Art of Transformation, Cash Mob Noir, and other things to do in South Florida Nov 15 – Nov 18

Art of Transformation
Friday, October 15, 7pm – 11pm – Opa-Locka Executive Airport Hangar 51, 14933 NW 41st Ave, Opa Locka

For the second year in a row, the City of Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation transforms its airport into an artistic pop-up for a completely unique event at the Opa-locka Executive Airport that marries art and design for the transformation of the historic Magnolia North community into a retail, artistic, and cultural district. Hosted by Tracy Mourning-Wilson with a live performance by Black Violin and music by Plan Beats, attendees will experience the new artistic vibrancy of Opa-Locka with a special preview exhibition of life in Opa-Locka by renowned documentary photographer Hunter Barnes, architectural installation by OLCDC artist-in-residence Germane Barnes, and live painting. Last year’s Art of Transformation featured a live performance by the R&B group, En Vogue.

Tickets are $75 and includes food and open bar provided by Bacardi and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Tickets can be purchased at


Big Night in Little Haiti
Friday, November 15 (and every third Friday), 6pm – 10pm –  Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th St, Miami

Each month, Big Night in Little Haiti hosts a diverse crowd for an outdoor live music performance by popular Haitian artists, art exhibits in the gallery, art activities for kids, and food and beverages for sale. This month, RAM performed at Big Night in Little Haiti, and a toy drive is being held for Support Education Project, which helps young people at Royaume des Enfants in Cap Haitien. After show, 7th Circuit Studios hosts live Caribbean music with Moksha Roots All Stars and special guests.

For details: Admission is free.


Cash Mob Noir
Saturday, November 16, 2pm – 8pm, Jackson Soul Food, 950 NW 3rd Ave, Miami

In Cash Mob style, the idea is to converge on a business and spend a minimum of $20 on one particular day for lunch, happy hour, or dinner and enjoy live music, a buffet, and a great social ambience at Jackson Soul Food then hop on the Miami Trolley for a guided 45-min tour throughout Historical Overtown with stops at The Black Archives and Black Police Precinct. The event is an opportunity for the entire community to uniquely experience the vibrant history and heritage of Historical Overtown while supporting black-owned businesses. Cash Mob Noir is presented by the Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami and the Miami Heritage Experience with heritage tours also in Little Haiti, Coconut Grove, and Little Havana.

For more info and to RSVP:


Miami International Book Fair
November 17-24, 2013, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave, Downtown Miami

Cost: General admission is $8 and free for 18 and under. Friday is free, and some events may have an additional charge.
For more information: or call 305-237-3528

Love books? Well, you should and no other place to revel in your love for books than at the 30th anniversary of the Miami Book Fair International, November 17-24, 2013 presented by Miami Dade College. I just returned from Dubai and attended the Sharjah International Book Fair and those people over there love books. Dubbed as the fourth largest book fair in the world, more than 1,000 exhibitors, publishers, and authors attended the fair. So it’s always good to see a fair the magnitude of the eight-day Miami International Book Fair feature a full lineup of award-winning authors and up and coming authors.

At Noire Miami, we particularly love all things that celebrate black and Caribbean culture and have discovered 35 African-American and Caribbean and  writers and authors that will participate in book signings, readings, and one-on-one discussions at the Miami International Book Fair. Check out the list below of black authors participating. Also check out a live telecast conversation on Monday, November 18 at 7pm with Jay Z and Cornel West on Jay Z’s book, Decoded. Telecast will be in the auditorium, Building 1, Second Floor, Room 1261.

African-American Authors:

Preston Allen, Every Boy Should Have a Man
MK Asante, BUCK
Stanley Crouch, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Lolis Eric Elie, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Ru Freeman, On Sal Mal Lane
Nikki Giovanni, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid
Dr. Carl Hart, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years: A Novel
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, H.N.I.C.
Representative John Lewis, Mark: Book One
Walter Mosley, Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Ishmael Reed, American Book Awards Moderator
Tennessee Reed, Life Among The X Challenged
Donald Spivey, If Only You Were White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (Robert Paige, son of Satchel Paige and appearing with Donald Spivey)
Terry McMillan, Who Asked You?
L. Lamar Wilson, poetry reading, Sacrilegion
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
D. Marvin Jones, Fear of a Hip Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
Jason Mott, The Returned: A Novel

Caribbean Authors:

Robert Antoni, As Flies to Whatless Boys
Elsie Augustave, The Roving Tree
David Valentine Bernard, The Thirsty Earth: A Novel
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light
Kwame Dawes, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
Thomas Glave, Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh
Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat, All That Glitters: Non-Fiction from Sliver of Stone
Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
Oonya Kempadoo, All Decent Animals: A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then: A Novel
Montague Kobbe, The Night of the Rambler
Candice Russell, Masterpieces of Haitian Art
Evelyne Trouillot, Rosalie l’infâme
George Vilson, Kandelab 101: Notated Haitian Folk And Vodou Songs, Volume 1
M.J. Fievre, editor, All That Glitters
June Aming, Cecly Ann Mitchell and Colleen Selvon-Rampersad (representing the Writer’s Union of Trinidad & Tobago)