We have a better idea. Come see our wrestlers battle for the American soul at The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Colony Theatre. Learn More ».
Dorsey came to Miami to work as a carpenter on Henry Flagler’s railroad in the late 1800s, but after seeing a huge need for housing among railroad workers, he soon got into real estate and bought land in Overtown.
His work as a developer made Dorsey Miami’s first black millionaire. He built the Dorsey Hotel, the first black-owned hotel in the city, founded the first black bank, and at one point, even owned Fisher Island, which today is definitely the 305’s most elite slice of land.
He sold land to establish Miami’s first park for blacks and donated land for the city’s first library for blacks. His former home at 250 NW 9th Street is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Wanna know more? We’ve got a full download on early Miami’s black history here.
For the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting a group of Miamians trying to meet their goals as part of our Wellness Challenge. (Check out our first group here!)
Along the way, we’ll also be offering other wellness tips. First up is an answer to a question we’ve all probably wondered at some point: “Is detoxing a real thing?” Baptist Health dietician Amy Kimberlain explains.
Jacob Collier LIVE. Stevie Wonder's music. Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. See all this and more on Feb 15 @ Knight Concert Hall w/ Nu Deco! Learn More ».
That hotline bling. Drake dropped in to the 305 yesterday. First he headed to Miami Senior High School to record a music video, which some very lucky students got to be in, and give the school a $25,000 check. Then he headed to UM, where he awarded a student a $50,000 scholarship and performed a free concert for students. Um, best Monday ever? (Miami Herald, Miami Hurricane)
Mr. Fix-it. Anyone who ditched SoFlo when Irma was bearing down knows what a traffic nightmare that evacuation was. Now Gov. Rick Scott is taking steps to change that before the next hurricane. On the fix-it list: allowing people to use the shoulder lanes and improving fuel service to busy gas stations. (Miami Herald)
SMH. Anyone who buys real estate in Florida pays a small stamp tax on the sale, some of which goes into the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Every year, Tallahassee raids that fund to pay for other things. The Florida House proposed taking $182 million of the $322 million in the fund this year. Given our affordable housing crisis, this seems like an even worse idea than lady-friendly Doritos. But good news! The Florida Senate agrees. It’s trying to pass a bill that would ban ANY money from the Sadowski Fund from being used for anything other than affordable housing. Call your senators, folks. (Miami Herald)
Jam sesh. The organizers of Okeechobee Music Festival, a hippie fave that goes down every year in central Florida, want to bring a pop music festival to South Beach right after Art Basel wraps up. Got thoughts? The city will hear what you have to say this Wednesday. (RE: Miami Beach)
PSA. It’s February and we still haven’t reached the peak of flu season, according to docs. So here’s your weekly reminder that it’s not too late to get your flu shot. (WSVN)
Bling. You already know Soraya Kilgore’s desserts – they’re served at award-winning restaurant Alter, owned by her husband Brad. But the soft serve ice cream at her new Midtown spot MadLab Creamery is next level. It’s got edible gold flakes and flavors made with the swishiest of ingredients, like JoJo Tea’s whole-leaf imported tea. (Miami.com)
Enjoy an evening of Tony-Award winning songs played by the South Florida Symphony Orchestra ft. Broadway star Liz Callaway, Feb. 6-10. Learn More ».
🍜 DJs, artists, and Asian food Dinner, live music and dancing come together at Armada Fania’s live pop-up club experience at 1-800-Lucky.
💻 2/6-2/10: #BlackTechWeek18
🤼 2/8: The New Tropic Field Trip to The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Use NEWTROPIC20 at checkout for $20 off)
🌮 2/6: Eat tacos and drink margaritas at the Broken Shaker (South Beach)
🔫 2/7: Head to FIU to hear the true story of “Narcos,” from the real Javi and Steve (Sweetwater)
🎵 2/7: Celebrate Leonard Bernstein (Downtown)
✊ 2/8: Meet the organizers of the Women’s March and get the official book (Bal Harbor)
🤓 2/8: Nerd out at Nerd Nite (Wynwood)
🎸 2/8: Jam out with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League at Ball and Chain (Little Havana)
🍺 2/8: Help WeWork celebrate the opening of its newest digs (Coral Gables)
🚀 2/9: Talk Afro-futurism (Miami Shores)
😴 2/9: Stay overnight at Frost Science Museum (Downtown)
🎸 2/9-2/11: Jam out by the beach at the GroundUP Music Festival (North Beach)
💻 2/10: Help Miami hack its way to racial justice (Allapattah)
🍻 2/10: Try all the craft beer at Brew Miami (Doral)
🎸 2/10: Jam with the Ordinary Boys, Miami’s The Smiths and Morrissey cover band (Little River)
🎂 2/10: Celebrate Union Beer Store’s first birthday (Little Havana)
Kick off the weekend with a FREE Valentine's Day themed concert in the Design District’s Palm Court on Friday, February 9 at 6 p.m. Learn More ».
Monday’s newsletter included the great news that the Florida House approved a plan to replace a statue of a Confederate soldier in the U.S. Capitol with one of Mary McLeod Bethune, a civil rights leader. What we forgot to mention, though, was who the other statue commemorates (every state has two in Washington). It’s John Gorrie, the guy considered to be the father of both the ice machine and air conditioning. How Florida is that?
Hat tip to Zelalem Adefris for the info!