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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

'…the story of how people as diverse as Cuban-born businessmen in Miami, undocumented Mexican farm workers in California, and third-generation part-Puerto Ricans in New York who [don't speak] Spanish were brought together into one social category: Hispanic-Americans.'

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March 28th, 2014
thesmithian
It looked so beautiful, but I found out on the black side where began my hell.

Johnny Gaddy, 68

of his time at the

Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, [where] five older black men took a road trip to Marianna, a rural town on the Florida panhandle—historic Klan country—to confront their demons on the reform school’s vast, wooded campus…[researchers] had excavated 55 sets of remains at Dozier’s Boot Hill cemetery, 5 more than they’d originally identified, and 24 more than were indicated in the school’s official records. Other campus locations remain to be searched.

March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

Robert Battle’s trajectory from a young boy in Miami…to artistic director of one of the country’s most beloved dance companies has been influenced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater throughout his training and professional career.

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Robert Battle’s trajectory from a young boy in Miami…to artistic director of one of the country’s most beloved dance companies has been influenced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater throughout his training and professional career.

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February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

…a majority of Americans—and an even greater majority of Floridians, home to this country’s largest Cuban-American population—now favor normalizing relations or engaging more directly with the Cuban government…

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian

The story of the Florida School for Boys is so painful…because difficult and delinquent boys are so easy to forget about. They are, in our time, the least among us, the most vulnerable, and the easiest to victimize. But this is precisely why the state of Florida should put the remaining old men on trial for crimes committed so long ago: to ignore such crimes is to compound the sin. We should not confirm the principle that some among us can be raped, tortured, or killed without repercussion. These dead boys, whose lives were discarded, should not be forgotten again.

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fifty-five bodies…found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Florida School for Boys, in the panhandle town of Marianna.

January 28th, 2014
thesmithian

ABC has given a pilot order…based on Eddie Huang’s memoir…set in the ’90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother who is often bewildered by white culture.

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January 4th, 2014
thesmithian

gotmelookingsocrazyrightnow:

Beyoncé, Jay & Blue spotted yesterday in Miami (Jan 3).

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from I Was Here....
November 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

'…Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent in D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood. To put that in perspective, when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking a “little speck” of crack cocaine that was not in his personal possession back in 1990, he was sentenced to six months in a federal prison. That about sums up the racial disparity crisis between cocaine and crack possession sentencing in our nation, which despite recent reforms, still allows white men leniency in the courts compared to African-Americans.'

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August 12th, 2013
thesmithian

…the Dream Defenders…streamed into the governor’s suite to hold a sit-in. Encamped there since then, they are demanding changes to Florida’s self-defense laws, specifically the Stand Your Ground provision, and to the way minorities are treated in the state’s schools and on the streets. They have vowed to stay until a special legislative session is called on their issues.

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August 3rd, 2013
thesmithian

…[Florida] established reading and math targets for students that varied by race, with loftier standards for Asians and white students and lower ones for Latino and black students.

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August 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…the United States is facing an even more basic question: How should we manage fire, given the fact that, thanks to climate change, the destruction potential for wildfires across the nation has never been greater? In the past decade alone, at least 10 states—from Alaska to Florida—have been hit by the largest or most destructive wildfires in their respective histories. Nationally, the cost of fighting fires has increased from $1.1 billion in 1994 to $2.7 billion in 2011.

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