Corey Jones Verdict, Liveaboard Photography, Mental Health Awareness Ambassador & Jazz With Glasper

Mar 7, 2019

A Palm Beach County jury found former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja guilty on Thursday for the October 2015 shooting death of black motorist Corey Jones. This is the first time in 30 years an active duty officer in Florida has been convicted for armed manslaughter and first-degree murder. Daphne Duret, a reporter for the Palm Beach Post,  has been covering the case since 2015. She joined Sundial to talk about the jury’s verdict.

Longtime Key West photographer Mark Hedden has been documenting the island’s residents who choose to live their lives as "liveaboards" on boats anchored just off the island. Hedden’s exhibit “On The Hook” features black and white portraits and tell the stories of those residents. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m.

Jessie Close, sister of actress Glen Close, has battled mental illness most of her life. Once she discovered her son was also suffering from schizophrenia, she decided to get involved in activism combating the stigma surrounding mental health. Close is now an ambassador for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health. She joined Sundial to talk about her story and an upcoming event called, “Embrace the Challenge: Mental Health Recovery is Possible,” taking place at The Key West Clubhouse on March 10. 

Multi-Grammy award winning jazz musician Robert Glasper will perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 8. Glasper has taken a genre-bending approach to music and has collaborated with hip-hop and R&B musicians like Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu. He's taking part in the Jazz Roots program as part of the performance -- it brings hundreds of high school students from Miami-Dade Public Schools. He joined Sundial to talk about how he is inspiring the newest generation of jazz musicians.