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>> on "america tonight": moving beyond ferguson. protests spread to other cities and more are planned. >> hands up. >> don't shoot,. >> is this a real movement or just a moment in time? plus an island of productivity in an industrial waste land. >> we're all engaged not just general motors or uaw, we have two hands together engaging what we do given the direction out here how we're going to be successful and i think that's how we have to survive. >> and it has survived, revving
back from crushing economic times. we go inside general motors largest manufacturing plant in the u.s. and hiding in plain sight. >> as y'all saw me going through all this stuff to expose it, i was like an inspector, like i was acting like an archaeologist. >> overlooked artists finally acknowledged. >> i pulled a piece out and it was the most remarkable piece of art. and i asked him did he have any other things and started pulling out these absolutely remarkable thaingremarkablethings that he n capturing. >> a tumultuous time, hidden for years, now finally heading to the metropolitan museum of art.
good evening, thank you for joining us, i'm are sheila macvicar in for joie chen. it's been 109 days now since michael brown was shot dead by officer darren wilson on a side street in ferguson, mark rzepczynski since then ferguson has become an international word. for hands up don't shoot. christof putzel on the street of ferguson. tonight he brings us the wider view of how the mike brown moment has become a nationwide political movement. >> reporter: what began back in august as this has mushroomed into this. a fire storm of protests, in a number of cities tuesday night. thousands of americans took to the streets demanding justice
for michael brown. following a grand jury's refusal to indict a white police officer for killing the unarmed black teenager. the mountin mounting protests we mostly peaceful. in oakland a city of long tensions, flames lit up the night sky with some incidents of shooting. in new york, dallas, boston, protesters blocked highways and bridges, leaving stuck inning traffic for house. civil acts of disobedience in the biggest wave of protest relating to the ferguson shooting. but for many calls of action, it went beyond to broader issue of police justice. >> i think everyone's had enough. >> organizations gaining momentum rallying around central
issues that affect them directly. >> we are fired up and ready to continue going with the movement. >> rights activist erica tauton says the scenes across the u.s. yesterday reflect the grass roots experience of widespread injustice. >> it's easy to see people come together because we know we're the targets. >> i've seen my friends killed, brutalized by police officers and i could have been mike brown. >> an naacp office in d.c., ones seeking justice for mike brown and for trayvon martin before him. and while the weeks of protests leading up to the ferguson grand jury verdict were not in their favor, one organizer says, this movement has them in their
corner. >> my message for those who are constructively moving forward trying to organize, mobilize and ask hard important questions about how we improve the situation, i want all those folks to know that their president is going to work with them. >> christof putzel, al jazeera, ferguson, missouri. >> joining us now from miami philipp agnew, executive director of dream directors, the association that brought the case of trayvon martin into the national spotlight. phillip, thank you so much for being with us. how are we seeing the protesters across the country, in the wake of the grand jury's decision different from previous movements that we've seen? >> well, i say there are a lot more similarities than differences. but what's different is, in this moment, based on the reaction, the very human reaction from people right there in canfield gardens apartments that saw a
child being murdered, you are seeing in protests around the country a willingness of people everyday people to take direct action way further than we've seen in a long time. even in the mass unrest around the verdict, the george zimmerman verdict and trayvon martin, we saw huge number of people coming together in that moment but what we're seeing is blocking of roads, we saw the occupation of a youth project in chicago, we saw people shutting down roads in miami, philadelphia, oakland. the willingness to take things way further than they had before is there. i think that's a difference that we need to talk about and we need so elevate and it's going to be a huge indicator of where this movement continues to evolve to. >> how do you take it basically off the streets and into real change? and what does real change look like? >> real change happens in the
streets. in every street on wall street, in main street, on your street, in city hall. you know, we're not in a position right now in our movement to say this is an or-proposition. we're in an and-period of this movement. we need to use every arrow in our quiver. it's voting, it's civil disobedience, it is noncooperation, it's shutting down roads, it's getting new people in office, it's firing police chiefs, it's firing police officers, it's all of the above and we need to use every button every lever in this society to get what we live in, our people are being brutalized, victimized, left dead in the street. our people are being in prison whether in jail or in their daily lives, the only way you see that change is to organizing in these huge momentum
movements, in are peace time where there's not big attention on blad bodies being killed, to make sure -- black bodies being killed, to wait for another darren wilson, because there will be another one. >> i know for a fact that you were arrested in miami at a protest in support of mike brown last night. i guess what i'm wondering and you look back to the death of trayvon martin in 2012, the decision to try to get the florida legislature to repeal the stand your ground laws, you were unsuccessful at doing that. what persuaded you that this time will be different that you will be able to effect real change? >> i mean if you are doing a political calculation our legislature is run by right wing extremists, it's run by nra, corporate interests, tea party crazies who don't want anything progressive to pass through their halls. it's going to take olot of work in the district, a ground swell
of people not only getting out to vote, but fire those people who lead to the death the disenfranchisement, let them know that laws like this aren't going to go by without repercussions and consequences. >> phillip agnew, executive director of the dream defenders, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> now to another issue in that national spot lyon light. fighting back against sex crimes on campus. the university of virginia is known as one of the most genteel and proper campuses in america. so when the mag magazine rolling stone broke the news of a an alleged gang rape, it rattled the campus. reputations of colleges and universities where the crimes take place. tonight we focus on uva's
reaction to the scandal on frat row. >> i think it's impossible to our victims, their families thank you. go through. >> it was an emotional meeting at the university of virginia on tuesday. uva's board members confronted allegations the university has a campus rape problem. a problem that the board decided now requires zero tolerance. >> this type of conduct will not be tolerated at the university of virginia. the status quo is no longer acceptable. like all of you gathered here today, i am appalled. simply appalled.at the information that has come forward. >> the allegations of gang rape inside a frat house first appeared in a rolling stone article last week. the writer told al jazeera the victim was discouraged from reporting the attack to police by the university, and even by
her friends. >> in jackie's case she was told she would be black bald from all the frats. as the girl who called rape. but what she was told in a sense was you will be a pariah on campus for the next four years. >> the individual who is being accused as well as the complainant, sometimes that's very difficult. >> in september months before the allegations were published a uva questioned dean of students nicole aramo. usually suspension if not any. >> not a suspension but a two year suspension with requirements to return is quite a stiff penalty. >> but a penalty far less than honor code requirements of expulsion for things like cheating or plagiarism. at uva the assault allegations led to emotional protests, even some arrests.
as students and faculty joined to demand stronger action to prevent campus sex crime. the university's administrators have suspended, freshman was lured upstairs at the phi kappa psi house. >> there were bystanders, there were people in that room who saw and heard what has been called shocking and horrifying and gut wrenching. >> uva's president called the assault shocking promising a change. >> i want to make it perfectly clear to you and the watching world that nothing is more important to me than the safety of our students. not our reputation. not our success. and not our history or our tradition. >> but the university has yet to
define what zero tolerance means. and what actions they will take against offenders. >> i know that if you removed all fraternities and sor sororis on campus, there would still be sexual assault. but our campus right now is a good opportunity for us to reflect on how we're going to go forward both students and administrators. >> greek life is often the starting point for these conversations though. just yesterday, san diego state university's frats suspended all their campus social activities following reports of sexual assault over the weekend. but what should schools do across the nation to address sex crimes on campus? earlier this week, "america tonight's" joie chen spoke with brett socolo, he's been a consultant to uva on sexual
misconduct policy. >> breath socolo has consulted the university of virginia board for many years now, you've told us this is really a state-of-the-art program in your mind in terms of what they have been able to do at uva. nevertheless the story that we're reading in the rolling stone and the claims of the young woman jackie do you feel that the uva has done enough? >> well, every college can do more. and as we have a national dialogue on campus sexual violence which i think is very essential i think it's very important that we pay attention to the human element at east of these stories that the student of the university of virginia jackie is going through what must be unimaginable now, and as we think of the best ways forward and how each campus and a half gates these challenges i want to keep the rights first and noa inform foremost in my m.
>> actually, this woman's allegations go back two years. >> it has been my attempt to spend a couple of days on grounds of university of virginia training their sexual misconduct board. i'm not their attorney or anything like that but i have been in touch with colleagues there and my sense is jackie's story as was told in rolling stone included the important fact that she had requested that the university of virginia not act on her case in a formal way and not take it to the police. so one of the challenges for any college campus is navigating an obligation to act on something once we have notice of it but also to try to respect the victim's wishes when they don't want us to take action. one of the questions that this article and this crisis pro advocates is how do you balance those two interests? >> couldn't the university be more proactive, if they had
asked she would have been able to identify the location at least one of the individuals, shouldn't they have taken the initiative to say look we have to investigate this? >> yes, i believe the university did ask all those questions. they got as much information from jackie as they could but they were up against a wall of not having enough information to proceed. so the next question is does a college campus do a warning? we have the ability to do a timely warning under the cleary act, to put something, a notice to the community that something violent has occurred. lacking specifics all the university would have been able to say is there has been a gang rape alleged in a fraternity house but not tell then where or what, so they could mea meaningy protect themselves. there's a penis on the loose and it may come and get you. only so much utility to it
right? there is the potential to scare people without giving them the tools they need to take protective action. >> in this case, now president sullivan has suspended the fraternity's activities at least into the winter break, into the middle of january. can the university take further action, shut down the fraternity's activities or shut down the fraternity or any other location where the alleged misconduct has occurred? >> they will need to investigate internally, they have a federal obligation to do that under title nine. there will also be a law enforcement investigation externally in charlottesville. and should any of those investigations bear fruit, there is an expectation that the activities of a fraternity could continue, there could be disciplinary action taken against whatever men, and
actionence taken against the institution. >> brett socolo, appreciate your appearance. >> thank you joie. >> a bright spot, why g. gm's plant in flint is a bright spot >> if he had been white and living in new york he would be a celebrity long ago in my opinion and he will be anyway. but sometimes it takes longer. >> longer, but it is finally happening. there is more to the story of these long underappreciated works, and the man determined to get them their due. >> we're following stories of people who died in the desert. >> the borderland marathon. >> no one's prepared for this journey. >> experience al jazeera america's critically acclaimed original series from the
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>> it once boasted a landscape of bustling businesses and factories. but over the years auto plants closed, jobs faded and crimes rose. but one general motors plant has survived it all, serving as a bright spot and sense of pride in flint, michigan. what makes it tick? "america tonight's" lori jane gliha visited the plant to find out. >> a city significant for its homicide rate, it is perhaps hard to find a sense of pride.
but inside this bustling car factory, its workers have proven there's a lot to be proud of in fliptflint, michigan. clusters of metal and parts will be put together like puzzles. they will be tightened and tested. cleaned and quality-checked. eventually rolling off the line is one of the country's most popular pickups, a chevrolet sierra rah or a gmc pickup. >> what's in it? >> dura max 660 turbo, the most powerful engine that we have. >> an industrial waste land, acres of property are not vacant after decades of factory closures eliminated tens of thousands of automotive jobs from flint. but the workers at general
motors oldest north american factory survived the general motors near demise, and the shut down of 17 facilities across the country. they've emerged humbled with a new approach towards teamwork. it wasn't easy. it required the union and management to come to the same side of the table and focus on a common goal. making a product the american people would want to buy. >> this product is important to the american economy, it's a work product. yes, it is expensive but it is built in such a way that it helps the economy. farmers. ranchers. construction workers. the people who are the backbone, the true backbone of our economy need trucks like this to do their jobs. >> so how many trucks come through this line every day? >> more than 700 a day, that's a lot when you think on three shifts.
>> i've been at gm 19 years. yes. 19 years. >> deondre jackson works the first shift. the flint father leaves home before the sun comes up so he can make it to the truck plant by 7:00 a.m. >> you spend more time here with the people here at work than you do at home sometimes. and i found love, yeah, i met my wife here. i was driving material to her area and we began to have a conversation. and turned into a movie and a movie turned into a marriage, i guess. so yeah, it's a community here. it's like family. >> reporter: the plant depends on its family of nearly 2700 union employees like jackson to manufacture trucks around the clock. >> the guy down the line from me doesn't do his job, i can't do mine. and if i don't do mine, the next guy can't do his.
>> plant employees developed a renewed sense of gratitude for their jobs after watching the shutdown of so many other plants across the state. the uncertainty about their future forced union workers and management to focus on collaboration rather than confrontation. they say they put trust in each other. >> we're all engaged. not just general motors, or just the uaw. we got two hands together that are engaged in what we do given the direction out here how we're going to be successful and i think that's how we have to survive. >> barry campbell is the chairman of the united auto workers. he says there was a time when contentious feelings between plant management and union workers hindered the product. more about quantity than quality. >> things would be able to slide by at that point? >> i wouldn't say it was allowed to slide by, i would say get
these things out around we'll fix them later. it's about building right in the department. the urgency to do better, we don't take anything for granted anymore. >> each worker plays a critical role here. no matter what their job is they have the power to stop a section of this line. all they have to do is pull this cord and the production stops. >> that's very important. i mean we're here to make quality. if i see something that's not right or one of my guys within my team, we have the ability to stop the line and call supervisor over and say hey check this out. they really let the team leaders here be actively involved in coming up with new ideas to make us -- make a better truck. >> have you submitted any ideas that you think would be -- >> yes, me and my team -- they have implemented a lot of our suggestions. >> what works in this plant is the fact that we work together. it is 100% the secret to our success. if there were one silver bullet that's it.
>> amy farmer is the director of manufacturing operations in flint. she's proud that the improved labor-management relationship and the joint focus on quality has paid off. the trucks produced here i recee the coveted j.d. power and associates award two years in a row for having the highest quality. >> would you see this is bright spot in the community? >> no doubt, to see a place open for business and trucks coming out the back of it. because nothing gives me more pride than to ride down the highway to see a car hauler full of flint-made trucks. so yes, i think it's a bright spot. >> lori jane gliha, al jazeera. >> still ahead on "america tonight," an nba star makes a roaring come back with a middle school team. >> no foul, no foul. >> it's the stuff hoop dreams are made of. that's next.
plus, and unlikely rock star. >> you can play rock 'n' roll. [ guitar strum ] >> you can play classical music. >> one man, four strings, and more than a million youtube views. thanks to his u.k. leigh lee. his ukulele. that would shape the middle east and frame the conflict today >> world war one: through arab eyes only on al jazeera america
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>> former nba standout anthony hardiway retired years ago, but never left the game. when a good friend was dying of cancer he stepped in to help. sarah hoye is court side, and has this story, changing a city one hoop at a time. >> in memphis, basketball is practically a religion. in bighampleton, it's a ticket out. anthony penny hardiway started out here and became a nba fourth round draft pick. since it's been a while since he hung up his jersey, middle schoolers to believe in just might be possible.
hardhardiway returned to his mes school area, to help a friend. then a father of three whose own son played on the team awoke from a medically induced coma. he had one request from his beloved friend. help his beloved lions. >> i said we're not worried about the team, we're worried about you. he said, i'm not worried, we're going to go to the state championship and win the title. that's not crazy, you're not even worried about your health, you're worried about the kids. >> remember what we saw on film. we all we got. let's go after it. let's put a showman, let's go. >> in the end hardiway decided to honor his friend's request.
>> no foul, no foul. that's okay. >> did you ever think you would be a middle school coach? >> no, not at all. i didn't think i would be a middle school coach. i'm enjoying it. if you don't invest in the community these are going to be the kids who have the opportunity to be the robbers, the killers, driving drunk doing something negative in the community that we really hate seeing on the news. we can actually do something about it, i think invest in time and all they want is love, investing in that time. >> i knew he would do it, his heart is so big, people just -- they can't even imagine how great he is as a person. it brings tears to my eyes because i didn't envision this at first. i knew job was hard. but with the help of him and god he's made it that much more easier. >> hardiways new job involve more than returning to
basketball. when he returned to gang infested bing hamton. >> in the mentality of the boys that are over there because there are no fathers there. the moms are really working hard to try to make ends meet and the neighborhood is tough. very tough. and that you could get lost into that neighborhood if you're not careful. and i wanted to stay there to try change the culture, the mindset, to bring a winning attitude to the school. >> and you walked in their shoes? >> yes, that was me walking through those same halls. didn't have a father. my mom was gone. i was raised by my grandmother so i know exactly where they're coming from. >> he put education first, walking the school's halls, demanding progress reports, he preached doing the right thing in and out of the classroom and even personally asked gang leaders to stay away. >> why do you care, why are you here? >> i care because the love that
was given to me in my neighborhood. my neighborhood was awesome as far as support. my grandmother was there, the people in the neighborhood, and i told my grandmother if i ever made it i would never forget where i came from and i'm holding to that. that's in my heart. god gave me a giving hard, it's easy to do, going back and tried to save lives. >> merry weather recovered enough to return to the bench but the chemohad taken its toll. the lord had given penny his first championship the first year he took over and then the a second. he had never won achampionship. >> it was a team effort. the coaches the players, the family, the principal it was a total team effort and it was just gratifying you know? because we had took a team that had no confidence when i first got there, to a team that had a
lot of confidence. winning that game that's what made it so great. >> still fighting colon cancer, merryweather requires biweekly chemotreatments which keep him physically drained. but he refuses to stay home. >> i launch automatically into being a coach. no more pity party. >> you are sick, you could easily get a pass to do nothing. >> because it helps jimmy to help the kids. binghamton is my heart. >> we're not face guarding the shooters but we're not ball-watching either. >> on game days in plem fist preparation starts long before tipoff. >> throw over his head. then you give up that tre. >> then off to the home and
where the team shares a meal. >> stay out of their block and start waving like this. you always want to come out. >> starter alex lomax, nicknamed alo spend three years under hardiway's swing span. >> if coach penny wasn't loongd, i think binghamton would be a whole different place. i thank god for him allowing me to be around coach penny for how long he let me around. >> geneva davis is the assistant director of the lester community center where hardiway used to spend hours. >> he really made a difference. >> he did, he really did. penny is just a genuine good hearted person that want to see our children grow and grow to be
positive. >> how has their basketball team changed this neighborhood? >> it's just morale of the people now that's behind the basketball team. and a lot of the parents that i used to didn't see, i see a lot of them now. you know because the basketball players are really into it with their hearts, you know? and penny, he's the coach but it's not just about coaching. it's about the being in the chair of the students. that's really made a tremendous difference. >> today they are competing in a holiday basketball tournament that's the city's basketball competition for regional teams. the lester lions give up their
lead and lose the destiny final game, taking home third place, the loss is going to be something to get used to. >> for everybody that didn't play, got to get better by the time we get to the city and by the time we get to the state. >> this year marks the third and final season with hardiway. they are parting with something more than a tournament title. for the team, hope. for hardiway, a promise kept to the grandmother who raised him. sarah hoye, al jazeera. >> coach penny ended his third year run, after his mighty lester lions went on to win the state championship. art hidden in the shadows, moves into the spotlight at the met. >> people weren't allowed to have written languages and to create things for people the way
>> coming up on "consider this," under reported crises from around the world and how it affects the u.s. libya, civil war, to, towns torn apart by suicide bombings. and mexico is our third largest trading partners, but is its drug cartels worse than i.s.i.l? at the top of the hour. >> some long awaited art pieces are about to get a high profile home in new york's metropolitan
museum of art. discovered and donateby bill arnett, a curator, ones with profound stories and texture of otherwise unrecorded history. [ whistling ] >> this look like a bunch of material that had been blown around in a storm or a tornado. >> lonnie holly turns debris into art. ♪ ♪ >> art that's been shown in major museums around the country. >> as you all saw me going through all this stuff, to expose it, i was like an inspector. in scenes a sense i was acting n archaeologist. >> just as he finds art, others could overlook. >> it would be flat and you would probably see it.
>> an unusual kind of curator found him. >> this room is the work of lonnie holly. lonnie is always been one of the most important of these african american artists. >> meet bill arnett, a curator with a cause. >> let's say if he was white and living in new york he would be a celebrity, in my opinion, and he will be but sometimes it takes longer. the art that i'm involved with is art that compares favorably with any art that's been produced anywhere on earth in the past hundred years or i wouldn't be involved with it otherwise. i'm not fascinating by primitive or naive or folky things. i'm interested in the great art of the world and i've spent my life exploring it. >> arnett lived and worked overseas for years where he became one of the world's great
experts on art from many cultures. he then curated art for museums all across the country. >> this was art from the south that was truly equal to this, we didn't know about, it was lurking out there in the woods. >> in the 1970s arnett began to travel the back roads and discover art that nobody knew about it. >> we had this black culture that indeed had been making art, and black people weren't allowed to have written languages and create things publicly for other people the way other civilizations do, the way the white civilization did, so they made these things in secrecy, and passed along verbally. >> one of the artists that he met was lonnie and introduced
him to dial. >> dial was reluctant to talk to me or to talk about his art. because he came from a generation which had been taught, don't let white people know what you're thinking. just stay out of sight. dial finally pulled a piece out and it was the most remarkable piece of art. and i asked him did he have any other things and started pulling out these absolutely remarkable things that he had been making. just one of these great geniuses that comes along very, very rarely. >> if god came down and gave me choice of who to have in a museum, i would have kept that, and i'd make a list, and be doll would be on it. >> william louis dreyfuss is a collector with his own museum. >> i think this may be a very important painting. it may take a long time to get there. it should be at the met.
>> after arnett discovered diel, louie bought 100 of his works. >> he has an understanding of what black america is where. i have a lot of admiration for him. >> bill arnett went on to discover many other artists. >> this is someone from memphis, named joe light. mary smith who lived in hazelhurst, mississippi. >> artists that the public had failed to notice, even though they were hiding in plain sight. >> purvis young, gab painting in an alley. >> and bill with his son matt found artists hidden in an
isolated pocket of rural alaba alabama, gee's bend, alabama. >> every day we spent in gee's bend, was a sense of discovery daily. we would meet a new quilt maker who would show us work that had been made 20, 30, 50 years ago, and here it was, seeing the light for the first time. ♪ ♪ >> so we started going on a regular basis and word got around there's some crazy white people paying crazy prices for some of your old, tattered stuff. >> everything about it was life-changing. >> the quilts had been made from old work clothes that had been made from clothes too tattered to wear. >> some of the most beautiful things, i imagine if some art loferg lived in paris and come
across picasso or braque or matisse, just came across them, i'm here to i didn't want to make money from it, i didn't want to control it, i wanted to just disseminate it, i wanted the information to get out. >> arnett introduced people like lonnie to gallery owners. >> bill allow my works to be on exhibit for the olympics here in atlanta, he put my works in some of the greater institutions. light the united nations. my works is in the smithsonian because of bill. i have works that have been on exhibit in the white house garden. >> arnet also introduced
thornton dial to the art world. >> i think he's as great as chagal and picasso. >> recognizing thornton dial of the extraordinary contribution -- >> arnett had his critics, of ripping off uneducated black artists. >> the allegation that i was taking advantage of black artists is more painful that i'd like to explain. >> i grew up my dad was one of the most up-beat, happy people, he went through many years where it was i think hard for him to get out of bed. >> lonnie holly made clear of what he thought of the charges against bill arnett. >> as far as i'm concerned, no other artists, to me was coming in our lives, he was giving us more for our works of art than
we really, really had ever received. he was giving us time to -- actually to develop. and also, he was taking the time to take the work to the next level for us. >> but the rumors scared off the galleries and museums which were about to feature the work arnett had discovered. >> next thing you know, dial can't have a show anywhere. everything gets cancelled. >> eventually, the controversy faded and the art spoke for itself. >> i didn't quit. i think that's my best talent is my unwillingness to give up. >> and bill arnett has not given up. the work that he has championed, finally getting its due, art exhibits, museums, even postage stampletion.
>> look man i found some concepts. >> lonnie holly finally got a new york show. >> joyful noise. >> bill arnett is 74 now and stepping back from his life's work. but his son matt has picked up the baton, still looking out for the artists they discovered, still their art to the world. >> what is the "america tonight's" joie chen reporting. coming up, a new duke of uke? he's been dubbed the jimi hendrix of the ukulele. a musician who are revolutionized the underappreciated instrument.
>> and finally on "america tonight," he's selling out shows and his music videos have more than 12 million views on youtube. and it's all because of an unlikely instrument. we go one on one with james shimabukuro to find out -- jake shimabukuro to find out how he's leading a ukulele revival. >> i've been playing the ukulele since i was four years old. got into it because my mom
played so she was actually my first teacher. sat me down put a ukulele in my hand. taught me like two or three chords and i was just looked. reply name is jake shimabukuro. i was born and raised in honolulu, hawaii and i play the ukulele. in hawaii, there have been so many grai great ukulele players. like eddie kumai, the first ukulele virtuoso. note♪ >> he plate with the group called sons of hawaii and they revolutionized hawaiian music.
that's what inspired me to play. i started trying to collect every ukulele album that was out there and listening to it and i fell in love with the instrume instrument. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> i think people are starting to see that wow, you know, it's such a simple instrument to play. you know it's affordable, it's portable, and people don't feel like they need to be a musician to play the instrument. ukulele is probably the least intimidating of instruments. even if you're an amateur player, people just love it. my favorite is just sitting in front of a group of kids, trying to play things that they'd
recognize. >> you can play more than just hawaiian music with the ukulele. you can play rock 'n' roll. ♪ smoats ♪ ♪ >> you can play classical music. ♪ ♪ >> they just light up and they start singing along. and you make that instant connection. i started playing in hawaii and getting some recognition. there was interest in japan
because hawaiian culture is very popular in japan especially hawaiian music. i had a youtube are movie someone posted and it brings people so much joy and happiness. and that's why i play it and that's why i love sharing it with people. >> that's it for us here on "america tonight." this week on the program our series overcoming disabilities. for millions of disabled americans daily life can be a struggle. we explore the lives of america's differently abled and the obstacles standing between them and fair treatment. and remember if you'd like to comment on any of the stories you've seen tonight just go to our website, aljazeera.com/americatonight and join the conversation on our twitter or facebook page. good night.
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