Overtown http://blog.wlrn.org en Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training http://blog.wlrn.org/post/programs-offers-inner-city-youths-professional-field-training <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://urgentinc.org/drupal/?q=content/about-us" target="_blank">FACE</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a paid summer internship program for young adults, is wrapping up and showing off what its participants have been up to in the past six weeks.</span></p><p>The name of the program stands for film, arts, culture (and coding) and entrepreneurship. Participants choose an area of focus and pair up with industry professionals to develop and execute a project in that field.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:48:09 +0000 Wilson Sayre 36040 at http://blog.wlrn.org Programs Offers Inner City Youths Professional Field Training Renew Your Drivers License At The Overtown Music And Arts Festival http://blog.wlrn.org/post/renew-your-drivers-license-overtown-music-and-arts-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, the </span>Overtown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Music and Arts Festival won't only have live musical performances, art exhibits and free food; you can also get your drivers license renewed.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yvette Harris, a spokesperson for the event, says the service is being offered because going to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a license renewal is sometimes a challenge for some locals.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:40:44 +0000 Selima Hussain 35673 at http://blog.wlrn.org Renew Your Drivers License At The Overtown Music And Arts Festival Displacing Overtown Residents To Make Up For Rupture I-95 Caused http://blog.wlrn.org/post/displacing-overtown-residents-make-rupture-i-95-caused <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At times, the two-story white house with bright blue shutters and columns that seem to reach for the sky was mistaken for a church in Miami's </span>Overtown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood.</span></p><p>But for 80-year-old Benjamin Brown, the property that had been in his family since 1917 always meant just one thing: home.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:37:32 +0000 Nadege Green -- Miami Herald 32662 at http://blog.wlrn.org Displacing Overtown Residents To Make Up For Rupture I-95 Caused Renovations To Lyric Theater, Symbol Of Overtown’s Cultural History, Unveiled http://blog.wlrn.org/post/renovations-lyric-theater-symbol-overtown-s-cultural-history-unveiled <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The historic Lyric Theater, Miami’s oldest entertainment venue, symbolizes a time when Overtown was a bustling cultural hub: Jazz icon Duke Ellington thrilled audiences on its stage; poet Langston Hughes recited there; soul songstress Aretha Franklin charmed concert-goers with her gospel tunes.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:38:57 +0000 Nadege Green 27624 at http://blog.wlrn.org Renovations To Lyric Theater, Symbol Of Overtown’s Cultural History, Unveiled Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students http://blog.wlrn.org/post/entrepeneur-brings-tech-education-minority-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;started the program <a href="http://codefevermiami.com" target="_blank">Code Fever</a> last year to reach that goal.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 26627 at http://blog.wlrn.org Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's 'Signature Bridge' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-seeks-funds-miamis-signature-bridge <p></p><p>Under construction during most of the 1960s, Interstate-95 ripped right through the heart of Overtown. Thousands of homes were torn down. Instant slums were created as the concrete expressway ripped apart the neighborhood's cultural, economic and education connections.</p><p>The result is the Overtown that's visible today -- the Overtown that's still trying to recover.</p><p>"[I-95] caused great harm in the past," says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We need to rectify that."</p><p>So, let the rectification begin.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:06:15 +0000 Rick Stone 23595 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's 'Signature Bridge' How I-95 Shattered The World Of Miami's Early Overtown Residents http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-i-95-shattered-world-miamis-early-overtown-residents <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">When Naomi </span>Rolle<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"> talks about her childhood home in </span>Overtown<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">, tears fall from her eyes.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:43:23 +0000 Nadege Green 15782 at http://blog.wlrn.org How I-95 Shattered The World Of Miami's Early Overtown Residents Miami Approves Joint Plan To Develop Historic Overtown Neighborhood http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-approves-joint-plan-develop-historic-overtown-neighborhood <p>After a period of economic decline, Miami's&nbsp;Overtown&nbsp;is getting a booster shot.</p><p>On Thursday, the city's Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved a joint plan that would cede two city blocks to a team of developers in the hopes of rejuvenating a stretch of land in one of Miami's core neighborhoods.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:05:51 +0000 Wilson Sayre 20501 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Approves Joint Plan To Develop Historic Overtown Neighborhood Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/early-settler-recalls-miamis-bustling-black-neighborhood-called-colored-town <p>My maternal grandparents, Sam D. and Ida Ellen Roberts Johnson, were born in Harbour<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Island, Bahamas. It is believed that their </span>foreparents<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were among the millions of black slaves forced from West Africa and sold in the West Indies.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Dorothy Ellen Jenkins Fields 15604 at http://blog.wlrn.org Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" State Considers 'Cost Effective' Option For I-395 Flyover In Downtown Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/state-considers-cost-effective-option-i-395-flyover-downtown-miami <p></p><p>Over the past several years, FDOT initiated the process to replace the 1.5-mile structure that links State Road 836 east of Interstate 95 to the MacArthur Causeway. As the main artery between the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and South Beach, millions of visitors traverse this scenic stretch annually on the way to a cruise or the beaches.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:01:45 +0000 Gabriel Lopez-Bernal 9772 at http://blog.wlrn.org State Considers 'Cost Effective' Option For I-395 Flyover In Downtown Miami Interview: Overtown Music Project’s Amy Rosenberg http://blog.wlrn.org/post/interview-overtown-music-project-s-amy-rosenberg <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">In this occasional column, we chat with people in South Florida who </em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">don’t </em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">work in the food business about what and where they eat. &nbsp;</em></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Trina Sargalski 8119 at http://blog.wlrn.org Interview: Overtown Music Project’s Amy Rosenberg How Music Is Coming Back To Overtown http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-music-coming-back-overtown <p></p><p>The Overtown section of Miami was the heart and soul of music during the early to mid-1960’s.</p><p>It developed as Southern and Bahamian blacks relocated to Miami area to work on Henry Flagler’s railroad.</p><p>As they prospered, so did the club and performing arts scene.</p><p>Other venues included the Rockland, Palace, the Harlem Square Club, the Cotton&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Club, the Ritz Theater, the Mary Elizabeth Hotel and the Sir John, to name a few.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 8289 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Music Is Coming Back To Overtown Overtown Participates In Art Basel On A Grand Scale http://blog.wlrn.org/post/overtown-participates-art-base-grand-scale <p></p><p>Overtown artists have participated in Art Basel with showings and events in the neighborhood in past years. However, this is the second year that the neighborhood <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/25/3112744/overtown-will-participate-in-art.html" target="_blank">participates on a grander scale</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Trina Sargalski 5448 at http://blog.wlrn.org Overtown Participates In Art Basel On A Grand Scale