Nadege Green

 Nadege Green covers social justice issues for WLRN.

For her, journalism boils down to not only telling the stories of the people who are accessible, but also seeking out the voices we don't hear from, and telling those stories too.

Her work was received numerous awards, including a 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award (Planning Funerals For Children Lost To Gun Violence), 2016 first place investigative reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Florida AP Broadcaster awards.

In 2018 Green was recognized by the Miami Foundation with the Ruth Shack Leadership award for her body of work that gives voice to communities that are often not heard.

Green's reporting has appeared in the Miami Herald,

NPR and PRI. Her work has also been cited in Teen Vogue, The Root, Refinery 29 and the Washington Post.

She previously worked at the Miami Herald covering city governments and the Haitian community. Green studied English with a specialization in professional writing at Barry University.

Follow her on Twitter @nadegegreen

On any weekday, it’s common to see a line of people in Miami-Dade County courts trying to get their driver’s license reinstated largely due to unpaid fines and fees.

Most Friday nights, a small street orchestra of Haitian men parades through Little Haiti playing handmade horns and drums in traditional rara style. The impromptu procession draws neighbors into the streets, where they dance well into the night. 

Until a year ago, Louis Rosemont, 61, could hear the infectious rhythms from his small apartment. When he closed his eyes he felt as if he was transported back to his native Haiti.

Miami Carnival is a medley of Caribbean culture— waist-winding (or whining) rhythms of soca,  food offerings from various islands and masquerade bands dazzling in colorful and dramatic costumes.

Now in it’s 35th year, carnival and the dozens of events and satellite parties connected to it attracts thousands of tourists and contributes a significant economic boost to the South Florida region.

As Hurricane Dorian makes it way toward Florida, a network of community volunteers and nonprofits are teaming up to respond to the needs of seniors on fixed incomes and families in poorer communities.

They dub themselves “Community Emergency Operation Centers,”  CEOCs,  with two distribution centers—one in Liberty City and Fort Lauderdale.

Marq Mitchell got his license suspended when he was about 21 years old. 

He had two felony convictions — one stemming from his time as a teen in foster care and another from when he got into a fight after aging out of the system.

As a result of those cases he owed more than $4,000 dollars in court costs and fines. When he couldn’t afford to pay, the state suspended his driver’s license. 

“I would make small payments here and there and it wasn't enough to satisfy the requirements,” he said. 

William Latson, the principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, was removed from his post this week. The Palm Beach Post reported on an email exchange he had with a parent – he wrote he could not say the Holocaust was a factual event.

Latson was reassigned to a district office job after the Post published its story. The Palm Beach County school district will likely vote on whether to renew his contract on July 24th.

Schiller Sanon-Jules greets a group of women who walk over to his set up inside the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti.

It’s a Thursday and although it’s called a marketplace, Sanon-Jules is just one of two vendors.

Tony Lima, the executive director  of SAVE, one of Miami's oldest LGBTQ rights group, was fired Monday night. 

Lima, who led the organization for six years, sparked controversy in Miami's LGBTQ community after he recognized at SAVE's gala last month four men who were accused of violently attacking a gay couple on Miami Beach last year. 

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At a gala earlier this month to celebrate “champions of equality” in the LGBTQ community, the executive director of SAVE, South Florida oldest LGBTQ rights nonprofit, recognized a group of men who are facing charges for beating up a gay couple on Miami Beach, according to South Florida Gay News. 

South Florida Gay News broke the story that now has some calling for executive director Tony Lima to step down.

When Dyma Loving and her friend called Miami-Dade police to report that a neighbor pointed a gun at them, Loving says she thought police officers would investigate and arrest the man who threatened her and her friend.

Instead, Loving was the one who ended up in handcuffs and sent to jail.

“I felt like the suspect,” she said in an interview with WLRN.

Loving’s violent arrest on March 5 was caught on police body cameras and a cell phone video that went viral. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

This is the first time Sirena Saul is meeting Jason Louis in person. They’ve only been in touch by phone.

Louis, a high school senior at Miami Norland, gives Saul a tight hug and they get to work—shopping for a prom suit at Harrell’s Fine Fashions and Tuxedo Central in Lauderhill. 

Saul tells him she’s paying for everything: his suit, shoes, tickets to prom and a photographer.

Tabou Combo is one of the biggest bands to come out of Haiti. They're celebrating just over 50 years of being what they call the “ambassadors of konpa.”

They've taken their infectious blend of Haitian rhythms to the U.S. Africa Europe and throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

And there's a good chance if you grew up in a Haitian household, Tabou Combo was always in rotation.

Yvon Andre, better known as Kapi, is one of the founding members of the band. He spoke to WLRN’s Nadege Green.

For the last couple of years, a school bus driver in Florida City has made prom possible for dozens of teenage girls in South Miami-Dade.

Regina Talabert spends a lot of time making calls and sending emails requesting donations of lightly used or new formal dresses leading up to prom season.

On a recent Saturday, the fruit of her work is on display inside the community room at City Church in Homestead, which has been transformed into a pop-up prom shop where everything is free.

South Florida is a hub for artists. But like many other working professionals in the region, artists often find they are priced out of affordable housing. 

A Miami-Dade police officer who was caught on video throwing a young black woman to the ground and arresting her after she called for help is now facing charges from that incident. 

Miami is the backyard of the Caribbean and it’s National Poetry Month, so naturally there’s a convening that will blend South Florida’s Caribbean roots over food and prose.

Chefs Matthew Webb and Anita Sharma, husband and wife, fell in love with O, Miami—the annual poetry festival that showers Miami-Dade County with poetry infused everything during the month of April—as fans at first, and then they decided they too wanted to be a vehicle to bring poetry to the people through the medium they’re most accustomed to—food. 

WLRN is looking at the impact of children and teens killed by guns in South Florida through the voices of some of the people who are most affected.

You can find the entire series at wlrn.org/ownwords

Zamari Pierre-Louis was 16 years old when he was shot and killed in Miami Gardens on January 17, 2014. 

Five years later, his killing remains unsolved. 

This week is National Library Week and WLRN reporter Nadege Green talked to her childhood librarian.

Nine men rest on cots under a large white tent in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. They call themselves “The Hunger Nine.”

They’re on Day 12 of a hunger strike to draw attention to the gun violence that disproportionately impacts black neighborhoods in Miami-Dade.

In collaboration with 70 Million, a national podcast that examines criminal justice reforms around the country, WLRN looked at the mechanisms of Miami-Dade County's Criminal Mental Health Project.

The home of Miami’s first black millionaire is now open to the public.

Dana A. Dorsey was what today would be considered a real estate mogul. He was also a civic leader philanthropist in Miami’s black community.

The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida restored his 1920s era home and will use it as a museum to document Dorsey’s life and to host cultural events.

Timothy Barber, executive director of the Black Archives, spoke to WLRN’s Nadege Green about Dorsey's legacy.

A new dance performance in Miami will take the influence of LGBTQ ballroom culture onto the stage.

“Vogue Extravaganza” pays homage to the ballroom scene that originated in New York, an underground subculture created by and for black and Latino gay and gender non-conforming young people.

Black people, regardless of ethnicity or nationality, fare worse than white Americans and other groups that identify as white, according to a new study that looks at the accumulation of wealth in the South Florida region.

“The Color of Wealth” examines the wealth disparities that exist across racial and ethnic groups in West Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. 

South Florida has a significant Hispanic population, 43 percent. But when broken down by race, white Hispanics have significantly better economic outcomes than black Hispanics, the authors found. 

The Wharf Miami is one of the go-to places along the Miami River.

Sunday evening, when Miami DJ Sam Sneak tried to get into the outdoor culinary and music space, he said he was turned away for violating their dress code, according to posts on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Annie Segarra is a disability rights activist from South Miami-Dade. She uses Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to talk about living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder.

A group of student journalists tracked every fatal shooting of young people since the mass shooting in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018.

And they wrote obituaries for all of the victims—1,149 teens, children and toddlers.

The project is called “Since Parkland.”

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating 60 years this season.

On a recent visit to Miami, Artistic Director Robert Battle said the company is rooted in a deep history of addressing social justice through dance. Dance, he said, is a form of both protest and celebration. 

In past works the company has explored the civil rights movement, black womanhood and mass incarceration.

Most people who get shot survive. That’s true here in South Florida and across the country.

The Perez Art Museum Miami and ArtCenter/South Florida are hosting two days of panels and studio tours that center around what it means to create as a Latinx artist.

The Latinx Art Sessions will also explore identity and representation in the art world. 

WLRN’s Nadege Green spoke with Naiomy Guerrero, one of the event's organizers and a curatorial fellow at PAMM.

WLRN: Latinx is a fairly new term and one that has invoked strong arguments for and against it. What does Latinx mean to you?

In every Haitian restaurant, savory dishes come with a side of pikliz, a spicy pickled medley of shredded cabbage and carrots.

Visit a Haitian home and you’ll likely come across a homemade stash of pikliz fermenting in a recycled glass jar.

The condiment has always been ubiquitous to Haitian cuisine, but in South Florida, pikliz also boasts a devoted following among people in-the-know outside of the Haitian community - and local Haitian food entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the love.

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