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Nadege Green / WLRN

With a series of twists, turns and tucks, Yasmine Abellard transforms a rectangular piece of African fabric into a pompadour-like wrap atop her head.

She pairs the black and white patterned wrap with a simple black dress.

“It makes me feel bold, fearless, fierce,” she said.

Abellard started wearing African-inspired headwraps more than 10 years ago. She said when she would travel to Haiti where she has family, some of the women disapproved of her wraps.

Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

The Cuban flag was raised in Washington, D.C. on Monday, marking the beginning of a new era in normalizing relations between the island and U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez held a press conference at the Department of State on Monday.

The two men acknowledged that there are still vast differences between the two governments -- one of those being the perception of human rights.

In Miami, some protestors gathered outside Versailles Cafe, to protest the opening of the embassy in Washington, D.C.

Spike in Number of Florida Children in Foster Care

Jul 24, 2015
Florida Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children and Families licensed nearly 1,400 new foster care homes last year.

There are now more than 4,800 providers statewide, caring for roughly 10,000 kids at any given time.

The net number of new foster parents is 211.

Each year, more foster families are needed as others end up adopting children or have other changes in their life situation making them no longer able to do the job.

DCF spokesperson Michelle Glady says foster kids who are in state care through no fault of their own need families to bring stability to their lives.

Interns Use Mangos To Turn Their Instructor Into A Miami Girl

Jul 24, 2015
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

A mango salad is a tradition that is mostly done in the summer. It’s derived from the Caribbean and the black culture. For Miamians no one questions what a mango salad is or how it came to be.

But this summer we discovered that our instructor Ms. Wilson Sayre had never eaten a mango salad. Ms. Wilson is from North Carolina and mangos don’t really grow there.

One day we were offered a plain sliced mango, with the skin still attached, to eat, but no one went for it. It was then that Ms. Wilson noticed something was wrong.

No Charges In Taser Death Of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez

Jul 23, 2015
State Attorney's Office

On Thursday, prosecutors did not charge the Miami Beach police officer for the Taser death of graffiti writer Israel Hernandez Llach.

The investigation determined that the death was “accidental” because Taser stun guns “are not likely” to cause cardiac death, according to the State Attorney Office’s report.

On Aug. 6, 2013, police caught the teenage graffiti artist known as "Reefa" tagging the wall of an abandoned McDonald’s. This led to a chase, and when Hernandez-Llach was cornered, Officer Jorge Mercado shocked him in the chest.

Mark Stein / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott signed four anti-human trafficking bills into law Thursday at a Hialeah ceremony, surrounded by advocates who gathered to highlight similar legislation passed earlier this year.

Scott said he was proud of the state’s efforts to combat human trafficking.

Miami Workers Call For $15 Minimum Wage

Jul 23, 2015
Eleonora Edreva / WLRN

 

Four press conferences held Thursday morning across Florida -- including one in Miami -- joined a recent cry to nearly double the minimum wage to $15. 

The push, spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), comes on the heels of a recommendation from New York's governor-appointed Wage Board for a $15 minimum wage. 

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Western Union is one of the leading money transfer providers the Haitian diaspora use to send money to family members and friends in Haiti. Thanks to a new initiative, it will now also be a source of renewable energy. 

At a press conference in Little Haiti Monday, Western Union and SogeExpress, a Western Union agent and Haiti-based money transfer agency, unveiled two solar power kits that will be available for purchase for people in Haiti.

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The State Board of Education approved a new statewide standard for the test-based portion of teacher evaluations Thursday.

Bob DeGross, National Park Service / Bugwood.org

On Wednesday and Thursday, biologists from around South Florida gathered at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie for the annual Everglades Invasive Species Summit.

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