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 Millennials Championing Ugly Produce

They take "ugly", unwanted produce from farms and sell it to consumers at a huge discount.
By Shawn Hazelett

Building Beats Mentors Underserved Teens By Teaching Them To DJ

To make awesome music, you don't need expensive equipment -- just basic software and an imagination.
By Shawn Hazelett

This NYC Graffiti Artist Is Breaking Gender Stereotypes

This artist is making her mark on the graffiti scene one bee at a time
By Shawn Hazelett

This Gym Employs Formerly Incarcerated Individuals as Personal Trainers

Only 12.5% of employers say they would hire a formerly incarcerated individual.
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 exagg…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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, is…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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. They…
By Shawn Hazelett

This Millennial Still Can't Get Over The Historic Loss

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 Clinton? Obviously,…
By Shawn Hazelett

Fake Donald Trump Gropes Women And Incites Pandemonium At Trump HQ

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 lookalik…
By Shawn Hazelett

Charity Builds Halloween Costumes For Kids In Wheelchairs

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 so…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 p…
By Shawn Hazelett

This Is How Millennial Republicans Really Feel About Donald Trump

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 h…
By Shawn Hazelett

A Way Out: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Reclaim Their Lives

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 on…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 refugees…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 probab…
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 …
By Shawn Hazelett

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

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 a…
By Shawn Hazelett