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ACTOR HILL HARPER

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Do & Dine

By KeChi Okpala

Fans Travel from Around the World for JITG Music Festival

By Janiah Adams

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JITG Artist Profiles

By KeChi Okpala

JITG Artist Profiles

By KeChi Okpala

10. JITG map 12. Mayor Gilbert Reflects on City’s Growth, Prosperity and Expectations Since Start of JITG By Zachary Rinkins

13. Jazz in the Gardens’ FMAC Conference Connects Creatives with Professionals By Russell Motley

Hope Mural Inspires Self-Efficacy, Restorative Justice for Juvenile Offenders

By Zachary Rinkins

14. Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest Announces FAMU Scholarship in Loving Memory of Adrian Freeman By Russell Motley

16. Broward College Welcomes Hill Harper to Speaker Series By Russell Motley

From Miami to Hollywood, Actor Angelo Diaz Makes Big Break in TV, Film By Kallan Louis

17. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 60th Anniversary in South Florida By MIA staff

18. About Town Art + Soul at the Perez Art Museum

As I pulled up to a red light in Brownsville recently, the driver of an older-model Range Rover had his sound system booming. No, he wasn’t bumping to the beat of Kodak Black or Travis Scott. To my surprise, the middle-aged African-American man behind the steering wheel was

blasting Lionel Richie’s “Running With the Night” from his best-selling, Grammy Award-winning album “Can’t Slow Down.” Those of us who’ve lived long enough can use Richie’s voice to literally earmark different decades of our lives. Hearing classics such as “Easy,” and “Just to Be Close to You,” when Richie led the Commodores, takes me back to my childhood— listening to “grown folks” music at a time when vinyl records dropped on turntables.

This year, the Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) headliner turns 70! And he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. What an honor to watch as yet another legend takes center stage at JITG. An American treasure who just happens to be a member of only the greatest Black Greek letter organization to exist, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Enjoy the show!

anticipated music festivals in the country. We want to continue to work with Miami Gardens to make the festival a premier national and international event. This year’s two-day star- studded lineup is world class and represents a dynamic mix of musical genres. The GMCVB proudly serves as the Official Destination Sales and Marketing Organization for Greater Miami and the Beaches. We strive to showcase all of Miami to our visitors and are hopeful that while here, each of the attendees of JITG will also

venture out into our heritage neighborhoods and patronize business that make up the fabric of our multicultural community. We are confident that residents and visitors will enjoy the musical experience and artistic and cultural treasures during this year’s 14th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Festival.

Russell Motley MIA Magazine Editor-in-Chief rm@miamediagrp.com

WELCOME LETTER The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to continue our support of the Jazz in the Gardens - Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon, and the Jazz in the Gardens Festival. JITG, produced by the City of Miami Gardens, is one of the most highly regarded and heavily

Yours Truly,

Connie W. Kinnard

Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

WELCOME LETTER Welcome to the 2019 Jazz in the Gardens experience: On behalf of the Florida Memorial University (FMU) family, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the beautiful city of Miami Gardens. FMU embraces the culture and friendships forged at one of the most highly anticipated and entertaining events in South Florida. For more than 50 years, FMU has been a proud member of the Miami Gardens family. Our institution has benefitted from the friendship and generosity of Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III, and the City Council. We are especially proud of FMU alumni like Councilmembers Katrina Brown, Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, and Reggie Leon. These civic leaders personify the legacy of leadership, character, and service that have been the cornerstone of our university for 140 years. It’s a new day at South Florida’s only historically Black university. We invite you to visit our campus to discover what it means to be a mighty Lion.

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EATS: 1. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant 19934 N.W. 2nd Avenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.awashmiami.com A taste of Ethiopia is what Awash Ethiopian Restaurant provides. From the honey wine to the sambusas, this new establishment adds new flavor to the city. 2. Chef Creole Miami Gardens 20356 N.W. 2ndAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.chefcreole.com Chef Creole is a Bahamian/Creole fusion restaurant that offers an array of seafood dishes like fried conch and red snapper fish. With more than four locations in Miami, you are guaranteed consistency in taste and delivery every time. 3. Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery 18316 N.W. 7thAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.goldenkrust.com If you are looking for a quick meal, Golden Krust Bakery is the stop to make. From beef, chicken to veggie, their gourmet patties come in a variety to choose from. 4. Original Junie’s 18400 N.W. 2ndAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 305-654-2955 The Original Junie’s has become a household name. Known for

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When you think of things to do in the City of Miami Gardens, what seems to come to mind? Home to the Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest and the most rapped about entertainment scene, the City of Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami Dade County with one of the most diverse communities in South Florida. Now in its 16thyear, find our top picks of the most unique things to do, eat, and experience while jazzing it up in the city. Jamaican country style cuisine, you can only order from their menu of the day. If you’re lucky, try the oxtails with rice and peas. It’s sure to have you bopping all day long with goodness.

371 N.W. 170thStreet Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.airplane-

5. LC Roti Shop 19505 N.W. 2ndAvenue Miami Gardens, FL 33169 305-651-8924 LC’s is one of the first roti shops to open in Miami. This historic eatery has stood the test of time. Whether you are from the Caribbean or not, this is the place for real Trini food with a side of cheeky customer service. The curry goat roti or the chickpea fried dumplings, known as pholourie, are sure winners.

modemia.com If you want to look original for this upcoming Jazz in the Gardens Fest, this homegrown establishment rolls out the red carpet in the ultimate shopping experience. Specializing in local lifestyle brands, Airplane Mode Miami offers a pop-up shop experience carrying the latest fashion for today’s trendsetters and tastemakers. Flo-Rida, Kodak Black and Chad Ochcinco are some of the frequent visitors that stay connected by disconnecting from the norm. 2. Indoor Pro Soccer 1128 N.W. 159thDrive, Miami Gardens, FL 33169 www.indoorsoccerpro.com Miami's premier state-of-the art futsal field experience, Indoor Soccer Pro offers three air-conditioned full size futsal soccer fields for the family to enjoy. Featuring field rentals for all ages, pick up games, futsal leagues, tournaments, and birthday parties.

6. Lovely’s on the Go 1806 N.W. 183rdStreet Miami Gardens, FL 33056 www.lovelysonthego.com If you are into healthy eats, then Lovely’s is the place for you. From salads to sandwiches, Lovely’s offers both a dine-in or catered experience. 7. Sheri Restaurant African Cuisine 16595 N.W. 27th Avenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33054 www.sherirestaurant.com If you heard about the Jollof Rice craze, then Sheri Restaurant is the place to get authentic Nigerian cuisine. If you are ready to DIY, they also sell African ingredients to try at home. 8. Tony’s Pizza 19329 N.W. 2ndAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.tonyspizzamiami.com New York style pizza is one of many Italian dishes you can find at this establishment. With more than 30 years in the business, Tony’s Pizza’s baked ziti meal is more than enough for two to share.

LIFESTYLE 1. Airplane Mode Miami

3. Top Golf 17321 N.W. 7thAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.topgolf.com/us/miami-gardens/ At Top Golf, it’s everyone’s game. Top Golf features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, with climate-controlled playing bays for year-round comfort. They offer food, drinksand private spaces for groups of any size.Top Golf takes the game of golf to another level.

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT 1. Calder Casino 21001 N.W. 27thAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33056

www.calder casino.com Calder Casino is a spacious, smoke-free casino located in Miami Gardens, Florida. All of the latest slots, electronic table games, bingo, and great promotions can be found at the location. 2. G5ive Miami 337 N.W. 170thStreet North Miami Beach, Fla. 33169 www. g5ive.com Whether you’re a local, new in town, or passing through, the strip club scene is apart of Miami’s original culture. Especially, known for their beautiful cast of ladies, G5ive serves a mean jerk chicken pasta that has both men and women alike enjoying the scene. 3. Tootsies Cabaret 150 N.W. 183rdStreet Miami Gardens, Fla. 33169 www.tootsiescabaret.com Tootsie's Cabaretboasts to be the No. 1 strip club in Miami. With by far one of the best places in town to get wings and crab legs, it features a more than 400 square foot main stage for bachelor parties and private functions. 4. Top Notch Cigar & Whiskey Lounge 19801 N.W. 27thAvenue Miami Gardens, Fla. 33056 www.topnotchcigarswhiskeylounge.com If you are into the smoking culture, Top Notch is the place to try. Offering a variety of premium cigars in their exclusive walk-in humidor, you are bound to pair the right Robusto with a double shot of whiskey or cognac.


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Fans Travel from Around the World for Annual JITG Music Festival By Janiah Adams

Janice Hayes and her husband, Ronnie Hayes, pose at the 2018 Jazz In The Gardens.

Since vacationing on sunny South Beach in 2015, Andy Ames and his wife Perry have found a reason to come back to the area each year. “We were on vacation in South Beach when I saw a photo of Erykah Badu on the front page of the Miami Herald,” Andy Ames said. “The story then explained that she was a headline act at the 10th Jazz In The Gardens. After having such a fantastic time the first year at Jazz In The Gardens, it became obvious that this would be a regular trip.” Since then, the Ameses have traveled more than nine hours from their home in London, United Kingdom to Miami each year to attend the concert. The annual concert attracts Millennials and mature adults alike. Performers have included: Jagged Edge, Stephanie Mills, Andra Day, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson and several others. Ames said the first year he and his wife attended the concert, some of his favorite artists performed. “What a privilege to see Run DMC perform for one night,” he said. “The highlight was Erykah. She was just spellbinding with her presence on stage.” Ames and his wife plan to attend this year’s concert, making the trip from Europe to the United States, yet

Janice Hayes and her friends pose at the 2012 Jazz In The Gardens.

again, because they say the talent and atmosphere keep them coming back. “Obviously it’s to see the outstanding talent live on stage, in a lovely warm outside venue, but it’s more than that,” he said. “It’s the welcome we get, the shared experience with 70,000 like-minded souls. No attitude, just smiling faces...unless you’re in the long queue for the ladies restrooms.” Janice Hayes said she feels the same. A Miami local, Hayes has been attending the concert with her husband Ronnie since its start in 2003. “It’s the one event where everybody else in the country is snowed in, where the atmosphere, the ambience and the experience is just top notch,” she said. And Hayes won’t be caught at the concert with just a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, because she loves to dress to impress. One year, her attire caught the attention of acclaimed comedian Rickey Smiley, a popular radio personality and repeat JITG host, who compared her sequined jumpsuit to a disco ball. Over the years, Hayes has increased her ticket purchases. Initially only buy two tickets, Hayes now purchases 100 before the performers are announced.

Andy Ames and his wife Perry Ames found out about Jazz In The Gardens while vacationing on South Beach.

“I like sitting in platinum and being in the epicenter of the action,” she said. “I have so many friends who want to go so I start getting [the tickets] for them.” Hayes and her friends all sit in the platinum section together. She said she has had some of the best memories there. “My favorite memory is when Charlie Wilson performed and our entire row caught onto the dance routine and we got in the aisle and performed with him,” she said. “Another one was when Toni Braxton

was there, my husband is so handsome, she called him on stage. He didn't want to go, but we forced him and she jumped in his arms. I thought I was going to have to jump on the stage, but I let her off the hook.” The Ameses and Hayeses plan to make future JITG concerts. For them, they said it will never get old. “We dance,” Janice Hayes said. “I mean, it’s just a great atmosphere. There’s never any fighting or chaos, or problems in our section. Never seen it, period.”


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The 2019 Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest is here. Now in its 14th year, Jazz in the Gardens has evolved from just a weekend music concert to a music festival with programming for everyone to enjoy. The 2019 stellar lineup of musicians is one you don’t want to miss.

By KeChi Okpala sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two No. 1 singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her into international stardom with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours, and her own line of Barbie dolls.

Black Violin

Hailing from South Florida, Black Violin is a Hip Hop duo comprising of two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kev Marcus and Wil B. With the use of the violin and the viola, Black Violin creatively blends a variety of music with a Hip Hop feel. Known for their successful win at Showtime at the Apollo, the duo has garnered collaborations with artists including: Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Aerosmith to name a few.

dancer and actor. Brown started his career with the R&B and Pop group New Edition, from its inception in 1978, until his exit from the group in 1985. Starting a solo career, he enjoyed success from hits like “Don't Be Cruel,” "My Prerogative," and the Grammy Award–winning "Every Little Step." Brown is also noted as a pioneer of New Jack Swing, a fusion of Hip-Hop and R&B.

Brandy

Blackstreet

The R&B group Blackstreet was founded in 1991, by Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, also known as "C. Black," and Teddy "Street" Riley. After the breakup of the group Guy, Riley started the new group “Blackstreet, Featuring Teddy Riley,” with an original lineup of Riley, Hannibal, Levi Little, Joseph Stonestreet, who was later replaced with Dave Hollister. Get ready to hear hits like “Before I Let You Go” and “No Diggity.”

Bobby Brown

Robert Barisford Brown is an R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper,

Brandy Norwood is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born into a musical family, she began her career as a child prodigy who later starred in the sitcom “Moesha.” In 1993, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple platinum in the United States, selling 6 million copies worldwide. She resumed her music career in 1998, with a wildly successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", which went on to become the best selling female duet of all time and one of the longest running No. 1 singles in history. Her second album, “Never Say Never,”

Doug E. Fresh

Douglas Davis, better known by his stage name Doug E. Fresh, is a Barbadian-American rapper, record producer and pioneer beatboxer, also known as the "Human Beat Box." With being able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue and a microphone, he joined a new team of DJs known as the Get Fresh Crew (Barry Bee and Chill Will), along with newcomer MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick). Hits like "The Show," and "La Di Da Di," launched Doug E. Fresh (and Slick Rick) into stardom. Both songs are considered among the greatest early Hip-Hop classics.

EnVogue

En Vogue is an R&B/Pop vocal group whose original lineup consisted of singers Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California in 1989, En Vogue reached No. 2 on the United States “Hot 100” with the single "Hold On," taken from their 1990 debut album Born To Sing. The group's 1992 follow-up album Funky Divas reached the top 10 in both the

U.S. and United Kingdom, and included their second U.S. No. 2 hit "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)as well as the U.S. top 10 hits "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "Free Your Mind. In 1996, "Don't Let Go (Love) became the group’s third, and most successful single, to reach No. 2 in the U.S., and became their sixth No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart. With their on-again, off-again relationship, En Vogue, with Bennett, reunited the group as a trio. En Vogue has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date and is considered one of the best female vocal groups of all time.

Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge is an American R&B group signed through Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings. Their biggest hit singles are "Let's Get Married" and "Where the Party At,” many of which was produced by Dupri. The group's members include identical twins lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey, as well as Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo.


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Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. From the style of his ballads with the Commodores to his solo career hits, Richie is one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s. Beginning in 1968, Richie was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores, which became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, with tracks such as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy," "Three Times a Lady," "Still," and the breakup ballad "Sail On.” Over the course of his musical career, Richie has sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

became a No. 1 U.S. R&B hit for Mills and her signature song. During the 1980s, Mills scored five No. 1 R&B hits, including "Home," "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," "I Feel Good All Over," "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me," and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)." Mills won a Grammy Award for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” for her song "Never Knew Love Like This Before" in 1981.

emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with "Love Train." Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s. The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gerald Veasley

Tye Tribbett

Maysa

Maysa Leak, an American jazz singer better known by her mononym Maysa, is well known by fans of smooth jazz both for her solo work and for her work with the British band Incognito.

Tyrone "Tye" Tribbett is a gospel music singer, songwriter, keyboardist, choir director and founder of the Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning gospel group Tye Tribbett & G.A. (short for Greater Anointing). The album, "Greater Than," was released August 6, 2013, which earned him two Grammy awards.

Chieli Minucci

The O'jays

Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Dorthea Mills is a singer, songwriter and actress. Mills rose to stardom as "Dorothy" in the original Broadway run of the musical “The Wiz,” from 1975 to 1977. The song "Home" from the play later

Gerald Veasley is an American jazz bass guitarist. Veasley was born and raised in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, where he played in R&Bgroups as a teenager. He worked with Joe Zawinul from 1988 to 1995, and began releasing his own records in 1992. His 2008 release “Your Move” hit No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

The O'Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio. Formed in 1958, the group originally consisted of Eddie Levert , Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The O'Jays made its first chart appearance with "Lonely Drifter" in 1963. With Gamble & Huff, the O'Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey)

Nelson Rangell

Nelson Rangell is an American smooth jazz musician and composer. Although he is known for his work with the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, his primary instrument is the piccolo, which he began playing at age 15.

Chieli Minucci is an American guitarist known as the leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Chielli Minucci & Special EFX. Minucci, also known as a composer for television and film, has been nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards.Minucci with George Jinda & Special EFX have recorded more than 26 CDs, eight of them solo releases, and performed with Pop music artists such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, and Anastasia to name a few. He has written theme music for “Good Morning America,” Bloomberg Radio, Access Hollywood,


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Mayor Gilbert Reflects on City’s Growth, Prosperity and Expectations Since Start of JITG By Zachary Rinkins

The Mayor Oliver Gilbert flexes his “air guitar skills” while on the JITG stage.

If it’s springtime in the City of Miami Gardens, that means Jazz in the Gardens is in full bloom. The city’s signature event welcomes more than 60,000 attendees to Hard Rock Stadium for a two-day entertainment extravaganza. This year’s performance lineup includes an eclectic array of iconic entertainers that range from En Vogue, to The O’Jays, and Tye Tribbett, among others. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert III said he is anticipating a performance from a transcendent superstar. "I am looking forward to seeing Lionel Richie because he is someone that has generational fame and fans," Gilbert revealed. "My mom's generation, my generation, and generations after me know Lionel Richie. I hear he does a magnificent show." Gilbert says JITG has an entertainment and economic impact on the city. Each year, Miami Gardens spends millions of dollars on entertainers and vendors, driving cultural tourism to the area. Many local firms try to maximize the

opportunity to sell their products to a massive audience. The mayor counts turkey legs and roasted corn among his favorite JITG treats. “JITG started with the idea of giving residents something to do, but it also is a platform to tell the Miami Gardens story through a music festival,” Gilbert explained. “It's the hook – the thing that gets you in. Jazz may bring you, but it's who we are and what we do that will keep you.” In 2012, Gilbert took charge of a growing, prosperous city. Seven years later, unprecedented commercial activity and socioeconomic indicators reveal the city sustained and expanded that growth and prosperity. Marquees promoting new businesses like To Golf, Starbucks, the Miami Dolphins Practice Facility, adorn the city’s skyline. The mayor attributes this progress to, “working hard, staying the course, and having good people helping us.” “We're not finished,” Gilbert shared. “It’s all about building community. Communities include people, businesses, churches and not-for-profit organizations. We are building a place where you can go out, live, work, and play. That's what we're trying to do in Miami Gardens.” A Miami-Dade County property appraiser report estimated the city’s taxable value just shy of $3.5 billion. The city’s resident-approved $60 million general obligation bond funded a municipal complex, city parks renovations, produced a crime lab, and upgraded amenities. These investments helped the city earn a property appraiser estimate value upward of $4.5 billion, an 8.5 percent increase from 2018. Miami-Dade County grew 6 percent over the same period. “By investing in public space, art, and public safety, we’re showing that we're dedicated and committed to the city, its property, its residents and its businesses. As we do that, you see

Mayor Oliver Gilbert addresses the audience during a JITG performance transition.

values increase because you see others invest also,” he shared. Gilbert said his proudest accomplishment as mayor is, “changing the expectations of the people in Miami Gardens.” “People used to think that all you're going to do is get a gas station

or a liquor store,” said the termlimited Gilbert. “When you raise those expectations, the market responds to that. When you require more, you actually get more.” For more information about Miami Gardens, log on to www.miamigardens-fl.gov

Mayor Oliver Gilbert poses with fellow attendees at a past JITG concert.


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Jazz in the Gardens’ FMAC Conference Connects Creatives with Professionals Panelist Peter Bailey to Discuss ‘Disturbing’ Findings in Documentary By Russell Motley

South Florida author and journalist Peter Bailey, best known for interviewing newsmakers on his “NiteCap Live” series, is at his wit’s end. In late 2017, while visiting his family in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated his native St. Thomas. Two Category 5 storms hit just weeks apart. No electricity for months. Limited food and water sources.

Homes beyond repair—even to this day. “I nearly died,” said Bailey from his home in Miami. “The roof went. It was like a nuclear bomb had dropped.” Bailey grew even more frustrated when he said it appeared the federal government and mainstream media ignored their pleas for storm relief, which he chronicles in a documentary that will be discussed at a forum scheduled the week of Jazz in the Gardens (JITG). Bailey will be among four accomplished panelists at JITG’s FMAC: Film, Music, Art, Culture Conference, which will provide professional development and networking opportunities for those passionate about the arts and culture. (March 7, FIU Kovens Center,

3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Other panelists include R&B singer Betty Wright, muralist Addonis Parker, and Kimberly Tignor, executive director for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice. As panelists will discuss their respective fields, Bailey will share his experience filming his documentary, “Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders.” Bailey interviewed hurricane survivors about weathering the storm and feeling neglected. “I felt the government and the mainstream media treated us like second-class citizens,” said Bailey, who is screening his 90-minute

South Florida author and journalist Peter Bailey

documentary at universities across the country. Bailey is currently working to schedule screenings in South Florida. He said excerpts of his documentary will be shown at FMAC, exposing a nightmare he said no American citizen should experience. “This is the most inspiring story of human resilience and we were ignored,” said Bailey. JAZZINTHEGARDENS.COM /FMAC

Hope Murals Inspire Self-Efficacy, Restorative Justice for Juvenile Offenders By Zach Rinkin

This piece encourages viewers to dream big dreams.

Jane Green (not her real name) said she was heartbroken when her 14-year old son was incarcerated. She felt a dramatic change in his spirit when she visited him at Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center. "Every visit we've had with him, he was depressed, he looked down a lot and never looked at us in the eyes,” she revealed. “He seemed worried with anxiety." Green says this condition persisted until her son was exposed to the center's mural creation opportunity. "We had one visit and it seemed like his attitude completely changed.

He actually looked at us and smiled," she added. "I really didn't know what made my son smile, but I do know that at the moment I was very grateful." German DuBois, an artist and educator, said the education system was not giving students many of the life and soft skills necessary to succeed. He says staff members at Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center's education program became aware of his work creating murals to promote awareness and to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They reached out to him and asked if he would be interested in offering a similar program at the detention center. They offered space, but not resources. "As an educator in the school system, we often talk to young people about establishing goals in life, but we do little talking about the

importance of creating a strategy and plan of action to accomplish those goals," DuBois shared. DuBois and his team of volunteers created a four-week curriculum that helps participants organize their ideas, clean and prepare the canvas, draft the concepts, and create inspiring murals. "The project is designed to use the process of creating a mural as a blueprint to be compared to how they can really become the artist of their future," DuBois said. "They can learn how to design what they want their future to look like if they understand the process of creating a plan, having a strategy, and executing it. We focus on is self-efficacy." "I want the students to understand that the art on the wall is very similar to what they can do with their lives. That is an easy connection to make." DuBois says what drives him is the opportunity to deliver a sense of

This display projects a message of freedom.

restorative justice to juvenile offenders. "Sometimes it seems like the system is a pipeline getting young people ready for prison," DuBois said. "If I can help get these young people to view their future as a clean slate, provide them with tools they need to overcome their past and succeed, it is worth it to me." Green agrees, "We have all made mistakes,” she said. “These young people are human beings. I am so glad that Hope Murals give them an escape and some hope while they are in Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center." Visit www.facebook.com /hopemuralsto support Hope Murals.


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JAZZ IN THE GARDENS MUSIC FEST ANNOUNCES FAMU SCHOLASHIP IN LOVING MEMORY OF ADRIAN FREEMAN By Russell Motley The 14th annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) Music Festival is remembering one of its faithful supporters by giving back. Partial proceeds of tickets purchased for this year’s festival will go to a Florida A&M University (FAMU) Scholarship Fund in memory of the event’s official photographer, Adrian Freeman. “Adrian was a very special member of the greater Miami Gardens community and we will miss him tremendously,” said Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens. “Over the years Adrian’s work captured the essence of the festival, as well as countless indelible moments throughout the community. It is wonderful that a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards a scholarship in honor of his memory.” Freeman, who died last year, was

a much-loved photographer and friend of the City of Miami Gardens. For the past decade, he captured the magic of Jazz in the Gardens through the lens of his camera. Freeman was a proud graduate and active FAMU alumnus. The university’s administration and National Alumni Association president will be presented with the scholarship check before Lionel Richie headlines the show on Sunday, March 10. “He was in his element. You could tell he was enjoying himself,” said Freeman’s friend Jessica Garrett Modkins, founder of Hip Rock Star Advertising, who recalled seeing him take photos at Jazz in the Gardens. “This is a part of his professional career he would look forward—being able to capture the moment and seal it in history.” City of Miami Gardens Mayor

Adrian Freeman, right, poses backstage with Jazz in the Gardens staff in 2018.

Oliver Gilbert, a FAMU alumnus, the Miami Gardens City Council, and FAMU’S National Alumni Association have established the Rattlers in the

Gardens Giving Campaign and invite all Rattlers to Miami Gardens March 9 -10 to attend the fastest growing music festival in the country.


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Broward College Welcomes Hill Harper to Speaker Series Actor, Philanthropist Promises to Challenge Audience to be ‘Courageous’ By Russell Motley Award-winning actor Hill Harper is living his best life, as the saying goes. He currently stars in the popular ABC drama “The Good Doctor.” He runs several successful businesses, including a Detroit coffee shop and a line of skin-care products. He motivates millions of people with his inspirational books and speaking engagements to, yes, live their best life. And, most importantly for Harper, he is navigating fatherhood as a single parent to his 3-year-old adopted son, Pierce. “It’s certainly for me the greatest, scariest decision I’ve ever made,” Harper told Legacy in a phone interview from the set of “The Good Doctor” in Los Angeles. “It’s challenged me to really put into action the things I talk about like the idea of not ejecting fear.

Ninety- percent of what parents say to their kids [on the playground] have some sort of fear projections. ‘Stop! Don’t! Be careful! You’ll hurt yourself!’ So, I’ve had to allow myself to encourage Pierce to take risks.” Harper will make a South Florida appearance this Spring as part of the Broward College Speaker Series. The bestselling author’s topic: “Sailing the Seven C’s of Success.” Harper hinted that one of the C-words he’ll be discussing during his speech at the Broward Center for Performing Arts helped him take the leap into fatherhood. That word is courage. “I’ll be talking a lot about what it means to act with your heart and make decisions with your heart because I feel like we’re living in a place right now where a lot of people are making decisions out of fear and

out of their head, and not their heart,” said Harper. In Harper’s opinion, America’s current political climate is rooted in fear, not courage. He’d like to see the country return to leadership driven by justice and honor. “You can choose to gain power and influence through intimidation, through dubious tactics and misinformation,” said Harper. “But that’s ultimately very fleeting.” As Harper films scenes for the upcoming season of “The Good Doctor,” playing Dr. Marcus Andrews who’s chief of surgery at a hospital, he’s reminded of how his show demonstrates some of the very same values he teaches and practices. “I love doing a show that’s extremely well-written like ‘The Good Doctor’ but also serves a higher

Hill Harper plays Dr. Marcus Andrews on ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”

purpose that celebrates diversity, celebrates overcoming obstacles,” said Harper. Harper’s appearance is scheduled for April 24 at the Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and information, visit www.Broward CollegeSpeakerSeries.com or call the Auto Nation Box Office at 954-462-0222.

From Miami to Hollywood, Actor Angelo Diaz Makes Big Break in TV, Film By Kallan Louis Angelo Diaz stars as Detective David Quinn on ATL Homicide, the true crime series airing on TV One. The rising Afro-Cuban actor and content creator grew up in Miami, which he said partly led him to acting, having been exposed to South Florida’s multi-cultural environment and learning at an early age how to blend in like a chameleon. “We moved around a lot, growing up in diverse neighborhoods like Little Haiti, Miami Beach and Little Havana,” said Diaz about his hometown, where people can experience many different cultures within a few miles. “I had to learn to adapt to different environments.” Diaz was raised by a single mother who worked as a writer and educator. He recalls it was tough financially growing up, so to return recently to Miami for the annual American Black

Film Festival and have a car service pick him up was amazing. “It was surreal to drive past some of the homeless shelters my mom and I stayed at,” said Diaz, who spoke to MIA magazine from Los Angles, where he was pitching film projects and making new connections. Besides gearing up for season two of ATL Homicide, Diaz is excited about his role in the upcoming movie, Zola. When he isn’t on the set of Zola, he’s auditioning for other roles, and working on his own projects. He recently appeared in an episode of the CBS show Macgyver, where he put his experience as a Navy combat medic to use. Diaz landed his first big role in The Last Time, which premiered on the Aspire cable channel. The 2017 film addressed domestic violence. Diaz’s character intervenes when he

see a woman in an abusive relationship. He said his character was personally therapeutic, having watched his own mother survive an abusive relationship. “I came home one day and he powerbombed my mom through a table,” recalled Diaz, who said he retaliated by striking his mother’s boyfriend and breaking his jaw. His mother then sent him to live with his older sister in Jacksonville. Diaz said he finds inspiration from another actor with ties to Miami—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. They both played college football, Johnson at the University of Miami and Diaz at College of Charleston. They were both lineman. While Johnson is 6-foot-5, Diaz stands at 6-foot-3. Diaz praises Johnson for taking a stand against Hollywood when he

Angelo Diaz

was told to stray away from his true self in order to land better roles. Diaz said he represents his Afro-Latino heritage in all that he does. He hopes to see more Afro-Latinos emerge in television and film, but he’s wary. “We’re the new hotness, but I think it's important that we put out our own content and not let Hollywood dictate the narrative,” said Diaz.


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 60th Anniversary in South Florida By Kallan Louis During Black History Month, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Feb. 14-17, in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Led by Liberty City native, Artistic Director Robert Battle, this was Ailey’s only South Florida stop while on the national tour, Ailey Ascending, which visited 21 coast-to-coast cities. The milestone of six decades included premieres of the Company’s first two-act work, Lazarus by acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris; Ronald K. Brown’s seventh work for the Company, The Call (considered “a love letter to Mr. Alvin Ailey”); and Ailey is the first American company to perform Kairos by Wayne McGregor. Ailey’s new productions included

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Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations.” Photo by James R. Brantley

6. Commissioner Keon Hardemon presents city proclamation to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director (and Liberty City native) Robert Battle during a private preview event of Ailey's 60th anniversary at the Overtown Performing Arts Center (OPAC). Photo credit: Gregory Reed.

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1. Belen Pereyra and Vernard J. Gilmore in Alvin Ailey’s “Hidden Rites.” Photo by Paul Kolnik 2. Rennie Harris leads “Lazarus.” Photo by Paul Kolnik 3. Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey's “Revelations.” Photo by Paul Kolnik 4. Solomon Dumas in Ronald K. Brown’s “The Call.” Photo by Paul Kolnik 5. Chalvar Monteiro in Wayne McGregors “Kairos.” Photo by Paul Kolnik

7 7. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director Robert Battle participates in a Q&A conversation with HOT 105FM's Traci Cloyd at OPAC. Photo credit: Gregory Reed.

8 8. L-R: Peter London, Carla Hill and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director Robert Battle at OPAC. Photo credit: Gregory Reed.


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ABOUT TOWN The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) welcomed nearly 500 guests for the sixth annual Art + Soul Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9. This event supports and celebrates the museum’s Fund for African American Art and ensures that PAMM represents the diversity of the community it serves, while elevating the appreciation of African diaspora art and culture.

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1. Madeleine and Thomas Burrell 2. Vice President of Board and Government Relations at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Valerie Riles 3. Director Jumaane N'Namdi and Gallerist Lauren N’Namdi 4. Attorney Jaret Davis and Attorney Tara Irani 5. Teri Williams, OneUnited Bank president 6. (PAMM) Director Franklin Sirmans, Adia Kamaria McKenzie, City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Jessica Sirmans 7. Jorge and Darlene Perez 8. Lowery Stokes Sims and Ebony G. Patterson 9. Neki Mohan and Demetrious Coakieanos 10. Artist Alexandre Arrechea and Lowery Stokes Sims 11. Dr. Sidney Coupet and Dr. Sarah Coupet 12. Dr. Charles Phillips and Dr. Yvonne Johnson 13. Artzel Powell and interior designer Cecile Hayes 14. Ada and Jim Cole - Benefactors Committee for African Art + Soul celebration


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