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🇺🇸 My Life After 44 Years In Prison | AJ Shorts (06:22)

Al Jazeera English · 2 years ago
Otis Johnson went to jail at the age of 25. When he got out at 69, he rejoined a world that was starkly different from the one he remembered. This is his story. Last year, we met Otis Johnson at a New York City shelter for ex-convicts. Everyone there was trying to get their feet back on the ground. Otis had just got out of prison after serving a 44-year sentence. The last time he had seen his family was May 1975. When we shared Otis's first story of being reintroduced to the modern world, viewers were amazed by just how unfamiliar everything was to him. iPhones, Times Square, jars of pre-mixed peanut butter and jelly ... everything was new or starkly different. INTERACTIVE: My life after 44 years in prison. The story of Otis Johnson His story clearly resonated with people. More than 12 million people watched Otis' story on YouTube, and we wanted to show them what happened next. We went to Asbury Park, in New Jersey, with Otis to try to find them. Reconnecting with family was something he had said he was always interested in doing, but hadn't got round to yet. After all, he was still learning how to navigate the city. He had a small box where he kept old, tattered photos of family members, but that was basically all the information he had on them. "The only address I really have is Asbury Park," Otis told us. So we took the train to Asbury Park not knowing much. But we did have Otis' memory. Once we arrived at the train station and began roaming the streets, small things about his old home slowly came back to him: extended family members, friends, shops. He wanted to find his aunt, Dottie Moore, and some other family members. He said many would probably think he was dead. When we talked to Otis about his relationship with his family, his answers were complicated. He was a member of the Fruit of Islam (the paramilitary wing of Nation of Islam, the Islamic religious movement once famously led by Malcom X) in his younger days. The Nation of Islam's stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans. Otis was a devout Muslim who said he helped "clean up the streets" of drug dealers. "We wasn't all bad," he would say. But Otis said some of his family members didn't buy that. He didn't know if they would be angry or happy to see him after all these years away. He had a nervous energy about him as we walked down Pine Street, knocking on doors and asking strangers about Dottie Moore. This final story on Otis Johnson is one of reconnection and reconciliation. It is the story of a man on a quest to reunite with remnants of his past and one, we hope, many can relate to. Find out more about Otis: http://aje.io/LifeAfterPrison More AJ Shorts: http://aljazeera.com/shorts -- Filmmakers: Elena Boffetta - https://twitter.com/ElenaBoffetta Jenna Belhumeur - https://twitter.com/jenna_bel Executive Producer: Yasir Khan - https://twitter.com/khanundrum Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Mom hears son's heartbeat after his death (01:31)

CNN · 2 years ago
A mom in Arizona donated her son's organs after he died in 2013. Recently, she met with the family of one of the lives he saved. To sign up to be an organ donor visit registerme.org.

How This 4-Year-Old Girl Fell Off the Back of a Moving Church Van (02:03)

Inside Edition · 11 months ago
More from Inside Edition: https://www.youtube.com/user/cbstvdinsideedition?sub_confirmation 1 Dashcam video captured the moment a little girl fell from the back of a moving church bus. Ryan Ciampoli was driving behind the vehicle when its rear door swung open with a 4-year-old clinging to the handle. The child tried to hold on but crumpled to the ground, where she laid blocking traffic. Ciampoli slammed to a stop and ran to the child, his training as an EMT immediately kicking in. He bent over her and was thankful to see she was moving.

A boy with cerebral palsy walks to his Marine dad for the first time (01:13)

CNN · 5 years ago
A boy with cerebral palsy was told he'd never walk, but did just that when he saw his returning Marine dad.

5 awkward moments at the Facebook hearing (03:18)

Washington Post · 1 week ago
There were some awkward pauses and a few laughs when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before 44 senators in a hearing on data privacy. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2qiJ4dy Follow us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/washingtonpost/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/

‘The Sandlot’ Stars Reunite 25 Years After Release Of Classic Film | TODAY (05:04)

TODAY · 1 week ago
It’s been 25 years since the release of “The Sandlot,” a coming-of-age baseball film that has become a cultural touchstone. Now the stars of the film are reuniting to reminisce. NBC’s Gadi Schwartz reports for TODAY. » Subscribe to TODAY: http://on.today.com/SubscribeToTODAY » Watch the latest from TODAY: http://bit.ly/LatestTODAY About: TODAY brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on money, health and parenting. We wake up every morning to give you and your family all you need to start your day. If it matters to you, it matters to us. We are in the people business. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive TODAY archival footage & our original web series. Connect with TODAY Online! Visit TODAY's Website: http://on.today.com/ReadTODAY Find TODAY on Facebook: http://on.today.com/LikeTODAY Follow TODAY on Twitter: http://on.today.com/FollowTODAY Follow TODAY on Google+: http://on.today.com/PlusTODAY Follow TODAY on Instagram: http://on.today.com/InstaTODAY Follow TODAY on Pinterest: http://on.today.com/PinTODAY ‘The Sandlot’ Stars Reunite 25 Years After Release Of Classic Film | TODAY

Harvard graduate's unique speech goes viral (05:11)

CNN · 1 year ago
Harvard University has called 2016 graduate Donovan Livingston's spoken-verse commencement speech "one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"

Hunting For A Rare Congolese Weed Strain With “The Kings of Cannabis”: VICE on HBO, Full Episode (15:31)

VICE News · 2 months ago
Over the past 20 years, Franco Loja and Arjan Roskam, known as the "Kings of Cannabis," have made millions of dollars scouring the world for unique strains of weed to breed and then sell. Now, they've turned their sights on Equatorial Africa, specifically the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as their next gold mine — and a way to revolutionize the cannabis industry. "Equatorial Africa is one the best preserved because of the wars, the lack of infrastructure, political unrest. All these situations created isolation there," Loja explained. "So that's where we're going." Loja and Roskam built their global powerhouse on inbred strains of cannabis called "landraces" that they've collected from all over the world — Argentina, Australia, and Brazil, just to name a few spots. Without these strains, the duo's various breeding enterprises, Amsterdam coffeeshops, and even distribution centers wouldn't exist. VICE News met up with the “Kings of Cannabis” for a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hunt for one of the rarest species of Cannabis yet, the original Congolese landrace. Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo

Dirty Super Bowl Hotel Rooms Going for $900, Investigation Reveals (03:31)

Inside Edition · 2 months ago
Some Minneapolis hotels charging hundreds of dollars for Sunday’s Super Bowl have disgusting items lurking in the rooms, an Inside Edition investigation found. Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero went to a Days Inn, which usually charges $90 a night. The rate for the Super Bowl was $900 a night. Guerrero discovered trash under the refrigerator in her room, while the toilet had a hand towel stuffed in it. She also saw cigarette ashes in the room, which was designated as non-smoking.

The ancient city designed to track time (03:25)

Vox · 6 months ago
Keeping time was challenging for ancient civilizations, so this one built a city to do it. Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://goo.gl/CduwlO and Facebook: https://goo.gl/l0x5cA The first Vox Borders documentary is releasing on Youtube and Facebook on October 17th. The other five documentaries will release weekly after that. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay up to date on the Vox Borders documentary releases: http://www.vox.com/borders-email, or follow Johnny on social media. This dispatch is from the ancient archaeological site at Teotihuacán, in Mexico. I walked around the ruins with a guide, and learned about how the people who built the site planned it in a way that helped them track time. Scholars theorize that the structures at Teotihuacán were built to align with the cosmos on certain days of the year, which let the people know when it was time to plant crops or conduct rituals. Vox Borders is a new international series focused on telling the human stories that emerge from lines on the map. I've traveled to six different border locations to produce a final set of documentaries. While I travel I'm releasing video dispatches on YouTube and Facebook, documenting my experiences in a vlog that's independent from the final Vox Borders documentaries. Learn more: http://www.vox.com/borders Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o

How a Haitian village cooks with sunlight (02:34)

Vox · 8 months ago
This sustainable initiative is helping to save Haiti's forests. Follow Vox Borders on Facebook: https://goo.gl/l0x5cA and Instagram: https://goo.gl/CduwlO Subscribe to the Vox Borders newsletter for weekly updates: http://www.vox.com/borders-email Haiti has a significant deforestation problem, driven in part by the widespread usage of charcoal for cooking in Haitian households. This practice is doubly problematic as it also raises health concerns for Haitians who burn charcoal in their homes. One initiative, spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, is tackling this problem through the introduction of solar ovens. These ovens cook food with reflected sunlight, reducing the burden of deforestation in a sustainable way. Vox Borders is a new international series focused on telling the human stories that emerge from lines on the map. Johnny will travel to six border locations to produce a final set of documentaries. While he travels he'll release dispatches on YouTube and Facebook documenting his experiences. Learn more: http://www.vox.com/borders Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o

15-Year-Old Leads Cops on High Speed Chase Driving Church Bus (02:02)

Inside Edition · 2 weeks ago
A teenager drove a stolen church bus and careened down a Texas highway last month, with all the action caught on tape. The incident was part of an episode of the A&E show ‘Live PD,’ which airs Friday and Saturdays. The country watched this weekend’s episode in awe as the teen took off with the vehicle. The camera crew was on a nighttime ride with deputies from Fort Bend County when they came upon the out-of-control bus. The bus didn’t have any lights on and was refusing to stop.