Alexandra Martinez is an arts and culture writer based in Miami. She graduated from Columbia University in 2014 with a bachelor's in film studies. Find her at alexandra-martinez.net.
6 hours ago | Sports
When Becky Smith was 14 years old, she knew she wanted to play jai alai. She grew up in the 1970s surrounded by the sport. Her father was an amateur player whose air conditioning business was just down the street from the amateur court in Medley. ...
16 days ago | Culture
The steel pan’s cheerful yet melancholic chime has mesmerized Mike Kernahan since he was a young boy growing up near the oil fields of Palo Seco, Trinidad. It is in his blood, he says — his two uncles on his mother’s side were both pannists in Red...
18 days ago | Culture
In 1978, when Nikki Mallon was 16 years old in Belfast, Ireland, she dropped out of high school and set her sights on hairdressing. It was the more interesting of the options available at the local colleges, she says. After a successful apprentice...
1 month ago | Art
The rain was pouring in Little Haiti when housemates Najja Moon and Michelle Lisa Polissaint caught a Miami Design District umbrella floating past their living room window. One of their neighbors had picked it up from a valet station along North M...
2 months ago | Art
When Robert Moehling was just 6 years old, back in 1959, he tried to sell his father's batch of cucumbers on the side of the road in Homestead. He was unsuccessful, so he went out again the following day. This time Moehling handwrote in cursive a ...
3 months ago | Culture
When writer and artist Eurydice Kamvyselli was just 8 years old in late-1970s Greece, her schoolteacher informed her she was a Lesbian. But the teacher didn’t mean a homosexual woman — she meant a person from Lesbos, the tiny island off the coast ...