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Behind the Scenes of TheU Part 2 with Director BIlly Corben

10 January 2015

Behind the Scenes of TheU Part 2 with Director BIlly Corben

TheUPart2On Episode 56 of the Only In Miami Show, director Billy Corben, co-founder of Miami-based media studio Rakontur, joined Grant Stern to discuss his latest project, The U: Part 2, a documentary on the continuing story of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. The film was recently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, premiering after this year’s Heisman Trophy presentation. Whereas the original film documented the Hurricanes’ rise to national prominence in the 1980s, this project picks up the story as the program is devastated by NCAA sanctions, leaving coach Butch Davis to pick up the pieces. Billy talked about some of the interesting elements involved in telling this story during this show clip from December 22. After you listen, you can watch both films, which are available for streaming on Netflix.

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Cavs, Knicks and Thunder pull off 6 player trade

9 January 2015

Cavs, Knicks and Thunder pull off 6 player trade


During the second hour of the Only In Miami Show, Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Antuan to discuss the wide world of sports, including the train wreck that is the New York Knicks season. During the show, reports broke of a trade involving the Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The guys react to the news and talk about how it impacts each team (what ARE the Cavs thinking?!). They also discuss the Miami Heat season and offer analysis and therapy for Heat fans.

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Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

9 January 2015

Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

Long-time South Florida investigative journalist Al Sunshine has had a varied and interesting career. On Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, he joined host Grant Stern to talk about the highlights of his career and his thoughts about the current state of the media.

Al Sunshine came to South Florida to study at the University of Miami. While there, he was a writer and photographer for the school newspaper (including using his UM press credentials to cover Woodstock in 1969). Upon graduation, he began working for local television outlets and was able to cover many significant news stories. In this clip, Al recounts several of the major stories on which he reported, and talks about his transition to consumer affairs reporting. He also laments the changes in local media, including media conglomeration, that view local news less as a public service and more as a profit center.

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Whole Foods Market finally set to open in Downtown Miami! Grand Opening is Jan 14th, 2015

8 January 2015

Whole Foods Market finally set to open in Downtown Miami! Grand Opening is Jan 14th, 2015

Downtown Miami is in the midst of remaking itself, positioning itself as a great place for young professionals to work and live. Redevelopment is fueling this renaissance, and new retail establishments are helping to make downtown into an urban center.

National specialty food retailer Whole Foods Market will be having a grand opening for its new downtown Miami store on Wednesday morning, January 14. Marketing team leader Janelle Sapero joined the show to talk about the grand opening plans, and to talk about how Whole Foods is committed to the local community. In fact, the store invited local street artists to turn their parking garage into an art gallery. This curated collection will be only one more reason to visit the new grocery store. For more information and updates, follow Whole Foods Market Florida on Twitter – the handle is @WFMFlorida.

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Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

8 January 2015

Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

Pine RocklandOn Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, longtime local journalist Al Sunshine joined Grant Stern to discuss plans created by real estate developers to build a commercial center, apartments, and a theme park on the environmentally-sensitive pine rockland tracts adjacent to Zoo Miami in southern Miami-Dade County. Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss put out a proposal that would declare the area a “blighted slum” and establish a community redevelopment agency to oversee future plans for the area. This appears to be an plan to make an end-run around environmental regulations that would protect an area like this. A rally is planned for Saturday, January 17 at 2pm – for more details, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1518501615081294/?fref=ts.

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Miami-Dade Dems compete for Florida Legislature seats

3 November 2014

Miami-Dade Dems compete for Florida Legislature seats

Miami-Dade Democrats field full Florida State House of Representatives Slate for first time since 2008

UPDATE: New Interview below with Daisy J. Baez (D), Florida House of Representatives Candidate in District 114:

We’ve interviewed 5 of the 7 candidates for Florida House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Dade Democrats running for Florida State office

Carlos Periera, Omar Rivero and Juan Cuba are candidates on the 2014 ballot for Florida House of Reps. in Miami-Dade County. Annette Taddeo is running for Florida Lt. Governor with Charlie Crist.

Episode 43 of the Only in Miami Show featured three Candidates for the Florida House of Representatives in Miami-Dade: Omar Rivero (District 118 South Dade), Mariano Corcilli (District 111 Hialeah-Miami Lakes) and Carlos Periera (District 105 Doral).

The three featured studio guests are all members of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party who for the first time fielded challengers in all of the Florida legislature races in this county since 2008.

Florida House District 116 stretches from the southern portion of Doral to Miami-Dade Kendall Campus and is being contested by Juan Cuba. His current position as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic party gives him unique insight on local, state and national politics today.

House Candidate Mariano Corcilli is a former Marine sergeant, now attorney practicing in Miami. He’s concerned that fire fighters who have service connected illnesses – as approved in 20 other states – do not have those same protections in Florida.

Omar Rivero grew up in Miami, graduated Cornell and founded the Occupy Democrats movement online. He’s concerned that Florida’s education funding is 49th out of 50 states and wants to do something about it.

Carlos Periera lives in “Doralezuela” and is concerned about state policies enacted by Governor Rick Scott to create 169 miles of “Lexus Lanes” as well as the effect of rising tolls on drivers throughout Miami-Dade County on roads that were once freeways.

Oct. 2014

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Miami’s Wynwood Middle School getting Arts intervention

27 October 2014

Miami’s Wynwood Middle School getting Arts intervention

Story by J.J. Colagrande republished from Huffington Post with author’s permission. Edited by Grant Stern

It starts with this irony: Wynwood’s middle school doesn’t have an art department.

Due to budget restraints the Art’s Program was eliminated.

Jose De Diego Middle School is located on the cusp, but basically in Wynwood atat 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami.

This public middle school in the Wynwood Arts District not only lacks arts programs, it’s bare white walls betray the lack of funding for even a coat of paint.

Over 600 kids, grade 6-8, ages 11-14, are being denied access to the arts because there’s no money to hire a teacher.

For that matter, there’s no music program either.

It wasn’t always like this.

There’s a room at the school filled with 20 Kawasaki keyboards and grand pianos collecting dust.

There are closets filled with art supplies.

How can the most burgeoning art neighborhood on the planet have public schools that don’t teach art or music?

This is the question Patrick Walsh and Robert de los Rios asked themselves.  If Wynwood is truly an outdoor museum, these two dudes are its greatest docents.

Mr. Walsh is the director of WADA, the Wynwood Art District Association, and Mr. de los Rios operates Wynwood Map, a website and app chronicling the ever-changing art in the area.

They do things not for money but because they care about the hood.

They understand the tragic irony.

Imagine you’re a student at JDD Middle; you’re surrounded by warehouses and walls painted in the most vivid ways imaginable, constructed by the world’s most treasured and talented artists.

Your schoolyard is literally in the world’s largest outdoor museum yet you can’t learn how to paint or draw in school.

Talk about being on the outside looking in. Talk about the gentrification of the future. It’s not acceptable.

It’s a crime that an art neighborhood has public schools without art departments.

What needs remembering, almost constantly, is that the residents of Wynwood and its surrounding neighborhoods — Edgewater, Allapattah, Brownsville, Overtown — are poor minorities.

Eighty-nine percent of students at JDD Middle are eligible for free meals. In 2014, a family of two needs to make an annual income below $20,449 to be eligible for free meals.

Fifty-three percent are Hispanic, and 46 percent are black; these students and their families need to feel included in their own neighborhood.

They need to be a part of what’s going on and they need access to an education.

There is a Special Event being planned for JDD Middle during Art Basel, it will be big and very inclusive.

It starts, of course, with art. The school itself will be used as a venue.

Starting around November 25, the walls of the school will be painted by an army of international and local artists. We’re talking big name artists like David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face and over 30 more confirmed.

There will be a concert on December 6 featuring an internationally popular musician.

There will be a raffle for a chance to win art and merchandise.

Other artists may donate pieces and if they do they will be sold privately. It only takes one or two pieces from some of these guys to generate hundreds of thousands (buzz is some big dogs know about this project and approve).

The rest of the community is lending a hand.

Gallery owners like Robert Fontaine, Gregg Sheinbaum and Anthony Spinello are paying for the lifts so their artists can work. Liquitex is donating the paint.

This is the beginning. It’s just coming together.

The goal is to raise $500,000 with all proceeds going to the school to hire teachers. Their vision goes beyond this school with the premise that this “template” could potentially be applied at other schools.

I wish this project the best.

This is awesome and it’s totally grassroots community engagement.

Coming soon, students at JDD will be bragging because their facilities are getting a serious makeover that might just make them the coolest looking middle school on the planet.

Just imagine how those barren white walls will look after Art Basel, only a few short weeks away.

Keep your eyes peeled for major upcoming announcements by the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA)

Keep your eyes peeled for major upcoming announcements by the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA)

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Miami is America’s future, not its retirement home

20 October 2014

Miami is America’s future, not its retirement home

Special Contributor Brian Breslin was featured in Only in Miami Show episode 18 and wrote this article:

In Miami if you have a vision, and know how to get the necessary capital, you can build it.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine who used to live in Miami (for about a year) suggested that I should promote Miami as a place for burnt out Valley types to come and recharge. They could benefit from the slower pace, the great lifestyle, lower cost of living, and recuperate for a while she suggested. All the while they could share their wisdom of the west coast or north east with us Miamians.

Not gonna lie, this really rubbed me the wrong way.

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Miami may not be anywhere near as sophisticated as Silicon Valley or New York or Boston from a tech industry perspective, but we aren’t a bunch of glorified spa workers either.

Sure Miami might be lower stress than some of these other cities due to our insistence on things like work-life balance (the horror!) or the fact we’re able to go outdoors 362 days a year (the other 3 days are usually hurricanes, the one day it dips below 55, and/or we’re hungover from celebrating calle ocho or noche buena).

Miami is a place where people go to seize the American dream.

The idea that Miami is where one goes for mid-career semi-retirement was counter to everything we’ve been hard at work on for the last decade.

There is a very good reason so few people you meet in Miami are actually from Miami (we’re like unicorns), people want to come here, so our population grows faster than some other booming metropolises (5% growth in just the last 4 years).

Miami is the embodiment of the American dream.

People from all over the world come to Miami for opportunities that aren’t present in their home countries or states.  51% of our population was born outside the country vs 35% in San Francisco or 28% in New York. This makes us one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US.

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Sure Florida has a reputation for lots of less than stellar things, but that’s because Florida is so desirable to live in, people of ALL types will come here.

That however doesn’t really paint the picture of what makes Miami great. As a native Floridian, I think the good far outweighs the bad. It’s not as if people outside the Valley think East Palo Alto is the same as the cozy confines of Palo Alto just across the highway or think the Tenderloin district really represents San Francisco’s heart and soul.

Miami, and much of Florida, present fertile grounds for creativity and growth because we don’t have as much history or as many entrenched players impeding change.

In Miami if you have a vision, and know how to get the necessary capital, you can build it.

Click Here to Visit the Original Article at BrianBreslin.com

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