Nadege Green

Reporter

When Nadege Green was a little girl, she would record herself on audio cassette tapes to send to her grandma in Gonaives, Haiti. 

In her English-accented Creole she gave her grandma updates on school, expressed grievances involving her annoying big brother, and other mundane randomness. It was a letter on tape.

That's how she and her family in Haiti communicated back then, when cell phones in Haiti's countryside were unheard of. 

She didn't realize  it at the time, but she was perfecting her public radio voice.

She comes from a print reporter background having covered local governments and politicians behaving badly for the Miami Herald for six years.

At WLRN, Nadege covers social justice issues, the local transgender community and occasionally, dance. 

For her, journalism boils down to not only telling the stories of the people who are accessible, but also seeking out the voices we don't hear from, and telling those stories too.

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.

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Dozens of protesters filed into the North Miami police department wearing all black.

 

For the second time in days, community members and activists took their displeasure inside the police department's lobby after Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man, was shot in the leg.

Black Lives Matter Miami staged a peaceful sit-in and requested to file formal complaints against Officer Jonathan Aledda.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

North Miami has named the police officer who shot an unarmed black man on Monday.

 

Officer Jonathan Aledda is a member of the SWAT team and joined the department four years ago.

 

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North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph is speaking out about the shooting of an unarmed black man in his city on Monday. Charles Kinsey is a healthcare worker in North Miami.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The North Miami Police Department called a press conference on Thursday after the shooting of an  unarmed mental health care worker by an officer earlier this week.

But there were more questions than answers.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

This month two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were shot and killed by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The trauma of those events can be seen and  felt in black communities around the country.

Soul Sisters leadership collective is a Miami nonprofit helping to address the mental health consequences after police–involved shootings.

Tanisha Douglas is co-founder of the collective and a social worker and she helped create spaces in South Florida, for people, specifically black people, to work out how they were feeling after these killings.

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To encourage more boys to read, the city of Miami Gardens is teaming up with local barber shops.

Six-year-old Mikkael Stevens recently visited Top Cuttaz, his dad’s barber shop.

Around him, men were getting their hair cut, but he was more interested in a stack of books near the reception area and hanging out with Darrell House, a children's author based in Fort Lauderdale. 

House and Mikkael practiced their ABC's together. 

This is part of a summer program by Miami Gardens called "Reading With Style,"  which is part of larger  year-round reading initiative.

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This story originally ran on September 22, 2015

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.

Michal Kranz / WLRN

Hundreds of protesters marched to the Broward County Jail chanting, “Black lives matter.”

In Miami, social workers and counselors gently guided a discussion about the trauma black people experience when a black person is killed by a police officer. They called it a healing circle.

After the recent police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, social justice groups and nonprofits quickly rallied to provide outlets in South Florida for communities to cope and protest.

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Every month, The First Church of North Miami throws a concert that showcases local contemporary Christian music.

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Two lemonade stands are operating on a fairly busy street corner in Miami Gardens at Northwest 191st Street and 33rd Avenue.

Daisy Black was a mainstay in El Portal politics.

She served as mayor and a long time councilwoman of the quaint little village just North of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, and remained active in local politics even when she wasn’t holding a seat on the dais.

Black announced earlier this year that she would broaden her political resume to run for the District 3 Miami-Dade County Commission seat against incumbent Audrey Edmonson.

After collapsing at a candidate forum Wednesday, Black died.  She was 68.

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Pastor Wilifred Allen-Faiella looked out into the congregation from the pulpit.

Everyone calls her Pastor Willie.

Her sermon was, in part, about modern-day demons.

“Demons of homophobia,” she preached.  “Demons of seeing anything other as a threat.”

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

HistoryMiami and Miami-Dade’s Main Library will close over the weekend  (June 18-19)  due to an electrical project taking place in downtown Miami.

Library spokeswoman Leila Khalil  said the electrical work requires  the electricity at the main branch  at 101 W. Flagler St  to be shut off.  The main library shares a complex with HistoryMiami,  which will also be affected.

During the main library's closure, the others branches in the library system will not have access to the internet.

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  A group of housekeepers and nannies gathered  in Liberty City at the Miami Workers Center to talk about their pay in advance of a Domestic Workers Assembly the center will host next month. The assembly will address the field’s low wages and protections for the largely female workforce.

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