Gus Johnson: “Rise & Fire”

“My small story is I have a son. He is 9yr olds. Che is the best thing to ever happen to me. We have a great relationship. I’m from the westside of Detroit..went to St. Cecilia, Detroit Jesuit high school, went to Howard University..got into sport broadcasting business.. worked in Waco,Texas.. Huntsville, Alabama, Washington, DC, Greensboro, NC, ESPN2, ESPN28, MSG..I work for everybody..I thought I was going to be a lawyer. I humbled and stumbled into sportscasting. I found that it was my calling..the best thing.”  He currently calls play-by-play for Fox Sports, Showtime, the Big Ten Network and the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
In 2010, he trademarked his famous line “Rise And Fire” for use on athletic apparel and plans to launch a Web site some time before the NCAA men’s basketball tournament ends so that fans can buy can by hats, licensed by New Era, and T-shirts.
 He’s also one of the few with his own unofficial Internet soundboard.

My Small Story Mix: Detroit To NYC

Detroit Inspired. NYC Executed. The initial stories I filmed in my hometown of Detroit have grown into over 100 NYC stories. This is a mix of clips from 12  stories: Motown to Grotown (a conversation @Detroit hospital is the impetus for http://www.mysmallstory.com) , Schott Free (former LOUD a&R, think Wutang, MoBB Deep), Stacey Mckenzie (Model/Entrepreneur told she was “too ugly to be” the supermodel she is today), Steven Mark Klein (New Yorker), Georgia (Family Beauty Business), Omar Dubois (Culture writer, traveler), Beans (Music artist@Label store), Openhouse Gallery (NYC’s #1 pop up space/experimential marketing), Uplifting Men (Homeless Activist), Samia & I@World Cup (unbeknownst to us, samia is 2-3 weeks pregnant with our daughter Chloe), Hussein Warmack (Founder, Nu South Lemonade) and Amel Larrieux (music artist loved by many, I first met Amel while filming the making of GURU’s Jazzmatazz).

MAJORS: Entrepreneur, Detroit, NYC, Ugly Puppy & Taking Risk

 An entrepreneur of many talents. Actor, Musician & Marketing/PR guy. Majors was born in Detroit and moved to NYC 10 years ago to make moves and take risk to get closer to his dream. While walking thru downtown NYC, i bumped into Majors. The conversation ranges from difference btwn Detroit and NYC, why people dont take risk and connecting in NYC. “Success Exist 4 Those That Take Risk’ Majors

Jennifer Lee Snowden: Playing 29 Outdoor NYC Pianos for Hope “Play Me I’m Yours”

 Born in Michigan, lives in NYC and playing 29 NYC outdoor Pianos for Hope. Meet Jazz/Rock Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Lee Snowden on her journey to play all 29 Manhattan painted pianos for “Play Me I’m Yours” in the New York City Streets. I filmed her at Astor Place & Times Square. “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram who has been touring the project globally since 2008. From 9am-10pm each day, 60 pianos will be available to play across New York City. Presented by Sing for Hope they are located in public parks, streets and plazas the pianos will be available until 5th July for any member of the public to play and engage with. Jennifer Lee Snowden is now living in New York City and recently released her debut album In My Own Company. After high school, Jennifer Lee Snowden attended. Northwestern University where she studied theater and continued her music training. Jennifer Lee Snowden grew up in the small town of Spring Lake, Michigan where her love of music was fostered by 2 music teachers; her mother and grandmother. A

Lloyd Tyler: Detroit Real Estate Entrepreneur

A Day in the Life with Lloyd. Lloyd Tyler , a Detroit native, attended a real estate seminar in 1993. The same year, he purchased his first home. Here we are 50 homes, 17 years and a Detroit economy later. We drive around the Westside of Detroit filming the neighborhoods and our conversations on the state of the Detroit housing market; how to tips, how he see’s Detroit in 2-3 years; advice after 17 years and we tour the 1 of his homes, as well as a number for sale homes and schools in the $1,000-$5,000 market that makes news headlines across the globe. I hope you enjoy Lloyd’s story. He is not just an experienced real estate contractor/developer. He is also my Uncle. So say hellllo to my Uncle Lloyd.

The DETROIT SOIL: “Motown to Grotown”

A conversation with my mom’s friend, Pat, filmed in my mom’s hospital room during the last days of her life. This was “the conversation” when I knew I wanted to share stories from my hometown of Detroit, my current home NYC and other cities and countries across the globe i have visited or lived. Solutions through filmed, edited & shared conversations. 2 months after this filmed conversation, I launched https://mysmallstory.wordpress.com. Thank you for your eyeballs. Pat is a longtime family friend and a certified urban farmer with a goal of converting the 100,000 vacant lots (homes) in Detroit to “urban farms”…”Motown to Grotown”.

The Accidental Brothers: Jazz in Central Park

  After being an hour late due to NYC weekend subway delays and missing out on filming an entrepreneur and friend. I decided to take a walk starting from the SW corner of central park. Within minutes, I  came across the Accidental Brothers Jazz Quartet. A nice Saturday afternoon accident.  A group of musicians from all over America who met while jamming around NYC.

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