Plus, a chat with a local to know.

🌊 The dream Miami jet ski team

Plus, a chat with a local to know.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Monday, Miami.

Hope everyone was able to enjoy a nice, relaxed weekend. 😎🙏😎

The New Tropic is back today with the latest in our Locals to Know series. Do you happen to know someone who ought to be featured? Or perhaps you yourself have something cool in the works that you’d like to get word out about. 🤔 Send an email to with the subject line “TNT Locals to Know 2022” and you might just see yourself, a family member or a friend in a future newsletter.

Without further ado…

🗣 Locals to Know: Chris Redding empowers South Florida’s entrepreneurial scene


(📸: Courtesy of Chris Redding)

Name: Chris Redding 

Age: 34

Pronouns: He/Him 

What’s your favorite Miami memory? 

When the Miami Heat won the NBA championships with the three kings — Bosh, James and Wade! That was an amazing night! After the game Lil Wayne, YMCMB, the Miami Heat and myself teamed up for a celebrity basketball charity game. We had a blast! 

Tell us about your work, whether that’s your job and/or any volunteer work. 

I am the founder of Let’s Talk innovation. We are an entrepreneur network that provides resources and funding to small businesses. We have launched entrepreneurial education programs with organizations like Microsoft and Florida Atlantic University. We are launching the world’s first smart tech café.

Pick a favorite local outdoor experience. What is it? What’re we doing? Who’s going with ya?

Being that I’m from South Florida, I have to say jetpack skiing! And if I could take ANYONE in Miami I’d take my wife Serena, Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. And oh yeah, my boy Trick Daddy and Trina! 

What’s your favorite local Instagram or TikTok account and why? 

I have to say mine because my wife and I love to wild out in our reels. 

If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

I love a good steak, so, it would be a steak dinner from Nusr-ET because my boy Salt Bae’s steaks are fire.

What’s a project you’re working on (big or small) and how can our readers help you with it?

I sit on the Board of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, and we are inviting New Tropic followers and fans to join us for our partnership with Arts Garage and Delray Beach CRA, the Authors Speak Series 2022, which will be our contribution to local Black History Month events. We are excited to have Leslie Gray Streeter, author of Black Widow, speak on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 6:30 pm.

Returning to Palm Beach County for the first time in two years, Leslie was the longtime pop culture columnist for The Palm Beach Post before publishing her widely praised memoir. To RSVP for the free Authors Speak events, please visit Arts Garage.  

What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to launching Let’s Talk cafe this summer and collaborating with Spady Cultural Heritage Museum to empower minority entrepreneurs. This year, we plan to allocate more than 25 million dollars in small business resources to locally brewed businesses. I am truly blessed and excited! 


😋 Relish a flavorful feast during World Famous House of Mac's weekly BOGO Monday special — this week it's the local hot spot's World-Famous Five Cheese and Smoked BBQ Chicken (Doral)


🌊 Help keep the seas clean by clearing up beachside clutter during the latest Trashy Tuesday volunteer cleanup (Miami Beach)


🍿 Enjoy a new take on movie night and explore one of Miami's most famous homes after hours during the Vizcaya Late | Silver Screen event (Coconut Grove)

😂 Head to The Lincoln Eatery food hall for Laughs on Lincoln, a top-notch comedy show blending food, nightlife, and laughs (Miami Beach)

🗣️ Dissect a variety of tropes, clichés, themes, and stereotypes from Black Hollywood’s beginnings through the present during The Heritage Project’s latest panel (Downtown)


🎤 Get blown away by Miami powerhouse vocalist Yoli Mayor during a Soulful Evening at The Doral Yard (Doral)

💃 Freak out on the dance floor with French house legend Sébastien Léger at Space Park (Little Haiti)


🎨 Walk on the vibrant side with Loriel Beltrán as the artist leads a tour of his exhibition Constructed Color and shares insights about his paintings and creative process (Downtown)

🌇 Learn the basics of Biscayne Bay from marine biologist Laura Eldredge during a scenic sunset boat tour (Key Biscayne)

🌌 Camp under the stars and have an unforgettable night in Everglades National Park with The Alliance for Florida's National Parks (Homestead)

💚 Take a taste of the future and tour through Imagine Farms, Miami's very own indoor vertical hydroponic farm (Little Haiti)

💿 Boogie down with ARTBAT (Little Haiti)


🍷 Sip quality wine and enjoy sonically adventurous sounds during the latest Tropico Virgo at Margot (Downtown)

👋 That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow with a selection from The New Tropic archives in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Have a good one,

Zach at The New Tropic

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