Liberty City

Housing
2:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

These Liberty City Tenants Are About To Lose Power

The apartment complex in Liberty City that's in danger of losing power due to outdated and illegal power meters.
Credit Lisann Ramos

A Liberty City apartment complex has been in the spotlight recently due to complaints from its tenants about the deplorable living conditions. Now the building is facing a power outage this Friday due to illegal and outdated power meters, which the landlord has not updated.

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Tourism
4:47 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Florida Tourism Campaign Features Overtown And Eatonville

The Lyric Theater in Miami's Overtown community is one of the only theaters left from the days when the neighborhood was known as "The Harlem of the South."
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency, is promoting the rich history of  two of Florida’s historic black neighborhoods for Black History Month.

Miami’s Overtown neighborhood will be featured in a national commercial that highlights its past as “The Harlem of the South.”

Big name artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole would perform on Miami Beach, but because of segregation they stayed in Overtown hotels. At night, visiting celebrities would go to the local nightclubs, performing and jamming with locals.

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Music
8:07 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

NiteCap Debut Show To Showcase Independent Miami Rappers

Liberty City rapper Loksamillion was the first artist featured on NiteCap Debut, a new YouTube show to introduce rising stars in Miami.
Credit NiteCap Debut

Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

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Politics
11:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Florida Roundup: Fidel Castro On U.S.-Cuba Relations

Fidel Castro in 2014.
Credit ALEX CASTRO / AP FILE

Six weeks after President Barack Obama announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, former Cuba leader Fidel Castro writes a letter of reserved-approval for the plan.

Cuba President Raul Castro said this week that relations with the United States can only be rehabilitated if  the U.S. returns Guantanamo Bay to the island and the embargo is lifted.

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Liberty City
6:41 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Liberty Square Housing Project To Be Redeveloped By 2020

Liberty Square housing project will be redeveloped into a mixed-income housing development by 2020.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Miami-Dade County’s oldest and largest housing project, Liberty Square -- or the Pork and Beans, as many locals know it -- is going to be redeveloped.

The county is rolling out an ambitious plan to transform the sprawling Liberty Square site into a mixed-income housing development. 

The project, still in its infancy stages, will require several votes from the county commission and a competitive bidding process to choose a developer.

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News
5:03 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Liberty City "Slumlord" Tenants Demand Apology From Miami Commissioner

Protesters demand to speak to Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon outside of Miami City Hall.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Tenants who live in a Liberty City apartment building with leaky ceilings, moldy walls and toilets that don’t flush protested Friday morning to get the attention of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

They live at 6040 NW 12th Ave., a building city officials and tenants say is owned by a slumlord.

The protesters showed up at Miami City Hall to demand an apology from Hardemon, who represents Liberty City, for this statement he made to WLRN about their building’s living conditions:

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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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Aftermath
1:51 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

What Did We Learn From Covering The Shootings In Liberty City?

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

  This past August, we brought you a series of stories about the violence in Liberty City. Specifically we looked at life after a mass shooting in June that ended with seven injured and two dead.

Our reporter Nadege Green reported and produced the series. After her "Aftermath: Beyond the Bullets in Liberty City" series, I talked with Nadege about the people, attitudes, and challenges that exist in the community. 

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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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Arts
5:16 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Helene Smith - Sings Sweet Soul! An original Deep City record.

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

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Florida Roundup
11:16 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Florida Roundup: Liberty City After The Mass Shooting

June's mass shooting in Liberty City is still under investigation. Seven people were injured and two died.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

On the Florida Roundup,  Florida lawmakers' redraw the state’s Congressional districts. It’s now up to a judge if it will be used in the fall’s elections.

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News
8:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff: Miami Needs To Evaluate Money Spent In Liberty City

City of Miami City Hall in Coconut Grove.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

 

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is asking the city of Miami to account for how much money it has invested in the Liberty City neighborhood since the 1980 Arthur McDuffie race riots.

Liberty City, a neighborhood of about 20,000 residents, is one of Miami's poorer neighborhoods.

Sarnoff says the analysis will provide a clearer picture of what initiatives or programs have been funded in the neighborhood and whether Miami has significantly helped improved Liberty City.

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Aftermath
12:08 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Liberty City Victim's Mother: I Will Get Justice

Hermana Richardson, left, arrives to the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting. Kevin Richardson, her son, was killed.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Hermana Richardson clutches a grey shirt in her hand. She brings it to her face slowly and inhales.

“All I have is the smell of my son,” she says. “This is the last shirt he had on before he walked out of my house.”

Her son Kevin was killed on June 24 in one of the worst mass shootings in Miami’s history.

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Aftermath
6:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Miami Police Frustrated By No-Snitching Culture In Liberty City

Children play in the Liberty Square Housing projects. Police says the projects are at the epicenter of Liberty City's gang problem.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Historically, Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood has had a dicey relationship with police. It's where the McDuffie race riots erupted in the 1980s.

In recent years, questionable police shootings further complicated community relations. And a prevalent no-snitch culture means few witnesses will cooperate with police.

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Aftermath
6:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Hardemon: AK-47 Shootings In Liberty City Are Domestic Terrorism

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon represents Liberty City.
Credit Allison Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was born and raised in Liberty City.

When he was elected into office eight months ago to represent District 5, Miami’s poorest district, he noted his personal connection to the area in his acceptance speech.

Hardemon, 30, was born in the James E. Scott public-housing  projects in Liberty City to a single mom.

He says he's experienced some of the storylines that come out of the neighborhood first-hand.

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