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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The Blue Lake Village Apartments are painted beige and green. Locals call them the “Colors.”

Around the back, there’s a playground with faded yellow slides, but kids can’t get in.

The green gate is welded shut.

“They had problems on the playground with not the kids but other folks coming out and hanging around and doing their dirt over here pretty much,” said Miami-Dade police officer Antonio Moore.

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The owners of an El Portal trailer park and the Village of El Portal will pay $360,000 to the families living at the park.

This settlement, reached through mediation, is a victory for the remaining residents of the Little Farm trailer park who have been battling the park’s owner, Wealthy Delight LLC, and the village for more than a year now after it was announced the park would close.

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Marjorie Burnett is one of the founding members of Karen Peterson and Dancers, a mixed-ability dance company in Miami.

Burnett has cerebral palsy, and in the latest piece she’s rehearsing  she wants to challenge how people look at her because she’s in wheelchair.

“I want to show the audience that I’m a real person,” she says.

Burnett, 54, is performing with guest choreographer Pioneer Winter.  The piece is entitled “Gimp Gait,” a nod to the stereotypes and slurs used against people with disabilities.

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Transgender people are more visible in the media now, thanks -- in part -- to celebrities like Laverne Cox , Janet Mock and Caitlyn Jenner.

And in the past year, the Human Rights Foundation found an increase in the number of people who say they know or work with a transgender person.

Aryah Lester is a transgender advocate here in South Florida. She talked to WLRN’s Nadege Green about educating local agencies and employers about gender identity.

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For the third time, Haiti has missed a deadline for its delayed presidential election runoff.

While Haiti is facing intense political pressure to get a president in office by May. 14, the island-nation's most recent president, Michel Martelly, seems to have moved on from the political spotlight  and back into the entertainment spotlight.

Before being elected president of Haiti in 2011, he was better known as  “Sweet Micky” --a Haitian musical superstar who wore wigs and had a penchant for dropping his pants during performances.

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Kalaila Rollins was still wearing her blue school uniform and backpack as she led a protest through the Liberty Square housing project in Liberty City.

“We demand, justice. We demand justice,” she chanted.

Kalaila is 11-years old. A dozen of her mostly elementary school-age friends and some adults joined in her chants.

The injustice she is rallying against is the inability to play outside without the fear of getting shot.

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When children and teenagers die, they’re remembered for what they were--kids who loved cartoons, school and sports.

In the past decade, more than 300 children and teens have been killed by gun violence in Miami-Dade County.

Terry Wright, owner of the Wright & Young Funeral Home  in North Miami-Dade, planned the funerals for some of  those children whose lives were cut short by senseless acts of violence.

And even though his business is death, Wright struggles with the homegoing services for  kids.

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Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime recently hosted a summit called “The State of Black Miami”

The summit addressed economic opportunities and quality-of-life issues. 

Here is an edited excerpt of his conversation with WLRN's Nadege Green about the state of black Miami:

What is the state of black Miami as you see it in 2016?

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George Theodule is serving more than 12 years in prison after he lured hundreds in Florida’s Haitian community to invest in his Ponzi scheme.

Now some of those victims will get a chance to recoup some of their money. 

According to federal investigators, Theodule preyed on members of his own community on Creole-language radio and in churches.

Jonathan Perlman, a receiver  appointed by the courts to manage the claims process, said that, in all, Theodule took in $68 million.

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Camouflaged behind modest single family homes and fencing, there sits a farm in the middle of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.

It's called Earth N Us Farm, a hidden lush two acres of winding philodendron vines, gumbo limbo trees, rescued pigs, chickens and emus, a vegetable garden and a towering tree house. 

Ray Chasser, the farm's owner, didn't set out to build this eco-village at 7630 NE 1st Ave,.

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The cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah will settle four lawsuits that stemmed from a controversial 2011 Memorial Day shooting.

Raymond Herisse was killed in South Beach when officers from Hialeah and Miami Beach shot at him 116 times on May 30, 2011.

According to police, Herisse was speeding down Collins Avenue ignoring orders to stop and nearly hitting officers.

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Sherdavia Jenkins was 9 years old when she was killed in the Liberty Square housing projects on July 1, 2006.

She was on her front porch when a stray bullet  struck the little girl who loved video games.

This week, she would have turned 19 years old. Her family and community member gathered to commemorate her birthday at a park across the street from the housing projects where she was killed.

The park is named for her: Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park.

Since Sherdavia's death 10-years ago, an average of 30 children a year have been killed in  Miami-Dade County.

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Marco Ramirez graduates in about a month with a master’s degree in social work from Florida International University.

Ramirez, 25, is a transgender man and he says when looking for employment there are always unnecessary hurdles. 

Gender nonconforming and trans job seekers struggle to find inclusive workplaces.

And Ramirez adds,  when he does snag a job, there are always inappropriate questions about his gender identity. 

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Clairemis Blan walks the gravel paths at the Little Farm trailer park with her cell phone in hand.

Neighbors wave hi to her and some stop her to list their grievances at the park, which is just East of Biscayne Boulevard in the Village of El Portal.

One neighbor tells her someone is breaking into empty trailers. Another warns  her of strangers milling about at strange hours.

“I love them,” she says of her neighbors.

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Zest Collective, a New York-based dance company, is in Fort Lauderdale for a one-night performance.

Gentry George, the collective’s founder, was born and raised in Miami. This is the company’s first performance outside of New York, and George says it’s only natural that he came home.

George, who also dances with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, says Wednesday night’s performance, "Courageous Chapel, Abandoning Theater," is largely inspired by his experience in the church.

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