Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.
About halfway through the Miami edition of the On The Run II Tour, Jay-Z fucked up. He was alone on the stage, having just finished a medley of "Family Feud" and "Upgrade U" with his superstar wife and tourmate Beyoncé, followed by a solo, cr...
2 months ago | Things To Do
No matter what you think of DJ Khaled, you can't argue this: You can always tell when he's involved in a project. It's true of his music, which usually includes Khaled's signature "We the Best Music!" shout. It's true of his social media posts, fe...
Last night, a Taylor Swift fan emerged wide-eyed from a meet-and-greet with the artist. Her mouth gaping at a group of fellow concertgoers, the fan uttered just two words: "She's real!" You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Swift transitio...
Every November, Day of the Dead festivities draw droves of South Floridians to Fort Lauderdale's Huizenga Plaza to reconnect with the spirits of their lost loved ones. But this year, when the parade has finished and the humidity has melted partici...
2 years ago | Theater
South Florida fans of the insanely popular musical Hamilton have felt snubbed this year. The touring production announced visits to metro areas such as Salt Lake City and Des Moines but skipped Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The closest local Hamilfan...
3 years ago | Arts
A decade ago, Edouard Duval-Carrie gathered a group of Broward high schoolers to talk about Haiti. The artist, who was born in Haiti, wanted to find out what the kids knew about his homeland. "I worked with 20 or 30 kids," he recalls, "a lot of th...