December 12th, 2014
10:26 AM ET

Kids Discuss Race in America

"On the news, there was a black guy, and a policeman choked him," Adriana said.

She and some of her fellow third and fourth graders from Immaculate Conception School sat down with Chris Cuomo to talk about their perspectives on race in America. It turns out that there's a lot we can learn from them.

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December 10th, 2014
10:19 AM ET

Angelina Jolie Takes on Directing Role

Louie Zamperini's life story is epic. He overcame adversity to get to the Olympics, became a top bombardier in World War II, survived 47 days at sea after a plane crash and endured two and a half years in a prison camp. And all of that only scratches the surface.

The book was an instant bestseller, but the shark attack, the war and the sheer emotions that came with it would make for a difficult film production. Needless to say, someone special was needed to bring this story to the big screen. Angelina Jolie stepped up to the challenge.

"I remember thinking, 'Why has it taken over 50 years for someone to do this, it’s the most obvious movie,'" Jolie tells New Day's Chris Cuomo.  "And then there was a day where I thought, 'Oh.  That’s why.'"

She showed Zamperini the film toward the end of his life. He was in the hospital, "preparing himself to pass away," Jolie says.

"He was revisiting his memories. And I was just there to watch those sparkly blue eyes, and, you know, just felt honored to be there."

When she started preparing to direct "Unbroken," Jolie was making the decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after her doctors told her that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She is grateful that she was able to be around Zamperini at that time; that she was able to focus on his survival story while essentially writing her own.

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"Unbroken" comes to theaters on Christmas Day.

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December 4th, 2014
09:49 AM ET

Meet the Other Darren Wilson

When the world found out that a cop named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, many people initially thought it was a black police officer from St. Louis, Missouri.

"My phone went off the hook," Sgt. Darren R. Wilson tells Chris Cuomo. The social media accounts for his organization, the Ethical Society of Police, also saw a ton of action from people looking for answers.

Given his unique perspective, Sgt. Wilson weighed in on the actions of the other Darren Wilson, as well as New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

"You hear the term 'zero to sixty.' It appears in both cases, that's what happened."

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December 2nd, 2014
10:34 AM ET

Three Cosby Accusers Meet for the First Time

The artist says that when she spoke out three weeks ago, in a Washington Post opinion article, she hoped to give voice to other women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by legendary comedian Bill Cosby. She says she wanted them to know they were not alone.

Since then, at least 16 others have gone public with accusations. Many of them offered similar stories about being drugged and raped, and said they were reluctant to talk earlier because they feared for their careers, their families or their own safety.

Three of Cosby's accusers, including Bowman, told CNN on Tuesday of having struggled and gained strength in solidarity.

"One of my main goals was to reach out to these women who didn't have the courage yet," said Bowman. "Seeing it in action is really intense."

While Cosby has not commented on the allegations, his camp has repeatedly and vigorously denied them.

In a recent statement, Cosby's lawyer Martin D. Singer said it defies common sense that "so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."

Victoria Valentino was a Playboy bunny when, she claims, Cosby drugged and raped her in the late 1960s. She called such denials "absolutely ridiculous," adding, "he's got a very good spin doctor."

Asked why it took her and others so long to come forward, Valentino said that "over the years, women didn't have a voice."

"Rape victims, sexual assault victims were victimized by the system," she told CNN's 'New Day.'"... We didn't believe in the system, because the system did not stand by us through things like this."


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