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Inaugural Reggae Genealogy Concert Event Comes to Plantation, Florida

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Plantation, Florida – On Saturday, February 10, 2024, in celebration of Reggae Month, the story of the Caribbean’s most prolific music genre will be presented to South Florida in a bold new way. The inaugural historical retrospective and concert event “Reggae Genealogy – The Origins, Evolution and Influence of Jamaican Music,” produced by Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, will be presented in the city of Plantation, Florida. A blend of entertainment and education, this event will showcase live performances including music and dance, archival video elements and contemporary narratives for a fully immersive experience. Reggae Genealogy will take place in the northeast parking lot of the Broward Mall.

 

The entire history of Jamaican music will find representation. Beloved icons who are no longer with us, such as Harry Belafonte, the first recording artist to sell a million records in the U.S., will speak to the audience in recorded video. Living legends like Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, the first reggae band to win a Grammy, will make special guest appearances.

 

Reggae Genealogy event is presented in partnership with Broward Mall and the City of Plantation, and made possible in part by the support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Broward County Cultural Division, Grace Foods, Jamaica Tourist Board, Blue Mahoe Capital, the Beach Channel, Visit Lauderdale, Only the Best Printing and the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Judith Cornfeld Fund for the Arts, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund and The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund.

The three-hour showcase will trace the early beginnings of popular Jamaican music, prior to Jamaican independence from Britain in 1962, to the present, touching on mento, ska, Nyabinghi, rocksteady, lover’s rock, dub, reggae and dancehall. The showcase will also highlight the influence of Jamaican music on genres such as hip hop, reggaeton, EDM and Afrobeats.

 

To execute the inaugural staging of Reggae Genealogy, Island SPACE has assembled an experienced team of experts in reggae music history, event production and business. The team includes Lloyd Stanbury – one of the founders of Reggae Month and of the first Jamaican all-reggae radio station, IRIE FM, and Calibe Thompson and David I. Muir – the former producers of The Taste the Islands Experience culinary festival, and co-founders of Island SPACE. Other team members include authors, documentarians, television and video producers, radio personalities and choreographers.

 

The gates open at 3 p.m. with showtime at 6 p.m. Pre-sold tickets are $20 or $25 at the gate. Afternoon attendees can enjoy restaurant and artisan vendors and tours of Island SPACE Caribbean Museum inside the Broward Mall. Find tickets, general, sponsorship, vendor and volunteer information at www.reggaegenealogy.org

 

Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora. The public is invited to visit the Caribbean museum Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General museum entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Visit www.islandspacefl.org to learn more.

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The Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust announces its May 2024 Full Trust meeting

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MIAMI-DADE ( May 24, 2024 )– On Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) will hold its May 2024 Full Trust meeting.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center at 111 N.W. First St., Miami, Florida, 33132.

The meeting will be broadcast live on Miami-Dade Television and via webcast at www.miamidade.gov/webcasting.

Members of the public are welcome to participate by providing a comment on any of the items to be discussed at the Full Trust meeting. A copy of the meeting agenda will be published on the CITT website at least a day prior to the meeting.

Public comments can be provided by:
• Attending the meeting in person and delivering a comment there, or by
• Sending an email to citt@miamidade.gov no later than noon on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The email will be read into the record during the meeting.

Each member of the public providing a comment will have two minutes to speak. Emails read into the record shall not exceed two minutes. Those who provide a public comment must also provide his/her name, address, and the CITT agenda item number(s) being addressed.

Anyone wishing to obtain more information regarding the meeting can call 305-375-1357. For information about the CITT and the People’s Transportation Plan, the public is encouraged to visit the CITT’s website, or call 305-375-1357.

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Miami-Dade County launches largest film incentive program in Florida

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MIAMI-DADE ( May 06, 2024 ) – The Miami-Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment has launched the largest film incentive in Florida to attract major motion pictures and television series. The film incentive, known as the High Impact Film Fund Program (HIFFP), will provide up to $50 million over the next 5 years to bring productions back to Miami-Dade County through a cash rebate of up to 20% for qualifying domestic and international productions filming locally. The HIFFP was sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner René Garcia and unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Film Office underscores the significant economic contribution of the local film industry, generating job opportunities and showcasing our region on a global scale. Highlighting Miami-Dade County in films and TV series not only enhances our visibility but also boosts tourism and attracts investments.

The Film Office conducted an extensive year-long outreach, engaging with producers, directors, studio executives, and other industry stakeholders, including those already involved in our county’s film scene and those considering future ventures. Feedback analysis revealed the absence of competitive entertainment economic development programs has hindered major TV and film productions from choosing Miami-Dade County as their filming destination.

“The High Impact Film Fund Program is a testament to our commitment to nurturing both the artistic and economic growth of our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “This initiative aligns with our vision of making Miami-Dade a thriving hub for creative industries, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our county. Not only will this program create jobs, but it will support the many local businesses that are the backbone of our economy in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner René Garcia is thrilled over the tremendous support he has received from his colleagues on the Board of County Commission, industry stakeholders, and residents alike. “Our unmatched crews, talent, infrastructure, and locations have made Miami-Dade the perfect place to shoot movies and television series. This program will help create and sustain thousands of small businesses and good paying jobs for our residents and while bringing billions in much needed new investment to our county. I am especially excited about the possibility of growing this program with the promise of retaining our talented workforce and youth, and the economic growth a robust program can bring to our community. It will also strengthen our global competitiveness and deliver significant, long-term value to our economic future,” said Commissioner René Garcia.

“Film incentive programs support economic development by creating jobs, stimulating local spending, attracting investment, promoting tourism, and enhancing the county’s overall appeal. The main concern I always hear from producers to artists to crew personnel is the lack of a real incentive. The program will begin to position Miami-Dade as a global destination for major film and television production,, stated Miami-Dade Film Commissioner, Marco Giron.

Miami-Dade County was recently selected as a top 10 destination and named as one of the best places to live and work as a movie maker in 2024 by MovieMaker Magazine. The Film Office also won numerous awards including the National Association of Counties (NACo) Best in Category for its Movie and TV Map Tour, and also won NACo awards for the Magic City Music Tour and the One-Stop-Shop Film Permitting Center. Also this year, the Film Office was selected among 200 film commissions around the world as a finalist for Film Commission Initiative of the Year by Makers & Shakers.

Miami-Dade County is proudly featured in some of the most iconic TV series, such as Miami Vice, Burn Notice, CSI: Miami, Dexter, Ballers, Glades, Magic City and Keeping up with The Kardashians to name a few. Major movies set in Miami include the Bad Boys franchise, There’s Something About Mary, Pain and Gain, Iron Man 3, and the recent HBO remake of Father of the Bride starring hometown superstars Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia.

The Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment is part of The Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED) which catalyzes a FutureReady Miami-Dade — where investing in equity, resilience, and innovation cements our position as a global economic hub.

For more information about the High Impact Film Fund Program (HIFFP) and how to apply, please visit www.filmiami.org or contact The Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment at 305-375-3288.

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Derrick Hayes, the founder and CEO of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks, joined forces with DJ Khaled and Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins for a day of golf in Miami

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Miami, FL – This week, Derrick Hayes, the founder and CEO of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks, joined forces with DJ Khaled and Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins for a day of golf in Miami, FL. The trio came together to support Jeezy’s philanthropic endeavors and enjoy a day of friendly competition on the golf course in celebration of the money raised at the 3rd annual Sno Ball Gala fundraiser.

Derrick Hayes had previously attended the Sno Ball Gala, created and hosted by his friend, Mr. Jenkins, in October. During the event, he placed a generous donation to the foundation. The Sno Ball Gala is a charitable event that raises funds for Jeezy’s Street Dreamz Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Street Dreamz Foundation is dedicated to empowering at-risk youth and fostering their leadership skills through various programs. The foundation’s mission is to encourage independence, respect for others, and motivate each child to reach their ultimate potential in their area of interest.

Derrick Hayes, known for his successful business ventures, is no stranger to supporting causes that make a positive impact on the community. He continues to demonstrate his commitment to philanthropy and empowering the next generation.

 

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