on the record
L.B. Brown, Gallery Owner
The custom picture framing business has long been a male-dominated industry. But L.B. Brown, once an Ebony Magazine Advertising executive, was never one to let anything hold her back.
Using her ke...
Ralph Perez - Founder, Xmental Inc.
You might not know Ralph Perez, but he is famous. To many, he’s notorious. But to the 60 kids he has helped so far in the Paint Straight program as part of Xmental Inc., Ralph “Tatu-Xmen” Perez is ...
Dheeraj Gayaram, Dancer
It is safe to say that Dheeraj Gayaram is a living, breathing example of his work. The best part: his work is his passion. A dancer of various Indian styles, Gayaram has danced for the Queen of Eng...
Chris Distefano, Comedian
Chris Distefano might have a doctorate in Physical Therapy, but he's a master at comedy. The 26-year-old comedian has quickly climbed up the ladder in the comedy business since his official start ...
Aaron Barlow, Professor & Author
City Tech professor Aaron Barlow has his own take on volunteering for Peace Corps in Africa.
To mark the organization's 50th anniversary this year, Barlow edited “One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffal...
Sade Aguilla, Student Chef
Sade Aguilla has literally cooked her way to the top.
The 17-year-old high school senior recently landed a full scholarship to Monroe College to study in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Ar...
Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega founder
A bodega in Brooklyn is not unheard of - selling everything from food and beer to calling cards and stockings. But what about a bodega that dishes out the latest in hip hop culture and brings consu...
Brian Ferreira, BCAP Director
For Brian Ferreira, the director of Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the most rewarding thing about teaching is helping children discover their own talents.
When he first started teachi...
Lucy Palacios, Market Founder
Lucy Palacios did the corporate thing all of her life. But after being in that world for so long, she decided last year to explore her more creative side. She started a market in Jackson Heights th...
Debbie Hoffer, Advocate for the Elderly
The Queensboro Council for Social Welfare recently honored Debbie Hoffer, the Director of Field Operations for Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. She received the Evelyn Pliego Memorial Soc...