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💘 The Love Doctor is in

Meet Dr. Sonjia Kenya, "The Love Doctor."
📸 Alexa Caravia

Love and Sex Tips from a Pro

When it comes to love, it never hurts to talk to an expert. So yesterday we sought out the advice of Dr. Sonjia Kenya, an associate professor at the University of Miami medical school who focuses on topics like sexual health. She also spends her time working as a “love doctor” giving relationship and sex tips across Miami.

Here are a few takeaways from our chat with her:

🗣️Communication is key: In her love doctor role, Sonjia says that because most of us never got a truly hands-on sexual education, we make a lot of (often bad) assumptions about what our partners want. “It’s much easier to just have sex than to talk about it…I really encourage couples to try to talk about what their sexual desires are.”

🏥There are options to address HIV: Sonjia said that her department often advises people to consider “PrEP” and “PEP” medications as they date around Miami. PrEP is “pre-exposure prophylaxis” and should be used before having unprotected sex. They also promote oral HIV tests that are quick and don’t require a blood sample.

🤝It’s all connected: Beyond communication, Sonjia said it’s important to be present in relationships and realize that foreplay isn’t just about what happens in the bed, it’s also key to make your partner feel relaxed and stimulated before you even get to the bedroom. And most importantly it’s key to have fun: “Hopefully by the time I die more people will be talking about sex than they will be about the weather,” Sonjia said.

Watch our full conversation with Sonjia here. And don’t miss our discussion all about modern love in Miami going down next Thursday, Feb. 28, at the World Erotic Art Museum. RSVP here.

 

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GET DOWN WITH US

We’re less than a week away from our Get Down In The Garden, which is celebrating all things Liberty City at Naomi’s Garden. We will be bringing in local neighborhood storytellers, artists, and community members to tell their story and share their talents.

Of course, no evening at Naomi’s can be complete without eating plenty of delicious Haitian food, so come prepared to eat your heart out and also fill it with a bigger appreciation of Liberty City culture! Get your tickets here.

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

Campaign finance reform, anyone? Dark money in politics is a national problem, but it’s particularly bad in a state like Florida that has such weak campaign finance laws. Special interests in the Sunshine State influence elections and public policy in the form of attack ads paid for by money that’s nearly impossible to trace. And the lack of enforcement makes accountability hard to come by. This Herald investigation looks at recent instances in which dark money has been detrimental to voters right here in Miami. (Miami Herald)

What’s it like to live with a disability in Miami? Ask Annie Segarra. She’s a disability rights activist that has been documenting her life on social media and YouTube after being diagnosed with a degenerative condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She’s found that Miami is not a very accessible place for people in wheelchairs who have to deal with broken sidewalks and construction. Her posts, which get thousands of views, also tackle misconceptions about people living with disabilities.  (WLRN)

Not so fast. How is it that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein ran an international sex trafficking ring with underage girls and only got 13 months in a county jail? Federal prosecutors negotiated a plea agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution — and it was concealed from dozens of his victims, denying them a chance to appear in court. However a judge reviewing the case ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law. It’s unclear on what will happen next, but victims’ rights advocates are hoping new charges can be brought against Epstein. (Miami Herald)

Here’s an IDEA. A mother who lost her son to a drug overdose has taken to the streets to talk to other addicts about a program that is tackling the opioid crisis in a different way. The IDEA Needle Exchange is a privately funded program that provides clean needles, keeps dirty needles off the street and helps stop the spread of HIV. They also give out naloxone to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The program is saving lives, so lawmakers are considering a bill to allow counties to create more programs like it across the state. (Miami Herald)

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Events

Our Partner Events

Today: Check out performances, exhibitions, writers’ readings and film screenings from SoFlo’s most promising artists (Edgewater)

💃Today: Experience the vibrant music, dance, and costumes of the Colombian celebration, Carnaval de Barranquilla. (Wynwood)

🎨 Tomorrow: Catch ICA Miami’s site-specific performance by iconic artist Judy Chicago (Design District)

🎵 Tomorrow: Join the Leaders of the Shift on their annual Escape the Winter Tour (Wynwood)

📚Tuesday: Join CasaCuba and Books & Books for the first Contemporary Cuban Lit Circle (Coral Gables)

🎉Tuesday: Learn about Liberty City through the stories and artists who live there, while eating delicious haitian food (Liberty City)

💞Thursday, Feb 28th: Talk about love in Miami with a panel full of love professionals at WEAM (South Beach)

🥘Friday, Mar. 1: Explore beautiful and flavorful Indian cuisine at this special edition of Shabbat at the Yard (Wynwood)

 

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Around Town

TODAY

💋Watch a late night screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Design District)

💔Sing your heart out to some break-up songs and love ballads (Little Haiti)

🍣Get a taste of Boston restaurant UNI at 27 Restaurant (Miami Beach)

🎸See local acts like Moongazer and Mustard Service at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

🍕 Play some ping pong, eat pizza and drink beer at Edition (Miami Beach)

🎥Catch a screening of “Coco” at Picnic Park West (Miami Lakes)

🎮Show your skills at this Super Smash Bros. tournament (Kendall)

🎷Chill to some free jazz by Miami-based duo Mojo Ike and Val Woods at MOCA (North Miami)

🎭Check out the Miami City Ballet’s art-inspired showcase “Heatscape” – Through Sunday, Feb. 24 (Downtown)


TOMORROW

💽Dig through the crates at the Miami Record Fair’s one-year anniversary (Wynwood)

🚮Participate in a neighborhood cleanup with Konscious Kontractors (Little Haiti)

🛍️Shop through goods from black merchants and nom on small bites (Overtown)

🍹Grab a drink from New York-based Death & Co. at this pop-up (Miami Beach)

🗣️ Learn about advocating for young people in the criminal justice system (Downtown)

🍉Shop for produce, fruit, and more at this farmers market (Coral Gables)

🎭Watch Miami New Drama’s modern take on the classic, “Antigone” (Design District)

🔥Get lit at the Fuego Music Festival – Through Sunday, Feb. 24 (Wynwood)


SUNDAY

🛍️ Shop vintage, hear live music and ogle classic cars at this marketplace. (Wynwood)

🎭 Take a theatrical journey to 1980s Miami with short plays inside shipping containers (Downtown)

🥪Witness a peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating contest (Westchester)

💃🏻 Learn some moves at this Pan-African dance workshop (Little Haiti)

🍴Eat chili for a good cause at this chili cook-off (Coral Gables)

✍️ Manifest your dreams in this creative writing workshop (Miami Beach)

🎲 Play some bingo with drag queen host Shelley Novak at The Standard (Miami Beach)

🎥 Come for the best Oscars watch party in town with a live-stream at PAMM (Downtown)


MONDAY

💪 Discuss the issues of the pre-legislative session at a town hall (Little Havana)

🍲 Nom international food on a Grove food and history tour (Coconut Grove)

📖 Learn how race shapes economic opportunity with experts at FIU (Sweetwater)

✏️ Take a figure drawing class with a live model in costume (Miami Beach)

🎨 Check out artwork by early black female artist Elizabeth Catlett–through Feb 28. (Overtown)

🍴 Explore Wynwood’s culture and cuisine on this tour  (Wynwood)


TUESDAY

👨‍💻 Hear a talk with tech entrepreneur and CEO of 8base (Little Havana)

👗 Learn to sew with Queef Latina at the Gaythering (Miami Beach)

🍲 Take a vegan cooking course at Plant Miami (Wynwood)

🎷 Catch some jaz and chill at Purdy (Miami Beach)

📸 Hear a talk with photographer Mark Surloff (Coral Gables)

💃🏻 Groove to live Latin music with Andres Gonzalez and Carlos Andrade (Miami Beach)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page.

LAST THING

Speaking of love, Fireman Derek’s is opening up a new location in Coconut Grove next week. So go ahead and make a date with a piece of crack pie. No shame.

 

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