Miles Brown talks with Kidsday reporters Kalvindra Parasram, Patrice Boahen,...

Miles Brown talks with Kidsday reporters Kalvindra Parasram, Patrice Boahen, Alia Wingate and Serena Lucas in Bryant Park in Manhattan. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

It was about 10 a.m. when our teacher, Mr. Brett Rinella, Patrice Boahen, Serena Lucas, Kalvindra Parasram and I took the subway to Manhattan for our big adventure to meet the famous Miles Brown! Miles stars as Jack Johnson the ABC show “black-ish.” Besides that, some kids may know him because of his dancing talent. He even goes by the name Baby Boogaloo because he is also a dancer and rapper. Once we got off the train, we took the subway to our final destination, Bryant Park in Midtown.

We were scheduled to interview and meet Miles Brown here. What a privilege. Once Miles arrived we all introduced ourselves and took turns asking Miles questions about his role on the TV show. After hearing him answer some of the questions, I was really impressed how many places Miles had gone and all the people he had met. The interview went really well.

One of the things we were interested in with Miles was how he does it all. Besides acting, he also has been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Yo Gabba Gabba.” We wondered how he does it all and he told us that he has connected with Sleep Number for their #CommitToSleep campaign, which aims to reduce America’s sleep debt and improve children’s quality of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than half of kids have sleep related issues and that could lead to problems with school and other things that kids participate in. He said, “Since I’ve been doing ‘black-ish,’ I’ve been really getting less and less sleep and so ever since I teamed up with Sleep Number that made me want to get more sleep. I get home earlier, I go to sleep earlier so I can get up and have a good day when I go to the TV set. I think that will help for other kids who want to do better in school or do better in different activities. I think sleep will really help that. I guess I teamed up with Sleep Number so I could help other kids and other people to get better sleep like me.”

And we can see why he needs his sleep! After the interview was over, Miles had a trick or two for us also. He showed us some of his famous dance moves and had us practice them with him. That was really fun especially since I love to dance. We also took some photos together, quoted famous Michael Jackson songs and laughed together. My schoolmates and I even got one-on-one time with Miles and really got to know him better. Miles was really smart and funny. We also got to ride on the carousel in Bryant Park, which was also super cool. We spent more than an hour with him.

After tons of fun with Miles, it was time to say our goodbyes. It was finally time to start heading home. We walked to the subway and headed back to Far Rockaway. This was one of the best trips I have ever been on. I hope in the future I will get to see Miles again. I think he is a great role model for kids my age.