Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? 12 talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points to Emmy-winning journalist Carlos Watson in OZY's latest documentary series.
Restaurateur, author of Fresh Off the Boat and host of his own television series, Eddie Huang guides us along his unique path to the American dream. Through the eyes of a first-generation Asian-American, the former T-shirt hustler turned business mogul tracks the influence of his family and the cultural significance of food that led to his remarkable success.
Zimbabwe native Danai Gurira yearned to bring African faces and voices to Broadway through her plays. But how did this Tony Award-nominated writer make the leap from dramatic story teller to Hollywood superstar with starring roles on mega-hits like The Walking Dead and Black Panther?
Country music superstar Jason Aldean made a name for himself in the make-or-break heart of Nashville. But after building an illustrious career, he was faced with the unimaginable when a tragic mass shooting erupted during his concert in Las Vegas. How did this country music legend confront challenges to his own ideals and manage to get his career back on track?
As one of the original founders of SoulCycle, Ruth Zukerman turned her passion for indoor cycling into a massive business. But when that partnership ended, she did it again ... with FlyWheel. What kept Ruth motivated all these years and cemented her place at the heart of the boutique fitness world?
Once the quiet child of Haitian immigrants, Roxane Gay, author of the recent essay collection Bad Feminist, transcended all expectations and became a leading voice in the modern feminist movement. But how did she transform a difficult childhood into a powerful battle cry, launching a successful career that would end up helping women around the world?
Athlete & TV Personality
From defensive superstar of the NY Giants to NFL commentator to Good Morning America host, Michael Strahan successfully pivoted from one playing field to another like no athlete had before him. A Super Bowl champion and the record-holder for most sacks in a single season, what enabled him to tackle the TV industry and straddle two very different worlds once his time in the stadium was up?
Christian Siriano parlayed a lifetime of confidence and a singular vision into a Project Runway victory and a women's fashion empire. How did this sartorial savant overcome rejection from the Fashion Institute of Technology and go on to create one of the most socially conscious and successful fashion lines in the industry?
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
From representing one of the most conservative districts in upstate New York to filling Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat, Kirsten Gillibrand made a name for herself as a politician willing to push past simple ideology. What drove her unlikely rise in in the political arena and propelled her to become a leading voice for women's rights?
Producer & Director
Lee Daniels hustled his way from the streets of West Philly to his own production office at Fox Television. Along the way he held various positions in the industry until he ultimately became the storyteller he was meant to be. What compelled him to conquer both the independent and mainstream sides of Hollywood by directing and producing critical darlings like The Butler and massive network TV hits like Empire?
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson shocked the world when she sued her employers for sexual harassment and settled for an unprecedented sum of money. But how did this former Miss America winner and Stanford graduate find the courage to take such a stand and become an improbable voice of justice for working women everywhere?
Mayor Carmen YulÍn Cruz
No one looks for a disaster to forge their legacy. But when Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane and the U.S. government was slow to respond, Mayor Carmen YulÍn Cruz of San Juan stood up and fought back. Watch as she evolves from humble city leader to become the heroic voice of her struggling island and its people.