culture http://blog.wlrn.org en Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long http://blog.wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday’s Monroe County <strong>ruling</strong> declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:51:05 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35763 at http://blog.wlrn.org Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-reopening-caribbean-marketplace-means-little-haiti <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being shut down for a little over a decade, the newly renovated Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti will bring life back into this tight-knit enclave.</span></p><p>The Marketplace&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">opened in 1990 and closed just nine years later due to structural and financial problems.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership was involved in the building’s renovation.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:52:13 +0000 Jephie Bernard 35761 at http://blog.wlrn.org What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site http://blog.wlrn.org/post/old-west-grove-ace-theater-named-historic-site <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and '</span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:34:32 +0000 Selima Hussain 35388 at http://blog.wlrn.org Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/unique-eats-ramadan-edition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, beach gatherings and plenty of food -- so last week, much of America feasted on sizzling hotdogs, watermelon and maybe potato salad.</span></p><p>But South Florida's Muslim community&nbsp;celebrated with fresh fruits, exotic cuisine and prayer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, Independence Day fell on the sixth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:04:38 +0000 Selima Hussain 35025 at http://blog.wlrn.org Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition Marketing Group Hiding Free Cash Throughout South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/marketing-group-hiding-free-cash-throughout-south-florida <p>The money was hidden at the hospital where Elton Aguilera was born. He and a friend drove over. Once they parked, they ran. "My heart was pounding," he recalls. "I was sweating. Just the excitement, the adrenaline." Not long after, he found a white envelope taped to a fence. It had $50 inside.</p><p>Instructions on the envelope encouraged him to take a selfie with the winnings and to follow&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/insouthflorida" target="_blank">In South Florida</a>, a local online marketing group.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:55:58 +0000 Carla Javier 33849 at http://blog.wlrn.org Marketing Group Hiding Free Cash Throughout South Florida Remembering Fallen Young Men With "RIP T-shirts" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/remembering-fallen-young-men-rip-t-shirts <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">They come to put their dead relatives and friends on a T-shirt.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A young woman clutches a photo of her murdered 16-year-old brother. He grins at the camera, his right hand clutching a gun. Three young men line up to pay homage to one of their friends, a “street soldier,” with his Facebook profile picture.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:34:04 +0000 Nadege Green 33797 at http://blog.wlrn.org Remembering Fallen Young Men With "RIP T-shirts" Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-arts-programs-get-highest-funding-ever-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.</span></p><p>“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:18:24 +0000 Gina Jordan 32829 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers 9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Old Miami Herald Building http://blog.wlrn.org/post/9-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-old-miami-herald-building <p>It's been roughly one year since WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News staff left One Herald Plaza, the former Miami Herald building. 1HP will soon be demolished completely, but the building will always be rife with touching (and bizarre)&nbsp;memories.&nbsp;</p><p>This #FlashbackFriday, WLRN and Miami&nbsp;Herald reporters, editors and human resources staff take us back to their memories of&nbsp;1HP, with nine things you probably didn't know about the iconic building.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Editor's note: The eighth memory in this post contains a graphic, uncensored image.</em></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:50:50 +0000 Selima Hussain 31998 at http://blog.wlrn.org 9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Old Miami Herald Building The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend http://blog.wlrn.org/post/public-radio-listeners-alternative-cultural-guide-ultra-weekend <p>Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/map-how-far-does-sound-ultra-music-festival-travel">It does get pretty loud during Ultra</a>, after all.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:43:37 +0000 Maria Murriel 29785 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tell-miley-twerking-started-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miley Cyrus planted </span>twerking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the national consciousness last year when she shook herself onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. But since the pop prodigy performed</span><a href="http://www.southflorida.com/music/sf-miley-cyrus-miami-americanairlines-arena-review-20140320,0,1361323.story" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;in Miami last weekend, at the AmericanAirlines Arena</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she should know the provocative dance was born in this city.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:40:54 +0000 Andrea Richard 29469 at http://blog.wlrn.org Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami A Word On Food: Fried Chicken http://blog.wlrn.org/post/word-food-fried-chicken <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was 19, 20 and 21 years of age … I seemed to be on a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">yo-yo</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> between my boyhood home in Illinois and the place I was seeking. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">sunlight</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">music</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">good books</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28878 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Word On Food: Fried Chicken A Word On Food: Tostadas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/word-food-tostadas <p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28167 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Word On Food: Tostadas A Word On Food: Cinnamon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/word-food-cinnamon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The way my mother taught me to make cinnamon toast was to start with raisin bread and toast it to perfection.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She might have timed it by how long it took her to jump into her waitress work uniform before slathering it with rich and creamy Wisconsin sweet butter. Then she&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sprinkled a combination of sugar and cinnamon out of our plastic, yellow &nbsp;‘baseball player’ figurine bottle that was covered with wax paper tucked under a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">red metal lid tha t doubled as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the faux baseball boy’s ‘cap’.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She usually </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">slathered</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enough butter on the toast so that the cinnamon and sugar mix slide&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over the top of it like grains of sand dancing in the ebb of an ocean wave.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 27137 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Word On Food: Cinnamon A Word On Food: Oxtails http://blog.wlrn.org/post/word-food-oxtails <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The majority of times I have enjoyed oxtails has been in the classic Cuban dish named, “Rabo </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Encendido.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” The translation is literally “Lit Tail.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is supposedly&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">due to the spice level in the dish, but unless I make it myself or have it in the home of another chile-loving person, the spice is mild, while the flavor is great. I love the tomato-ey rich stew that I have eaten since venturing into places like “El Siboney” in Key West years ago. I had it there again recently.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 26908 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Word On Food: Oxtails A Word On Food: Turkey http://blog.wlrn.org/post/word-food-turkey <p>The first&nbsp;time we rolled down Highway 1 in the Florida Keys was 1971. Sometimes you would not see an oncoming car for 10 to 15 minutes. The darkness on those narrow bridges we crossed was nearly overwhelming.</p><p>But above us the constellations came through. The starlight was an explosion of skyward imagery that guided us forth. Now&nbsp;we drive across these islands on the same&nbsp;highway and struggle to find a gap where you hope&nbsp;to find the darkness once again and&nbsp;the attendant miracle of the stars. Returning here, I am reminded of the words of ancient Heraclitus, “<em>No man ever steps in the same river twice&nbsp;</em><em>for it</em><em>’</em><em>s not&nbsp;the same&nbsp;river&nbsp;</em><em>and he</em><em>’</em><em>s not&nbsp;the same man.</em>”</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 26303 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Word On Food: Turkey