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Miami blogger Starex Smith is exploring local food scenes from the perspective of a hungry black man.

His blog The Hungry Black Man is a mix of restaurant recommendations and profiles of food entrepreneurs across Florida and other states he visits.

But since Smith's home base is Miami, South Florida gets a lot of love on the blog.  

Lisann Ramos

Our WLRN interns come to us from all over the country in hopes of dipping their toes in the radio reporting world. What they usually get is full immersion; into the many sights and sounds of South Florida's culture, quirks and food! This summer we were lucky enough to host four wonderful reporters from Tallahassee, Chicago and Miami. In their own words, they explain what it was like to get a taste of local living.  

Caitlin Switalski: Here You Never Have To Eat Alone

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  The lack of new film incentives in Florida hasn't stopped one movie production from shooting some of its scenes in the state.

"The Leisure Seeker," starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, is set to shoot for several days in the keys later this month.

On Thursday, a casting call for extras drew Key Westers needed to play medical personnel, a wedding party and tourists.

There was no call for a parrot, but Mango was there anyway with her owners, Thane and Tami Gilliam.

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You've been warned.
This is not a common story. This is a story that begins at night.
Many children are afraid of the night because
they think that when it is all dark, monsters and ghosts appear.
But that is not true.
The night is the night and nothing else.
The night is just the other side of the day.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  Key West has a great restaurant scene — but people who live on the island know that to get true local delicacies you have to get inside someone's kitchen. Preferably someone who was born in the Keys, or a Conch in local parlance.

Someone like Martin Liz. He was born and raised on the island and he knows how to handle a conch filet.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  When Cuban migrants cross the Florida Straits and arrive on U.S. shores in homemade vessels, it's news for a day or two. Now, for a museum in Key West, it is also history.

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum has created a permanent exhibit featuring the Mariana. The boat came ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West in August of last year.

Miami Herald

The Miami Herald's Howard Cohen often  gets to share the stories of regular Miamians through an obituary. His most recent piece looks at Myriam Correa-Sherman, one of the first Hispanics to receive a heart transplant at Jackson Memorial Hospital back in 1991. The gift she received inspired her to dedicate the rest of her life to raising awareness in the Hispanic community about the importance of donating organs. 

Here is what Cohen had to say about Myriam Correa-Sherman's story: 

Nevermore Production Films

If you're going to craft a good horror story, a gloomy climate almost always helps. The Overlook Hotel in The Shining probably wouldn't be as scary without that isolating snow storm. Nor would Edgar Allen Poe's House of Usher seem as foreboding surrounded by palm trees inside of all the miasmic fog.

So can a top-notch horror movie ever be set in sunny South Florida?

Collectors Cafe

In 1947, a 28-year-old baseball player named Jackie Robinson broke the Major League’s color barrier when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. That historical document and others will be on display at two Miami Marlins games this week.

Luis Hernandez / WLRN

For Latino immigrants, the saying 'home is where the heart is' is complicated. Home is where you settle your roots and build your family and your legacy. But there will always be that part of your heart that yearns for home, as in the land of your birth, the country of your ancestors.

On Stage Black Box Theater

As far back as 1899, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov worried about the environment and the effect that industrialization and its attendant pollution would have on the natural world. He covered that theme and more -- lost love, the wasted life, alienation -- in his play, "Uncle Vanya."

And now, under the direction of playwright Nilo Cruz, the Spanish-language version of the play comes to the Miami-Dade Auditorium's Black Box Theater  as "Tio Vania."

S&S Downtown Diner Lives To See Another Day

Jul 21, 2016
Amanda Rabines / WLRN

  It was a close call for the historic S&S Diner in Downtown Miami this week. 

The iconic diner was facing eviction, after it was a day late with its July rent, but a court ruling Thursday assured the restaurant will stay in business, for now. 

Simon Elbaz, the restaurant's long time owner was grinning after a busy morning in Miami Dade County Court. Today was the win he said he needed. 

"Thank God. Thank the Judge," cried Elbaz. 

Patrick Farrell

Around the same time of the shootings of police officers in Baton Rouge, South Florida politicians and law enforcement officials came together at Broward College to discuss the relationship between the police and the communities that they serve.

 

“When we’re demonized and we’re not looked at as human or when we demonize the population of people that we serve, I think we both lose,” said Laurenia Fahie, an African-American officer in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Savannah Koval / Monroe County Public Information

Propane tanks once used for home heating have found new life in the Florida Keys, as art and resting places.

California artist Colin Selig made a bench and loveseat from the old tanks. The new pieces were recently installed at the Monroe County Courthouse in Marathon.

  The county sets aside 1 percent of the budget for art from all major new construction and renovation projects (except for sewage treatment plants). The budget for the new benches was $14,200.

Pixabay

Whether you're into romance or science fiction, biographies or memoirs,  publishers know the summer is a big time for people to dive deep into a good story. Miami Herald book critic Connie Ogle  has her reading list and recommendation to enjoy during the next weeks.

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