Shawn Hazelett

Shawn is a writer, researcher, and producer. He earned his BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is based out of Brooklyn, NY, where he has lived longer than he cares to admit.

Meet The Real Life Jedi Who Have Devoted Their Lives To The Force (Video)

ByShawn Hazelett
In 2001, census-takers in the United Kingdom and other commonwealth countries noticed a curious trend: nearly 1% of responders designated their religion as Jedism. The impact of a film released nearly 40 years ago is obvious. It's only a slight…

Here's Why Both Democrats And Republicans Are Wrong About The Budget

ByShawn Hazelett
Ever since the budget was released, a considerable amount of vitriol has been directed toward Donald Trump's proposed discretionary spending. Responses have largely been emotionally charged, which given the nature of certain allocations and cuts,…

These Successful Sex Coaches Offer Solutions For Issues In People's Sex Lives

ByShawn Hazelett
Dr. Zhana Vrangalova and Kenneth Play's unofficial headquarters at Bushwick's Hacienda Villa isn't exactly a place for the modest. Because the two are professional sex coaches, they routinely discuss things like squirting and double penetration.…

This Millennial Still Can't Get Over The Historic Loss

ByShawn Hazelett
Game seven of the 2016 World Series was played six nights before the presidential election. As a Cleveland Indians fan who's also a political lefty, a friend asked me if one had to lose, who would I prefer: the Indians or Hillary…

Fake Donald Trump Gropes Women And Incites Pandemonium At Trump HQ

ByShawn Hazelett
Even though Alison Jackson isn't a household name, much of her work is recognizable: Queen Elizabeth on the toilet, Barack Obama ripping cigs on a park bench or JFK seducing Marilyn Monroe. No, these aren't real photographs. The subjects are…

Charity Builds Halloween Costumes For Kids In Wheelchairs

ByShawn Hazelett
When we see people with noticeable disabilities or illnesses, even the best among us can become standoffish. It's not necessarily a hostile instinct, and even Ryan Weimer -- father of two children in wheelchairs -- understands. How do you approach…

Woman Figures Out How To Fake Her Death To Get Out Of Paying Student Loans

ByShawn Hazelett
Americans owe $1.23 trillion in student loan debt as of March 2016. Economists report on how this debt, which particularly maligns young people, is a drain on the American economy, discouraging entrepreneurial pursuits and greatly reducing spending…

This Is How Millennial Republicans Really Feel About Donald Trump

ByShawn Hazelett
Millennials for Donald Trump, as a concept, feels almost oxymoronic. Even for young Republicans, who tend to apply their “limited government” ideology across social issues that traditional conservatives oppose, such as gay rights and abortion. They…

A Way Out: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Reclaim Their Lives

ByShawn Hazelett
Why doesn't she just leave? It's a common question asked in individual cases of domestic violence. Of course, it's rarely an attempt to actually understand a situation. It's rarely even a suggestion. It's a dangerous platitude, one that places the…

Sana's Story: A 24-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Fights To Reunite Her Family

ByShawn Hazelett
November's terrorist attacks in Paris precipitated an ugly cycle that's become the norm in recent American history. Fear and xenophobia led to the rise of opportunists willing to perpetuate each for personal gain. The current targets: Syrian…

Meet The Rap Group Challenging Our View On Disabilities (Video)

ByShawn Hazelett
Before meeting them, we were fascinated by Zulu P, the group of four developmentally challenged rappers who create some wild beats. Our first meeting was filled with a range of emotions: intrigue, awe, and -- admittedly -- discomfort. The last…

The Story Behind The Contest To Find The World's Greatest Vagina (Video)

ByShawn Hazelett
Is he an assh*le? That's the question everyone asks about sex toy entrepreneur Brian Sloan. It's the question that inspired our video crew to follow him around for a week in Berlin. It was also the last question I asked him during our interview. His…

Meet The Millennials Assigned To Cover The Pope's Visit On Social Media (Video)

ByShawn Hazelett
The Vatican finalized Pope Francis' tour of Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia in January 2015. The Digital Street Team had been preparing for his visit weeks before his arrival. Our Video Team didn't commit to this video until the morning he…