Confused About Healthcare, EmblemHealth has Answers

January 16, 2015

More than a million New Yorkers have acquired health care through the NYS Health Exchange. But how many really know what the Affordable Care Act entails? In this episode of Brooklyn Savvy we have invited Sana Hashmi director of Health Reform, Strategy and Product Design at EmblemHealth. As well as Pierre Devaud director of Health Care Access and Policy at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, to demystify the Affordable Care Act. Tune in to learn just how affordable your insurance really is..


State of Nursing Today with Katie Duke

November 26, 2014

Join the Savvy panel with guests panelists  Katie Duke from ABC’s NYMed and Lisa White as they talk about the current state of the nursing industry including work ethics, professionalism, high demand for nurses, inequality and dealing with the pressure of superiors.  

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Economics, Finance

“When She Makes More,” with Farnoosh Tarobi

October 26, 2014

The Savvy panel is back and discusses the controversial topic of women in power. Farnoosh Torabi, author of When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women, discusses the inequality of power and income amongst women in the professional workplace and guest panelist Deborah Goldstein sheds light on what it means for women to “bring home the bacon.”

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Personal Leadership, Women in Politics

Meet Laurie Cumbo City Councilwoman

October 17, 2014

Join the Savvy panel  as they meet with City Councilwoman, Laurie Cumbo. Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, a graduate of Spelman College, discusses the challenges of representing District 35 and the issues the city council is facing. Learn more about the strides Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo is making to help District 35, a diverse and complex district in Brooklyn with elements of classism, arts and culture.

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Choice, Community, Dating, Personal Leadership, Relationships, Sex

Sex and The Soul With Donna Freitas

January 8, 2014

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The Savvy Panel revisits “The Hook-Up Culture” from a different lens.  Deemed by many to be a trend or a declaration of sexual independence, author of  Sex and the Soul, Donna Freitas challenges us to think that hooking up could be a mere excuse for covering the fact that just maybe there is a yearning expectation for more than just sex. The prospect of a relationship or lack of substance, perhaps… Toni and co-hosts Jennifer Jones Austin  and Denise Arbesu  discuss Freitas’ social research. After conducting  a series of interviews with college students, Freitas analysis measures the integration of sex, religion and spirituality. This discussion delves into the functionality of the hook-up culture as well as breaks down Freitas’ qualitative analysis of  the conflicting nature of casual sex on campuses.

Brooklyn Savvy airs  8:00 am on Sundays on Channel 25 and Cablevision (Ch 22). You can also tune into Brooklyn Savvy on  NYCLife  for more interesting and provocative conversations.

Written by Patrice Floy

Choice, Community, Economics, Race and Multiculturalism, Relationships

Coming to The Table…

January 7, 2014

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It seems like race relations continues to be a behind the curtain issue. Unbeknownst or in denial to many, the impact of slavery still weighs very heavily on our family’s lineage. Toni, Co-hosts Denise Arbesu and Sylvia Wong chat with Elizabeth Sturgess-LLerena, Julie Finch and Mitchell Woo on how to attack the legacy of slavery in order to truly reconcile in the present and move forward. Sylvia, Julie and Elizabeth share with the panel  their involvement in an organization called, Coming to The Table which is a diverse and very active group passionate about researching and discovering one’s family history and involvement in slavery.  Mitchell also leads the panel to analyze the “divide and conquer “mentality and how it creates a disconnect between races and opportunity. The candid conversation delves into  the notion of “white privilege,” and the complexities that transpire from it. This is definitely a must see!

Brooklyn Savvy airs  8:00 am on Sundays on Channel 25 and Cablevision (Ch 22). You can also tune into Brooklyn Savvy on for more interesting and provocative conversations.


Written by Patrice Floy

Career, Choice, Community, Personal Leadership, Women in Business

Give Your Blank!

January 7, 2014

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When it comes to New York tax payers one things for sure is that they want to know that their hard earned money is going to great lengths in strengthening communities. Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings – Burford is making sure that things are getting done. Appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, Diahann discusses with Toni and Savvy co-hosts Ellen Salpeter Collette Ellis  and Denise Arbesu  – her initiative to provide great service and volunteerism throughout New York. Diahann passionately discusses her mission to facilitate the right services and resources in attempts to stimulate a generation to be more active in lending a helping hand in order to collectively gain a greater sense of social camaraderie and progress throughout New York.

For more information on where you can help volunteer please visit, NYC Service.

Brooklyn Savvy airs  8:00 am on Sundays on Channel 25 and Cablevision (Ch 22). You can also tune into Brooklyn Savvy on for more interesting and provocative conversations.

Written by Patrice Floy


Social Class with David Abaire

January 6, 2014


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Class in America may seem to be a taboo topic for many but not for American Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay- Abaire . Toni along with co-hosts Anna GlassEllen SalPeter and Denise Arbesu chats with Abaire on growing up in South Boston and how that experience helped color his perspective on exploring the notion of race, class and opportunity in his rave reviewed playwrights “Good People” and “Rabbit Hole.” Throughout this discussion Abaire and the panel examines the history of Boston’s neo-neighborhood, creating personable characters and his process of writing as a dramatist. This engaging discussion with Abaire can teach that the “putting yourself” out there approach as an artist can be a great testament to the success that Abaire is basking in now.

Brooklyn Savvy airs  8:00 am on Sundays on Channel 25 and Cablevision (Ch 22). You can also tune into Brooklyn Savvy on for more interesting and provocative conversations.


Written by Patrice Floy