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No One Has A Rougher Winter Than People In Miami

Most people enjoy wintertime and all the magic and wonder it brings. But winter time in Miami is a lot different than winter anywhere else.

When November rolls in everyone is draped up in plaid and turtlenecks.

Sigourney Weaver with a pumpkin is my fall aesthetic. Thanks @roughriderbadass1

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Ready to go from Halloween to Christmas in a heartbeat.

But in Miami people are rocking bikinis.

Ran the qb sneak a few too many times #winterinmiami ?#formal

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You’d think we’d have some chill and not try to make everyone else jealous, but no. #sorrynotsorry

Trying to figure out what to wear in fall or winter can be a struggle.

Y'all know who you are ?. #MiamiWinter

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Our fashion is on an entirely different calendar.

Be we wear our winter gear any chance we get.

Miami winter ready #miamiwinter

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Guilty!

People try making smart a$$ remarks about our outfits, but we won’t have it.

This is the only chance we get!

Everyone else is stomping around in boots…


But our chanclas are one-season-fits-all.

Just add an extra layer, ¡y ya!

When everyone else is snowed in…


…We literally go party at ice clubs to feel a chill.

We have to wear our Uggs somewhere!

While everyone’s making amazing snowmen…

We get it, you live in a beautiful, blustering winter wonderland. ?

We’re making sand men.

(Miami's) Winter Wonderland

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He’s just a little crispy.

New York gets snowed in, but this is our version of a “Snow Day.”

Thankful to spend Mothers Day with my lady ? #miamisnowday

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Every Miami kid knows about that tiny patch of fake snow at the local winter carnival or park. We do what we can.

Everyone knows that feeling of panic the first day the barometer falls below 70 degrees.

It’s also the first time we actually listen to abuelita after she yells “Ponte un sueter!”

While everyone else eats eggnog with pie…

Give us coquito or give us death!

…We eat chocolate y churros.

…but also everything else because holiday food is delicious and I want it all. *prayer hands emoji*

A traditional Christmas song usually marks the beginning of the season everywhere else…

Who doesn’t love this, though?

…But winter officially arrives in Miami when Power 96 starts playing this:

We still love our classics, but Miami always has to find a way to turn up.

While everyone else is sliding down real snow…

…We go on carnival rides in Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

Santa’s is considered the largest Christmas themed park and it’s a rite of passage for every Miamian.

Santa Clause is usually bundled up everywhere else…


…But he lets loose when in Miami.

Really though.

…And goes on fishing trips, because, Florida.

Who knew Santa had so much free time?

But the biggest difference is that THIS is winter in Miami:

Yup, even on Christmas Day. 😉

READ: There’s More To Miami Than Just Cuban Food

What do you love about winter in Miami? What do you hate? Let us know!

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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For the first time in 114 years, the Times Square New Years Eve party has been canceled. The famous New Year’s Eve gathering is a major part of the New Year’s Eve celebration with people cramming into Times Square to watch the ball drop to mark the new year. This year, everything about the celebration is changing because of Covid.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square has been canceled.

The in-person celebration with crowds packing into the intersection to watch the ball drop is going virtual. Like the Emmys earlier this month, and countless other events, the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is all virtual. The decision to cancel the in-person part of the Times Square Ball Drop is, well, Covid, of course.

“One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st,” Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences – still in development — will take place in Times Square. And because any opportunity to be live in Times Square will be pre-determined and extremely limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be the opportunity to participate virtually wherever you are.”

We still don’t have a lot of details about the virtual aspect of New Year’s Eve, we are all waiting.

According to a statement, the organizers realize that Covid has been the dominating force of 2020. The celebration always includes aspects of the major events from the previous year into the experience. The socially distanced handful of honorees and lack of an audience is a clear representation of the still real Covid crisis.

Some people are really upset about the decision to cancel the celebration.

It is one of those iconic moments so many people dream of doing. It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for so many. The Times Square Ball Drop is something that most Americans recognize thanks to the dominant role the ball drop played on New Year’s Eve growing up. It is basically tradition to have the NYE party playing on the TV.

New Yorkers are confused about why anyone would want to do that.

New Yorkers avoid Times Square at all costs. It isn’t a convenient or super enjoyable part of town. It is packed with tourists who don’t know where they are going and NYE is about the worst it gets for Times Square. Now, the ball drop is impressive and something so many people consider an iconic moment in the holiday celebration.

“We will miss everyone this year but we will bring our celebration to you, whether you want to turn off and turn away from the bad news of 2020, or turn to the new year with a sense of hope, renewal and resolution, you’ll be able to join us virtually like never before as part of the Times Square 2021 celebration,” Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, said in a statement.

But, mainly, people just want 2020 to be over.

This year has been a hard year for so many. People have lost their jobs and their loved ones as the virus runs through the U.S. Covid-19 is still a real threat to people, especially the vulnerable population.

READ: Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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