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With a series of twists, turns and tucks, Yasmine Abellard transforms a rectangular piece of African fabric into a pompadour-like wrap atop her head.

She pairs the black and white patterned wrap with a simple black dress.

“It makes me feel bold, fearless, fierce,” she said.

Abellard started wearing African-inspired headwraps more than 10 years ago. She said when she would travel to Haiti where she has family, some of the women disapproved of her wraps.

Classic Video Game Characters Are Taking Over Miami

Jul 21, 2015
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In the upcoming action-comedy "Pixels," classic video game characters such as Pac Man and Donkey Kong attempt to take over the world.

These 1980s characters also run amok in Michael Loretta’s digital art. He inserts two-dimensional figures from similar video game titles into high-resolution photos of Miami.

 

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Mark Stein / WLRN

This week, the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies hosts its 25th annual conference here in Miami. The society aims to study the history of Jewish communities persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition of the 14th and 15th centuries.

How Well Do You Know Ernest Hemingway?

Jul 20, 2015
Ernest Hemingway Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Key West was home to many famous American writers, but the most well known is Ernest Hemingway.

More than 50 years after his death, hundreds flock to the writer's old hometown near the end of July for the annual Hemingway Days festival. It begins Tuesday, July 21, on the 116th anniversary of his birthday.

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

The artwork at Locust Projects Gallery in the Design District plays with Miami stereotypes.

A palm tree smelling of coconut oil rests on a hammock. In the corner, the static of a television set resembles the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Opposite that lie deconstructed items taken from a strip club.

Twenty high school students made these and other works as part of the sixth-annual summer program, Locust Art Builders or LAB. LAB allows young artists from Miami-Dade County to create their own exhibition, which opened July 11.

Old-School Films Starring Women At The Wolfsonian This August

Jul 15, 2015
Screenshot from Netflix

The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum's newest exhibit chronicles an arts enterprise at Tulane University's former women's college. From 1895 to 1940, students sold pottery, embroidery and jewelry made in the program.

In the spirit of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, the Wolfsonian is launching a month-long women’s film series, titled “Leading Ladies.” Each Friday in August at 7 p.m., the museum will screen classic movies starring women.

Here’s the lineup:

A French Musician Finds Niche With South Florida Audiences

Jul 8, 2015
Sonya Revell / FrenchHornCollective.com

Vincent Raffard says “the magic of life” brought him to Miami.

The longtime musician from Paris, France, says he never expected to leave the ironclad boulevards for palm trees and sandy beaches.

“I didn’t have any desire to come to South Florida,” he says. 

After coming to the Sunshine State on tour, he decided to stay and continue his career as a musician in Miami. Eight years later, the 35-year-old has produced a solo album and formed a band called the French Horn Collective.

When Amy Winehouse, the British musician who sang memorably about her refusal to go to rehab, died due to problems related to drugs, alcohol and bulimia in July 2011, she was nearly as famous for her personal struggles as she was for her music. Just 27, Winehouse had been tabloid fodder for years.

Broward-Set Films Screening For Free At Cinema Paradiso

Jul 7, 2015
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In the 1960 comedy “Where the Boys Are,” four female college students from the Midwest head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break.

Recognizable scenes, including one in the Elbo Room on Las Olas Boulevard, made Fort Lauderdale a spring break destination.

Miami Music Project Students Strike Chord In Little Havana

Jul 3, 2015
By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

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