Inspirational

Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

“Now I slay beats… ‘member when I would slay freaks.” Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s smooth sound and positive vibes are a breath of fresh air, complemented by soulful backing vocals and jazzy instrumentals as he performs Houston Tribute, Caged Birds, Against the Grain, Shine, and I’m Dope. at the NPR offices.

The Coast

The Coast

Threatened with a fatal genetic disease, Hayden Peters turned to the ocean to be reminded that to be alive is to be vulnerable, and that it’s not about how much time you have left, but how alive you were in the time you’re given.

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Refrigerator Boats

Refrigerator Boats

Residents of the Philippine village of Tanauan lost everything to super typhoon “Haiyan,” but they’re determined to keep fishing, even turning abandoned refrigerators into fishing boats. Photos: Reuters/Damir Sagolj. (Thanks Zak!)

How to Spend $25,000

How to Spend $25,000

20th Century Fox offered Casey Neistat $25,000 to create a promo video for Walter Mitty. With Fox’s permission, he spent the money helping victims of Philippines typhoon Haiyan. Casey, you’re an awesome human being.

Getting a Homeless Man Home

Getting a Homeless Man Home

YouTuber whatever and his friends were giving away clothes to homeless people in NYC when they came across Jaroslav, a Czech miner who tried his luck in the States but got robbed of his possessions before he could get a job.

Homeless Veteran Time-Lapse

Homeless Veteran Time-Lapse

Jim Wolf is a U.S. Army Veteran who fell on hard times, struggling with alcoholism and homelessness. In this video, he goes through a physical makeover which we can only hope is the start of a larger transformation of his life.

The Time You Have (in Jelly Beans)

The Time You Have (in Jelly Beans)

We’re so used to ZeFrank making us laugh our asses off, but in this poignant clip, the online humorist makes us really think – and cherish every day we have on this planet. And also crave a big bag of Jelly Bellies.

The Bike Maker

The Bike Maker

(NSFW) The fifth episode in the Bureau of Common Goods’ Made by Hand series is about Ezra Caldwell, a talented and headstrong man who found his calling in making bicycles, only to be challenged by cancer. Godspeed, Ezra!

A Fellow Amputee

A Fellow Amputee

Celeste Corcoran went to watch her sister run her first Boston Marathon. She ended up losing both of her legs. Two Marines, who are also amputees, visited Celeste and her injured daughter Sydney to help cheer them up.

Icy Dog Rescue

Icy Dog Rescue

A Russian fisherman goes above and beyond the call of duty to rescue a stray dog that floated out into Siberia’s Sea of Okhotsk on a tiny ice floe. How he got there in the first place is anyone’s guess.

Kid President Pep Talk

Kid President Pep Talk

Soul Pancake entrusted their Kid-mander-in-chief to inspire you to choose a path that leads to awesome and accept your duty of giving the world reasons to dance. And we thought this was a great pep talk.

Caine’s Arcade: Chapter 2

Caine’s Arcade: Chapter 2

Since we first met Caine, he has become an inspiration for other kids, as well as a foundation dedicated to fostering creativity in children. All thanks to cardboard and Caine’s imagination.

Underwater Wheelchair

Underwater Wheelchair

Artist Susan Austin has been confined to a wheelchair since 1996, but that hasn’t stopped her from living her dream of diving beneath the sea – with the help of her special submarine chair.

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African Male Stereotypes

African Male Stereotypes

Four men use humor and their infectious positivity to take on Hollywood’s stereotypes which portray African men as heartless, machine gun and rocket-launcher wielding evildoers.

Drumming Without Hands

Drumming Without Hands

We all know that Def Leppard’s Rick Allen plays drums with a single arm, but he’s got nothing on Cornel Munn, who has overcome adversity to play the drums without any hands at all.

Drive-By Compliments

Drive-By Compliments

(NSFW: Language) These days, people can be so mean and cynical, so it seems unusual to pay compliments to random strangers – like Timothy DeLaGhetto does in this clip. Try it, you’ll like it.

Caine’s Arcade

Caine’s Arcade

9 year-old Caine loves arcades, so he built his own using cardboard boxes at his dad’s auto parts store. People can even buy a “Funpass” to play his games for a chance to win prizes.

Henry and His Music

Henry and His Music

Music & Memory is a non-profit organization focused on providing personalized music to the elderly and infirm because of its ability to reanimate and reinforce senses of identity.

The End of the Wheelchair?

The End of the Wheelchair?

The TekRMD robotic mobilization device aims to revolutionize mobility for paraplegics, enabling them to not only to expand their horizons, but to be able to stand up and sit down without assistance.

Wheelchair Bungee Jump

Wheelchair Bungee Jump

This girl might be a paraplegic, but that doesn’t stop her from having the ride of her life, courtesy of 9Lives Adventures, who specializes in extreme adventures for the physically challenged.

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Ed’s Story: It Ain’t Over

Ed’s Story: It Ain’t Over

Against all odds, Dr. Ed Dobson’s 11 year journey with ALS has been a hopeful one. Get to know him in the first of a video series he made to remind us that life isn’t over when you receive difficult news.

Dare to Get Closer

Dare to Get Closer

You’ve already been dared to fight; what about just daring to get a little closer to someone? A moving message about humanity from Swiss advocates for the disabled Pro Infirmis.

The Inspirational Archer

The Inspirational Archer

From the get-up-off-the-couch-and-do-something file: the truly inspiring Matt Stutzman, who was born without arms, has now qualified for the National US Paralympics team in archery.

Street Fighter Champ

Street Fighter Champ

Think you’re pretty good at SSFIV? Why don’t you put your controller where your mouth is? Seriously. ‘Broly’ here does it and he’s one of Texas’s best. Help send this Chun-master to Evo 2011 here.

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