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11:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Miami-Dade Holds Haitian History Bee

The high school finalists of the Haitian History Bee compete for the championship in the Miami-Dade County commission chambers.
Credit Lisann Ramos

May is Haitian Cultural Heritage Month in Miami-Dade, and on Wednesday the county hosted the fourth-annual Haitian History Bee in the county commission's chambers.

Four teams from three Miami-Dade schools competed against each other in a Haitian History Bee.

County Chairman Jean Monestime sponsored the event. Monestime is the first Haitian county chairman in the United States.

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Cuban Art
4:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

University Of Miami Honors Cuban Sculptor Roberto Estopiñán

Roberto Estopiñán in his studio in Havana, Cuba, 1942.
Credit Alejandro Anreus / Courtesy

Cuban-born sculptor Roberto Estopiñán used his island’s tumultuous decades as his muse.

His art reflected Cuba's political turmoil during the 1950s and later became more naturalistic during his exile.

Also a printmaker and draftsman, Estopiñán was a pioneer of direct carvings using wood and of welding techniques in Latin America. He is also recognized for his 1980s bronzes of the female torso.

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Health
12:26 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Hundreds In Miami March For Right To Know What's In Their Food

Hundreds took to the streets on Biscayne Boulevard near the Arsht Center in Miami to protest genetically modified organisms in foods, or GMOs.
Credit Luis Hernandez / WLRN

It started with a trickle, a couple dozen people organizing signs and props at the Metromover station near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Eventually, it grew to a few hundred. These were protestors from groups like Occupy Miami, Green Party of Florida and GMO Free Florida.

The groups were marching in solidarity for labeling of genetically modified foods, or what has become known as GMOs. One of the biggest manufacturers of GMOs, and the main target of the criticism from this weekend's protest, is Monsanto.

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Decadent Departure
10:59 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Exit Interview: Bittersweet Farewell to L.A.-Bound Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith

Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith whipped up meringue with champagne vinegar instead of water. Until recently, she was the executive pastry chef for the Genuine Hospitality Group.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Hedy Goldsmith is the mastermind behind rich-and-salty chocolate chunk cookies, coconut lime macarons and praline panna cotta.

Until last month, she was the executive pastry chef with the Genuine Hospitality Group, which includes Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria (where you can still find the biscotti-of-the-day), among other Michael Schwartz restaurants.

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Culture
11:10 am
Wed May 20, 2015

ArtServe Marks 25 Years of Support for Broward County's Arts Community

The many facets of ArtServe.

ArtServe, located in Fort Lauderdale, provides much-needed support and opportunities for artists and arts organizations.  This year marks its 25th anniversary of making a difference in Broward County.

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Music Mapping
4:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Spotify-Based Map Makes Miami Playlist

A song by Parrothead leader Jimmy Buffett was featured in Spotimap's Miami playlist.
Credit Dave Martin / AP Photo via Miami Herald

Jimmy Buffett. The Blues Brothers. LMFAO. These different artists have one thing in common: they've made songs about Miami.

And a Spotify-based program called Spotimap charted those songs on a map. Users can find songs by clicking on cities marked with little green notes.

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Arts
6:03 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

#HialeahNow Means "Leah" Art District

A group of block party attendees gather around the wall murals at the Leah art district.
Lisann Ramos

There’s a small block in Hialeah lined with warehouses covered in murals. The smell of food trucks and spray paint are reminiscent of Art Walk events in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

This corner of Hialeah is the beginning of what the city hopes will be its art district.

On Sunday, the city’s southeastern corridor, on East 15th Street and 10th Avenue, held a block party to introduce the area to local artists.

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The Two-Way
3:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

B.B. King performs at Bluesfest Music Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, in 2011.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:11 pm

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

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Roosevelt Collier
1:41 am
Fri May 15, 2015

The South-Dade Bluesman Raised In The House Of God

The sacred steel tradition replaced organs in Pentecostal House of God churches in the 1930s.
Credit Roosevelt Collier / Facebook

Roosevelt Collier says music makes up 70 percent of each worship service at his House of God Church in Perrine, in south Miami-Dade County. Collier grew up in that church, contributing to aural prayers by playing the drums, bass, keys and anything else his cousins and uncles taught him.

But after picking up one instrument, he didn't need any new ones. At 12 years old, he started playing the sacred steel guitar.

"In our church, the steel is the focus," Collier says. "It is what makes that church different from any other church."

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Culture
4:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance Among 73 Knight Arts Finalists

Artwork by Eduard Duval Carrier in his Little Haiti studio.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance in Little Haiti is one of the 73 Knight Arts Challenge finalists announced yesterday.

The community-wide contest funds ideas that bring South Florida together through the arts.

Eduard Duval Carrier, cultural director at the alliance, says the group plans to host visual artists from across the Caribbean while exploring what it means to live and create in multiethnic communities such as Miami.

"We’ve realized that the Caribbean has produced such a diaspora," he says, "not just Haiti -- but the whole Caribbean."

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Nutrition
11:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

In Miami-Dade, It Takes A Forest To Feed An Elementary School

Strawberry tree -- which doesn't grow strawberries -- is one of the fruit trees in the Kelsey Pharr Elementary School food forest.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden.

But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potatoes and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root.

On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field.

Now the school in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood has several thousand square feet of all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Some you can find at your supermarket.

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