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Miami poet Aja Monet makes us cry — and wants to help others do the same

There’s an inherent romanticism in a waving palm tree, and this past February 26 — the one-year anniversary of Smoke Signals, a recording studio, community space, and home — the wind was blowing strong in the backyard, trees bending at the breeze’s will. Folks from all over the country gathered to sing, play music, share poetry. “RIMIDI” (pronounced “remedy”), a poem about self-empowerment, asked us to recognize the power and beauty in ourselves. Local singer and songwriter, Yoli Mayor, made us cry, her rich voice belting out songs of unrequited love and, in turn, self-love. Honey Rose’s poem referenced the simultaneous damage and appropriation of black culture by white folks, both dangerous in different ways. The art, essentially, became “the word,” for which host Aja Monet asked us to simply hold space and be present.

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Mozart festival says ‘I do’ to a celebration of marriage

The organizers of Miami’s 24th Mainly Mozart festival understand the joys and shortcomings of the wedding ritual and have selected works for this year’s finale that will present the celebration with all its quirks. This Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center, they will unite musicians from the Cleveland and Cincinnati orchestras, dancers from Miami City Ballet and the work of poet-scholar Mitchell Chefitz, rabbi at Temple Beth Israel Miami, for a closing performance that includes works from Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

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NYC bakery is now making its award-winning bread in Miami

Matthieu Bettant, 35, head baker at Sullivan Street Bakery, talks about the bread making process and his passion for baking on Tuesday, June 22, 2017 in Little Haiti.
Matias J. Ocner The Miami Herald
NYC bakery is now making its award-winning bread in Miami 1:08

NYC bakery is now making its award-winning bread in Miami

Justin Bieber sinks deep three pointer during surprise pickup game in Ireland 0:11

Justin Bieber sinks deep three pointer during surprise pickup game in Ireland

Bill Cosby enters court with 'Cosby Show' daughter holding arm 1:09

Bill Cosby enters court with 'Cosby Show' daughter holding arm

Heat's Hassan Whiteside surprises mother with keys to six-bedroom home 4:44

Heat's Hassan Whiteside surprises mother with keys to six-bedroom home

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