Reality TV

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

  Chef Alyssa Gangeri is used to offbeat requests from customers through her specialty business,  “Ally Cakes.” She has made custom confections in the shapes of guitars, basketballs, and even boxing gloves. While there’s an occasional special request for a unique filling or icing, most are the usual chocolate and […]

 
 

A Lawyer Cooks Up Fame

A Lawyer Cooks Up Fame

Standing against the bright coral wall of her Manhattan kitchen, Serena Palumbo welcomes viewers to her latest cooking video, demonstrating the easiest way to transform potatoes into the Italian classic, gnocchi. The set up is simple; the petite brunette speaks with her light Italian accent into the video camera aimed […]

 
 

From Brooklyn to “The Bachelor” and Back

From Brooklyn to “The Bachelor” and Back

Sitting in a corner of The Rabbit Hole, one of the many hipster-esque, vintage-inspired restaurants of Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Marshana D. Ritchie doesn’t look that out of place.  The only thing setting her apart is her makeup, which is way more glamorous than the usual natural, hippie-want-to-be tones […]

 
 

For the Love of the Spotlight

For the Love of the Spotlight

Perched on a barstool in a straight out of a Sex-and-the-City-style apartment on West 23rd, Stacy Kessler, an actress, model, host and lifestyle coach, tilts her head from side to side. Sasha, the stunning young woman doing Kessler’s makeup on this unseasonably warm February evening, is adjusting different lights to […]

 
 

Rich Awn: Still Single?

Rich Awn: Still Single?

Brooklynite Rich Awn is smooth, good-looking, and successful.  It’s difficult to believe he would have a hard time finding a date. But he does, so for help he turned to VH1’s reality show “Why Am I Still Single?” “Quite honestly I figured I’d just get myself out there and make […]

 
 

For the Love of Television: Kerry Schwartz

For the Love of Television: Kerry Schwartz

It’s just past 7:00 p.m. and Kerry Schwartz sips on yet another cup of coffee in an empty production room. It might be her third cup, maybe even her fourth, she can’t recall. Regardless, she’ll be at the office for at least another four hours so a restful night’s sleep […]

 
 

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

It was February 2008, and then-25-year-old Jason Christopher Peters felt like a prisoner. As a finalist for the competition reality show “Stylista,” he had been sequestered in a Los Angeles hotel with no phone, no computer, and no one to talk to except CW Television Network casting agents and producers […]

 
 

Call Me The Sucklord

Call Me The Sucklord

  Morgan Phillip’s studio, located above an art gallery in a Lower East Side tenement, looks at first typical for an artist with a wall covered in paint. However, instead of paint and markers, his table is filled with toys from “Star Wars,” “The Love Boat,” and other movies and […]

 
 

Heather Marter Played Her Cards and Won Love

Heather Marter Played Her Cards and Won Love

  A pivotal moment during the 25th season of the popular MTV reality show “The Real World,” takes place in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dustin Zito, outfitted in a gray sweatshirt, basketball shorts, and a backwards baseball cap, waltzes from the kitchen to a bathroom. […]

 
 

Can The Glamazons Keep Growing?

Can The Glamazons Keep Growing?

For almost 15 years, Meryl “Lady” Finger has enjoyed the highs and suffered through the low of a performing career which has taken her from a national tour of a Broadway show to a cult following for her own musical revue to nation attention on the 2007 season of “America’s […]