Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

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When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and…

Young Elmont Men Feed the Homeless of New York City

Days before his 22nd birthday, Elmont native, Daniel Alexis, decided he wanted to do something different to celebrate this year: The Class of 2012 graduate rounded up all of his friends in Elmont and set out on a mission to feed the homeless of New York City. “I believe the greatest gift God gave us isContinue reading “Young Elmont Men Feed the Homeless of New York City”

The Scene: P. Phileston

When a runaway train is moving at 100 miles per hour, nothing or no one had better get in its way. Running on pure vision, tenacity and passion, P. Phileston and the cultural movement known as Kella Fella Ent are like a locomotive showing no signs of slowing down. Phileston, the group’s founder, started absorbingContinue reading “The Scene: P. Phileston”

26 year-old filmmaker documents the lives of Long Islanders

Jordan Crafton is a 26 year-old man who was born in New Jersey, raised in Baldwin and who attended school at Uniondale High School in Long Island. He had dreams of becoming a jazz musician before he realized his passion was to pursue filmmaking as a career. In 2009, Jordan directed a film which documentedContinue reading “26 year-old filmmaker documents the lives of Long Islanders”