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Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste of Miami, winners of a $25,000 Project Greenlight contest. (Photo courtesy Mike Atwood)

Young Haitian-American filmmakers in Miami win $25,000 Project Greenlight contest [Video]

Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, two young Haitian-American roommates, last fall entered a three-minute pitch video in a Project Greenlight contest hoping to get funding for a proposed web series three-and-a-half years in the making. “Too often we’ve applied for stuff and gotten runner-up or made it to the finals,” said Jean-Baptiste, 26. “You kind of prime yourself to being ...

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Rodman “Rodddzilla” Davis, at The Void’s art gallery, talks to Miami artist Blake Newton about some of her pieces exhibited that evening. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Young artists, producers say their six-hour gallery parties help fill ‘The Void’

Sean Prosper, his roommate Rodman Davis and mutual friend Ashley Solage have thrown parties in South Florida since they were teenagers. Then, last year, while sitting in a car with rapper Denzel Curry, they thought of creating a networking event that would integrate two creative elements: music and visual arts. Curry came up with “The Void” as the name for ...

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Video exclusive: Diversity Day at FIU

              By Juan Endara The 14th anniversary of Diversity Day was celebrated at the Florida International University Biscayne Bay campus on Sept. 30. Diann Newmann, director of the Chaplin School of Hospitality at FIU, helped organize Diversity Day for the past 10 years and granted Juan Endara, a journalism student at FIU, an interview in hopes of ...

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W.J. Students

W.J. Bryan Elementary students create a book about their school

Third and fifth grade students at W.J. Bryan Museum Magnet School in North Miami wrote and illustrated a work of historical fiction about the Mediterranean revival building’s history and renovation that will publish in the Library of Congress. DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD     By MADISON FANTOZZI A Miami Herald article and a South Florida News Service video ...

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Singer, Songwriter Dedicates Song to Deceased Friend

Singer and songwriter Joy Altman dedicates her latest song, titled “Eternal Friend,” to her best friend, Robin Kessler, who passed away in a scuba diving accident in 2012.  Video by Jethro Decimus and Vanessa Rodriguez / South Florida News Service.       By Jethro Decimus and Vanessa Rodriguez  South Florida News Service      

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Journey captures correlation between journalism, politics

By Silvia Rodriguez South Florida News Service Vanessa Rodriguez, born in Venezuela, came to live in the United States after her family’s safety became an issue following the April 2002 political crisis the country faced. Inspired by the political events that changed her life, Rodriguez, now a journalism student at Florida International University, took a bus trip to the Venezuelan ...

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Epilepsy Service Dog 2

Service Dogs Are Saving Lives

Bruce, a 1 1/2-year-old American Bulldog, learns to press on buttons and alarms with its snout in case Lisa Doering, his handler, runs into a medical crisis.  Courtesy of American Accredited Service Dogs         By Pamela Vizcaino When Tracie Dulniak was involved in a collision hitting a tractor-trailer head on 13 years ago, she was severely brain ...

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Ernesto Fernandez

Flautist Left Cuba Behind To Pursue His Music

The Latin jazz flutist Ernesto Fernandez, front, plays with percussionist Michael Barroso, and Jorge Canovas, bassist. PHOTO BY PAMELA VIZCAINO / SOUTH FLORIDA NEWS SERVICE       By Pamela Vizcaino Read in The Miami Herald Ernesto Fernandez performed his final master’s flute recital at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on a recent Friday evening. “I’ve been ...

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Open Mic

One Struggle’s Open Mic Night Encourages Political Views

The band Unity Rise continue to perform in the parking lot of Undergrounds Coffeehaus after the Progressive Open Mic & Arts Night was over. PHOTO BY BARBARA CORBELLINI DUARTE         By Barbara Corbellini Duarte and Brittny Valdes Read in The Miami Herald & The Sun-Sentinel It was Roy Fischler’s first time as a comedian on stage. He was ...

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Inspiration Fuels Kendall Woman’s ‘Pure Of Heart’ Clothing Line

Seamstresses Maria Gilma Betancourt, left, and Maria Caridad Reyes work on pieces for the Pure of Heart eco-friendly clothing line at the KaoKao fashion studio in Doral, Monday, Dec. 10. Designed by Daniela Garcia the line is made of Tencel, a fiber spun from dissolved wood pulp. DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD     By Jessica Roig and ...

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