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Brow Guru Beats Adversity Time and Again – The Ramy Gafni Story

Ramy Gafni did not start out with a burning desire to be in the beauty industry. While growing up in Queens, New York, his parents always encouraged him to choose his own path and find the thing that made him happy. Ramy thought that law school was where he would thrive but after a year he had doubts that this was his calling. On an impulse, he traveled to Australia to attend Beauty School and after the first day, he knew what his future would be.

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A Sanctuary For Rescued Chimps

Some scientists spend their lifetimes in medical research in order to cure the world's most dangerous diseases. While we regularly celebrate their tireless work that saves thousands of lives around the world, we often forget about the animal subjects essential to this research, many of whom were bred for this role and spent their entire lifetime in lab cages. In 2014, an organization was founded by animal welfare advocates to address at least one aspect of this issue. Project Chimps was born with the mission to end the use of chimpanzees in medical research and to provide lifelong care to former research animals at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

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Using Music and Art to Build Friendships on the Border

In a small, brightly decorated building only a stone's throw from the border wall between Mexico and the USA, 50 to 100 children a week come to do hands-on art projects, learn a musical instrument, or just socialize with others. In this special place, Director Gretchen Baer's mission is to show kids that anything is possible if you think creatively, no matter who you are or where you came from.

Nonprofit Studio Mariposa is a free transformative art center for kids in Naco, Mexico, along the Arizona border. For the past three years, kids come to the small studio once a week where Gretchen and her volunteers set up art projects and music lessons. The art projects include painting, making bracelets, mosaics and weaving on a loom.

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Sharing Books and Building Communities Through Little Free Libraries

** To celebrate National Book Lovers Day (AUG 9), OGTV is re-sharing this story about an idea that has sparked the love of books for millions readers around the world. **

When Todd Bol's mother died in 2009, he wanted to honor her in a special way. She was a dedicated teacher and an avid reader, so Todd built a small model of a one room schoolhouse, filled it with books and put it in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin. His neighbors loved what he'd done, so he kept doing it.

When Todd saw how much of a positive impact this had on his community, he decided to keep it going. Advocates in other towns picked up on the idea and Little Free Libraries began to expand across the country. There are now over 75,000 of them, in all 50 states, and even in 85 countries across the world.

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Asperger Actor Finds His Audience! (With A Little Help From Mom)

Jodi Murphy is a marketing specialist, lifestyle journalist and out-of-the-box thinker who works daily to promote self-acceptance and understanding for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. She is also Mom to son Jonathan Murphy, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 13, but has gone on to become a Bay Area actor, a voice over artist, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

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Caly On The Good (E9) – Being a "Total Package Girl", Being Inspiring!

"Empower Yourself" is a strong and positive message for a tween or teen girl, but understanding how to achieve it, with all the conflicting messages in our hyper-active, techno driven culture, is a serious challenge. On this episode of Caly on the Good, we see Caly in Toledo OH, participating in the Total Package Girl: Empower Yourself! Conference, focusing on what it means to be seen as a girl power icon who can inspire young women and girls across the world.

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This Theater Fan is Collecting the Best Broadway Memories! (Passions - E2)

Some people are deeply attached to the things they love…. a memorable TV show, a favorite movie franchise, or their hometown sports team… and through unique collections of shoes, dolls, baseball cards….they stay connected and keep those memories near and dear to their heart. In this episode of the OGTV Series, Passions, you will meet Kerri Adler, a young New Yorker who has found a way to capture and relive the thrill she feels when the curtain rises and the bright lights come up on stages up and down the Theatre District, on Broadway.

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The Hero In You (S1:E2) – Perseverance and Faith Can Heal

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hero In You – the all-new series from OnlyGood.tv that will inspire, touch your heart, and show you that you can be a Hero too! Hosted by Marysol Castro, The Hero In You highlights individuals and organizations that prove that with a little heart and soul, anything is possible. Sometimes a helping hand or a sympathetic ear are the only super powers you'll ever need.

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