Terrisa Mark

Intern, Spring 2019

Terrisa Mark is a University of Miami student, currently completing her Master of Arts degree in journalism.

Growing up, she had a huge passion for writing and speaking and debated between becoming a journalist or a lawyer. Eventually she chose journalism due to the exciting thrill she would receive when reading articles that dealt with in-depth research.

Terrisa has been heavily involved in journalism in the past four years, gaining different experiences in both print and broadcast journalism. Her main goal is to become a reporter on Good morning America, as she’s truly obsessed with the variety of hard-core news, sport and interactive stories that are all covered on the show.

She is extremely excited to intern at WLRN, to learn the everyday activities that goes into make great radio stories. Her hobbies include track and field, traveling and reading.

Yanatha Desouvre

West Kendall writer Yanatha Desouvre has a special relationship with his daughter Reanna. The two co-published a book when Reanna was just five, in 2013. 

Now, six years later, Desouvre says people continue to buy the book on Amazon. It has since been published in Spanish, French and Creole.

Desouvre said his daughter has literature "in her DNA." 

Terrisa Mark / WLRN News

A floating digital billboard in the ocean off South Beach Monday afternoon aimed to make black visitors feel relaxed and at home at the beach. 

The project, called “Water Rights,” was created by artist Johanne Rahaman with support from the Knight Foundation and a $20,000 grant from Oolite Arts, a local organization that fosters visual artists. 

Miami Herald

State Representative Evan Jenne called for negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to reinstate the annual payments of an estimated $350 million suspended by the tribe after a failure to reach an agreement about the future of gambling in the state. "That's just too much money to be left out there unaccounted for in our budget," said the legislator. 

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to begin construction on affordable housing at 1900 NW 2nd Court, Miami, in Overtown. 

The project will construct twin homes for families, each with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

“Miami ...  is one of the most expensive places to live, to rent and to own," said Cornelius Shiver, the Executive director of the CRA. "So the main benefit is to bring affordable housing homes that are affordable to the community." 

Miami Book Fair

In South Florida May is Haitian Heritage Month and to kick off the month of events, Sunday is the seventh annual Little Haiti Book Festival. The festival will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Ter., Miami.

In Kreyol and English, authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora will host literary panels, craft talks and workshops for writers. All of them will be available to sign books. MJ Fievre is the Caribbean coordinator for the Miami book fair and urged non-Haitians to come out to the event.

BRYAN CEREIJO / Miami Herald

South Florida celebrates Haitian Heritage month in May, spotlighting Haitian historical and cultural traditions. 

“A lot of people in South Florida, whether they are Haitian or not, it's an opportunity to learn more about the culture and to see the expressions of the culture," said Jacqueline Charles, the Caribbean reporter for the Miami Herald. "From artwork to music to dining.”

Florida has the most counties that celebrate Haitian Heritage month in the United States.

Terrisa Mark

An O, Miami poetry festival event this weekend aims to bring attention to immigration. 

Saturday's event, called "The beach is a border," invites participants to walk on the shore wearing 'poetry flip flops' that leave imprints of poems in Spanish, English and Creole on the sand. 

 

Terrisa Mark

Downtown Miami hosted a historic event Monday night: Dwyane Wade played his very last home game for the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena.

The 37-year-old shooting guard announced last year that he would retire from the NBA at the end of the 2018-19 season. 

Despite the rain, fans from all walks of life did not mind waiting in line Monday. They overflowed into the streets beginning at 4 p.m. (tip off time was 7:30 p.m.). 

Nicolas Z. Erwin

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month across the country and the Florida Department of Health is offering free testing in all South Florida counties.

According to the state's Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, the Sunshine State is seeing a rise in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Florida is ranked third in the country for new cases of HIV infections in the country, and Miami-Dade and Fort Lauderdale have the highest rates of new infections of any metro area in the U.S.