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U.S. Government Selling Cheap Homes In Flood Zones, Gabrielle Union, And Belly Dancing

Hanan Arts is hosting a Belly Dance workshop at the Miami Dade College Koubek Memorial Center Saturday.
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Hanan Arts is hosting a Belly Dance workshop at the Miami Dade College Koubek Memorial Center Saturday.

Why is the government selling affordable housing in risky flood zones? Actress Gabrielle Union on her new book and her advocacy work. Plus, socially-distanced belly dancing. 

On this, Thursday, Sept. 16, episode of Sundial. 

The Government Selling Cheap Houses In Flood Zones

We all know flooding problems are only getting worse in South Florida, so why is the government selling homes in risky areas?

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In South Florida alone, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sold more than 230 homes in flood zones — according to a new investigation from NPR.

Nationally, they sold nearly 100,000 properties in these hazardous areas over the past 3 years.

WLRN environmental reporter Jenny Staletovich worked on the investigation. You can find more on how South Florida has been impacted here.

The Government Selling Cheap Houses In Flood Zones

Conversation With Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has established herself as one of the premier film and television actresses.

Her roles in "Being Mary Jane," "Bring it On," "Bad Boys II" and so much more launched her into the national spotlight.

Union is also an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights and for survivors of sexual trauma, and she uses her platform on social media for advocacy.

She joined Sundial to talk about how Miami has shaped her life and her second memoir, “You Got Anything Stronger?” which is available now.

She will be in conversation with her husband and former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday. You can find more information on the event here.

Gabrielle Union
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Belly Dancing 

Before the pandemic, belly dancers were performing throughout South Florida and it wasn’t hard to find a class or an event.

But, some of those courses and performers left when everything had to shut down. The belly dancing community in South Florida is now attempting to make a comeback.

Hanan Arts is hosting a belly dance workshop at the Miami Dade College Koubek Memorial Center Saturday.

“We're going to look at a very particular dance vocabulary that comes from Egypt that comes from a Baladi style. So Baladi means country, country style. It's a rhythm. It's a way of being in the world," said Tiffany Madera, who also goes by the artistic name Hanan. "We can think of something natural connected to the earth, earthiness. So it's not a commercial fast's glitzy style. It’s a slow, personal, intimate style that really navigates and travels this interior world of the dancer in relation to the external world."

Find more information on the event here.

Belly Dancing

Leslie Ovalle Atkinson is the former lead producer behind Sundial. As a multimedia producer, she also worked on visual and digital storytelling.