Omar Hakim “There is a science behind the drumsticks..my favorite is Vic Firth.”

Omar Hakim is one of the best drummers alive. What’s the story behind his drumsticks? He has drummed for Patty Labelle, Dire Straits, Sting and Daft Punk to name a few. He has been using the same drumstick brand for over 30 years. Omar shares the story of meeting Vic Firth 30 years ago, theContinue reading “Omar Hakim “There is a science behind the drumsticks..my favorite is Vic Firth.””

The Measure of Michael Anthony Pegues

 Michael Anthony Pegues, a fixture of the downtown art scene and true NY icon has finally found a home at FB Gallery to present his vision. “My small story is that as an artist I relied on a lot of things and that one thing was creating something on canvas.” The Measure of an ArtistContinue reading “The Measure of Michael Anthony Pegues”

Yusef Sirius El: “Im A Beast In Footwear Design”

“I’ve been an artist since I was 2” Yusef Sirius El is a a man of many talents. Painter, musician but he is known for his success as a footwear designer.  Name the brand..Adidas, Nike, ENYCE, he has designed for them. Millions have worn his designs. Our conversation covers the story of Yusef, footwear designer.

Life Lessons From A Tribeca Homeless Man

 “When I first became homeless, I use to pray that I die for 6 months…that was back in ’87” Jerry,52, may be homeless but his mind isnt. I met Jerry in Tribeca. Our conversation is inspiring to say the least.  The street lights are on a timer. They come on and off every 2 minutes.Continue reading “Life Lessons From A Tribeca Homeless Man”

What is Jem?

 After walking by Jem a number of times, I had to satisfy my curiosity. When I walked, I saw aisles and aisles of colorful fabric from the ceiling to the ground. I loved the environment. Jem is not your typical fabric store.  Jem is owned and operated by a brother-sister team, Michelle Zahabian, who is 24Continue reading “What is Jem?”

“5 Things About New Zealand”

  Enjoying the view & good people at a Brooklyn rooftop BBQ and I met 3 animated New Zealanders who were on holiday. I asked them to share 5 things about New Zealand. I was laughing while filming.  Afterwards, I asked my friend Tunde to share with them 5 things about New York.

Q-Tip on “Hotel Amazon” & A Tribe Called Quest

After spending a great scenic day driving around my borough of Queens, I jumped on the J train and took an evening stroll through the East Village. I bumped into a true ambassador of Queens, Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. He was enjoying a stroll as well but was cool enough to share aContinue reading “Q-Tip on “Hotel Amazon” & A Tribe Called Quest”

My Small Story Mix II

14 NYC stories in 14 minutes. A thread of conversations beginning with a new New Yorker  who is proof that people move to NYC from all over the world; a man roller skating w the bottom of a mannequin on his head  in soho; Freedom Bradley Dir-City Parks Foundations on what else “NYC Parks”; FounderContinue reading “My Small Story Mix II”

The Blisslife of Amel Larrieux from Groove Theory & Sweetback

Today’s temperature was uncomfortably hot and humid but I perked up when I bumped into R&B songwriter Amel Larrieux at Broadway and 10th street. She has just returned from a vacation in the Bay area. We walk along 10th street and she shares the excitement about having her daughter in her band which comes outContinue reading “The Blisslife of Amel Larrieux from Groove Theory & Sweetback”

Extreme Hopscotch: “You got beat by an 8yr old!”

Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins..get your Extreme Hopscotch game up! Yesterday at a BBQ in Brooklyn, while filming the kids "hopschotchin", they challenged myself and my longtime friend Jon Cropper to try. He said "no way". I tossed him my camera and thought how hard could it be? Well, I got schooled by an 8year oldContinue reading “Extreme Hopscotch: “You got beat by an 8yr old!””