An intersection of heartbreak and love
On Feb. 3, 2018, Timothy Morris stood at the corner of 95th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City and thought about his daughter, Daelynn, who’d graduated from high school eight days earlier. It was only a block and a half from where his daughter was killed by a drunk driver. It had been an hour and a half since the tragedy unfolded.
Over the last 16 months, Timothy has become the father Daelynn never knew. As he observes strangers and their children at the corner of 95th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, he is also reflecting on his own loss. He’s now the father of two girls whose mother is incarcerated and now being sentenced for a DWI manslaughter charge.
This is Timothy’s story.
See Daelynn’s life and get to know Timothy and his new family in this shocking, heart-rending, deeply moving story.
Sometimes love is meant to be secret
Mason Nunez, a 20-year-old man with parents who worked in the low-income construction industry, dreamed of becoming a foreman like his father, often naming paintings after his favorite workers. After graduating from high school, he got his first job working construction, which meant telling his parents that he’d marry a coworker a few weeks later. He spent months hiding his feelings of love for that woman, whom he said he was not interested in as a romantic partner, but also who motivated him to be the best he could be at his job and in his personal life.
This is Mason’s story.
See Mason’s family’s experience with the system in this two-hour documentary.
A Muslim with an unspoken bond with his parents
Diyar was raised in Queens, the son of a Chinese mother and an Italian father. He spent most of his life failing at school, first for a conflict with an English teacher, then for low scores on his high school exit exam. An hour and a half after sitting down with an advisor at age 16, Diyar was selected for an exclusive four-week apprenticeship with an architect, where he was instructed to memorize answers in front of everyone else. In those four weeks, he was soon working with his first family. While he was studying at Queens College, his father decided to drive to his interview, thinking that Diyar couldn’t work out a job offer because his English was so weak. Six months later, he was heading to visit his father in prison and stayed with his mother after their meeting. She was a psychiatric nurse and home health aide and Diyar says his mother was the first person he thought of when he was in trouble at school.
This is Diyar’s story.
See Diyar’s family’s experience with the system in this two-hour documentary.
When sports are the vehicle for family dynamics
Maiah’s mother, Tarsha Forbes, has made it her life’s work to deal with her three daughters by buying girls’ sports equipment: bats, batskin, buttons for wristbands, and even a baseball with on-field lighting. The fun is often followed by the pain, as Maiah and her sisters have fallen head over heels for their idols — basketball star Doug McDermott, scooter manufacturer Kenley, and, of course, their winning teammates at Molloy College, Rosie and Meghan.
This is Maiah’s story.
See Maiah’s and her sisters’ stories in this two-hour documentary.
At the altar, in hopes of faith and forgiveness
Christine Woodroffe was a junior at Morehouse College when she was overcome by grief and anger over the death of her older sister, Amore, at age 18. Amore ran out of bullets during an argument and was fatally shot. Christine, also 18, was raped three days later at gunpoint by the man who killed her sister. The next day, Christine jumped off the second-floor ledge of her dormitory, but survived.
This is Christine’s story.
See Christine’s family’s story in this two-hour documentary.
The good, the bad, and the cloud-to-cloud battle
When Rosa Johnson read in the papers that her sister, Viola, died in prison while serving time for drug dealing, she was stricken. As she read Viola’s prison journal and discussed it with her stepmother, Brandtte, the pair decided to attend Viola’s funeral and bring her home to a loving family to avoid her remaining in prison. The journey home led to a powerful story of redemption, faith, and the power of love.
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