Wilkine Brutus

Wilkine Brutus is a multimedia journalist for WLRN, South Florida's NPR, and a member of Washington Post/Poynter Institutes 2019 Leadership Academy. A former Digital Reporter for The Palm Beach Post, Brutus produces enterprise stories on topics surrounding people, community innovation, entrepreneurship, art, culture, and current affairs.

Brutus is also the podcast host of A Boat A Voyage, a 5-episode journey inside the mind of his Haitian mother's refugee experience. After amassing millions of views on his YouTube channel, particularly during his 5-year stint in South Korea, he was eventually invited to speak at Twitter Headquarters for Scripps Howard School's symposium on digital media, alongside Google Ventures, Bloomberg, Ebony Magazine, and LinkedIn. He's also a 2018 member of Poynter Institute's Power of Diverse Voices. And he was a scheduled speaker at SXSW 2020 for the Media & Journalism convergence track.

In 2016, he was the star of an international viral video about the nature of human touch; republished by the New York Post, the video, shot in Jeju Island, South Korea, currently sits at 6 million views on Facebook. The video encapsulated his "human interconnectedness" theme on his YouTube channel.

Other appearances include the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY(NPR affiliate), WPTV NewsChannel 5, the Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM, The Decision podcast with Alex Kapelman, MTV, BET, Ebony Magazine, Miami New Times, Okayafrica, Okayplayer, Complex, L'Union Suite, and other media outlets.

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Choreographed chants of “No Justice, No Peace” ricocheted from block to block  as hundreds of people of all ages and races gathered  in Downtown West Palm Beach on Sunday to demand justice for George Floyd.

The protest was peaceful and well-organized in the daytime, and tense by nightfall.

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Restaurateurs are adding a little more nature to the dining experience for their customers. West Palm Beach business leaders announced an outdoor initiative to help restaurants in Downtown West Palm Beach.

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As cooks, waiters, and hair stylists, come back to work after two months, Palm Beach County is setting aside part of the $261 million it received through the CARES Act to help businesses re-open.

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Palm Beach County's Homeless and Housing Alliance and several non-profit organizations say they counted 1,510 homeless individuals and families during the annual homeless point-in-time count.

Seniors, who make up 12 percent of the total homeless population, are experiencing a 43 percent increase in homelessness — according to a statement following the count.

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The butt of anti-immigrant jokes. Fistfights after school. Inner-shame in public spaces. Haitian-Americans across social media say it wasn’t always cool to be Haitian. 

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As Florida’s phase one takes further shape, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 5-2 to reopen public beaches Monday, May 18. Commissioners Gregg Weiss and Mack Bernard opposed the vote during the 3-hour special meeting.

Last week, the commission voted 4-3 to reopen beaches but needed time to hash out legal and social distancing logistics.

Any restrictions?

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The new normal began on a somber evening in March.

When Rodney Mayo had to lay off more than 650 employees from his 17 restaurants and bars, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to suspend dine-in operations, he feared that many of his employees — which amounted to 1,800 families — would have trouble feeding themselves. And he was right.

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Dine-in service was still quiet. The sound of drills, grass blowers, passing cars and birds chirping have replaced human chatter and laughter.

Restaurants, sidewalks, and streets remained largely empty Monday. Road closures and construction detour signs block most of the west and east ends of the historic Clematis Street.

Palm Beach Tech

Young, savvy entrepreneurs were building on Palm Beach County’s growing momentum as a tech hub. Co-working spaces sprang up everywhere. From big companies to smaller startups, hiring in South Florida’s tech clusters was at a 16-year high.  

Then the building blocks crashed. Instantly. 

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The City of Riviera Beach has partnered with Palm Beach Harvest Food Bank to address food insecurity. People living in disadvantaged areas will have access to fresh produce for the next eight weeks and the free program might be the fuel that sparks a long-term project.

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Maisoon Ismail never expected to deliver her first-born during a coronavirus pandemic or be exempt from most of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic faith. And at 8 months pregnant, she's not too happy about her excitement being muffled between disappointment and uncertainty.

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In March, swastikas were found painted outside the Guatemalan Maya Center and an office being used for the Bernie Sanders campaign, both in Lake Worth Beach.

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The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has expanded COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people in the Belle Glade communities. Tuesday, by appointment only, residents of any age can use the new drive-through testing lane. A walk-up option begins Wednesday.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

Cabin fever. Anxiety after layoffs. Social Isolation. As people seek companionship under Florida’s stay-at-home order, it has led to a record-breaking uptick in pet fostering and adoption.

For the first time in its history, which stretches five decades, one of three kennels at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s shelter in West Palm Beach is completely empty.

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As two main drive-through testing sites in Palm Beach County continue their efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, the most vulnerable residents without cars may have the least access to testing.

Health officials coordinating efforts at FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach and the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach have one basic solution: take the bus.