Business

Black Architects in the Making design futures

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Aquart is a Jamaican-American architect, principal of MCHarry & Associates and the founder of Black Architects in the Making, an outreach programthat educates middle and high school students about architecture through activities, workshops and summer camps with the goal of diversifying the profession. WHAT IS HE DOING: Craig travels to communities […]

/ March 6, 2019


This immigrant-powered startup is helping airlines soar

Just a small part of EveryMundo’s 84-person team. (📸: @everymundo) Some people say there’s not enough technical talent in Miami. Anton Diego disagrees. “It’s just a matter of how you leverage that talent and how you position that talent to be successful,” he said. “You have to invest in people differently if they come from […]

/ February 14, 2019


Video: Claps for Mr. Yap

People say Mr. Yap is crazy. But ask him, and he’ll tell you he’s just “crazy happy.” George Yap migrated from Jamaica to Miami in 1976 with $50 in his pocket. With the help of family and friends, he founded Leasa Industries in 1977 inside a dilapidated warehouse in Liberty City. Today, his company is […]

/ February 13, 2019


Video: Inside the Historic Hampton House

Just outside Liberty City, you’ll find Brownsville, a neighborhood frequented by influential athletes, entertainers and civil rights leaders during the fifties and sixties, when Miami was segregated. Brownsville is home to the Historic Hampton House, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first rehearsed a draft of his “I Have a Dream” speech and organized strategic […]

/ February 7, 2019


Growing Miami start-up says its diverse workforce is one of its greatest strengths

YellowPepper co-founder and CEO, Serge Elkiner, center, celebrates the diversity of the Miami-based business. Photo by YellowPepper YellowPepper is red hot. Last year, the Miami-based company that helps people make cashless transactions closed $12.5 million in Series D financing, growing its total investments from Visa and other partners to $50 million in funding. The exponentially […]

/ January 28, 2019


‘Miami speaks with an accent’

Miami New Drama’s ‘One Night in Miami’ told the story of the fight that put boxing champ Muhammad Ali on the map. Photo by Stian Roenning A year ago, Miami New Drama went viral. The theater’s marquee on Lincoln Road proclaimed: “COLONY THEATRE PROUDLY REPRESENTS ARTISTS FROM SH!THOLE COUNTRIES.” Miami New Drama’s bold, persistent responses […]

/ January 16, 2019


Made by hand with love

On a shelf in the bakery section of Whole Foods, there’s a package of baklava with a label that reads “Prepared with Love by Syrian Refugee Women in Miami.” The journey of getting that baklava on that shelf was a long one led by Christa Tawil, a Syrian refugee who started Zaytouna Foods in 2017. […]

/ January 14, 2019


Video: Meet Overtown’s RBG, Ms. Jackie Bell

At 81, Jackie Bell is far from retirement. She may not have a computer or a smartphone, but what she lacks in technology, she makes up for in resilience. She remembers the Overtown she grew up in, before the construction of I-95 drove businesses out of the community. “You didn’t know you were segregated,” she […]

/ January 10, 2019


Video: History meets hospitality at the Copper Door B&B

Chefs Jamila Ross and Akino West recently converted an abandoned 1940s motel in historic Overtown into a vintage-styled bed-and-breakfast concept that’s equal parts love and hospitality. The Copper Door B&B features 22 rooms, three private suites, and a banquet table where travelers can share stories over a homemade breakfast prepared by the couple. Sure, you’ve […]

/ January 3, 2019


For Art’s Sake

Art in Miami is a $1.4 billion dollar industry. Yup, you read that right. Billion with a “b”. Then how are so many local artists and creatives still struggling and not seeing any of that money?

/ November 2, 2018