Odalis Garcia

INTERN, FALL 2017

Odalis Garcia is a recent graduate from The New School in New York City where she majored in Journalism with a minor in Religious Studies. Through that she found a love of storytelling. People have so much to say but there are some who are kept quiet or not allowed to have a seat at the table. Odalis hopes to use her work and her words to allow these voices to tell their stories in a fair way.  Odalis also spent her time managing the social media for her college and her school's newspaper. It's always the best excuse to have Twitter and Instagram open at all times.  

She spends time watching every TV show she possibly can, using a Google spreadsheet to organize the ones she's up to date on. Currently there are over 30 shows on that list. On occasion Odalis will yell about these shows to her friends and will blog about those feelings. She wants to challenge the way in which people talk about the supposed inanity of pop culture because people tend to not realize that it is what influences our daily lives and the way in which we perceive the world. TV and film is where we see our lives represented and it informs how we relate to those around us. 

Odalis is originally from Puerto Rico but calls Miami home and is very passionate about Cuban food, empanadas, and the salsa dancing emoji.

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Miami city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday urging the federal government to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Central Americans and to find a permanent solution for Dreamers under DACA.

This resolution was sponsored by every commissioner and the mayor. The designation offers temporary U.S. residency to immigrants fleeing disasters and political instability in their homelands. 

Miami Herald

Sexual harassment, abuse and inappropriate behavior are not new, and South Florida itself is not immune. "Abuse isn't an economic issue; it's across the board. In Hispanic culture it is a double whammy: It's a culture of machismo and a culture of silence. It's a deadly combination," says Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago.

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A yellow wall divides Northwest 12th Ave along the east side of the Liberty Square housing projects.

The wall is no more than three feet tall at it's highest point and on the other side is a raised street making the wall only visible if you're in the housing projects.

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Around 200 Puerto Rican students and their families toured Florida International University (FIU) on Wednesday to see if the school is a good fit for them to catch up with their studies and enroll in the spring semester.

U.S. Supreme Court

Fifty clergy in South Florida are among more than 1,000 religious leaders who have signed an amicus brief  before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that anti-LGBTQ religious exemptions should not be allowed under the U.S. Constitution.

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“Venezuela is between any meridian and parallel of the world,” said Antonio Ledezma, quoting Venezuelan poet Rafael Cadenas, to a crowded room of those in the Venezuelan diaspora gathered at Florida International University (FIU) on Friday, Dec. 1.

Ledezma called for a unified diaspora to help in the fight against Maduro's regime. "We must understand, that when dealing with this kind of regime, unity is a powerful thing," he said.

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World AIDS Day has been celebrated every Dec. 1 since 1988 as a day of remembrance for those whot have died of and those who are living with the disease. There were many events to mark the day in South Florida, from open-air concerts to free testing.  But experts and activists agree that the discussions about treatment and prevention of HIV should be part of an ongoing conversation in the community and not a once-a-year affair. 

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Miami residents rallied outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Doral Wednesday to oppose the GOP tax bill. In the spirit of the season, they were decked out in Santa hats, carrying a cardboard Grinch version of Sen. Rubio and singing their own versions of Christmas carols--from "We Wish For A Better Tax Bill" to "You're A Mean One, Rubio."

Enchanted Place of North Miami Facebook page

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is officially in full swing. And there's no shortage of celebrations in South Florida.

U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office

Military personnel are seldom surprised or starstruck. But that’s exactly what some of the men and women at the U.S. Southern Command in Doral were after meeting World War II and Tuskegee Airmen veteran and educator Dr. Harold Brown. 

Brown was invited by the Miami-Homestead Air Force Association chapter and presented awards to four local aviators for their outstanding performance in 2017 at a special event at the Southern Command on Thursday. 

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This is not the first time that sculptor and University of Miami Associate Professor Billie Grace Lynn exhibits her piece "American Mask," but that certainly didn't prevent it from creating a backlash in social media. 

“I actually made the piece several years ago and showed it a long time ago and no one really said anything about it,” said Lynn.

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State Rep. David Richardson of Miami Beach, who is running for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's seat as U.S. representative for Florida's 27th Congressional District, held a Dreamer Dinner at David’s Cafe in Miami Beach to discuss immigration reform with Dreamers and their families.

“We need immigrants in this country. We depend on a growing base in our population. We depend on younger people to make our economy successful,” said Richardson said at the event on Sunday.

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Community leaders and elected officials gathered on Friday at the steps of the symbolic Freedom Tower in Biscayne Boulevard to speak out about the consequences of ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted to over 40,000 Haitians, Hondurans, and Salvadorians in South Florida.