At a time when the progress of the civil rights movement faces challenges, including efforts to diminish equity, diversity, and access for people of color, a remarkable group of black real estate brokers in Brooklyn emerges as a beacon of hope. These professionals are notable not just for their adept handling of the complex real estate market, but also for their dedication to their community and a wider vision for the global diaspora.
Today, we highlight five black real estate brokers who “understand the assignment” and exemplify these qualities. Selected for their esteemed reputation, exceptional expertise, and the trust they have cultivated within their community, these individuals symbolize resilience in an era where black homeowners encounter obstacles such as deed theft, undervalued property appraisals, and unfair mortgage lending practices.
The importance of their roles becomes even more pronounced when viewed against the backdrop of a long history of systemic discrimination against black home buyers and sellers in the United States, with lasting impacts from practices like redlining, blockbusting, and steering.
Their contributions extend beyond the usual scope of real estate brokerage, focusing on empowering clients and ensuring equitable access to real estate opportunities, which are vital for wealth generation and uplifting communities.
mTkalla Keaton - Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, The Skybridge Team of VORO
With over two decades in the real estate sector and surpassing $100 million in sales, mTkalla (pronounced T’kalla) stands as a beacon of trust, professionalism, and community advocacy in Brooklyn. His journey is deeply interwoven with political and cultural activism in the area, underscoring his commitment not just to real estate but to the broader social fabric of Brooklyn.
mTkalla is more than a leading broker; he’s an aficionado of art and design who combines his artistic flair with an expert understanding of business and numbers.
As the founder of the Sunspot Foundation located in the Prospect Lefferts section of Brooklyn, he actively pursues the mission “to create spaces that foster a dynamic mix of culture, commerce and connection by tapping into the magnetic energy of the Black community as expressed through the visual, performing, and culinary arts.”
Before joining VORO, mTkalla was at the Corcoran Group, where his achievements landed him in the Multi-Million Dollar Club and the Silver Council, marking him as a distinguished broker in Brooklyn. His career continued to flourish with successful stints at Compass Real Estate and Engel & Völkers NYC.
Now, as the leader of the SkyBridge Team at VORO, mTkalla helps his clients navigate the complexities of both the New York and international real estate landscapes with a special focus on connecting them to the sophisticated lifestyle, cultural and economic opportunities in South Africa. firstname.lastname@example.org, (917) 771-2747
Gloria Sandiford - Corporate Broker and Vice President, Flateau Realty
Gloria Sandiford is the Corporate Broker and Vice President at Flateau Realty Corp. Her real estate journey began in 1999 as a sales agent with Weichert Realtors Corp., New Jersey, focusing on historic properties. Her dynamic and personable approach quickly earned her multi-million-dollar club status and several “Sales Agent of the Year” awards.
In 2011, Sandiford returned to her roots in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, joining Flateau Realty Corp. Gloria has assisted numerous families with various real estate needs, from buying their first home to downsizing or selling commercial properties. She is also a passionate advocate for seniors, providing guidance on their living options, and is a frequent speaker on community, real estate, investment, and senior-related topics.
Her community involvement is extensive. Gloria currently serves as the President of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Real Estate Board, a chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), which advocates for public policies and legislation that protect and advance the right of Black Americans and other minorities to own, buy, and sell real estate. She also has served as a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services of Bedford-Stuyvesant Inc., and president of the 600 Jefferson Avenue Block Association.
Additionally, she is a member of several other organizations, including the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association, both the Brooklyn and Queens Chambers of Commerce, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the NAACP.
GSandiford@flateaurealty.com, (347) 627-4927
Tricia Lee Riley - Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Serhant
Tricia Lee Riley is a distinguished entrepreneur and a notable figure in the local brokerage and business communities, currently leading the talented Tricia Lee Team at SERHANT.
Renowned for her sharp business acumen, relentless work ethic, and tech-savvy, Tricia brings unique insights from her experiences as a property owner, landlord, and in commercial leasing. Her in-depth knowledge of the local market and professionalism ensure a positive experience in every transaction. Tricia's strong client base has its roots in her leadership role in Brooklyn's business scene, notably with her award-winning Polish Bar Brooklyn chain.
Committed to community improvement, she organizes events focused on financial wellness and empowerment, especially for women in real estate and small businesses.
Her event series, Money Matters with Tricia Lee, focuses on financial wellness and features guest speakers and experts. She also leads a Bed-Stuy Small Business Saturday and a Shopping Crawl. She has contributed to financial education events such as Chase & Essence magazine's Currency Conversations and Bank of America & Her Agenda's Financial Workshops.
Currently residing in Flatbush with her fiancé, Tricia's journey from high-rise living to income-producing property ownership exemplifies her real estate philosophy.
She actively participates in various organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and enjoys traveling, cooking, beauty product reviewing, and property renovation. email@example.com, 917.330.9737
Malika Oyo - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Compass
Born and raised in “The People’s Republic of Brooklyn”, Malika is passionate about selling and renting properties in her home borough and Manhattan. A seasoned professional who transitioned to residential sales and rentals after a 20-year tenure on Wall Street, where she honed her skills in capital markets sales and trading at prestigious firms like Citibank, Barclays, and JP Morgan.
In real estate, Malika leverages her analytical skills, global network, and market insight to guide buyers and sellers towards their investment goals.
Malika possesses a keen sense for potential and value, offering insights into design, improvements, and staging to optimize property appeal and functionality.
She has visited over 57 countries and followed in the footsteps of her family of community organizers as a founding board member of Nomadic Explorers, a board committee member of Ifetayo Cultural Arts and an advisory board member of the Concerned Cultural Women’s Collective. Malika also volunteers as a mentor and coach with community and youth organizations.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Education & Sociology from SUNY Buffalo State College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland. firstname.lastname@example.org, (917) 407-8840
Deenie Simpson-Adjei - Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Compass
Udeen “Deenie” Simpson-Adjei resides in, and is a native of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Deenie began her career in real estate as an administrative assistant, a role that quickly ignited her passion for this dynamic and challenging industry. Her dedication and talent soon saw her rise to developing her own successful business as an associate broker.
With over ten years of experience, Deenie pairs her extensive knowledge with a warm, approachable demeanor. This combination allows her to thrive in a variety of environments where she brings energy, professionalism, and trust to her work.
Deenie is excited about introducing her community to the rich lifestyle, culture, and property development opportunities in Ghana. Her enthusiasm for connecting her clients with international prospects reflects her commitment to offering comprehensive and diverse real estate services.
Deenie is also an enthusiastic gardener, known for contributing to Brooklyn's annual Greenest Block contest with her stunning rose garden. Her commitment to her clients is characterized by respect, humility, and honesty, ensuring a fulfilling journey in their home search. email@example.com, (347) 633-3334