being the party hero didn’t exactly make him look like Prince Charming.
Read More
Video
Graffiti artist Lee Trice was arrested when cops mistook him for notorious NYC tagger Dick Chicken. After Lee refused to snitch, officers told him “you’re about to go to hell,” aka central booking.
Read More
Video
When comedian and carpenter Jordan Jensen was pulled over, the cop found a mighty suspicious combo of items: an axe, wigs, red paint, and syringes. So how did she get off so easy? Laughter.
Read More
Video
Her boyfriend beat her up, but she went to jail. This is the story of one woman’s compassion and a broken system that failed to protect Shawnda Chapman Brown.
Read More
Video
When he was 17, El Sawyer shot someone who was trying to rob him and his brother. After being arrested, they were taken into interrogation and what happened there is a testament to brotherly love.
Read More
Video
Amir Ouazzani shows how being a gymnast can come in handy when you’re handcuffed, and why his arresting officer called him Houdini.
Read More
Video
As a young man, James made a deal that left his filthy rich, but meant he could never know his son. Ten years later, James has become accustomed to the high life and taken to frequenting a local jazz club, dropping big tips for the kid who plays keys, Terrence. However, when the time on his deal runs out, James is tormented by the fact that he has to make a final delivery to the dark spirit or else sacrifice his own soul. He sends Terrence, who learns a secret from his own past and is forced to pay for James’s sins, unless, he too can make a deal...
Read More
Video
Recent transplants to New Orleans, Andrew and his wife Sarah are struggling with his insomnia. When a local cab driver recommends a Pillow Shop, a desperate Andrew will do anything to get a wink of shut eye. The shop owner promises good dreams, and Andrew is thrilled when it delivers, curing Andrew’s sleepless woes. But when Sarah snuggles her head on his pillow and gets a glimpse of his dreams herself, she sees that there is a more sinister side to what the pillow is offering.
Read More
Video
New Orleans, 1968. After the death of her mother, eight-year-old Althea is left in the care of her devoutly religious yet verbally abusive godmother, Grace. When the abuse heightens, Althea turns to drawing to release her pain. Unbeknownst to her, Althea's thoughts expressed through her art manifest far beyond the paper. After Grace suffers an untimely death, Althea is taken in by Grace's friend, a kind, fellow church-member. Years pass, and Althea moves with her own family into a new home. While unpacking, Althea’s daughter stumbles upon her mother's old drawings and unearths more than just memories of Althea's past.
Read More
Video
With a sound that’s like Erykah Badu meets Little Dragon and an eclectic style, Jean Deaux is poised for breakout success. She revisits her first open mic stages, opens up about a trauma, and reveals how she resists fear.
Read More
Video
Akenya, 26, is a quadruple threat: singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. After overcoming a lonely childhood, health issues, and every form of marginalization, she’s now working with Grammy-nominated artists and ready to release her own album.
Read More
Video
At 22, singer Christian has already won the respect of Chance the Rapper, but it hasn’t been an easy road. On the South Side, she dealt with redlining; in Freeport, she faced open racism. Now the preacher’s daughter is taking on the music industry.
Read More
Video
Shortly after releasing her mixtape, “RETROGRADE,” rapper, teacher, and tarot card reader Jasmine (aka J Bambii) talks about the roots of her anxieties and how music has helped her heal and learn to accept herself.
Read More
Video
In 2007, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The majority of them were in Norris Hall. Today, the building has been transformed into a center for peace studies, which Randall Bell calls a “textbook” way to revive a tragedy site.
Read More
Video
The mere mention of Jeffrey Dahmer’s name sends chills, so imagine being his neighbors. In this case, the stigma was so strong that the building had to be destroyed. But according to Randall, that should have been just the beginning.
Read More
Video
The Flight 93 memorial site turned a common field into a national landmark, but not before the landowner demanded a hefty sum for the property increase. Was he profiting off of tragedy or just fighting for fair compensation? Randall Bell explores.
Read More
Video
Occupying the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum honors his legacy by continuing his work. But it’s more than a memorial; it’s a catalyst for ongoing change.
Read More
Video
The era of relying on opioids is over. Virtual reality technology is enabling individuals with injury-induced paralysis like Woody to reduce chronic pain through simulating movements with VR limbs.
Read More
Video
Technology is enabling paralyzed individuals to have more options than ever. Sergio, a quadriplegic, trades his mouthstick for an app that allows him to paint using simple facial movements.
Read More
Video
Like many seniors in the US, Betsy has chronic health issues but not the finances to treat them, until she found TIPS (Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors). Now she has help, and a new family.
Read More
Video
After an accident left him wheelchair-bound, Robert turned his life around with the help of ReWalk, a cutting-edge robotic exoskeleton. A revealing look at how much our bodies rely on walking.
Read More
Video
There’s no better—or busier—New York location for the final round than Herald Square. Watch our finalists grand jeté down the crosswalk, twirl around poles, and even arabesque on a moving scooter. Who will Cesar crown the winner of Best Walk?
Read More
Video
What do a South Korean breakdancer, a poet, a Taiwanese B-girl, a cheerleading coach, and a 9-year-old girl have in common? They’re all going to be serving their best dance moves down Fifth Avenue. Who will Cesar choose to move on to the finals?
Read More
Video
From a Cuban woman whose moves turn heads to an old-school voguer who is a legend on the New York ball scene, today’s dancers will be workin’ it down Pier 35 on Manhattan’s waterfront. Who will wow Cesar and move on to the finals?
Read More
Video
Witness a seasoned ballet dancer arabesque next to bok choy stands, a goth dancer do an aerial flip across the street, and a second-grader attempt the worm outside a seafood shop. Who will be named champion out of Chinatown and move on to the finals?
Read More
Video
Today we’re outside One World Trade Center and our dancers include a “gothic superhero with ghost powers,” a young Japanese woman new to the city, and a former exotic dancer from 1980s New York. Whose moves will prevail?
Read More
Video
This intimate portrait of a tennis instructor is like a meditation on finding strength and peace through the ritual that is bringing ball to racket. She’s tough as nails when she’s training her students, but in her personal life, she’s grieving her mother’s health and old age. The only thing that recenters her is practicing her serve. When she’s on the court, she finds her breath again and transforms into the formidable athlete and instructor that most people see.
Read More