Nadege Green


Nadege Green loves only-in-Miami stories. After five years as a Miami Herald reporter, she is convinced Miami is the best news town ever. Really, you can’t make up some of the stuff that happens here.

Nadege has covered local city governments and as a sub-beat, Miami’s Haitian community.

She is a graduate of Barry University where she majored in English with the hope of someday becoming the next great novelist — she’s still working on that dream.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fort Lauderdale rolled out the rainbow carpet 20 years ago to gay travelers. Today, it is a go-to travel destination for the gay and lesbian community.

But something was missing.

Richard Gray, the LGBT managing director for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said while the transgender community was always welcome, he felt there wasn’t enough focus on transgender travelers.

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Twelve-year old Abigail Alexandre lives in a cozy peach trailer in the Village of El Portal. 

Abigail, like many of the tenants left at the Little Farm trailer park at 8500 Biscayne Boulevard, is afraid she’s going to lose her home.

“My biggest worries are finding a new house and the problems of getting the money because my dad is the only one working,” she said.

Little Farm is one of the only places poor families can afford to live in the upper middle class neighborhood


The Young Contemporary Dance Theater sits just on the edge of Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.

Traci Young-Byron, the studio’s owner, said inside this former warehouse turned dance studio, she’s training black dancers like herself to reach for greatness.

“I’m just trying to use my platform as big or small as it may be to push African-American dancers,” she said.

A national audience will get to see Young-Byron and her dancers at work.

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I was born and raised in Miami, but my very Haitian mom always kept true to her roots — especially whenever I didn’t feel well.

Have a sore throat? Sour orange leaves can fix that.  A tummy ache? Freshly picked mint from the backyard will ease the pain.

She is a believer of remed fey, or bush medicine.

My mom comes from a line of Haitian women herbalists from Gonaives, Haiti.  She learned from her mother, who learned from her mother, who learned from her mother and so on.

The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust held a daylong summit in downtown Miami to talk about the needs of Miami’s black communities.

Some of the topics discussed were housing strategies and equal participation of black business owners in development projects.

Here's what some of the attendees had to say:

T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami:  Black politicians in Miami-Dade have done "zero" to build black wealth in black neighborhoods.

Courtesy Arianna Lint

The TransLatina Coalition, a national transgender advocacy group, has started its first Florida chapter in Fort Lauderdale.

The group plans to provide a wide range of services for the  transgender community,  including a safe space for trans women who are victims of domestic violence.

Arianna  Lint is a transgender woman and president of the Fort Lauderdale TransLatina Coalition chapter.

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The nonprofit agency Food For The Poor will build 100 homes in Haiti for  families that have fled the Dominican Republic out of fear of being deported.

The Haitian government has donated  to the nonprofit 76 acres of land in the border village of Fond  Bayard where families with children have been arriving from the Dominican Republic.

A constitutional ruling passed by the Dominican Republic took away birthright citizenship  to people born to non-citizen parents. The ruling was applied retroactively to 1929 and mostly affects Dominicans of Haitian heritage. 

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The Miami-Dade Public Defender’s office has released a manual for the local community that explains the  consequences of having a conviction, or pleading guilty in Florida.

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Activists in Miami’s Haitian community called a press conference Tuesday morning to denounce Haiti’s controversial Aug. 9 parliamentary elections, which they called "a sham."

Farah Juste, a Haitian singer and the Fanmi Lavalas political party coordinator for Florida and the Bahamas, said the Haitian government should annul the election results after reports of violence, deaths and tampering in polling places.

Weather Underground

Around South Florida,  some residents are cautiously preparing for Erika.

It’s not yet clear if Erika will be a full blown hurricane or a lesser storm  that will impact South Florida.

Michael Amend of Miami Beach was stocking up on water at Home Depot in North  Miami -- just in case.

"I think you have to take it seriously and wait and see how it develops," he said. 

Angie Bryan who lives in Miami Shores, said she was making sure she had extra cannisters of propane. In case of a power outage, she plans to fire up her grill to cook.