John Bailly And Richard Blanco
7:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Painter John Bailly Makes Images With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Cienfuegos: Bailly was inspired to paint this portrait of Blanco by the line 'There should be nothing here I don't remember'
John Bailly

When Richard Blanco read his inaugural poem, One Today, one of the friends cheering him from afar was South Florida painter John Bailly.

Bailly and Blanco met nearly 20 years ago and bonded over a shared interest in cultural identity. The conversations between friends led to Place of Mind, a collaboration of paintings and poems that has been on display in South Florida and is now on its way to New York.  

Bailly spoke to WLRN about culture, identity and working with Blanco to create the collection of images.

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Martin Luther King Day
7:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida

Brent McLaughlin is the executive director of Branches (formally South Florida Urban Ministries), a non profit organization that has been in Miami-Dade for about 40 years.
Credit Arianna Prothero

    

People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

More than 100 people gathered at Lakeview Elementary in North Miami to celebrate MLK Day. Brent McLaughlin, executive director of Branches, one of the non profits that put on the event, said people who grew up in the United States sometimes take Dr. King's message for granted.

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Politics And Poetry
5:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience'

President Obama chose FIU graduate Richard Blanco as the 2013 Inaugural Poet.
Credit Photo by Michael Upright

Richard Blanco is home now, back in Miami after a six-year journey that launched the award-winning poet and FIU double-graduate into what was supposed to be the “real America.”

“The great prodigal return,” he calls it, the irony evident in his voice – not only about the places he’s been, but about the place he’s come back to. The journey has shaped much of Blanco’s recent poetry, and his evolving sense of identity as a writer, as the son of Cuban immigrants and as an American.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

AUDIO: Cuban-Born Minister Encourages Tolerance At Inaugural Benediction

Thousands of people wait to attend Monday's inauguration ceremony, where Rev. Luis León delivered the benediction.
Credit Sarah Gonzalez

In his inaugural benediction, Cuban-born Rev. Luis León spoke to all Americans, disregarding lines of race, economic standing and sexuality.

"We pray that you will bless us with your continued presence, because without it, hatred and arrogance will infect our hearts," he said before hundreds of thousands of people Monday. "But with your blessing, we know that we can break down the walls that separate us."

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Richard Blanco's inaugural poem, One Today, may have addressed the whole nation, but the details were full of South Florida.

 

Blanco is the son of Cuban exiles. He was born in Spain and came to Miami as a small child. He trained to be a civil engineer but a class at Florida International University later launched his poetry career. His poetry draws on images of a childhood spent in a tight-knit South Florida Cuban community.

One Today
1:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration

Richard Blanco's poem describes apples, 'arrayed like rainbows begging our praise.'
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Richard Blanco's inaugural poem, One Today, may have addressed the whole nation, but the details were full of South Florida. 

A father's hands callused by cutting sugar cane, a mother who taught Blanco to speak Spanish--these are some of the personal details that worked their way into the poem.

Blanco is the son of Cuban exiles. He was born in Spain and came to Miami as a small child. His poetry draws on images of a childhood spent in a tight-knit South Florida Cuban community.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Boston College Sociologist Charles Derber, author of The Surplus American

Charles Derber
https://www2.bc.edu/~derber/

01/21/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with Boston College sociology professor Charles Derber, the co-author of THE SURPLUS AMERICAN:  How the 1% is Making Us Redundant.  Many Americans are rendered jobless, but the authors maintain that this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”  They examine the results of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, as well as how people are forcibly induced to leave the workforce.

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Arts
11:32 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight

Credit Richard-Blanco.com

Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.

The 44-year-old is the youngest, first openly gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet.

Blanco has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from FIU as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from FIU's creative writing program.

If it seems like Blanco came out of nowhere, author and Virginia Tech professor Ed Falco begs to differ.

"Well FIU, first of all," he said, "has one of the best poetry programs in the country."

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