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What Miami news story are you following right now?
I’m always following what’s on Hy-Lo News, my hyper-local online news site dedicated to urban millennials in South Florida. But this week I wanted to share some news about a Black Miami pioneer from Overtown who was a true asset to the community. Miami-Dade County Commission honored the late Fletcher A. Paschal Jr. by naming a street in his honor earlier this month; from here on out Northwest 21st Avenue will now display the local hero’s name.
As detailed by The Miami Times, Paschal and his wife spent decades working as educators in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. He spent time teaching at Booker T. Washington High School, and together the couple helped to pioneer educational programs that are still in use today. During the ceremony, attendees shared how the couple left lasting impressions on everyone they encountered. Fletcher A. Paschal IV, the distinguished honoree’s grandson, thanked everyone for honoring his family’s history.
“My grandfather made several contributions to our fine city’s educational growth and historic cultural enterprises,” he said. “We are so thankful for this acknowledgment.”
What local DJ and dedicated member of the Black community should readers know more about?
DJ Dimples is a nationally known sonic selector, but what she’s created for the LGBTQ+ community with her annual festival Sweet Heat Miami should be recognized and honored. For 13 years, DJ Dimples has created a safe, lit space for women of color to come together to celebrate Pride week. The event has grown to draw more than 10,000 women annually to come to sunny Miami Beach for a week of parties and activities catered towards them. Not only does Sweet Heat Miami put on great parties, but they balance out the clubbing with group yoga sessions and philanthropic events through DJ Dimples’ Sweet Wishes Foundation. Born Myah Mustafa, DJ Dimples is a South Miami native who discovered her passion for music and DJing while still in school at Coral Reef High School. SweetHeat Miami was a passion project of hers and the end result of her desire to throw an event that lived up to the promise of what the ultimate party getaway would look like for LGBTQ+ women.
The inaugural Sweet Heat Miami took place in 2008 after a year of planning. Since then DJ Dimples has expanded her style of Pride events to Atlanta, New York, LA, and Charlotte. Last week the weeklong festival ended after another successful year.
What Black-owned eatery should readers know about?
There’s a family-owned ice cream shop that’s offering icy sweet treats in the heart of Downtown Miami. Wynwood Parlor is a Miami-based Black-owned ice cream parlor that specializes in serving handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made from small-batch cookies, artisan ice cream, and roll-on toppings. Developed by Larry McMillion and his two young sons, the company started as one of Wynwood’s first artisanal ice cream trucks; its exterior was hand-painted by a local artist in 2016. Wynwood Parlor quickly expanded to include a brick-and-mortar bar and ice cream lounge, which is located at the Bay Parc residences in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood.
The ice cream shop features 20+ flavors including vegan offerings. On the menu: The Bedrock (red velvet cookies, vanilla ice cream, rolled in Fruity Pebbles) and the Mister 305 (white chocolate chip, guava cake cookies with vanilla ice cream), and much more. Wynwood Parlor also provides nationwide shipping via Goldbelly, has a full-scale ice cream catering, and wholesale delivery to Miami's top restaurants and hotels, with future expansion for a location on Miami Beach planned for 2021.
What local Black-focused attraction should readers check out?
The work of the late, talented sculptor Michael Richards is coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA). Richards, who was of Caribbean descent, tragically passed away on September 11, 2001 while working in his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center Tower One. The “Michael Richards: Are You Down” exhibit — the first museum retrospective of the late artist’s work — is currently on view through October 10 and will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Though Richards’ work reflected the climate of the 1990s, it still speaks to many of today’s most pressing social issues, including police brutality, systemic injustices, diaspora, spirituality, and fallen monuments. The majority of Richards’ pieces sat in unopened boxes in the 15 years following his passing, and this exhibit marks the first time many of them will be displayed.
What’s new with Janey and Hy-Lo News?
New Tropic family, during my last takeover I shared some great news about being accepted into The Center for Black Innovation’s business accelerator program and being awarded a grant from the Borealis Philanthropy Racial Equity in Journalism Fund. In order to fully capitalize on these new opportunities, I’m going to take a short break to reorganize and build Hy-Lo News — I didn’t want to leave y’all hanging and not explain my absence. But just know that when I come back in July, I’ll be returning with dope new original content from Hy-Lo News and will be as eager as ever to continue sharing dispatches about the Black Miami experience with my New Tropic family.