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. Jerry’s face begins to appear at the :35 second mark. He shares his story, a new year’s resolution, tips if you become homelsss, this favorite Bible passage and strongly suggests that everyone “diversify their finances”.

Kobie Brown “From Fatherless To Fatherhood” (2012 Film)

 I along with millions of Americans have grown up “Fatherless”. And today 40% of American children live in a fatherless home raised by single mothers, aunts, grandmothers and other female caregivers. Kobie Brown’s 2012 film From Fatherless To Fatherhood explores the causes, effects and possible solutions to turning the corner on father absence. We met at Central Park for an unscripted, insightful conversation about the inspiration for the film, his family story and his goals. I love and support what Kobie is doing, solutions through dialogue.

“Before You leave this planet, it is important that you get in touch with what your purpose is and not be defined by what your job or career may be..but find out what it is you are suppose to do for the betterment of mankind and everything else will fall into place.” – Kobie during our Central Park conversation

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”; Founder of cleanplates.com the online healthy version of zagats; Guy wearing airtrekkers on Park Avenue; Iesha of Street Corner Resources, anti-violence teen protest @129 & Lenox; DJ Moma on going from engineer to DJ and “escaping the rat race”; Abby & Tori on the call that sent them to Haiti; Footwear designer Yusef Sirius El on 5 and 10 year business plans; Opera singer Joanna Bergin on the day she knew opera was her calling; Stylist Jason Rembert@Rocawear pop-up store on how he got his first internship at Elle; my first Yankee game, in the parking lot  I get schooled on Yankee culture by my host and former Yankee exec onYankee branding..but he has a World Series ring, I LOVE NYC; Cinematographer/producer Shawn Peters on what is Weeksville.

Still Life: Hat Entrepreneur/Designer, Marc Jacobs & Running a Business

 Meet Frenel Morris. The entrepreneur designer behind Still Life. Since 2006, the Still Life flagship store has been home to an eclectic range of original designs- envisioned and tailored to perfection-by creative director and owner, Frenel Morris. Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, Still Life provides each client with custom hand-crafted pieces. An on-site seamstress ensures that each product is carefully assembled in a timely manner with keen attention to detail.

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

Joan Morgan: Poetry, Salsa, Jamaica & 3 Interpretations

Joan Morgan. Entrepreneur. Writer. Mother and loved and admired by many including yours truly. Joan was one the first people I met in NYC back in June 1992. This story was filmed at Joan’s Spur Tree Birthday soiree with 3 of her girlfriends sharing stories and qualities about Joan. Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist and author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist and entertainent writer, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice before having her work published by Vibe, Interview, MS, More, Spin, Giant and numerous other publications. Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence and one of the original staff writers at VIBE, Joan Morgan is the author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost — a fresh, witty, and irreverent book that marks the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive, and engaging young social commentators in America today. Her work appears in numerous college texts, as well as books on feminism, music and African-American culture. She is currently teaches “The History of Hip-Hop Journalism” at Duke University.” So that’s what I do. Here’s a bit about who I am. I’m a Jamerican girl, born in hills of Westmoreland Jamaica and raised in the South Bronx whose been lucky enough to carve out a career writing about the things I care about most: among them hip-hop culture and the lives of black women. I have an amazing kid whose wit, courage, kindness and heart inspire and humble me everyday. I’m a New Yorker, a city girl through and through. I love great restaurants, stilettos, a good mojito and fine wine but I live in the country so I can hear myself think. I write from my office overlooking the river with my dog at my feet. All things considered its a pretty good life.

Georgia: Family Business, Hair Culture, The Wall & Customer Service

Meet Sister-in-Laws Jodie Patterson and Kiara Ellozy , the founders of Georgia. Part beauty store and part salon, Georgia harbors a soft spot for the frizzy-haired masses. Named after co-founder Jodies corkscrew-curled daughter, the inviting space was designed by Christian Wassmann and Serge Becker, the creative mind behind hot spots like the Box and Bowery Bar. — Their inspiration is Harlem native Madam CJ Walker..As a manufacturer of hair care products for African American women, Madame C. J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, became one of the first American women millionaires. http://www.georgiany.com/index.php

Raqiyah Mays: Motherhood, Blogging, Acting & Faith

I met Raqiyah and her son in Brooklyn on Court Street – downtown BK- for an unscripted conversation. We discussed her current projects, being a Mom, advice for single women in NYC, she and her husband’s experience dealing with the Foster Care process to gain custody of their son; and advice for those considerng being an entrepreneur. Meet Raqiyah Mays: Writer, actress and radio personality, Raqiyah’s working on her first novel, performing Off-Broadway in the AUDELCO award-winning play “Platanos & Collard Greens” and the new show “Auction Block to Hip Hop.”CHECK THE BLOG: Raqiyahmays.wordpress.com

Frederick Benjamin Grooming: Harlem to Nolita with Michael James

 I spent the day with entrepreneur Michael James. He is the founder of Frederick Benjamin Grooming. We have a conversation about how he turned his work experience into his passion, we strolled along 125th street, visited Levels barber Shop, learned the inspiration behind the name of his company and we end the day at one of his downtown retail accounts – Georgia on houston avenue (bowery) in Nolita. Full disclosure, Michael gave me some samples. I am now a customer. I have been getting compliments on my hair all over NYC..lol…

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