Afrobeta, Miami-based duo, competes in filmmaking competition

Afrobeta, an electro-funk duo based in Miami, is exploring their Cuban heritage via a documentary its makers are attempting get bankrolled online.  "Birthright?!" by directors Jayme Gershen and Cristina Garcia, follows Tony Smurphio and Cuci Amador as they visit the island their parents fled from in the 1960s for the first time. They are

2018-10-26T10:44:35+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, Music|

Royal Caribbean performers sweat it out at BBC

Aerial studios. Vocal rooms. A 20,000-square-foot costume-making facility. Royal Caribbean performers can be found training behind the doors of a glass-walled building located on the Florida International University campus in North Miami. The cruise line building’s main purpose, according to its website, is for work related to performances on the Celebrity, Azamara and Royal

2018-10-26T10:42:55+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, Music|

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University graduate makes directorial debut with African play

Jamel Booth, a 24-year-old graduate from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, made his first directorial debut last Friday.   The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe, a satirical play about different African-American stereotypes, was presented at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium in Liberty City. During the reception, guests were provided wine

2018-10-15T12:37:01+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Arts & Culture|

First “For Reel Film Festival” fights autism in the film industry

A festival featuring low-budget independent films created by local South Florida filmmakers screened late last month focused, organizers said, on increasing awareness of autism in the industry. The inaugural "For Real Film Festival" opened on Sept. 30 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Miami, a collaborative effort by For Real Pictures and Native Media. 

2018-10-08T14:34:39+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle|

Popcorn Frights Celebrates Wicked Weekend

For long-time horror fan Jason Sheppard, coming across the film festival called Popcorn Frights in 2015 changed the way he experienced horror films in South Florida. The event, which took place last weekend, is one of the largest genre-based festivals in the southeastern United States. It the past three years, organizers say they have

2018-10-08T13:57:22+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle|

Coffee Shop Talk: Kat Von D’s Instagram controversy

Kat Von D’s beauty brand has received some backlash in the last two weeks over an Instagram post that was perceived as racist by some followers. Von D, initially known for tattoo artistry, has been accused of being anti-semitic in the past. In 2007, after being fired from the show "Miami Ink," she allegedly

2018-10-04T21:40:32+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle|

City of North Miami Beach celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with TimbaLive

The city of North Miami Beach collaborated with a Miami-based salsa band to honor a month-long cultural celebration. Barbara Kramer, city commissioner of North Miami Beach, plans annual events for the community to celebrate their cultures. For Hispanic Heritage Month, the city and her acquired TimbaLive to play at Julius

2018-09-24T21:05:28+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Arts & Culture, Video/Audio|

Coffee Shop Talk: Maluma album cover controversy

Maluma, the Colombian reggaeton singer, has received a significant amount of pushback in the last few weeks about his latest album cover. This is not the first time the singer has been accused of being sexist. In 2016 a petition was started on Change.org to remove his song "Cuatro Babys" from digital platforms because

2018-10-03T12:59:52+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, Music|