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Ailey Camp Miami teaches youngsters about dance, boosts their self-esteem

When Chanell Lewis, a 14-year-old from Jeremiah Academy in Miami Gardens, heard about AileyCamp Miami, she signed up to take the dance-intensive course expecting nothing more than just dance. After her fourth week in the program, though, Chanell has not only learned various dances, but she has also taken youth empowerment courses. She now feels…

Ill Miami youngster meets idol, Colombian singer Jorge Celedon

Ten-year-old Sebastian Mejia, who suffers from several serious health conditions, says he never dreamed he would meet his idol, Colombian singer Jorge Celedón. Then one day, the youngster’s mother, Maria Fernanda Gutierrez, happened to see a Miami radio station remote truck on the street. She told the 107.5 Amor employees on the truck that Sebastian…

Rebuilding Together. Lowe’s volunteers spruce up 83-year-old’s home.

Charlotte Smith, 83, has lived in her Richmond Heights house since 1959. A 1,228-square-foot home, where she and her husband raised three daughters and two sons, is her sanctuary, where remains with her youngest son Eric, 50. Every day, she spends time caring for her house, resting and meditating. “[Before] we lived in South Miami…

High school student’s show raises awareness about LGBTQ homelessness

After learning that 40 percent of homeless youth in Miami identify as LGBTQ — an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning — Anna Patricios, 17, a theater student from Coral Reef Senior High, took matters into her own hands. She decided to host a fundraiser to raise awareness on the community issue and…

Knight Arts to grant $2.5 million this year, applications accepted through May 2

As the founder and president of the Mexican-American Council, Maria Garza always wanted to open a mariachi conservatory in Miami. When she learned about the Knight Arts Challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, she applied for a grant of $60,000, that if approved, she would invest in what is…

Harry Potter fans party at Miami-Dade Public Library to celebrate new book

The suspense and the action within the Harry Potter books keep Corey Readon, 11, wanting to read more. On Saturday, July 30, Corey visited the Miami-Dade Public Library to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the eighth book in the J.K. Rowling series. Corey joined hundreds of fans of the magic,…

Unity Coalition to host State of Hate Workshop

The Unity Coalition will be having a shift of topics this year with its State of Hate Workshop, focusing on hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. The yearly event, which has been happening since 2011, looks to orient and encourage attendees to listen and learn about hate crimes against all groups and proper steps for…

Alice Braga reigns in Miami for ‘Queen of the South’ premiere

The Queen [of the South] made it to Miami last night.  Alice Braga, who will be playing Teresa Mendoza in the upcoming series, The Queen of the South, showed up to a red carpet at the Regal South Beach Cinema yesterday evening, for the opening night of the Hispanicize Film Showcase. Mendoza is a Mexican…

Actress from Florida gets her break

Angelique Rivera got her first taste of acting when she was 8 in the musical Annie, where she first broke out of her shell by playing the mean kid, Pepper. “It was fun for me, because I was such a nice, people-pleaser type of girl growing up,” said Rivera, who was born in Chicago but…

NFL star learns to dance

Pittsburgh Steelers player Antonio Brown is switching from hitting the field to hitting the dance studio for the next couple months. The athlete will be competing in this season’s Dancing With the Stars, which premiered Monday (it airs at 8 p.m. on ABC). He’ll experience a different type of practice from the usual football drills,…