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Politics Unfiltered: History-Making Political Newcomer Tiffany Dziekan Shares Her Experience

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Politics is rife with promises of change and benefits that tickle the ears of an elected official’s or political candidate’s base, depending on his or her political affiliation, but what happens when a political neophyte runs as an independent…and wins, making history as a result? Tiffany Dziekan, newly elected Orange Soil…

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Jazz Phenom Esperanza Spalding Bringing Intimate Set to Jazz In The Gardens

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – GRAMMY Award-winning jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding is shaking the world right now with the release of Emily’s D+Evolution (pronounced “D plus evolution”), a complete multi-sensory experience that enraptures the listener in the capricious and captivating world of “Emily,” Spalding’s self-declared inner child, but in an interview with Florida…

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City of Miami Gardens to Award Keys to the City to ‘Moonlight’ Academy Award Winners and Miami Gardens Residents Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner at the 12th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (FNN NEWS) — Dreams come true with hard work and determination and yesterday, dreams and hard work were realized when Moonlight, the Miami-based movie, won the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture. Part of the amazing Moonlight ensemble were two students from Miami Norland Middle School’s Theater Magnet program, Miami Gardens residents…

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Jazz In The Gardens Teams with Knight Foundation to Offer Film, Music & Arts Conference

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Jazz In The Gardens has partnered with the Knight Foundation to present a more enriching experience for this year’s attendees by presenting the Film, Music & Arts Conference (FMAC) at Jazz In The Gardens March 16-17, 2017 at the Kovens Conference Center at FIU’s Biscayne Bay campus (3000 NE 151st…

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#BlackMindsMatter: 12th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Promises to Celebrate Black Artistic Genius and Culture

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The 12th annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival takes over Miami Gardens March 18-19, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium, and while staying true to its usual power lineup of old school and new school R&B and jazz artists, this year’s theme, #BlackMindsMatter, adds a new resilient tenor to the lineup by specifically…

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Trump HHS and Treasury Nominees Advance Finance Committee Vote, Despite Democrats’ Boycott

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) via NPR – Senate Democrats boycotted President Trump’s nominees for the Department of Health and Human Services (Representative Tom Price, R-Ga., above right) and the Department of Treasury (Steve Mnuchin, above left) yesterday knowing that normally a Senate Finance Committee vote to advance a nominee requires one Democrat to be present.…

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The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award Presented to Ken Burns

AUSTIN, Texas, (FNN NEWS) -- The 2017 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award has been presented to…

Politics Unfiltered: History-Making Political Newcomer Tiffany Dziekan Shares Her Experience

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Politics is rife with promises of change and benefits that…

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes to Discuss "Shattered: Inside Hillary…

WASHINGTON, (FNN NEWS) -- During Hillary Clinton's 2016 race for the White House, two journalists, Jonathan Allen…

U.S. NEWS

The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award Presented to Ken Burns

AUSTIN, Texas, (FNN NEWS) -- The 2017 Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award has been presented to Ken Burns for reawakening a nation's consciousness to the natural world through his work, including The National Parks: America's Best Idea.  As a direct result of the publicity and broadcast of this documentary, national parks…

Research: Teachers Value Independent Reading Time, but Only 36% Can…

NEW YORK, (FNN NEWS) -- Today, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education, and media company, released the new Teacher & Principal School Report: Focus on Literacy, which reveals that the overwhelming majority of educators agree that "students should have time during the school day to read a book of…

Autism Society and Ed Asner Honor Ben Affleck & Pixar…

LOS ANGELES, (FNN NEWS) -- Oscar®-winning actor Ben Affleck, Pixar filmmakers Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, AutFest founder Matt Asner and several filmmakers were honored yesterday for their filmmaking contributions to autism awareness "from spectrum to screen" at the 1st Annual AutFest International Film Festival (April 22-23) in Orange, California. Seven-time Emmy® winner and…

ORLANDO

Politics Unfiltered: History-Making Political Newcomer Tiffany Dziekan Shares Her Experience

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Politics is rife with promises of change and benefits that tickle the ears of an elected official's or political candidate's base, depending on his or her political affiliation, but what happens when a political neophyte runs as an independent...and wins, making history as a result? Tiffany Dziekan, newly elected Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor…

Florida Film Festival held its annual Block Party at Winter…

WINTER PARK, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The Florida Film Festival held its annual Block Party celebration for Festival ticket and pass holders at the Winter Park Village, Saturday evening. Participants received free drinks and appetizers from select Winter Park Village restaurants and also enjoy live entertainment. Participating vendors include Another Broken Egg Café, Crispers, Brio Tuscan Grille, Firefly Kitchen and Bar, Mitchell’s…

Supervisor Daisy Morales Takes Pine Hills Students on an Earth…

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - As millions of people around the world plan to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales held her 3rd annual Earth Day Awareness Tour by taking students from the Pine Hills community on an environmental adventure at the historic 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens Wednesday morning. Supervisor Morales…

MIAMI

Lynn University to break ground on $35 million university center

BOCA RATON, Fla. (FNN NEWS) -  Lynn University will break ground Thursday, April 20, on the Christine E. Lynn University Center. The 11 a.m. ceremony will take place at the heart of campus and will feature guest speakers, food and drink, a unique photo opportunity, virtual reality renderings, and remarks from the namesake donor, Christine…

Famed Miami Doctor Rudy Moise Donates $2,500 To Former Haitian…

MIAMI, Fla (FNN NEWS) -- Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe held a news conference to announce the upcoming 2nd Annual GEM Gala and discuss the Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation's extraordinary humanitarian work in Haiti. The event was held on Wednesday night at The Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) [caption id="attachment_13742" align="alignnone"…

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