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Kevin Sylvester says that when most people see a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound black man, they don't expect him to also be a classically trained violinist. A recent exchange with a woman in an elevator, when he happened to have his instrument with him in its case, drove that point home.

Puerto Ricans Head To Central Florida At Fast Pace For Climate, Jobs

Sep 15, 2015

In a small, crowded shopping plaza, the smell of mofongos drifts from Melao, a popular Puerto Rican bakery. A few doors down people eat plantains at Puerto Chino a Puerto Rican-style Chinese spot. Others buy books at libreria cristiana, a Spanish bookstore.

This is Buenaventura Lakes, part of Kissimmee St. Cloud, where Spanish is the new lingua franca and Puerto Rican flags propped in windows is now a common sight.

Janet Colon remembers less than ten years ago when the area was different.

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It's been 14 years since we were glued to the television, watching those riveting images of planes flying into the World Trade Center, and the towers collapsing into dust. One photographer living near Boston at the time was troubled by those repeating images, and drove to Manhattan to capture what he says is the human toll of the attacks.

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Bill Meek, is the owner and director emeritus of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples.  He wanted to bring the work of American Master Robert Vickrey to his alma mater, Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Meek was friends with Vickrey for 30 years. And tomorrow night, Sept. 11, Meek will lead a walking tour of the Vickrey exhibition.

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Your Real Stories is putting on the 2nd annual "Story Days in Tampa Bay" this week. It starts September 8th with events through September 12th. 

Lillian Dunlap, co-founder of Your Real Stories, said "Our aim for story days is to have a lot of different ways for people to hear, tell and experience stories."

Florida Cowboys Week: Part Two

The state of Florida has a rich and diverse tradition of cattle ranching. Recently we explored the black cowboys of Florida. There are other distinctive elements to the state's past as well.

"Indian cowboys," for instance.

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Millions of puzzle fans opening their Sunday crossword this week didn't know the game they crave lost one of its masters: the inimitable Merl Reagle. The Tampa resident died over the weekend from complications due to acute pancreatitis, his wife told the Tampa Bay Times.

When President Obama was sworn into office for his second term in January 2013, it was Miami-raised writer Richard Blanco who read the inaugural poem.

He was the first Latino and first openly gay inaugural poet in U.S.  history. And now Blanco, a child of Cuban immigrants, will put his poetic stamp on another historic event -- the re-opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.

My Time In Cannes

Aug 12, 2015
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Before each feature film at the Cannes Film Festival, an enchanting piece of music from Camille Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals, plays. For me, it reinforced the magical nature of attending one of the world's most important film venues. 

Carol Highsmith, Jan. 10, 2010 / The Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is using renewed relations between the Obama Administration and government of Cuba to re-establish the link between the “Cigar City” and Havana.

Larry Wilder is chairman of the chamber.  He said Havana and Ybor are a natural fit since the Cuban capital pretty much gave birth to Tampa's cigar industry when so many cigar workers moved here in the late 1800s.

Tampa Karate Kid Prepares to Take on the World

Jul 30, 2015

It’s not every day you meet a 10-year-old who frequents words like “perseverance” and “self-control” in their vocabulary. But if you catch Sammy Gillespie talking about karate, the sport he is currently dominating, you just might find one.

He is currently celebrating his new title as a karate national champion, and preparing to take on karate masters from 27 different countries at the World Karate Competition in Orlando this fall.

Southern governments at the state and local level have been reassessing the confederate battle flag.  Tuesday Walton County took a middle path, replacing the current flag with an earlier version.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: "Is it Hard to Get Old?"

Jul 27, 2015
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This installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay is the final one of the series that started in May 2014. As we sunset this vast collection of local stories, what more appropriate conversation to have is there than one about aging?

John Hoopes asks his dad, Ray Hoopes, the tough questions on aging starting with, "Is it hard to get old?"

Music Used:

"Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" by Norah Jones and Billie Joe from the album, Foreverly.

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The championship Tampa Bay Lightning is losing one of its own -- not to another hockey team -- but to the National Football League.

The Lightning's CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take over as the Chief Operating Officer for the NFL. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's sad about losing his top manager who has helped to transform the Tampa team into a top hockey franchise in just the past five years.

While talking to reporters, Vinik fondly remembered his first meeting with Leiweke. He said they didn't talk sports or "power plays", they talked about community.

Joseph Gamble

Longtime Floridian Joseph Gamble has a new exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. It's his largest exhibition ever, which encompasses a sort of retrospective of his entire body of work, and photographs he's taken at Cape Canaveral. Gamble, who has taught photography at The University of Tampa, now teaches at Colorado Mountain College. 

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Tampa community leaders gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking at the Perry Harvey Senior Park in downtown Tampa. 

The park celebrates the history of Central Avenue- the hub of black-owned businesses that flourished during segregation along that street, the black entertainers who passed through, and the local civil rights activists who left their footprints in Tampa.

 

Dorothy Harvey Keel is one of Perry Harvey's daughters. "I wish that he was here to experience it so that he would know people were appreciative," she said.

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Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, says he means it this time: He’s retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Reflections

Jul 20, 2015
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Kyesha Robinson asks her mother, Rene Robinson-Flowers about her childhood- being a St. Petersburg native. She also asks her mother what it was like to go through school during the start of integration.

The riots at Dixie High School happened in 1971 over bringing down the Confederate flag and removing it as an unofficial symbol of the school.

Music Used:

“Let It Be” by the Beatles from the album, Let It Be.

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The Barnes and Noble at Brandon Town Center hosted a read-a-thon of the Harper Lee classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Monday.

The 12-hour reading event was held to celebrate and build anticipation for the long-awaited release of "Go Set a Watchman," an earlier version of  the original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ninth-grade Hillsborough County English Teacher and part-time book store employee Amanda Marriott could barely contain her enthusiasm for the release of the new novel.

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