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Puerto Rico's Next Governor, Nick Buoniconti's Legacy, Walter Mercado & The Other Side Of Now

Alejandra Martinez
Jamilah Sabur. This is where I was born, 2018. Oil and graphite on linen. 40 x 40 inches.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has nominated Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia to be the island's next secretary of state. If lawmakers approve Pierluisi Urrutia’s nomination he will assume the position once the governor leaves office on Friday, August 2. To discuss the island's political future, Sundial was joined by former state Rep. Robert Asencio, who was instrumental in providing state aid to the island following Hurricane Maria, and Natascha Otero-Santiago, who is on the Board of Directors the National Puerto Rican Agenda, which is dedicated to reconnecting the Puerto Rican diaspora in the U.S. through civic engagement. 

Nick Buoniconti, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and an outspoken advocate for safety in the sport of football, died Wednesday. He was 78. Buoniconti was the leader of the team in the early 70s, including the 1972 squad that went undefeated and won the Super Bowl. Miami Herald sports columnist Linda Robertson joined Sundial to talk about the football player’s legacy. 

A new exhibition at History Miami is celebrating the career and life of legendary psychic Walter Mercado. “Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado” will feature the astrologer’s iconic capes, sculptures and photos. The Sundial team visited the History Miami exhibition and talked to Walter about how he got into astrology, the future of Puerto Rico and his impact on the Latino community. 

And at the Perez Art Museum, a new exhibit explores what the future of the Caribbean might look like. “The Other Side of Now” features 14 contemporary artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora working within and outside of South Florida. Through paintings, videos and sculptures, the art looks at personal experiences of trauma, survival and historical legacies. Jamilah Sabur was born in Jamaica and moved to Miami at a young age. She is one of the featured artists at the exhibition and joined Sundial to talk about her work.