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What Miami news story are you following right now?
I’m always following what’s on Hy-Lo News, my hyper-local online news site dedicated to urban millennials in South Florida. One interview we published featured Ruban Roberts, President of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP. We discussed the stigma of mental health in the Black community. He recently launched an initiative for free mental health services for residents of Miami-Dade in order to address this ongoing issue. Another story I want to share from Hy-Lo News features a panel I hosted discussing what Black voters need to do now that the election is over and how to hold elected officials accountable.
What’s the biggest headline in Black Miami this week?
A headline that everyone across my social media feed was talking about concerned Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dr. Steve Gallon III, who fainted during his swearing-in ceremony last week. The beloved community member who hails from Liberty City received countless posts from people wishing him a speedy recovery. Determined to finish his work, Gallon even called into the school board meeting from the hospital to vote on an item.
What Miami news story do people need to be paying more attention to?
Jeffrey Watson was appointed as the new City of Miami District 5 Commissioner. He beat out 13 other community members to secure the seat. Some community members thought the commission should have allowed the voters to choose the new commissioner who would represent Overtown, Liberty City, parts of Wynwood, and Little Haiti.
What’s a Black Miami History story that caught your attention this week?
The news that the Historic Hampton House is relaunching this fall with a film and live event series is comforting to see. The historic building was once a motel that housed iconic Black leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali. COVID-19 has stopped so many businesses that rely on events, but the Hampton House — now a meeting and events space as well as a museum — has found a safe way to welcome patrons back. I’m glad to see how this piece of Black history is adapting during the pandemic.
Where are you shopping local this week?
Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to have healthier eating habits, so this week I’ll be shopping locally with Good 4 You Juice Co., a Miami Gardens-based company started by mother-and-daughter-duo Tamilla Mullings and Ms. Pearl. I ordered their six-pack of cold-pressed natural juices including cucumber juice, blueberry delight, and ginger aid. The Black-owned company has been in business for a few years and hopes to make their juices available nationwide soon.
🎥 Get weird with director Alex Winter’s documentary about iconic and experimental rocker Frank Zappa (Coral Gables)
🎨 Learn about Raúl De Nieves’s sculptural work and musical collaborations at the Eternal Return and the Obsidian Heart exhibit at MOCA (North Miami)
🎟️ Watch Miami New Drama’s new, live outdoor theatrical experience: 7 Deadly Sins. Socially distanced & presented across 7 transformed storefronts along Lincoln Road. Through Jan 3. Reserve tickets (Sponsored)
🎨 Collect and give local art this holiday season during Oolite Arts’ MATERIALIZE (Miami Beach)
🎶 Dance at a socially distanced outdoor concert by electropop duo Afrobeta at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens (Miami Beach)
😋 Nom on a delicious brunch menu at the Doral Yard’s outdoor Soul Brunch featuring a live performance by Yoli Mayor (Doral)
😋 Shop at the farmers market in the outdoor gardens at Vizcaya (Brickell)
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We appreciate you kicking it with us for today’s edition of The New Tropic x Hy-Lo News Mash-Up. Until our next go ’round, peace and blessings. Now more than ever, #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor and #JusticeForAlana.