A Date, with History

In December 1955, a brief news item in a national publication reported the arrest of a Black woman and a white man at a Miami motel. They were arrested for vagrancy, at the time a vague charge wielded by police against activity deemed undesirable — in this instance two people meeting, likely for sex, in [...]

The Pick-Up Game

Miami's informal soccer culture is one of the few things that regularly brings together people in this sprawling, impersonal city. The Pick-Up Game captures this love of “the world’s game” in a diverse array of settings — a striving Haitian-American immigrant community, four stories high in the financial district, and even under the highway. Part of [...]

Havana House

Jossie and Miguel Alonso’s move into their stately Havana home coincided with the arrival of the Cuban revolution. While their neighbors in the upper-class Vedado district left Cuba for exile, Miguel and Jossie remained. For them, the house was a sanctuary, the last link to the life they had once known. Now a widow, Jossie [...]

Now Screening

Founded in 1959, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) created a vibrant film industry on the island. It also encouraged an approach to film posters that favored an expressive, graphic arts style. Unlike traditional film posters, made by lithography since the earliest days, ICAIC posters continue to be produced by hand, employing [...]

The Most Beautiful Line

In the early 1960s, architect Hilario Candela designed the first venue ever built for powerboat racing: Miami Marine Stadium. An icon of mid-20th century Modernism, the stadium also hosted concerts, boxing matches, political rallies, and church services. A defining meeting place for the community, it was shuttered after Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida in 1992. [...]

A Stubborn Bet

Opened in 1925, Hialeah Park became one of America’s most storied horse tracks, home to Triple Crown winners and boldface society names. But, by 1974, it was on the verge of closing, a victim of changing economics and sporting tastes. That's when businessman John Brunetti, against the advice of almost everyone, gambled on the ailing [...]

ESPN 30 for 30 Short: The Guerrilla Fighter

In 1983, Alexis Argüello was a three-time boxing world champion whose career was winding to a close. What few realized was that his next fight would be the most dramatic of his life: Argüello returned to his native Nicaragua and joined the guerrilla war against the Sandinista regime. Filled with unexpected twists, The Guerrilla Fighter chronicles how [...]

Gay Talese’s Address Book

Gay Talese helped pioneer New Journalism, penned what is widely considered the greatest of all magazine stories (“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”, for Esquire), and wrote celebrated books on the Mafia, the media, and the sexual revolution. For more than 50 years, he has interviewed and rubbed shoulders with thousands of people — some famous, some [...]

Hecho a Mano: Creativity in Exile

Francisco 'Paquito' Hechavarría played piano for some of Cuba's biggest bands, was an in-house performer at the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in the 1960s, and created one of the catchiest hooks in pop music history; Tony López is responsible for countless sculpted works, including the indelible Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach; twin brothers Nelson and Ronald [...]