After leaving a job as a television news producer in 1990, Sheila D. Brooks started her own company producing news stories and documentaries. She converted a bedroom into an office at the house where she lived in New Carrollton, drummed up three small contracts, hired an assistant and persuaded a bank to give her a loan.
“I would live in a bikini if I could.”
Megan Gray’s star is shining bright white. The self-described “countryside girl” hails from the rural town of Wesham in Northern England, where she grew up “mucking about and riding my horse on repeat. I loved it.”
Sadly, there aren’t any equestrian-themed beauty shots on her Instagram feed. What’s clear to see is the dogged dedication to fitness that helped her push all the way through to the finals of Miss Universe Great Britain 2020…without any pageantry experience.
“I absolutely love a high intensity workout, boot camp-style. The harder the better,” she says, adding that her father is pro boxing referee who’s shared the ring with stars like Anthony Joshua. “I’ve grown up around boxing and think it’s such a challenging form of fitness.”
That work ethic extends beyond working out. In addition to modeling for
Applications are now open to participate in the program, which also offers a grant to outfit the space.
Rec centers in Philadelphia may soon play host to local startups and creative small businesses, thanks to a new city program launching today.
Called “Making Space: Reimagining Recreation,” the initiative offers local entrepreneurs the chance to apply for a free, “business-ready” space in rooms that currently sit empty, per the program website. Selected applicants will get a year lease and a grant to properly outfit the space.
In exchange, participants are expected to give back to the community by offering educational programming and youth mentorship.
“Making Space will transform some rec centers into the nexus of community space, small business development, and hands-on life skills for youth,” Parks Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell said.
The city has 150+ rec centers, and not all of them fill every single room
“I applied to four banks and three turned me down,” Brooks recalled. “The fourth bank wanted me to hand over everything except my firstborn child for collateral.” She agreed to the terms, took the five-year loan, and paid it off in two-and-a-half years.
“Eventually, I was able to get a line of credit,” she said.
Two years after starting the business, Brooks was doing well enough to lease office space on K Street in downtown DC, just a few blocks from the White House. Clients included utility companies, government