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J.J. Colagrande
J.J. Colagrande is an Adjunct Professor at Barry University and Miami-dade College. He is the author of Headz, a novel and Decò.

Entries by J.J. Colagrande

Panama Papers Confirm Miami a Disneyland for Fraud

(16) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 5:31 PM

Cranes line Miami's skyline, not wrecking balls.

Even as one of the hardest hit cities during the foreclosure crisis, building condos in Miami's emerging Downtown and Brickell corridors continued at a rapid pace.

Yet it is strange.

Half of every completed complex marking Miami's skyline appears half-empty....

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Wolfson Campus Might Be Miami's Greatest Hope

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 3:34 PM

Most people in Miami might not realize the importance of Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. In addition to being a bustling urban campus with 40,000 students enrolled, it is of course the administrative hub of the whole college wide system overseeing eight other campuses and 136,000 students, making the school...

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Should Feel Jilted

(24) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 4:17 PM

For the record, I will likely vote for Hillary Clinton.

But I feel bad and have compassion for all those who support Senator Sanders.

Senator Sanders ran an amazing campaign and as it winds down, it doesn't feel right.

These are the reasons why Senator Sanders supporters might feel jilted.

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Made at the Citadel Lifting Miami Higher

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 4:49 PM

What is MADE at the Citadel?

It is more than a cooperative work space in Miami.

It is thee cooperative work space in Miami.

And they are only twelve months old. Imagine that. Feels longer.

Then again the trend started about a year ago.


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Holy Sh*t -- Birthdays Are Overwhelming

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Are not birthdays bittersweet?

Some people HATE the idea of aging as it stands as a reminder of their mortality.

Ever hear a twenty-two year old girl mumble oh-my-god I'm getting so old.

Juxtapose that to an 80-year-old whose testicles dip into the water when they sit...

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Alma Dance Theater Is Miami's Freshest Dance Troupe

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 12:36 AM


They are simply words.

But words ring the bell of truth.

Words stir the spirit of our souls.

Words reflect the candor of our collective experiences and consciousness.

The Alma Dance Theater deserves a few words --

Captivating, empowering, enthralling, edge of the seat tense, sexy,...

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We Must Never Neglect the Elderly

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 2:02 PM

Parkinson's disease is ugly.

Today I can actually see the Parkinson's.

Over the years, his shakes often appeared commonplace and easy to ignore, like one would dismiss a stutter or nervous tick. But lately the Parkinson's has moved into his mind and given rise to a...

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History Miami Exhibits Are World Class

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 12:26 AM

If traveling to D.C., it's in our DNA to hit the Smithsonian.

New York, the Met and National History Museum.

Chicago, Grant Park and its museums.

In Miami, the same needs to happen the History Miami museum.

Why? It's a world class institution.

Need proof: go to the...

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Ahol's Biscayne World Represents Miami

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 4:17 PM

Alouishous San Gomma aka Ahol Sniffs Glue aka David aka that Hialeah dude who paints those weird eyeballs aka Ahol. Yo. Real talk. Ahol's the man.

And it ain't because of his swagger or authenticity or dedication to Miami..

Sure, he effortlessly bridges a fine-line between fringe and high-brow...

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Okeechobee Music Festival Answers Our Prayers

(25) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:09 AM

Dear Music Festival Gods,

Please bring Bonnaroo to Florida.

Please deliver us a music festival in Florida that IS NOT called Ultra or Electric Daisy.

Please, please, please.

Deliver us a place where tens of thousands can gather under the Florida sun.

Don't make it crowded or overwhelming,...

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Podcasting Across the U.S.A.

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 3:21 PM

Ever find yourself driving cross country hung-over on a deadline to make it home towing a loosely packed U-Haul that swayed erratically with a buddy who is in considerably worse shape than you? No? Really? Just me?

Regardless, need to drive 36 hours in 3 days and require help?

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Mr. Robot on a Binge

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 2:14 PM

Mr. Robot, oh, Mr. Robot, how you messed up my mind.

Spending ten hours in the point of view of Eliot Alderson is a harrowing trip so dark you absolutely want more and more until you understand what you're seeing.

And like most trips, it's not always clean...

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Rhythm Foundation's Seaside Sessions Is Breath Of Fresh Air

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:43 PM

Miami has long had an issue with attracting innovative music.

Many national touring bands often skip Florida all together, unless they are playing a huge music festival. This goes more-so for jam bands, jam-tronica, jazz and funk troupes and other experimental or world music. Whether it's a lack of...

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The Obama Coalition Belongs to Bernie Sanders

(6) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:56 PM

The Obama Coalition.

Almost mythological in power and voracity.

Able to electrify electorates with a sweeping dose of charged rhetoric.

Able to leap establishment figures in a surprising and energized bound.

Made of every color, gender, age group, all with two simple creeds: change and forward.

Only one candidate...

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J. Wakefield Is The Best Brewery in South Florida

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Saying this is almost sacrilegious among beer aficionados, especially since legitimately a dozen awesome local breweries exist, but I'm going to say it, no SCREAM IT:

J Wakefield Brewery is no doubt hands down with no disrespect to anyone else the best brewery in all South Florida.

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Ken Russell: Divine Secrets of the Yo-Yo Brotherhood

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:40 PM

This is part of the unlikely story of Ken Russell, the paddle-board wholesaler and once internationally known yo-yo player, who is now engaged in a heated and controversial run-off election against the irrefutable Ken Russell himself.

One must explain.

Last week Mr. Russell defeated Teresa Sarnoff, wife of incumbent...

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Miami Book Fair: An Inside Look

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:26 AM

The Miami Book Fair, now in its 32nd year, is somehow bigger than ever.

Let's do the math.

Eight Days, over 600 authors, Pulitzers out the yang, all National Book Award Finalists, PLUS hundreds of booksellers, at least a hundred readings, panels, and special events, PLUS live music...

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Miami Hurricanes Should Hire Ray Lewis

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:13 AM

L-E-W-I-S -- LEWIS ! !

The Miami Hurricanes, like the Miami Dolphins, need a feisty, inspirational ex-player to coach them and no-one would serve Canes Nation better than Ray Lewis.

Hire Ray Lewis and hire him now.

Al Golden is out at Miami, one day after the worst loss...

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III Points on III Points Festival

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:20 PM


Festivals age like dogs.

One year is like seven years human time.

In its third year the music / art / tech gathering known as III Points is no doubt growing. They are not old or played out or over the hill, on the...

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Nu Deco Ensemble Is Indeed a 21st Century Orchestra

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:40 PM

Nu Deco Ensemble, a post-modern orchestra, premiered their season recently at The Light Box in Wynwood. The two-night run represented one of those Miami nights, especially in Wynwood, when you feel the neighborhood transforming exactly into what it can become: an intimate home to cultural gems;...

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