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Art Basel
3:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Trayvon Martin, Black Life Inspire Art Africa In Overtown

Close-up of 'Black Lives Matter' by Laolu Senbanjo.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

  On Thursday night in  Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show.

Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago.

Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.

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Dance
11:32 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Dance Artist Explores Black Male Experience In Art Basel Performance

Nora Chipaumire outside the Little Haiti Cultural Center where she will perform during Art Basel week,
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Nora Chipaumire is in the middle of a dance workshop at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College.

She asks about 12 dance students of different races to define what it means to be a black man in America -- an especially weighty topic right now.

Many of the students are hesitant to try to describe the black male experience.

"I’m saying, let's go into places of inquiries," she says.

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Art Basel
6:57 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

On Scrap Wood, Broken Doors And Shag Carpets, Purvis Young Painted Overtown

A piece of Purvis Young that features horses, a common symbol for freedom in his work
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

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Aftermath
1:18 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Victims' Mothers To Hold Vigil At Liberty City Mass Shooting Scene

Teddy bears rest near the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Hermana Richardson is returning to the Liberty City street where her son and his best friend were murdered.

It’s been three months since one of the worst mass shooting in Miami’s history. Seven people were injured. Two died.

“Three months they’ve been murdered and we haven’t heard anything yet,” says Richardson.  “They’re not talking about it anymore and I don’t want it to be thrown on a shelf.”

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News
10:20 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Miami Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man Gets His Job Back

Sheila McNeil hold a poster of her son Travis McNeil who was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Sheila McNeil watched the television newscasts from her Overtown apartment with a deep pain in her gut.

The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., hit close to home.

“I know that mom is going through hell right now just trying to understand,” she says.

Three years, ago, her son Travis McNeil was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos during a traffic stop.  Travis McNeil was 28. He was not armed.

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Arts
1:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site

Credit Erick Johnson / The Miami Times

For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the 1950s and '60s, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities. 

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Politics
8:34 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Miami-Dade Panel Addresses Politics Of Race And Inclusion

Miami-Dade County commissioners argued over who built Miami. Now a different group is addressing those tensions.
Credit Ambro / freedigitalphotos.net

Miami-Dade County’s Black Affairs Advisory Board and Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board spent four hours talking race, diversity and inclusion yesterday.

The discourse was a response to a racially charged commission debate over a county contract last February.

Over the course of three panels, it was made clear that the February venom was just the most recent episode in a long history of unease between Miami’s black and Hispanic communities.

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Heritage
12:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hear Florida's Black History Through Song

Miami Beach after the 1926 Miami Hurricane.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.

You can listen to the rare recording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series.  The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.

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Anniversary
5:12 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Richmond Heights, Developed As Community For Black Servicemen, Celebrates 65 Years

FOUNDERS: Early residents of Richmond Heights at a community occasion. Many of the men were World War II veterans and it was their service that neighborhood developer Frank C. Martin, a white man, wanted to honor.
Credit Mona Bethel Jackson

This weekend brings an opportunity to learn something about a southwest-of-Miami community called Richmond Heights.

It's a black neighborhood, always has been. But its founding and the history that developed from its unlikely roots make a good story, and add a pleasant nuance to common ideas about post-war race relations.

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