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6:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Miami High School Students Discover Minorities Aren't Majority At College

Students of French Heritage Language Program in Miami.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

It was after school one day when I realized the usual frenzied tone had changed. The girls in my classroom looked worried.

As a journalism teacher, my room doubles as a newsroom, work space, photo studio and home away from home. It is the place where the kids brainstorm, write essays and articles, and -- every once in a while -- solve a few life crises. This was one of those days.

Placing my counselor hat on, I asked what was wrong. One girl’s eyes were wide and her face was folded into the saddest frown I'd ever seen. Another seemed just as dejected.

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Arts
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Miami Performance International Festival Aims To Make Working Artists Accessible

“Mezclilla/Denim”
Credit Photo by Neil de la Flor

The 2013 Miami Performance International Festival obliterates the line between viewers and mid-career and emerging artists from Miami and around the world. In its second year, the festival, curated by Charo Oquet, takes place in Miami’s Design District and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and runs through the month of June.

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Film
6:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami Filmmaker Opens The Screening Room To Promote Video As An Art Form

Carola Bravo at the newly opened The Screening Room.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

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Community Contributor
8:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Marlins Deal Cost Dolphins Stadium Upgrades -- And Super Bowls

Proposed upgrades to SunLife stadium would have included new concourse entrances.

I moved to South Florida in '82 from Canada and immediately became a Dolphin fan and season ticket holder up until 2009. Through that time I saw the privately funded Joe Robbie Stadium get built, and then renovated and subsequently host a couple Super Bowls, which brought great benefits to the local community. I owned a print shop and design firm in Tamarac at the time, and you could literally feel the benefit to the community from there. It seemed that everyone was busy and profitable in and around those Super Bowls with the massive influx of revenue these events brought in.

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Blogosphere
7:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

South Florida’s Blog Roundup: Beer Lessons, Foreign Movies And Local Artists

Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale is home to the new Beer Academy.
Credit Photo via Riverside Market's Facebook page

This roundup of local blogs shows that South Florida’s art scene isn’t just Art Basel. Locals get the chance to learn about craft beer while politics make a small appearance -- without scandal.

First Riverside Market Beer Academy Begins June 25

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Community Contributor
8:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Losing The Super Bowl Remains A "Real Loss For The Region"

The renovations to SunLife stadium would have added a partial roof, along with other upgrades.

Editor's Note: WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to respond to the news that South Florida would not host Super Bowl 50 and 51.   

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Community Contributor
7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Hidden Truths Behind Publicly Funded Stadium Deals

The Miami Dolphins sought tax money to upgrade SunLife Stadium.

Editor's Note: WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to respond to the news that South Florida would not host Super Bowl 50 and 51.   

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Arts
1:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Spanish Cultural Center Offers Look At U.S. Latin Life

CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español en Miami), the Spanish cultural arm here, often falls of the radar when it comes to the arts. Since moving into the bustling downtown area on Biscayne Boulevard (from its sometimes forbidding building in the Gables), it may be that some people simply don’t know they are there. Time to rediscover.

The center offers up some impressive and diverse cultural events, including music and theater – the latter includes their innovative Microtheater, “small” plays of about 15 minutes, set up in the back courtyard for only about 15 spectators. 

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Arts
7:32 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Exploring the History of Vodou in Haiti from the 1804 Revolution to the 2010 Earthquake

Ramsey's book delves into the roll Vodou has played in Haiti.

University of Miami Associate Professor Kate Ramsey's The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti has been awarded the 2011-2012 Association of Caribbean Historians Elsa Goveia Prize; this book prize is awarded once every two years.

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Community Contributor
6:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Teachers May Sometimes Feel Like Sisyphus, But Pushing That Boulder Has Its Benefits

Neyda Borges was selected the Region I Teacher of the Year in 2011.

What have I learned this school year?

I've learned that teaching is hard. Not only because of the curriculum, not only because of the new tests, new rules, new measures. Not only because there are tests, tests, and more tests. But because it so often feels like an insurmountable, thankless, stressful endeavor.

The rules are always changing. The tests are always changing. And the blame for anything and everything that goes wrong usually falls squarely on our shoulders.

But teaching is also so rewarding.

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Community Contributor
8:25 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Live Arts Lab Seeks To Help Mid-Career Artists Advance

Nora Chipaumire will lead the inaugural artists' lab.

Longevity in the arts, like any field, requires constant learning. Performance labs provide this space. It’s where artists can experiment, research and refine their skills. In these labs, sometimes new ideas emerge and old ideas are fleshed out. It’s where artists—dancers, choreographers, directors, composers—innovate and hone their craft.

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Community Contributor
8:30 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami

Milton Brand wasn't welcome everywhere, but he found solace at the racetrack.

I can imagine my dad's excitement leaving gritty Newark behind him and hitting the highway in his old Studebaker bound for paradise . . . Miami Beach. I can see the bathing suit postcards guiding his way and hear the ocean calling his name: M-I-L-T-O-N B-R-A-N-D, come on down!

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Community Contributor
7:18 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Hialeah Mom Says Urban Beach Week Keeps Locals Away

Miami Beach hosts Urban Beach Week this weekend.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Tour Guide Discovers Lincoln Road Ghost Town During Urban Beach Week

Urban Beach Week's street festival began this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via modlumpkin.blogspot.com

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

Last year during Memorial Day, I hid out along the West Avenue corridor. When I went out on Sunday afternoon to the Lincoln Road Farmer's Market, I was shocked at how empty it was. 

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Community Contributor
10:51 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Urban Beach Week "Gets A Bum Rap," Says South Beach Resident

Urban Beach Week kicks off this weekend in Miami Beach.
Credit Photo via Flickr

In preparation for Urban Beach Week, WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to weigh in on the festival. 

 

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