For the sixth year running, Miami New Times dedicates a full issue to celebrating 20 of the most incredible people who call the Magic City home. There aren't many places in America that could fill an issue like this one annually, but the fact is half a dozen issues have hardly gotten us to the tip of South Florida's talented iceberg.
Scan this year's edition for a taste of the only-in-Miami personalities who make Dade County what it is today. There's Bomani Jones, the intelligent soul of ESPN's best show, Highly Questionable. Zack and Ben Bush are true believers who single-handedly resurrected Little Havana's most storied jazz club. Jennine Capó Crucet's literary vision of the Cuban-American experience has the whole nation enraptured.
There's so much more, from a nitrogen-ice-cream revolutionary, to the lawyer-turned-Marlins-fanatic bent on spreading good karma worldwide, to the mom making realistic dolls for girls of every race. You'll learn about the young architect remaking Opa-locka, the art director taking Pérez Art Museum Miami to new heights, and the gallery owner who's guided the 305's best young talents to international fame. Taken as a whole, their tales are a keen illustration of the unique town we call home.
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