YouTube influencer Adalia Rose Williams died Wednesday, according to her popular Instagram feed.
The 15-year-old who lived with a very rare disease that causes accelerated aging chalked up more than 12 million Facebook Friends and nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers during a lifetime that will be remembered for positivity and optimism in the face of diversity.
“Adalia Rose Williams was set free from this world,” her social media feeds announced early Thursday morning. “She came into it quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it.”
Her mom said that Williams was diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome when she was about 3 months old.
“She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her,” the online memorial from her family said. “She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.”
With help from her family, Williams announced on Facebook shortly before Christmas that she’d fallen ill three months prior to recording that video and no could no longer hear. It was also revealed in that announcement that the Williams’ family, which lives in Texas, had relocated from Austin to San Antonio to save money. Another perk from that move was having a bigger kitchen where Williams could record her videos.
The Mayo Clinic reports that there is no cure for Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, also known as progeria, and that children afflicted with it reach an average age of 13. Roughly 400 children are believed to have progeria.
The Weeknd electrifies and masters modern disco, dance-pop on ‘Dawn FM’
The Weeknd is known for his commitment to theme and storytelling and “Dawn FM” is the newest addition to his musical universe to highlight this artistic strategy.
Released Jan. 7 through XO and Republic Records, the album includes 16 tracks alongside features from Tyler the Creator and Lil Wayne. The project showcases monologues from Jim Carrey, Josh Safdie and Quincy Jones, meant to represent the talk show hosts of a morning radio show.
The “Blinding Lights” singer spent the last few months releasing hints and teasers relating to the album.
“If the last record is the ‘After Hours’ of the night, then ‘The Dawn’ is coming,” The Weeknd said to Variety in May 2021.
“The Dawn is Coming” became a growing theme on his social media platforms following that announcement. To please the fans, on Aug. 6 he released the album’s first single “Take My Breath” in partnership with NBC Sports, showcasing the new dark blue theme on his Instagram which greatly contrasted his ‘After Hours’ era.
On Jan. 1, he posted to his Instagram a message with longtime creative director, La Mar Taylor.
“Everything feels chaotic again. Music can heal and that feels more important than another album rollout. Let’s just drop the whole thing and enjoy it with the people… XO.”
“Dawn FM” has a clear concept, where the listener is invited into The Weeknd’s depiction of purgatory. This experience is narrated by a 1980s radio station that guides the album tracks through past life moments of love, regret and betrayal, until it ultimately leads them to the next step of their transition.
“Dawn FM” is the perfect pop album to start the year, one that surely won’t be forgotten any time soon. The Weeknd manages to encapsulate what made 80s music great, while still making the sound his own and contemporary.
While there will always be a great appreciation for his early melancholy sound that he made famous on the “Trilogy” projects, “Dawn FM” feels like a great definition of who he is now as an artist. The Weeknd started his experimentation with synth-pop sounds alongside Daft Punk with 2016’s “Starboy.” Continuing this sonic trend, his fifth studio album feels like he’s mastered it.
Standout tracks on “Dawn FM” include “Gasoline,” “Out of Time” and “Here We Go Again,” each of which exemplifies The Weeknd’s dark disco, 80s synth-pop sonics that fit right in at any dance club. The electric beats of the album’s tracks would sound at home on the runway of New York Fashion Week.
It’s clear that Toronto’s dreamy, dance-pop icon continues to elevate today’s pop music, and we can only wait to see what direction he heads in next.
Don’t just take our word for it, check out The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” here.
Edison High School Shares a Remarkable History with the Orange Bowl
Miami Edison High School football players enter the field before their annual Thanksgiving night rivalry game against Miami High in 1964. From 1937 to 1974, the Edison Red Raiders and Miami High Stingarees met every Thanksgiving night at the Orange Bowl. During the heyday of the rivalry from the 1940s to the early 1960s, the game often drew crowds between 20,000 to 40,000 fans.
Miami Edison High School came from humble beginnings. The school’s origin began with just 1 teacher and 10 students at a rickety, bug-infested shack in 1895. The original Edison campus was built in the city’s Lemon City neighborhood in 1917. The school was then known as the Dade County Agricultural High School. The football team started in 1925 and were then known as the Cardinals, although the local papers often referred to them as the Aggies. In 1931, the school changed its name to Miami Edison High School shortly after the death of inventor Thomas Edison. The following year, the school changed the name of its sports teams from the Cardinals to the Red Raiders. That same year, Edison hired Ed “Pop” Parnell as its head football coach. A University of Florida graduate, Parnell transformed the Red Raiders football team into a state power.
Although Edison fielded great teams, they usually played second fiddle in the city to Miami High. The Stingarees dominated the Red Raiders winning every game from 1925 to 1951 with the exception of 4 ties. Led by All American halfback Jackie Simpson’s 3 touchdowns, Edison finally beat Miami High 21-7 in front of 35,000 fans at the Orange Bowl in 1952. Edison students and fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts, causing a wild celebration down Flagler Street that lasted the all through the night. The victory gave Edison its first mythical state title. After Parnell retired in 1956, two of his former players who later became assistant coaches Jim Powell and Haywood Fowle, would succeed him and lead Edison to 2 more mythical state titles in 1957 and 1959. Prior to 1963, state championships were determined by sportswriter polls. The FHSAA would adopt a playoff tournament in 1963.
The 1960s brought many changes to the school. For much of its history, Edison had an all-white student body. Miami was a segregated city with strict Jim Crow laws. It was not nearly the huge metropolis and Gateway to Latin America that it has become today. At the time, the city was much smaller and was known as a tourist destination for northerners. Many of the natives pronounced the city’s name as “My-Yam-Muh”. By the mid 1960s, the African American population near the Lemon City area was growing. Many whites began moving out of the neighborhood. Dade County public schools officially integrated in 1966. More and more blacks enrolled at Edison. Among the first great African American athletes at Edison was Nat Moore, who led Dade County in rushing in 1968 and later played at the University of Florida and receiver for the Miami Dolphins. By the early 1970s, Edison had a mostly black student body.
In 1970, Edison’s football team captured its first and only official FHSAA state title defeating Fort Pierce Central at Miami-Dade Community College North Campus. (Now Traz Powell Stadium). The Red Raiders were led by quarterback Kary Baker, who later became the first African American quarterback at the University of Miami. By the late 1970s, the campus moved from Lemon City to its current location at 6161 NW 5th Court near I-95 in the city’s Little Haiti neighborhood. The school’s student body is now primarily of Haitian descent. The old Edison High campus became Edison Middle School.
Although Edison has not won a state football title since 1970, the school has continued to field solid football teams. Linemen Wilmore Ritchie, Warren Bryant and Keith Ferguson were three of the most dominant players to come out of Dade County in the 1970s. The 1985 team, led by quarterback Greg Jones and head coach Walter Highsmith (father of UM great Alonzo Highsmith) finished the regular season with an undefeated record. In 1988, Edison, led by then head coach Jimmy McCaskill reached the Class 5A state semifinals. The 2003 team, coached by Corey Bell, defeated perennial state and national power St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale in the playoffs, before losing to eventual state champion Naples in the Class 5A semifinals. The current football team is coached by former 2 Live Crew front man Luther Campbell.
Notable Edison High Football Alumni:
Buist Warren – Class of 1936
Earl Hise – Class of 1937
Haywood Fowle – Class of 1942
Jim Powell – Class of 1942
Al Hudson – Class of 1943
Jackie Simpson – Class of 1953
Olin Greene – Class of 1955
Larry Libertore – Class of 1958
Darrell Cox – Class of 1960
Pete Athas – Class of 1964
Nat Moore – Class of 1969
Kary Baker – Class of 1971
Wilmore Ritchie – Class of 1971
Warren Bryant – Class of 1973
Keith Ferguson – Class of 1977
Greg Jones – Class of 1986
Stacey Moore – Class of 1989
Dulack Guerrier – Class of 1990
William Joseph – Class of 1998
Carlos Joseph – Class of 2000
Nate Harris – Class of 2002
Terrell Walden – Class of 2002
Chad Simpson – Class of 2004
UNDERLINE GREAT – BUT PLEASE SAVE THE SHADE TREES! A Personal Reflection BY Michael Maxwell, Community Development Consultant
The Underline is wonderful! What an excellent and beneficial use of the space. But, the implementation concerns me. An essential element of South Florida’s fight against climate change is shade. Especially shade along roadways to reduce heat islands. We all know shade canopying our roads cools the asphalt and drivers’ tempers, both famously hot in Miami.
My question is this. Knowing our climate change imperatives, why did the designers of the Underline remove a mile of native trees canopying US 1? Why would a mile of 30-foot tall cooling trees be chopped down? Instead, those shade trees should have been incorporated into the design. So far, the replacement plantings are non-native, no-shade-giving palm trees in several stretches of the former glorious canopy. Palms give no shade to the hot highway but rather increase roadway heat islands.
Hopefully, the Underline’s very talented leaders and designers will be more mindful of using our existing shade trees rather than removing any more of them.
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