Migration to the United States on the Rise, Juneteenth Food and Wine Festival, Miss Florida


On this Wednesday, June 15, edition of Cadran Solaire:

Migration to the United States on the rise

Thousands of people from different Latin American countries trek 1,200 miles to the US border.

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They began their journey as the Summit of the Americas kicked off in Los Angeles last week.

We don’t know when these people will arrive at the border. But, they hope to move away from the poverty and violence that exists in their country.

Jack Maguire, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at CRF studying immigration, joined Sundial to discuss emigration to the United States being on the rise again.

Migration to the United States on the rise

June 19 Food and Wine Festival

Black Southerners have celebrated Juneteenth for decades. But it only became an official federal holiday last year.

It’s a day to commemorate the day emancipation reached slaves in the deepest parts of the South – when a Union general arrived on the southeast coast of Texas to finally share the news that they had been released. It was June 19, 1865. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Food — especially red soda or red punch — has always been a focus at June 19 rallies.

This year, South Florida is hosting the first Juneteenth Food & Wine Festival. It happens Friday and Saturday in Miami.

Starex Smith, a local food blogger and restaurant chef, is the founder of the festival. He joined Sundial to explain why he wanted to create this event in the first place.

“We watched the South Beach Food and Wine Festival…And we were wondering years ago, how can we diversify this festival so that it’s more inclusive and that black food pathways can be represented and so on? Well, this festival struggled to achieve that,” he said. “So we decided we wanted to do something that had the same element, but at the same time hit the inclusion goals. And that’s really how Juneteenth, Food & Wine was born – as a reaction to a lack of diversity in, I think, our city’s biggest food and wine festival.”

Smith, also known as Blogger The hungry black manexplained why he wanted to tie this goal specifically to a holiday he celebrates, Juneteenth, as well as what he hopes people will take away from this particular food and wine festival.

“Food meant so much to slaves and the crops they grew,” Smith said. “It’s a celebration of black cultures, the celebration of black freedom. But when we say black freedom, it’s American freedom. So we want everyone to understand that on June 19, like everyone else, is part of that lineage and that heritage. And so that’s what the food festival represents, it’s the great equalizer, it’s a great connector.”

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The title of Miss Florida Outstanding Teen

In the world of pageants and pageantry, there has been a lot of public criticism in recent years.

Conversations about the objectification of beauty and the lack of diversity have even led the Miss America organization to finish your swimsuit contest.

It’s a start — but it’s not the complete solution, or the complete picture, according to Broward County high school student Asha Cope-Edwards.

She has other changes she wants to see implemented on the contest circuit. She is currently Miss Gold Coast’s Outstanding Teen, and she is competing for the title of Miss Florida Outstanding Teen at the Miss Florida Pageant next week in Lakeland.

“Unfortunately there’s still a huge lack of diversity…I think it’s because a lot of girls don’t know it’s achievable and it’s something they can do. They’ve never seen someone who looks like them doing that. And especially in the state of Florida, which shocks me because we’re one of the most diverse states. We have so many different cultures. We just don’t see the diversity said Cope-Edwards.

Still, she believes these competitions are a powerful tool for young women like her.

“It gives you so many opportunities to practice public speaking and you’re encouraged to make a social impact, what you’re doing in your community. And that was really interesting for me because I really wanted to do something in my community that meant something to me,” she said.

Cope-Edwards started a non-profit organization called Driving changewhich aims to help children in the foster care system.

The title of Miss Florida Outstanding Teen

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