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For a decade, Florida International University art professor John Bailly has watched his students discover other countries.

Bailly leads the FIU Honors College study abroad program, and spends a few months of each year showing students around Europe.

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The Adrienne Arsht Center is one of the biggest performing arts centers in the United States, located in a ritzy downtown Miami neighborhood that will be the center of attention when 20 Democrats running for president debate for the first time this week.

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Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

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Could David Beckham reverse course again and revive plans for a soccer stadium in Overtown?

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." 

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Local author and educator Octavia Yearwood is engaging young people through a new multimedia book. She partnered up with educational tech company videoRehearser to add a digital component to her memoir, “How The Hell Did You Do That?!”

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Michelle Phillips, 32, beamed at the Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach hotel business card resting between her thumb and index finger. It meant that she was one step closer to working as a hotel cook.

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Past the barricades, mounds of personal belongings mixed with trash and dirty mattresses where vagrants lay with needles still clutched by limp hands, Shatara Mackey walks with her 7-year-old son to Phillis Wheatley Elementary.

Northwest Second Avenue under the Dolphin/SR 836 overpass is a better route than the next block over, she says.

“It’s just got worse,” said Mackey, 31. “You can see them using and everything down there.”

Nadege Green

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson protested the State of The Union address by hosting an interfaith prayer vigil in Miami’s Overtown community Tuesday evening.

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It doesn't have a name or colors, but Miami's long-awaited professional soccer team has an anthem.

Inmate deaths in the Florida prison system are up 20 percent over previous years. Last Friday, The Florida Department of Corrections released information that 428 inmates died last year. On average, the inmates who died have been younger than in previous years.

Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown covers the prison system extensively. She joined the program to talk about the different issues present in Florida prisons.

Overtown Community Members Weigh In Beckham's Soccer Stadium

May 18, 2017
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David Beckham has been trying for more than three years to find a site to build a Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Miami. The end of his search seems near, as Miami-Dade county considers selling him a piece of land in Overtown. But residents of the area have mixed feelings about the plan, as evidenced Wednesday night at a community town hall. 

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Mana Wynwood

Negotiations for a long-planned development in Miami continued Wednesday, as representatives of the Mana Wynwood team met with members of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. The development would occupy as much as 24 acres and include art galleries, a new fire station, residences and a public open space called the Wynwood Commons.

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