Nadege Green

Reporter

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 happen 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.

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Immigration Reform
4:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Miami's Haitian Community Reacts To Immigration Executive Order

Pres. Obama addresses the nation on his executive action plan for immigration on Nov. 20.
Credit CSUF Photos / Flickr

Across the street from a record shop on Northeast Second Avenue, Marie Salomon stands outside her Little Haiti variety store chatting with a customer in Creole.

She says people are coming by still upset about Pres. Obama’s immigration plan. She doesn’t really know the full details, but Salomon say she would like to see all undocumented immigrants included.

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Housing
2:35 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Tenants Say Liberty City Apartments Are Unliveable

Joyce McGill removes a roast pan full of water from underneath her leaky sink.
Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Before Joyce McGill washes her dishes every day, she places a blue roast pan underneath the leaky sink.

And it’s not just the sink. The ceiling leaks, too.

In this three-story apartment complex at 6040 NW 12 Ave. in the heart of Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood, there are even more egregious examples of poor living conditions.

In one apartment with three children, there’s no running water in the bathroom.

Mushrooms sprout out of moist walls in another one. Swaths of black, mold-like substances take over bathrooms in almost all the apartments.

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Religion
12:04 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Haiti's First Cardinal Celebrates Mass In Little Haiti

Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated mass in Little Haiti Nov. 23. Earlier this year he was named the first Haitian cardinal in history.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Before Cardinal Chibly Langlois celebrated Mass at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti, he took it all in.

A banner with his likeness hung from a black fence.

Parishioners wore yellow T-shirts with a picture of his face on the front and on the back, a message in Creole thanking God for blessing them with the first-ever Haitian cardinal.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis named Langlois cardinal, making him the first Haitian in history to hold that post.

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Entrepreneurship
8:48 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Miami, A Hub For Green Product-Makers

Founder of EcoTech Visions Pandwe Gibson stands near raised garden beds at the incubator's North Miami-Dade location.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

EcoTech Visions is tucked away in a nondescript mall between the busy Northwest Seventh Avenue corridor and I-95.

Pandwe Gibson, founder of the shared space for green manufacturers, is directing workers on last minute preparations for EcoTech's Nov. 20 grand opening.

In this space, eco-friendly entrepreneurs -- or eco-preneurs -- will grow and expand their businesses. They will collaborate where possible and create jobs for the surrounding community.

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Art
7:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

North Miami's MOCA Art Dispute Settled

A view of the Third Space: Inventing the Possible exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The exhibit is the first for the museum while under the direction of Babacar M'Bow.
Credit Daniel Bock / For the Miami Herald

A major dispute over works of art has finally been decided in North Miami.

When board members left the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some 600 pieces of artwork were left in limbo. The city of North Miami, which owns MOCA, and the former board each laid claim to the art in a bitter battle that drew national headlines.

On Wednesday, in a joint released statement, both sides said they reached a settlement. Most of the artwork will remain at MOCA.

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News
2:50 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Residents Express Frustration At Liberty City Crime Townhall

Renita Holmes, a Liberty CIty activist, talks during a Liberty Square townhall forum on crime.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Liberty Square housing project in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood is one of the deadliest places in the City of Miami.

This year, in and around the housing project, 43 people have been shot. Seven of them died.

On Thursday night, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and other local officials listened as residents shared their frustrations about the crime.

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Election 2014
1:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Maria Sachs Defeats Ellyn Bogdanoff In Close Race For SD 34

Incumbent State Senator Maria Sachs announces her win for SD 34 last night in West Palm Beach
Credit C. DiMattei

It must have felt like deja vu for Democratic State Senator Maria Sachs last night.

"How sweet it is!" Sachs shouted to a crowd of her supporters at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach.

Sachs held her lead over former Republican State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff in the hotly contested race for Senate District 34, which straddles the eastern parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Sachs and Bogdanoff had a similar face-off in 2012, after redrawn districts had the two incumbents vying for the same seat.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Injured Security Guard Sues Ultra Music Festival for $10 Million

Ultra Music Festival
Credit Miami Herald

A private security guard who was trampled by gatecrashers at Ultra Music Festival earlier this year is suing the event’s organizers for $10 million.

Hours before the March 16 stampede, Miami police said they warned concert organizers that the fencing near Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard was inadequate.

Erica Mack was patrolling that area when ticketless Ultra fans pushed their way through the chain link fence, toppling it over her. The crowd then ran over Mack’s body as they disappeared into the party crowd inside Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

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Miami
9:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Miami Commissioner Proposes Five-Cent Plastic Bag Fee To Fund Anti-Poverty Plan

Credit Owen Byrne / Flickr Creative Commons

Miami city commissioners are trying to figure out a citywide anti-poverty plan and how they would fund the program.

Two months ago, at the urging of Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the city set aside $1.2 million into a poverty trust during its budget process. Hardemon represents the most impoverished district in the city which includes Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti.

On Friday morning, Hardemon, Commisioners Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff and about a dozen city staff members took part in a roundtable discussion about an anti-poverty strategy.

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Arts
6:35 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

North Miami's MOCA Museum Reintroduces Itself

A view of the Third Space: Inventing the Possible exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The exhibit is the first for the museum while under the direction of Babacar M’Bow.
Credit Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art is recognized internationally in the art world.

It’s been called the “jewel of the city” and the anchor for a growing downtown district.

But during the past year, legal disputes and fighting between former board members and the city have left some questions about the future of the museum.

MOCA is embroiled in a public battle over who owns the 600-piece permanent art collection.

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Halloween
3:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Decorative Contact Lenses Could Haunt You

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute warns consumers to ditch decorative lenses for Halloween.
Credit tanakawho / Flickr Creative Commons

As you shop around for the perfect Halloween costume, beware.  

Don’t reach for those decorative contact lenses that will transform your boring pupils into green feline eyes or spiral hypnotizers.

The Food and Drug Administration warns these cosmetic lenses sold in Halloween supply stores, flea markets and mall kiosks are illegal and can lead to blindness.

Contact lenses are medical devices that can only be distributed by licensed eye care professionals, according to a federal law passed in 2005.

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Money
3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Florida Ranks Fourth Nationwide In High Cellphone Taxes

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The next time you open your cellphone bill and feel it's overpriced, don’t blame your carrier alone.

Florida ranks fourth in the nation with the highest state-local taxes imposed on cellphones at 16.55 percent, according to a recent study.

The Tax Foundation tracked tax rates across different states to see how much customers were paying on their phone bills.

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Haiti
2:59 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Petition Opposes State Funeral For Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Jean-Claude Duvalier during an interview in Laboule, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 16, 2011.
Credit Andres Martinez Casares / For The Miami Herald

 

The death of former Haiti president Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has stirred strong emotions locally and in Haiti.

After learning of Duvalier’s death, many Haitians took to social media and radio to recount the horrors and brutality suffered under his regime.

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Haiti
8:21 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Baby Doc Divide: Why South Florida's Haitians Disagree On Duvalier

Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti, where Miami's Haitian community discussed Baby Doc Duvalier's death over the weekend.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

From Stalin in Russia to Pinochet in Chile, there’s at least one thing we’ve learned about dictators: Despite the terrible things they often do, people’s memories of them can be fond as well as frightening.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier – who ruled from 1971 to 1986 and died on Saturday in Portu-au-Prince at age 63 from a heart attack brought on in part by a tarantula bite – was no exception.

 WLRN spent the weekend listening to the divided opinion on Baby Doc in Miami’s Haitian community.

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News
4:37 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

A City Employee Throws An Illegal Party In A North Miami School Gym

Party goers purportedly dancing inside Cagni Gym posted on Instagram.
Credit I AM WIldlife / Instagram

 

Hundreds of college students flocked to a North Miami residential neighborhood to party at a gym normally used by elementary and middle school kids.

DJ Thunder, who was celebrating his birthday, tweeted to his followers that the indoor gym can easily fit 1,000 people, “so thats what we aimin for.”

College students from as far as Boca Raton streamed into Cagni Gym, 700 NE 137 St., for what some were calling “the all you can drink” party.

The much-anticipated bash with free liquor and a $15 to $20 cover charge was not authorized.

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