🤝 Let’s get connected, Miami
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🤝 Let’s get connected, Miami

Sometimes making a connection just takes a little conversation (and some food).
(📸: Courtesy of Radical Partners)

Today’s how-to: Get connected

Whether it’s hateful speech on social media, violence spurred by hate groups, or simply too much aggression on I-95 — we’re living through some divisive days.

But a collective of more than 170 organizations in SoFlo wants to change that narrative by bringing a diverse mix of people and ideas together for some face-to-face dialogue.

That’s the idea behind 10 Days of Connection. The annual event, organized by the folks over at Radical Partners, encourages Miamians to break out of their comfort zones to get to know people and perspectives that may be less familiar.

The initiative kicks off tomorrow with a bunch of events, including a community day at HistoryMiami, a jam night at Wynwood Yard, and much more.

Head to our website to learn more about the initiative.

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Let’s get together

Guayaba y Chocolate has been in Little Havana since 2017, but its flavors go back to the roots of Venezuela and the cacao bean that’s harvested there.

Want a taste? Join us at Living in Little Havana, for your own taste of the Guayaba y Chocolate confections as well as some behind the scenes look at the artists making Futurama 1637 Art Galleries a staple in the neighborhood.

Find more info and get your tickets here.


What Miami is talking about

When City of Miami leaders approved an “inclusionary zoning” policy last year, it was cheered by both developers and affordable housing advocates.

The plan would require developers in a certain section of Downtown Miami to set aside units in a new building for affordable and workforce housing. And, in exchange, developers would be able to build taller and slightly larger buildings.

So it threw local officials and housing advocates for a loop when, late last week, lawmakers in the state House approved a bill that would prevent cities like Miami from enacting those kinds of policies and would also keep them from instituting things like rent control policies.

Supporters of the legislation argued that local governments could still incentivize developers to build affordable housing, but opponents worry that this bill will prevent any kind of innovative solutions to our state’s housing crisis.

Miami officials say they’re tracking, and plan to oppose, the legislation before the Senate votes on its version of the bill.

In other news…

There’s growing concern that a proposed citizenship question on next year’s U.S. Census will keep non-citizens and immigrants from participating in the national survey. Florida, via Attorney General Ashley Moody, is one of 16 states that supports including the question. (Tampa Bay Times)

When 700,000 gallons of sewage spilled out from a waterfront plant in Sunny Isles Beach in February, Miami-Dade County workers followed emergency procedures to get things cleared up. But, according to internal emails, a county employee flagged the sewage station as vulnerable weeks before the spill. (Miami Herald)

If you’re considering releasing balloons for your next big celebration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants you to reconsider. They issued the warning after a baby dolphin was found off the coast of Fort Myers Beach with plastic bags and a piece of balloon in its stomach. (WPLG)


Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Center for Social Change / Smart Miami.

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Our Partner Events

🎸 Thursday: Catch Sol + The Tribu performing live at the Yard (Wynwood)

🎉 Friday – Sunday: Celebrate Wynwood Yard one more time in its current space, at Yardfest (Wynwood)

🗣️Wednesday, May 8: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

✌️ Through Saturday, May 11: Take your own mindfulness challenge in the fourth annual Cushion Crawl, which includes 21 meditations in 21 spaces around Miami (Various locations)

🎥 Saturday, May 11: Catch a free outdoor screening of Spike Lee’s classic “He’s Got Game,” as part of the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.

Around town


🎵 Hear new songs written by poets and musicians (Downtown)

🎤Get moody with indie folk band Lord Huron in concert (Miami Beach)

🎸Volunteer at the Guitars Over Guns showcase (Little Havana)

📽️ Catch the documentary that chronicles the life of sex therapist Dr. Ruth (Miami Shores)


🏰 Test your Disney knowledge at this trivia night (Wynwood)

😂 Get your lol on at this free comedy night (Downtown)

🍷 Enjoy some wine and words at this open mic night (Allapattah)

🎸Kick of 10 Days of Connection with Jam Night at the Yard. (Wynwood)


👯 Party with some of Miami’s most fabulous at Double Stubble (Wynwood)

🎶 Check out Connan Mockasin live at The Ground (Downtown)

😋 Nom on some pizza and check out a latte-art competition (Coral Gables)

🤝 Play political bingo and find common ground at this 10 Days of Connection party (Little Havana)

🎥 Watch the documentary “No Small Matter” and join a convo about kids’ futures in Miami (Coral Way)


🖼️ Celebrate First Fridays at the ICA Miami (Design District)

📷 Check out the closing party for this black Miami photography exhibit (Opa-locka)

🎥 Bring the fam to this outdoor screening of “Coco” (Midtown)

🎸 Catch some live music at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)

🎨 Check out the Seven Fires art exhibition — Through May 19 (Design District)

🙏 Get a little more zen with this guided meditation (Buena Vista)


🍪 Do some baking at the historic Montgomery Botanical Center (Coral Gables)

🚮 Join this zero-waste beach clean up and drink free beer (Virginia Key)

👾 Check out a Star Wars-themed roller derby showdown (Miami Springs)

🎮 Test your Super Smash Bros. skills at this tournament (Wynwood)

🎥 Catch a late-night screening of “Spaceballs” (Coral Gables)

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

One more thing...

We won’t spoil anything, but for the Game of Thrones fans out there you might appreciate this tribute from Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber to the hero of Sunday night’s episode.

Make it a great day, Miami. We’ll see you again #NotToday but on Wednesday. ⚔️

– The New Tropic

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