CJ Jones is not your average entertainer. He is deaf, but that doesn’t stop him from following his dreams. He is a director, producer, writer, and stand-up comedian who has had a prolific career. While connecting to countless people through sign language and humor, CJ is living proof that obstacles can be overcome.
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Stand-up comedian and the only comic to appear on 5 seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing, ANT has quite the story to tell and a unique way of telling it. Onstage, he mixes comedy and tragedy to encourage a strong anti-bullying message. At his Bullied, Bashed but Not Broken tour, ANT shared his experience with bullying and how he refused to let it consume him. He chose laughter. Now, he is inspiring others to do the same.
To read more about how humor can help cope with tragedy, click here.
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A duck and a girl have a friendship like no other. When the Brown's brought home a duckling it was immediately attached to his 5-year-old owner, Kylie. Snowflake, the duck, imprinted on Kylie and truly believes she is his mom. Vice versa, Kylie thinks she is his mom, too! This pair is inseparable. The family had to go as fas as putting a diaper on Snowflake so he could live in doors. The pair go everywhere together, including school, sleepovers and the park. Family is beautiful and knows no bounds!
War Veterans can have a hard time dealing with adjusting to life after war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 3 million veterans! Dancing Well: The Soldier Project is dedicated to bringing the healing power of music, dance, and community to veterans and families coping with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Their mission is to restore the well-being of veterans and families affected by PTSD or TBI through community dance. Dancing Well was born out of Ex. Directors, Deborah Denenfeld's, belief in the healing power of dance.
In a pilot program with soldiers at Fort Knox, she worked closely with staff psychiatrist Edwin O. Walker to develop and implement a dance series specifically attuned to the needs of soldiers with PTSD and/or brain injury and the results were incredible, changing the lives of the vets who participated.
To learn more, visit Dancing Well.
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Clark's Botanicals beauty product line was born out of tragedy when company founder Francesco Clark, who then worked at Harper's Bazaar, suffered a crippling spinal cord injury after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool on June 1, 2002.
Good News brought to you in a minute! We are on a mission to find the good news in some very important and noteworthy national and community topics, bundled up in a positive, inspiring infographic short video. After all, Good news is meant to be shared!
In our first 'good news report' we highlight the good works of Mr. Stephen Colbert. You may know him from his CBS talk show 'Late Night With Stephen Colbert' or his former 'Colbert Report,' or from his charitable deeds. He first got involved with DonorsChoose.org when he auctioned off his iconic anchor desk and fireplace hearth and gave the money to South Carolina school systems. Then Colbert inspired #BestSchoolDay, a call to action for people to fund supplies and resources for classrooms in need across America.
"#BestSchoolDay is probably the best thing I've ever been involved in," Colbert says. "It's my favorite charity because teachers in classrooms all around the country can put up any project they want to teach their children or help their kids with but they don't have the funds for."
Fifty celebrities including Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg, and Tim Ferriss, athletes, business executives and more have joined in the cause, committing over $14 million in just one day and funding over 12,000 projects in communities spanning 47 states!
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In the 5th video in a short series highlighting individuals overcoming adversity, a successful actress opens up about her daughter's cancer journey. Yvonna Kopacz- Wright, who you know from Guiding Light, Blue Bloods and Law and Order, was told her 11-month-old daughter, Marley, had stage 4 cancer. With the help of family, they never gave up hope. Yvonna's 6 sisters and mom all jumped on planes and came to their side. With love, faith and courage, Marley became cancer free. When all seemed lost, a family's love helped them find their way.
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While visiting Ellen, Steve Harvey can barely keep his composer. Separately, they are each hilarious. Together, they have our stomachs hurting from laughter! In fashion of his new show, Little Big Shots, Steve and Ellen interview kids to see what they have to say. With questions like 'What makes someone beautiful' or 'How old do you think Steve is?' their answers have us rolling, Steve included! Ellen goes off script and Steve can't keep it together... and neither can we!