Gerard Albert III

Intern, Summer 2019

Gerard Albert III is a senior journalism major at Florida International University, who flip-flopped around creative interests until being pulled away by the rush of reporting.

He enjoys balancing the discipline and conviction in journalism with finding creative ways to find the truth and report it.

Gerard serves as the Editor-in-Chief for PantherNow, FIU’s student newspaper, where he has reported on student government and student finances.

Gerard carries his camera everywhere he goes and has photographed protests, sports games and everything in between.

His interest in journalism started after watching Vice documentaries, reading books by Hunter S. Thompson and seeing the photographs in Time magazine and National Geographic.

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June 19 commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom in Galveston, Texas — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, Juneteenth was observed amid continuing demonstrations and other events addressing systemic racism, injustice and police violence. In South Florida, people danced, remembered and looked ahead.


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Over the weekend about 50 people marched from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland to the Coral Springs police station, about three miles away. 

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The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has spurred protests around the world.

In South Florida, demonstrations sparked by his death, police violence and systemic racism are happening across the region. Both in bigger metropolitan cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale and smaller ones, too. 

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This weekend thousands of South Floridians are taking to the streets again to protest the deaths of black people by police officers throughout the country.

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This post will be updated today, Wednesday, June 3, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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On this Wednesday, May 27, episode of Sundial:

Monroe County Public Schools

Monroe County Public Schools have created a task force that’s focused on reopening schools in the fall. So far the county has 104 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is significantly lower than other South Florida counties.

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HCA hospitals in South Florida are struggling to supply workers with personal protective equipment and have turned to a controversial solution: KN95 masks.

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Cauliflower, broccoli, chicken, eggs, whole milk and dogfood are all things on a normal grocery list.

 

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Last month, the Dominican Republic suspended municipal elections when officials realized the electronic voting machines were malfunctioning. Protests followed in front of the Central Elections Board building and throughout the country. In Miami, protests held in solidarity with the Dominicans were held Downtown.

This weekend a festival in Downtown Doral celebrated the country’s independence day, but not everyone wanted to talk politics.

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A few miles north of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was another event for foodies this weekend. The Soul Vegan Food Festival showcased healthy black cuisine in an area of the state where only 4 percent of the population is black.

 

The clash of culture is something organizer and blogger Starex Smith loves about the event. Smith, who also goes by the Hungry Black Man on social media, organized the food festival to showcase healthy black cuisine.

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The Hallandale Beach Fire Department has officially been sworn in to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

 

At a ceremony held Tuesday in Gulfstream Park, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony laid out his expectations for the department.

 

 

 

“It is up to us to perform well so we can build trust and so that you can look back and say ‘Yea, we made a good decision when we brought the Broward sheriff office over,’” he said to fire department members.

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FPL and Miami-Dade County have teamed up to launch over 400 floating solar panels into a recreational lake behind Miami International Airport.

  

FPL’s new floating solar field is the first of its kind in the state, but Mayor Carlos Gimenez says there’s room for expansion.

 

“This is going to be a good demonstration project to see if actually this does work, [whether] we can utilize those lakes that are all around Miami-Dade County to make cheap affordable energy.”

 

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At the Turnberry Jewish Center in Aventura on Sunday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched his “United for Mike” coalition to win over Jewish voters as he seeks the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

Bloomberg started off his speech expressing his support for Israel, but also his disgust with the politics surrounding US-Israel policy.

 

 

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Thousands lined the streets of Liberty City Monday for the 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

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Next month, tens of thousands of people will flock to South Florida for Super Bowl LIV.

 

But the Miami Beach police department has been preparing for almost a year.

 

They hosted a town hall Thursday night to talk about traffic, safety and all the events happening around the city.

 

Greg Terp, vice president of the Miami Super Bowl host committee, shared his confidence in hosting the big game.

 

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