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Miami Party Collective Jezebel Sound Pushes for Raves Hightlighting Local Talent




As dance music leans further mainstream, the hedonistic allure of the underground continues to fade. Hope for an authentic rave experience has all but disappeared into the rearview — stories aging ravers tell to their younger counterparts about warehouses in places where condos now loom.

Yet, in an era of raging ’90s nostalgia, many in dance music hope to reclaim the spirit of the old school — a return to the roots of the culture, to more inclusive spaces. Miami artist collective Jezebel Sound has spent the past year curating events that recapture that spirit and have triumphantly spotlighted the local dance-music scene.

Long before it organized its first event, the collective’s founders, Juan Mejia, Luis Yepez, and Camilo Cano, saw a need within the community for something that broke from the status quo of Miami club life.

Mejia says Jezebel was a reaction to the many issues that surfaced amid the pandemic. As industry norms were questioned, safety and inclusivity took center stage. While some found these conversations difficult, they inspired the trio to create something fresh.

“Jezebel in itself is us reacting to the things that we didn’t want to see in our own scene and environment,” Mejia says. “Bringing back the hedonistic culture that rave culture originally was founded upon and creating and curating a more sustainable and more inclusive approach to nightlife that strays away from the commercial and feeds more into specifically curated party nights with great DJs.”

Longtime DJs all, Mejia, Yepez, and Cano realized a well of untapped talent existed in Miami: talented artists who consistently have to play down their abilities as support for headliners. Their solution was to curate nights around locals. They still book headlining acts like Kim Ann Foxman, DJ Swisha, and Kush Jones. But locals occupy the prime-time spots. This commitment to cultivating and celebrating Miami’s talent has been unwavering.

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Jezebel Sound cofounders Camilo Cano, Juan Mejia, and Luis Yepez

During the pandemic, the Miami music scene — and the entire music industry — experienced a reset. When clubs finally reopened, pop-ups charged upward of $100 a ticket. A scene intentionally built on diversity and inclusivity was becoming exclusionary.

At the time, the founders, who’ve known one another since middle school, hadn’t yet conceived of an artist collective. Mejia originally envisioned Jezebel as a clothing brand. Yet when the opportunity to throw a friend’s birthday party arose, they decided the name would fit their budding events brand.

Jezebel’s first show took place on a Tuesday night — and it was a hit. The collective was asked back for more Tuesday-night shows. And as its community coalesced, the party moved to Thursdays at ATV Records.

“We experienced the beginning of the exit from the pandemic guidelines. So we saw our own residency go through curfew and out. And because of that restart, which was super-vital for us, we were able to get placed into the middle of the whole electronic music scene in Miami.” Mejia explains. “For a lot of people, it’s a gradual progression towards the scene. We were kind of slapped right in the middle of it, and we had to adapt in real time to how it was moving. A year in, we’ve reached this point where we know exactly where we stand musically and where we stand in regards to the quality of the party that we want to achieve.”

The collective has also expanded the footprint of the brand. It recently released its first limited-edition T-shirt design, introducing the clothing line Mejia envisioned. The bold abstract design is inspired by South American almanacs of the 1960s and ’70s.

“I’m very inspired by the different approaches to art around the world,” Mejia says. “And in the beginning, it was mostly trying to bring back the ’90s, classic rave style — hardcore graphics with a very electronic feel. But then we started to shift into something that could be more — I wouldn’t say inclusive, but more global.”

Jezebel also recently became a record label, releasing its first compilation. It’s a direct reflection of its mission to elevate the talents of Miami’s thriving dance-music artists.

“Most of these local artists are usually used to support gigs and opening gigs and are used to a slow or more slower tempo, pace of action,” Mejia explains. “The compilation directly reflects our approach to that. I personally asked most of the artists to give me something more high-energy, more elevated music. So the compilation itself sonically has a lot of attitude, and it’s very explosive.”

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Jezebel Sound is pumped to continue its mission of bringing old-school rave vibes to Miami.

Jezebel’s first anniversary is just around the corner, and it’s celebrating with two curated nights. The first is Jezebel Year One at Floyd with Danny Daze.

“Danny has been a huge inspiration for us since we first started DJ’ing,” Mejia says. “He personifies the type of DJ that we aim to be.”

The second show fulfills yet another goal: Jezebel Year One at the Center for Subtropical Affairs will be the group’s first outdoor event. The bill is a fitting celebration for a Miami collective. Local hero Coffintexts will bring that lowdown Miami bass sound. New York DJ Elise’s tropical-infused beats will be perfect for the gorgeous garden setting, and at the helm will be New Jersey soul assassin Ase Manual.

“We’ve always wanted to do a party outdoors — you know, under the moonlight,” Mejia says. “It’s not going to be two of the same type of parties. It’s going to be two completely different things. So people can get a taste of what Jezebel really is through different types of partying.”

As the founders reflect on a successful first year, they’re pumped to continue their mission of bringing those old-school rave vibes back to Miami.

“Year one was more like: Let’s get our feet wet. Let’s meet everyone. Let’s get acquainted with the city. Let’s lay the foundation. Let’s do right by our people. Let’s create these relationships and establish friendships that will carry on into the coming years,” Mejia says. “Year two is to say: We’re here, we’re loud, and we’re not fucking around. And we’re here to stay. It’s all about attitude. We’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.”

Jezebel Year One. With Danny Daze, Milo Ziro, and Jan Anthony. 11 p.m. Saturday, January 15, at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-608-2824; Tickets cost $10 to $30 via

Jezebel Year One. With Ase Manual, Coffintexts, and Elisa. 10 p.m. Friday, January 21, at Center for Subtropical Affairs, 7145 NW First Ct., Miami; Tickets cost $10 to $30 via

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Watch What Happens: South Florida woman returns pricey timepieces, owner pays it forward




(WSVN) – A South Florida woman did a good deed after finding some expensive jewelry. Now just “Watch What Happens” when she returned them to their rightful owner. 7’s Kevin Ozebek reports.

There are two things in life that Michelle Bucur is passionate about: rescuing homeless animals…

Michelle Bucur: “So right now, I have three fosters. One of them is Hunter. (to Hunter) You’re so sweet. I love you.”

And Teslas.

Michelle Bucur: “I have 10 Teslas.”

In her spare time, Michelle volunteers at Wonder Paws Animal Rescue in Fort Lauderdale.

She also rents out her Star Wars-themed Teslas through a rental service called Turo.

Michelle Bucur: “Which is a peer-to-peer rental platform similar to Airbnb, but instead of for homes, it’s for vehicles.”

During the Christmas holiday, Michelle rented out a Tesla Model Y to a man from Boca Raton. When the rental period ended, she picked up the car and took it straight to a car wash.

Michelle Bucur: “Long story short, a week later, the previous guest contacted me and lets me know that he’s lost some of his belongings, and if we found them. I actually hadn’t seen them.”

The car had already been rented out to a new guest, who told Michelle nothing was in the car.

She then called the car wash … and got some good news.

Michelle Bucur: “They said, ‘Oh yeah, we found some watches on the side of the door, and we shoved them in the glove box.’”

Michelle wanted to keep the watches safe until she could get her car back, so she used the Tesla app on her phone to lock the car’s glove box.

When she finally got hold of the watches, she realized she was in possession of some pretty pricey timepieces.

Michelle Bucur: “They turned out to be super high-end watches worth like over $100,000 combined.”

They definitely were. They were a Rolex and an Audemars Piguet.

The owner told Michelle that even though they are expensive, their sentimental value is much more.

Michelle Bucur: “One had been given by his mom, who was suffering with Alzheimer’s now.”

Michelle says he offered her a finder’s fee for returning the watches. She declined the money, but gave a suggestion:

Michelle Bucur: “‘I do help with the rescue, and if you’re willing to donate, it’s tax deductible. I can give you the link and whatever donation you want to give to us.’”

He made the donation to Wonder Paws Animal Rescue, but the amount was quite a surprise: $10,000!

Paulina Claure, Wonder Paws Rescue: “We were speechless! We couldn’t believe it. We were in shock when we found out.”

Paulina Claure runs Wonder Paws with her mother, Patricia Lara. They just moved into a storefront in Fort Lauderdale and say this generous donation will make a huge impact.

Paulina Claure: “We have tons of medical cases every day and medical bills that are piling up, so it’s really nice to be able to have that money to be able to put towards our bills.”

Michelle’s foster dog, Hunter, just finished a pricey round of treatment for heartworms. She is excited that more rescued animals can now get the same care.

Michelle Bucur: “What comes around, goes around. I think, if we just continue to do good deeds and always try to help without expecting anything in return, eventually somebody comes around.”

For Michelle, that “eventually” is right now. Her good deed shows that timing is everything.

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Mark Rosenberg resigns as FIU president, cites ‘recurring personal health issues’




WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida International University has begun a national search for their sixth president after accepting Mark B. Rosenberg’s resignation, Friday afternoon.

In a letter to Board of Trustee Dean Colson, Rosenberg wrote that he has chosen to step down immediately to focus on himself and his family.

“I am stepping back so that I may give full attention to recurring personal health issues and to the deteriorating health of my wife, Rosalie,” he wrote in the letter.

He also wrote, “I want to thank our university community. I have always appreciated the ‘can­ do’ attitude of faculty colleagues, professional staff, and our hardworking students, and am grateful for the widespread community support that our university now enjoys.”

Rosenberg had been president since 2009.

FIU students hearing the news said they feel sad to see him go, calling him part of the school’s legacy.

“He was a really good president, and I’m definitely going to remember him,” said student Maria Aguirre. “He did a lot for the school and for the community, and he was always with the students.”

“Everything comes to an end at one point, so I think it’s time for him to retire, so he can just rest and be with his wife,” said student Katherine Cadavid.

Prior to Rosenberg’s letter to the FIU community, a letter was sent out by Colson.

Along with accepting Rosenberg’s resignation, the letter went on to reference a possible interim president.

“I will be nominating Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Kenneth Jessell to serve as interim president while we conduct a national search for FIU’s sixth president,” wrote Colson.

In ending his letter, Rosenberg said, “It has truly been the honor of a lifetime to represent our community and help build our FIU.”

FIU’s Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon.

While Rosenberg had celebrated success in FIU, he also helped the student body through one of the school’s darkest days, after 2018’s bridge collapse.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from the Board of Trustees’ emergency meeting was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, during a taped video message.

During the emergency meeting, the board of trustees appointed Jessell to the job.

“I want to thank former president Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and heard work, and making FIU what is is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights,” said Jessell.

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Homestead Police release picture of person of interest in fatal hit-and-run




HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Homestead Police released a picture of a man they consider to be a person of interest in a hit-and-run that left an elderly man dead.

Police on Friday said they would like to question 20-year-old Edgar Mendez about Sunday’s crash in the area of Northwest Eighth Street and Campbell Drive.

Investigators said 71-year-old Carlos Diaz was walking was hit by a driver who took off before police responded.

If you have any information on this hit-and-run or Mendez’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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