Fred Brown, Jr. is BRIC’s Associate Producer of Public Affairs since 2011. Fred originally joined the family in 2006 as a freelance field reporter/producer for Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT). His background as a journalist and media professional include professional experience at CNN, C-SPAN, The Washington Post Newspaper Company, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), Thirteen/WNET Public Broadcasting and The New York Times. Fred also serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Fred’s personal motto: “Live and let live.”
Diane Jacobowitz has a long history of performing, teaching and arts administration. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dancewave; a non-profit organization founded in 1985 currently composed of various youth programs. It’s D-Wave In Motion program focuses on arts in education in New York City public schools and serves thousands of young people in the metropolitan area each year. Ms. Jacobowitz directed her own dance company for over 20 years and performed in many important venues including a season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She taught at public and private schools including Hunter College, NYU, LIU, Brooklyn College and Berkeley Carroll School for six years. Ms. Jacobowitz has an undergraduate degree in dance (BFA) from Ohio State University, a graduate (MFA) degree from Connecticut College and also graduated from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies.
Terence Kelly is Community Affairs Manager for Barclays Center, serving as a liaison between the arena and the surrounding neighborhoods. Working with local stakeholders on matters related to quality of life, government relations, and economic development, Terence also assists with outreach initiatives focused on local hiring, strategic partnerships, charitable giving and community service. Before working at Barclays Center, Terence worked at the NYC Coalition Against Hunger on benefits outreach & enrollment assistance, communications and capacity-building for emergency food programs across the five boroughs. He is an MPA candidate at CUNY-Baruch’s School of Public Affairs and helps his friends organize Hillstock Festival – an annual all-ages, affordable arts & music showcase featuring 50+ acts at 5 venues over three days every June in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn where he resides.
Strafe – composer, producer, musician, arranger and recording artist – has rocked the underground club world for the past two decades with his signature masterpiece “Set It Off,” hailed “the most sampled song of all time” by Billboard Magazine. The song, its catchphrases, and beat have been used by dozens of famous singers, Hollywood films and television shows. Set It Off also appears on numerous dance compilations internationally. Raised in downtown Brooklyn, Strafe started playing guitar when he was a teen in his father’s band, Mr. Steve & The Young Ones. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, joined the Odessa dance band on guitar and vocals, and in 1984 he toured as a guitarist/backup vocalist with recording artist Shannon. In 1985 Strafe released three songs on A&M Records. In 1989 he formed the Hard Soul® brand and later the recording company. He performs as a DJ under the name S.t.d.
Curator, Dexter Wimberly was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Wimberly’s curatorial work is focused on contemporary urban history. “I love art that reflects our times, and I am excited to be in the position to work with artists who are shaping contemporary culture and bringing the beauty of under-exposed aspects of modern life to a greater public. I feel that this is my calling within the arts.” A passionate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has personally exhibited the work of over 150 individual artists. His recent exhibitions include Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process at Mixed Greens gallery and Pattern Recognition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Fort Greene.