Sunfest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront – OUTLOUD Multimedia

 

In the quaint downtown of West Palm Beach, where the streets are embellished by a variety of shops and restaurants, a vibrant music and arts festival comes to life every year in the first week of May. The five-day affair brings people together from all over the state to share their passion for food, art, and most importantly, music. And this year, the festival was bigger than ever.

Source: Sunfest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront – OUTLOUD Multimedia

The Artists You Must See at Sunfest 2017 – OUTLOUD Multimedia

The folllowing link leads to an article I wrote about the next music festival I’ll be covering. If you haven’t already, check out my coverage on Okeechobee Music Festival and Ultra Music Festival….It’s been quite a year!

Source: The Artists You Must See at Sunfest 2017 – OUTLOUD Multimedia

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Media Coverage

From March 3 to 5, I was granted the opportunity of attending Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival as a reporter for the Miami Herald. I wrote two pieces on the event, each with their own set of photographs. The first is very news-oriented while the second is a personal account…. Next up? Miami Ultra Music Festival! 

Source: Young fans travel from all directions to enjoy Okeechobee Music & Art Festival | Miami Herald

Source: Okeechobee Fest 2017: I’ll Be Back – OUTLOUD Multimedia

From the Editors: You Can Count on Us

By Edysmar Diaz-Cruz & Daniela Morales

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-9-10-50-pmAs editors of Miami Lakes Educational Center’s student paper, the Harbinger, we pride ourselves in leading a newsroom comprised of young minds, young talent, and young voices. We may be high schoolers, but we know what it takes to publish authentic news when the student body needs to hear it most. We share the stories that take place within our school, we analyze the politics in our local community, and we are well aware of the struggles facing journalists of the future.

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Cutler Bay eighth grader’s environment-awareness project comes to life | Miami Herald

The following is a link to an article I wrote as an intern at the Miami Herald Media Company!

“On Saturday, Cutler Bay will be adorned with six new dolphin-shaped recycling bins throughout three different parks. The project was devised by eighth-grader Noah LaFleur, who felt his community needed an incentive to take care of its surrounding environment.”

Source: Cutler Bay eighth grader’s environment-awareness project comes to life | Miami Herald

A Letter to Millennials

This year’s election has proven that our country is more divided than ever. Although it will be difficult, it is our job as Millennials to mend the tear in our country’s fabric of core American values: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion.

First, realize that we have the power to make a difference— had all Millennials turned  out to vote, the results of the election would have been much different. Had all Millennials been old enough to vote, we would have easily overwhelmed the electoral college, tipping the scale of history.

Our generation has already proven long before this election cycle that we are heavily involved in the things we believe in. We can’t stop now. Fighting against hate and bigotry is the battle we have inherited. The only way to counteract that is by informing the public with sincere journalism and activism.

Right now, many people are afraid for the future. They are afraid of the tensions that have developed over the past year. Immigrants and minorities are afraid for the fate of their families, the LGBTQ community is afraid of their place in society, and women are afraid of whether or not they can succeed amidst sexist ideals.

Your fear is valid and it’s okay to take time to mourn. Prior to Nov. 8, many dreams and hopes were tangible, now the future seems uncertain.

But after overcoming the five stages of grief denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance  we need to take action.

The fate our our country lies in our hands. Now is not the time to give up because if we do, there will be no change. We must look at where things went wrong, where we went wrong, and make sure that this never happens again.

It feels impossible right now but don’t lose hope. There are things to be done. Get educated, educate the people around you, and the next time you have the opportunity to vote — go out and do so.

Two years from now we will have a chance to make a difference. If you’re not satisfied with the result of this year’s election results, you can get involved now to influence the Congressional elections that are held midway into a president’s term in office.

Let your voice be heard. This is only the beginning and we sure do have our work cut out for us.

This editorial was published in Miami Lakes Educational Center’s school newspaper, the Harbinger, not long after the 2016 presidential election results.