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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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Singing against gun violence - Miami music students' video captures the pain of losing one of their own

Miami students in music mentoring program Guitars Over Guns made this music video after one student's cousin was shot and killed. A remake of Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" with original lyrics and performances by the students, the video shows what it's like to lose someone close.
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Singing against gun violence - Miami music students' video captures the pain of losing one of their own

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