Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 26: Store Frontin’

We take on the business of black-owned business in Central Brooklyn, by asking two local entrepreneurs what it takes to keep a storefront business alive? And what it means to be a black business owner and black consumer in the midst of gentrification?


Crystal Bobb-Semple, CEO, Camp Half Blood
Don Edwards, Co-owner, Locale Village Shop


1. What does it take for an entrepreneur to keep a storefront business alive in Central Brooklyn? We see stores come and go, but don’t know what they are dealing with. What is the day-to-day hustle of keeping a retail storefront business look like?

2. What does it mean to be a black business owner and black consumer in the midst of gentrification? Within every black-led movement, there are calls to "buy black," but as Central Brooklyn evolves is there black and white, or just green? 

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup

Third Rail Eps 13: Telling stories. Taking care of business.


Guest Hosts: 

Monique Greenwood, Owner & CEO, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns
Kai Wright, Editor-at-Large, Colorlines


1. Journalism that Builds Community: Although digital and social media have opened up new ways for people to share stories and information, few news outlets do in-depth reporting on a neighborhood level, and locally grown journalism is becoming scarce. In the age of Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, we ask what role citizen journalism can play in strengthening community and building power in Central Brooklyn?

2. Small Business that Builds Community: Neighborhoods are often measured by how vibrant their retail action on its commercial strips. As Central Brooklyn grapples with changing commercial tastes and gentrification, what is the role of local entrepreneurs? Is opening a business and creating jobs enough? Or do business leaders have another responsibility?

3. "Tell em why you mad" Roundup