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HONORING MLK

Today’s a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  birthday, and lots of you have the day off. But in the last few years, there’s been a big movement to make this day less about binge watching Netflix, and more about doing some good.

Here are three ways you can honor MLK Jr.’s memory today:

Special thanks to reader Kelsey Flitter, for suggesting ways to honor today.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

A total 💩 show. Last week’s revelation that President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa as “shithole” countries led to protests and rebukes across South Florida, including some particularly angry comments from FIU President Mark Rosenberg and an inspiring new marquee message from Miami New Drama. (Miami Herald, Washington Post)

Dodging the drama. The only South Florida politician in the room where Trump reportedly spewed the “shithole” comments was Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. He didn’t speak out against the president or confirm if the remarks actually happened. Also avoiding the drama was local Haitian activist Rulx “Ringo” Cayard, who took major credit for setting up Trump’s infamous visit to Little Haiti in 2016 but declined comment to a reporter when asked about the president’s comments. (Tampa Bay Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald)

Tragic start. A Brightline train hit and killed a woman in Boynton Beach during a preview trip on Friday, just a day before it began public service between Broward and Palm Beach. It’s a rough start for the private rail line, which SoFlo has been waiting for excitedly for a long time. (Miami Herald)

Ticket tech. When you get your next speeding ticket for zooming down Biscayne Boulevard, the cop won’t write it out. Instead he’ll be typing it up and handing you a print out. Miami-Dade cops are using the eCitation system to speed up the time it takes to make you feel bad for going 25 over the speed limit. (Miami Herald)

Growing the West Grove. Miami commissioners took a step to boost development in the historically-black section of Coconut Grove by considering making a community redevelopment agency. The agency would keep tax dollars in a specific area to fix up old buildings and create housing– but these agencies can often take a while to get approved. (WLRN)

Break out the flower crowns. If Miami’s growing mix of new music festivals like GroundUp and House of Creatives weren’t enough for you, a new one might be coming to South Beach. Organizers are pitching it as Miami’s Coachella and said it would happen right after Art Basel. (Miami Herald)


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EVENTS

AROUND TOWN

✡️  Through 1/25: Miami Jewish Film Festival (Multiple locations)

📽️  Through 1/15: SciFi Miami Film Festival (South Beach)

🎸 1/16: Jam Cruise 16 Pre-Party (Wynwood)

💻 1/17: Facebook Developers Circle: Facial Recognition (Wynwood)

🎸 1/18: Sola Sessions with Buskerfest (Wynwood)

📽️ 1/18: Tower Talk and Walk (Little Havana)

💰 1/18-1/19: The North American Bitcoin Conference (Downtown, South Beach)

🎇 1/19: Laser Fridays (Downtown)

🍺 1/19: Concrete-A-Con Issue No. 2 (Wynwood)

🍫 1/19- 1/21: International Chocolate Festival (Coral Gables)

🎭 1/19-1/21: Hamlet: Free Shakespeare in the Park (Coconut Grove)

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

Have a safe and productive MLK Day!