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Aug 24, 2021

His mother brought the concept of Neighborhood Watch to Central Islip in Long Island, New York before it was piloted around the United States. In fact, Gahrey Ovalle’s watched his mom bring Community Policing to her community. The real kind where police officers live within the community, attend local games and high-five the kids.

No surprise, Gahrey is now a community activist in his own right in addition to being an entrepreneur and author. Gahrey still contributes to and resides in Central Islip with his wife. He's participated in community organizing collaborations that have successfully lobbied legislation in New York, including a limiting the use of solitary confinement in prisons.

Favorite song is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Favorite book - The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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About this podcast: In each episode, a Brother reflects on his life; explores the experience of being a Black man in America; shares his interactions with law enforcement; and answers the signature question "If America was a woman, what would you say to her? You won't find a collection of conversations with Black men like this anywhere else. Hear their wisdom. Be inspired.

Host, Rahbin Shyne, is an author, educator, creative and avid half-marathon walker. Original music by Malachi Mott.