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Brandon Todd is 5’5’’ and he can dunk. He has never believed his height to be a limitation but an opportunity to change how people view small athletes. Brandon transformed his body over the course of a few years, gaining over 80 lbs of muscle, increasing his vertical to over 45 inches. Todd hopes to teach others that through hard work and perseverance physical limitations can be overcome.
The internet comes together and buys a homeless man a place to call home.
A massive health clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena treated about 5,000 persons over four days at the Exposition Park venue. Most of the thousands who came to the clinic were those without health care or with limited access to health care.
The "Hollywood Blockbuster Show" was performed by members of the Ohio State University Marching Band on October 26th, 2013 at the Penn State Game. Coming off of their Michael Jackson Tribute show, students had a week to learn the drill associated with this show and a little over a week to learn the music.
"12 Years A Slave" is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
The huge space shuttle Endeavour finished its cumbersome 12-mile trek through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles on Oct. 14 on its way to a final stop at the California Science Center. There were plans for the Endeavour to be present for a grand ceremony at the Baldwin Hills Mall at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King boulevards.
Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in "2 Guns." An explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way. "2 Guns" is in theaters Friday, August 2.
I wanted to paint a portrait of Ezekiel's life using no interviews or voiceover, just natural sound and music. We shot over a weekend in small towns around Washington and Baltimore.
Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America. Academy Award® nominated director Lee Daniels’ (“Precious”) epic drama tells the story of fictional White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. The film is inspired by Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election” which chronicled the real life of former White House butler Eugene Allen. The film begins in 1926 and follows a young Cecil as he escapes the tyranny of the fiercely segregated South in search of a better life. Along his arduous journey to manhood Cecil learns invaluable skills that ultimately lead to an opportunity of a lifetime: a job as a butler at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There, Cecil becomes a firsthand witness to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office as the civil rights movement unfolds. At home, his loving wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) raises their two sons, and the family benefits from a comfortable middle-class existence enabled by Cecil’s White House position. But Cecil’s commitment to his “First Family” fosters tensions at home, alienating Gloria and creating conflict with his anti-establishment son (David Oyelowo). Through the eyes and emotions of the Gaines family, Daniels’ film follows the changing tides of American politics and race relations; from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to the Freedom Riders and Black Panther movements, to the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, Cecil experiences the effects of these events as both an insider and a family man. With an incredible supporting cast that includes Yaya Alafia, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is a story about the resilience of one man, the growth of a nation, and the power of family.
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council and the Commission on the Status of Women hosted the 24th annual Pioneer Women of the Year awards at the Tom Bradley Tower in City Hall, honoring a diverse pool of women from throughout the city.
A crowd of 300 to 400 people, including low riders, peace-riders and others attended the Peace Rally on Sunday at Magic Johnson Park in South Los Angeles. "We're here in the name of Trayvon Martin," said Minister Tony Muhammad. "We're here to show the world that we have to also do something to heal the black-on-black crimes, the brown-on-black crimes and the brown-on-brown crimes, which lead to murder. We're here in the name of Trayvon Martin and the 25,000 who lost their life in the last 20 years to gang violence." Sheriff Lee Baca spoke in the same terms. "The message today is a celebration of peace and that we're all united in peace, and we're paying tribute to Trayvon Martin and his family …." Congresswoman Janice Hahn said: "I came out today to support the thousands of riders and thousands of others who are really calling for peace and unity in this nation. We're outraged at the senseless, tragic death of Trayvon Martin." Also present were Compton Mayor Aja Brown and a Compton City Council member.
Yesterday, eight days into the Republican government shutdown, President Obama spoke from the White House about the need for Republicans in Congress to stop threatening another recession just to sabotage Obamacare, stop demanding ransom just for doing their jobs, and just vote to reopen the government. He talked about the toll this shutdown is already taking on our country and the economy, and warned against the dire consequences of a default if Congress doesn’t act to prevent an economic shutdown.
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure "R.I.P.D." as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.'s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance ... or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way. R.I.P.D. is directed by Robert Schwentke ("Red") and produced by Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious series, "I Am Legend"), Mike Richardson ("Hellboy," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army") and Michael Fottrell (Fast & Furious series, "Live Free or Die Hard"). "R.I.P.D." also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O'Malley, and Devin Ratray. "R.I.P.D." is in theaters Friday, July 19, 2013.
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Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter. We try to take a neutral look on fracking. It is relevant for all of us, because of high prices for energy and the danger for our drinking water. This video focuses mostly on the debate currently ongoing in Europe. In a lot of european countries there is a public outcry against fracking, espacially in Germany. But the facts in this video are relevant to all of us.
From the makers of "Madagascar," "Kung Fu Panda" and "The Croods," "Turbo" is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo (voice Ryan Reynolds) learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500. Turbo's single-minded goal is to compete in the greatest race in the world: the Indy 500. "Turbo" is in theaters Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station" follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area — and the entire nation — to its very core.
The mother of 17-year-old Terrey Wright said she was told by LAPD detectives that the corpse was her daughter. Officially, however, neither the LAPD nor the coroner's office had identified the victim
Behind the scenes of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles as they prepare to performa at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the 5th annual season ending concert.
Restoring security to homeownership is one of President Obama's top economic priorities. In Phoenix, he laid out his ideas to strengthen the housing market and ensure responsible middle class families have access to affordable mortgages and refinancing. But he made it clear that we can't go back to the same bubble-and-burst housing system that caused the financial crisis. We need a rock-solid foundation for financing homeownership with a bigger role for the private sector, where taxpayers aren't on the hook for the irresponsible behavior or bad decisions of financial institutions.