(137 posts)

Meet Shley Suarez-Burgos of Latino Outdoors Miami

📷 Photo provided by Shley Suarez-Burgos Hi, Shley! Who are you? What do you do? I’m the Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors Miami. We create free monthly outdoor events for nuestro comunidad and advocate for important environmental and coastal issues. You can catch us swamp walking through Big Cypress National Preserve, star gazing in the […]

Locals to Know / April 8, 2024

Meet local author and retired detective, Michael Hearns

📷 Photo by Ricki Witt Braswell Hi, Michael. Who are you? What do you do? I am a retired Coral Gables police officer and detective. In post-retirement, I am now a technical advisor for film and TV and a full-time author — I write the Cade Taylor fiction series of books. What neighborhood(s) are you […]

Locals to Know / April 1, 2024

Meet Jessica Bakeman, founder of We Met in Miami

📷 Photography by Serena Perez Hi, Jessica! Who are you and what do you do here in town? I am a local journalist, a salsa dancer, a choir singer, a weightlifter, a libra, and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Professionally, I oversee investigations and longform audio storytelling projects like podcasts and documentaries for WLRN, […]

Locals to Know / March 18, 2024

Meet MBCC Chairman Richard I. Segal

📷 Photo courtesy of Richard I. Segal Hello, Richard! Tell us a little about who you are and what keeps you busy. I am an attorney and a third-generation Miami Beach native (born at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach) with deep roots in the Miami community. After over 10 years of commitment as a […]

Locals to Know / March 11, 2024

Meet Rosemary Carrera, founder of 305 Pink Pack

📷 Photo courtesy of Rosemary Carrera Hi, Rosemary! Who are you? What do you do? I’m the Founder and Executive Director of 305 Pink Pack, a non-profit that I started after going through breast cancer treatment to help local women who have been diagnosed with cancer. I love what I do because I have the […]

Locals to Know / March 4, 2024

Meet Madi Paez, co-founder of GI 305

📷 Photo courtesy of Madi Paez Hiya, Madi. What is it that you do here in Miami? I am a co-founder of GI 305, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster social and economic empowerment for the residents and workforce of Miami. We achieve this through a permanent guaranteed income program and grassroots organizing […]

Locals to Know / February 26, 2024

Meet Leticia Pollock, co-founder of Panther Coffee

📷 Photo courtesy of Panther Coffee Hi, Leticia! Who are you and what do you do? I’m mostly known for co-founding Panther Coffee, where we focus on directly sourcing, roasting, distributing, and preparing some of the best coffees in the world. I was born and raised in Brazil, where I started my career working with […]

Locals to Know / February 20, 2024

Meet Calvin Early, founder of The Poetry Potluck

📸 Photo courtesy of Calvin Early Hi, Calvin! Who are you? What do you do? I’m a dedicated advocate for community, communication, and culture with a superhero’s appetite for positive change. I have nearly two decades of experience in arts-based education and public speaking. I’ve become an internationally recognized figure and am best known for […]

Locals to Know / February 12, 2024

Meet Christopher Norwood, founder of Hampton Art Lovers

📷 Photo courtesy of Christopher Norwood Hello, Christopher. Who are you? What do you do? I am the founder and curator of Hampton Art Lovers at the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery. What neighborhood(s) are you reppin’? Overtown, Miami Lakes, and Brick City (Newark, NJ). What brings you most alive about the 305? Art and […]

Locals to Know / February 5, 2024

Meet GroundUP’s Paul Lehr

📸 Photography by Brett Hufziger Greetings, Paul. Who are you? What do you do? I am currently the CEO of GroundUP Music Foundation and GroundUP Music Festival, and before that, I was CEO of YoungArts (I was super proud to help transform YoungArts, acquire the spectacular Bacardi campus, and collaborate and create programs with so […]

Locals to Know / January 29, 2024