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🗣️ Help us take a look at Little Haiti

A mural in Little Haiti depicting the Haitian Revolution freedom fighters, by local artist Serge Toussaint.
(📸: Courtesy of Alain Pierre-Louis)

Looking at Little Haiti

Little Haiti is the heart and soul of SoFlo’s Haitian American community. Even as the community has spread to North Miami, Broward County, and stretches of northern and southern Miami-Dade, it remains the home of beloved cultural landmarks and businesses.

In the past decade, longtime locals have worked to maintain that cultural identity as the neighborhood has become a major target for both commercial and residential development.

With all of the focus on the area, we’re taking a look at Little Haiti but want to hear from you all.

So tell us: What questions do you have about Little Haiti’s history, culture, or character?

We’ll select three of your questions to put up to a vote. The winning question will be the one we dive into and answer in a few weeks!

Submit your questions here.

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Today’s how-to: Celebrate Mother’s Day

While we like to think every day is Mother’s Day (hi Mom!), this Sunday is the annual reminder to celebrate all of the mother figures in your life (hey Abuelita!).

We pulled together a few ideas on how to honor the special ones in your life by spending the day together: take a bike ride on Old Cutler Trail, visit Miami Seaquarium for free, enjoy a picnic at Deering Estate, plus others.

Take a moment and celebrate her.

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What Miami is talking about

After years of being a taboo subject, medical marijuana and cannabis are the talk of the state. Florida lawmakers approved a statewide program for regulating the growth and use of hemp, and a ban on smokable medical marijuana was also eliminated in this past legislative session.

In fact, the growing cannabis business is booming so much that it’s even impacting the black market for farming the plant in Miami.

But the stigma around marijuana hasn’t been fully erased as a recent Miami New Times story revealed. Nova Southeastern University student Kaitlin McKeon was dismissed from the school’s nursing program for failing a drug test.

She tested positive for marijuana after using the plant to treat chronic stomach cancer pain. McKeon is now suing Nova, and hopes her case sheds light on the stigma still hanging over use of the drug.

In other news…

Memorial Day weekend has been a lightning rod of controversy in recent years as many critics think the city’s added safety measures and police presence are mostly meant to deter black tourists from spending time in Miami Beach. So city officials reached out to local artists of color to curate shows and programs in an effort to shift the narrative surrounding the holiday. (Miami New Times, The Miami Times)

Did you notice agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried’s headshot the last time you pumped gas? Her office recently installed bright stickers on pumps across the state in an effort to let residents know about the state’s fraud reporting hotline and website. The stickers aren’t a new idea for the office, but having the commissioner’s face on the notices is a new touch — and some critics think it’s more political ad than public service. (Miami Herald)

The 143 people who survived a scary accident on a Miami Air flight this past weekend will be getting paid by the airline. The company is paying $2,500 to each passenger after the plane skidded off a runway in Jacksonville and into the St. John’s River. (WJCT)

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Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Miami New Drama.

🎤 True stories brought to life with music Through May 19: Part musical, part documentary, full of life. Experience the show “Viva La Parranda!” on stage at the Colony Theatre.

Our Partner Events

🗣️Today: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

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

🌴 Saturday: Check out local DJs at Life House Little Havana’s “El Vinyl” tropical party (Little Havana)

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

🖼️ Saturday: Check out the work of more than 250 artists across Miami-Dade in Fountainhead’s inaugural edition of “Artists Open (Various locations)

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Around town


👽 Immerse yourself in a mixed-reality world with Filmgate & Miami XR (Downtown)

🗣️ Speak your mind at Words & Wine Open Mic at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

🎶 Groove to the sounds of Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

🐶 Stroll and sip with your pup at a roving yappy hour (South Miami)

⚽ Cheer on the Miami FC at the first game of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup (North Miami)


🎵 Hear the Nu Deco symphonic suite of legendary producer Timbaland — through Saturday, May 11 (Wynwood)

🎸 Jam to bilingual femme alt-rock trio, Las Nubes (Upper East Side)

🌊 Talk climate change at this happy hour (Key Biscayne)

🍷 Sip wine paired with bites at Game of Wines (Coconut Grove)

💃 Learn to swing dance at Dance Band Night at the Bandshell (North Beach)


🎶 Catch hip hop heavyweights like Migos and Travis Scott at Rolling Loud — through Sunday, May 12 (North Miami)

🎨 See an art show with various artists celebrating the intersection of art and design at the Growth exhibition (Wynwood)

🎥 Catch the film “Every Cook Can Govern” and a discussion of the book “The Black Jacobins” (Overtown)

🎸 Catch Interpol at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

💆 Elevate your vibration at an ecstatic dance party and cacao ceremony (Miami Beach)


🎥 Watch “Clerks” at a special late-night screening (Coral Gables)

🎶 Boogie to the soulful electro sounds of Rüfüs Du Sol (Downtown)

🧘 Get zen at free outdoor yoga at Giralda Plaza (Coral Gables)

🎵 Nod your head to the sounds of rapper Murs at Gramps (Wynwood)

😮 Look in awe at otherworldly wearable art and performance at Kikimora’s open studio party (Allapattah)


🛍️ Shop local with live music, drag shows and grub at the Black Market flea (Little Haiti)

💃 Watch Alma Dance Theater’s interpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe story (Miami Beach)

🍴 Nom on some Haitian cuisine at the Taste of Haiti street fair (North Miami)

😂 Giggle with your mom at a comedy show that includes brunch (Coral Gables)

🎭 Act out at an improv class at Speak Easy Theater (North Miami)

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

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One more thing...

Churromania of Little Havana is bringing tasty goodness to Calle Ocho on May 29. But if you don’t want to wait, you can get an early taste test of some delicious churros at our Living in Little Havana event.

Get your tickets now, and join us on May 15 for churros, chocolate, small bites, arts and culture, and more!

– The New Tropic

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