This week's episode features Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II head of the Teaching Firms Of America - Professional Preparatory Charter School in Bed Stuy. Rafiq was born and raised in Philadelphia and now lives in Brooklyn. Our second guest is Dari Litchman, a Brookladelphian by proxy. She spent 15 years in living in Philly and moved to Brooklyn about 15 years ago.
Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II
I talked to Rafiq at his school on Lewis Avenue in Bed-Stuy. The school happens to be just a few blocks away from my first apartment in Brooklyn. Rafiq has big plans for his school, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and the public school paradigm. He also happens to be friends with the co-owner of The Crabbie Shack and fellow Brookladelphian, Fifi Bell.
Dari and I met up at The Brookladelphian's unofficial "satellite" office, The Brooklyn Commune. Rafiq and I talked about the work he's doing with his charter school while Dari reminisced about her time as a young college student in 1990's Philadelphia.