REPORT: Comedian Jessie Woo Joins Cast of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Miami’

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Jessie Woo, comedian and viral sensation, is known for making jokes about her Haitian culture. Now, the Miami native has reportedly been added to the cast of the second season of the VH1 reality series, Love & Hip Hop: Miami, according to the Jasmine Brand. Woo resides in New Jersey and works as a personality on BET. In […]

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2 Chainz Marries Longtime Love Kesha Ward in Miami Ceremony (with the Wests in Attendance!)

2 Chainz can add another item of bling to his collection — a wedding band!

The “Birthday Song” rapper, 40, married longtime love Kesha Ward on Saturday, just over three months after proposing to her for a second time.

“Chainz’s,” the artist wrote of a post-nuptials family portrait on Instagram, confirming the union.

The pair said “I do” in a Miami ceremony at the hotel Villa Casa Casuarina — which originally belonged to Gianni Versace — in front of celebrity friends, including Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and Gucci Mane.

In video of the ceremony shared on Instagram, Ward made her way down the aisle in a mermaid wedding dress as John Legend’s “All of Me” played over speakers.

At the reception, for which 2 Chainz wore a gold blazer and his bride a red gown, the couple was introduced as “the handsome, debonair Tauheed and his gorgeous diva of a wife, Kesha,” an Instagram Story clip shows.

RELATED: 2 Chainz Proposes to Longtime Love Kesha Ward (Again!) on the Met Gala Red Carpet

Kardashian West captured her and husband Kanye’s looks via her Instagram Stories, revealing her neon dress (a look she’s been rocking on the regular in Miami this week) in a photo with singer Monica.

The rapper, né Tauheed Epps, got down on one knee during the annual Met Gala this year to ask Ward to marry him.

During the proposal, Ward, who has daughters Harmony and Heaven and son Halo with the hitmaker, was spotted wiping tears from her eyes as she looked shocked and excited.

“It’s crazy, he just gave me this! So happy! I love it,” she told reporters on the red carpet as seen during E!’s livestream.

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2 Chainz previously proposed to Ward at the BET Awards in June 2013, but they never made it official.

“They’ve been together so long and have three children together that he always refers to Kesha as his wife, but they’ve never actually tied the knot!” a source previously told PEOPLE.


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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) —Kenny Stills kneeled in protest during the national anthem Thursday, and said he offered a prayer of thanks that he had a teammate’s support.Stills and two other Miami Dolphins renewed their protests before an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, triggering yet another round of debate about the divisive NFL issue.

Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Stills said he didn’t coordinate with Wilson, who joined the Dolphins this season.

“It just happened that way,” Stills said. “When I’m on a knee, most of the time I’m praying, and thank God for having Albert next to me. Being a part of this protest hasn’t been easy. I thought I was going to be by myself out there. Today I had an angel with me with Albert being out there. I’m grateful he sees what’s happening, and he wants to do something about it as well.”

Stills kneeled during the anthem in the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protests by NFL players.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson.

“My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee,” the tweet said. “Albert Wilson joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!”

Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid, another protest leader, remain out of the NFL. Stills said both players were blackballed, and he talks with Kaepernick every week.

“I appreciate his loyalty and support,” Stills said. “I don’t see any reason he and Eric Reid shouldn’t be in the league.”

Wilson said he kneeled mindful of the death of an unarmed black motorist who was shot by police in 2016 near his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. Two officers were cleared by a grand jury in the case.

“Getting shot down and being murdered — the biggest thing in my city,” Wilson said. “For me to have so much love for my city and not do anything about it, I would be a coward. I’m with it every Sunday.”

Quinn said it’s slander to say he and kneeling players are protesting the flag.

“As a black man in this world, I’ve got an obligation to raise awareness,” he said. “If no one wants to live in unity, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.”

The league and the players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played, or remain in the locker room. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team’s policy remain open.

“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.

“Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.

“We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities.”

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

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Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week

Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week


Models are accusing a brand of discrimination during Miami Swim Week

The past few years have ushered in an age of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry. More and more we’re seeing brands not only actively include models of different ethnicities in their campaigns and runway shows, but models with visible disabilities like diabetes and vitiligo. This is why it’s disheartening that fashion brand KYA Swim has been accused of discrimination during Miami Swim Week.

Cosmo was the first to report how model Joia Talbott claimed that 10-15 models were turned away from an audition solely because they were Black. She took to her Facebook to put the brand on blast, with America’s Next Top Model alum, Kacey Leggett, chiming in to say:

“I’m at a loss for words. I’m still trying to process what happened. All of us had to get out of the line – they told us they didn’t want any more Black models.”

It goes without saying that this is beyond unacceptable. Miami Swim Week was created to celebrate swimsuit season. For representatives of KYA Swim to say, “no dark skin,” as Talbott claims they did, is reprehensible.

Other models have also come forward with similar claims against KYA Swim during Miami Swim Week.

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This is extremely upsetting. We need to be doing better, fashion world.

As reported by Cosmo, KYA Swim released a statement on the issue, saying:

“Everyone at KYA Swim is deeply disturbed by the allegations brought by Joia Talbott and other models about the casting event at Miami Swim Week. KYA Swim is proud of its record of diversity and we are in the midst of looking into the events of last Thursday to review the actions of the production company in charge of the casting call.”

It’s possible that someone without the authority to do so made this call. Regardless, it’s not a good look for KYA Swim.

According to KYA Swim’s social media, it looks like they did hire a black woman for the show.

We uncertain if this decision predated the controversy or if KYA Swim hired her as a result of the bad press. Hopefully, incidents like this won’t happen again anytime soon.

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NFL, NFLPA Freeze Anthem Rules Amid Backlash To Miami Policy

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The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.

Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read. “The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

The issue has dominated headlines over the past two seasons, caused division and alienated some fans.

The NFL rule that was passed in May forbid players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allowed them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The policy said teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during the anthem while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players.

None of the team policies had been made public until the AP obtained a copy of Miami’s nine-page discipline document. It included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

The Dolphins said in a statement: “The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open.”

Miami can choose not to issue any suspension nor fine any player guilty of “conduct detrimental to the club.” Other violations under that label include drug use or possession, gambling, breaking curfew and riding motorcycles as a driver or passenger from the start of camp until the last game of the season.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests — and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.

The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union. The NFLPA said the NFL policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the players union, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. Now, the two sides are hoping to reach a solution without litigation.

Dolphins veteran receiver Kenny Stills took a knee with a hand on his heart during the anthem throughout last season. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips put his arm around Stills before one game. Two other players who knelt — safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas — are no longer with the team.

Defensive end Robert Quinn, who raised his fist during the anthem while with the Rams, is now with the Dolphins.

“Players who are on the field during the Anthem performance must stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” says the 16th and final bullet point on Miami’s list of conduct considered detrimental, below disparaging teammates, coaches or officials including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 — the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem, and the demonstration spread to other players and teams.

Critics led by President Donald Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.

The league and a coalition of players have been working in tandem to support player initiatives for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $ 90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.

Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and still hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

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Miami Dolphins to Discipline Players Who Protest During National Anthem With Fines, Suspensions or Both

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

Miami’s anthem policy comes after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies have been made public.

The NFL rule forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during the national anthem, but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union.

The NFL declined to comment. Team officials had no immediate comment.

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AP sports writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.

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Miami Giving Spree: Drake Donates More than $100,000 to Those in Need

Well, there’s one platinum-selling rapper who’s making philanthropy part of “God’s Plan.” Aubrey “Drake” Graham has been spreading the love like it’s Christmas with recent acts of kindness in Miami. According to reports, he recently footed the bill for customers’ groceries at local supermarket Sabor Tropical and then ventured to a women’s shelter to donate big bucks.

On Monday, after a surprise visit to Miami High School where he reportedly gave $ 25,000, he set social media abuzz when he stopped by Sabor Tropical and paid customers’ tabs to the tune of $ 50,000. The generosity continued on Tuesday when he made a stop at the University of Miami to gift a student a $ 50,000 scholarship and continued to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter to give another $ 50,000.

Apparently he’s on an achievement high since his current single “God’s Plan,” a song which he’s shooting a video for at various locations in Miami, hit No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. It also broke Spotify and Apple Music’s single-day streaming record. Billboard reports that in its first two weeks on the chart, the song has had “two of the five biggest streaming weeks of all time,” and it has reached 83.3 million U.S. clicks, in its second frame. Last year, Drake was one of the top five most wealthy hip-hop stars, earning an estimated $ 94 million, according to Forbes, from tours and endorsements for Nike, Apple, and Sprite. The young boss, who backed Virginia Black whisky and launched his own October’s Very Own (OVO) record label, tour, merch, and clothing line, has also recently set his sights on the lucrative world of entertainment, recently partnering with Apple Inc., Netflix, and other film studios to produce and star in his own sports-centered content.

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Relaxing in Miami

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There is no denying that Miami is a party place, perfect for hip vacations, but what happens when you want to relax? What about when you’ve taken in all the party scene has to offer and now you just need to chill? Here are the best ways to relax in Miami.

Stay at the Metropolitan by COMO

A lot of hotels in Miami are all about pool parties, loud music and cocktails. Thankfully, the Metropolitan is a calming oasis for guests looking to relax. There is a pool but the music played is soothing, and it is never closed off for parties so you can get your swim on whenever you fancy it. There is a rooftop hydrotherapy pool and plenty of spa treatments that aim towards therapeutic rather than just pampering. Even the food is all about healthy and good vibes, with Shambhala cuisine and smoothies. Ideal!

Chill out at Miami Beach Botanical Garden

A beautiful 2.6-acre urban oasis, this garden features bamboo, pagodas, water, a gazebo, and a stunning Japanese garden. With free entry and a donation-only hatha yoga class weekly, this garden is the place to relax. That said, it is often rented out for parties so try and avoid these if you’re looking to chill!

Escape to tranquil Key Biscayne

The Key is all about serenity and indulgent relaxation, with the most beautiful beaches, views, and cycling opportunities. You will not find anything touristy or consumer based here, and it is a welcome break from the rest of Miami. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue and maybe a swim in the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park nearby. Lush!

Visit the animals at Jungle Island

Feel at one with nature at Jungle Island, and enjoy watching the wildlife shows, feeding the parrots and enjoying the petting zoo. This isn’t just for children, although there are likely to be some there, so try and go during the school day when it is likely to be a bit quieter and less busy than on the weekend or in the school breaks.

Explore the Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West for around eight years, and his former home has since become a museum celebrating his life and work. Interestingly, there are almost 50 cats that roam the grounds, many of which are said to be related to Hemingway’s own cat Snowball, so whether you’re a fan of his writing or just love cats, this is a great way to spend a day relaxing.

Although Miami is an undisputed party capital where anything goes, we all need to wind down sometime, and although they are often harder to find or less well publicized, there are some amazing options for relaxing in Miami that you need to experience (before you start partying again!).

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Two High-Rise Cranes Collapse in Miami Due to Hurricane Winds

Two high-rise construction cranes in Miami collapsed on Sunday due to extreme wind speeds brought by Hurricane Irma. The storm made landfall in south Florida on Sunday morning as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds above 130 mph. The cranes were built to withstand wind speeds of up to 145 mph, NBC Miami reported.

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Derek Jeter’s Ownership Group Has Won the Bidding for the Miami Marlins

In what’s been an ongoing process for months, Miami Marlins owner Jeffery Loria has reportedly agreed to sell the MLB franchise to an ownership group led by New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter. According to the Miami Herald, Loria has agreed to sell the team for $ 1.2 billion USD. With the group winning the bidding war for the team, the sale must first be approved by the rest of Major League Baseball’s owners. The issue is expected to be discussed at next week’s owners meetings in Chicago, while the full vote isn’t expected to be held until some time in October.

According to the New York Post, Jeter will receive a 20% cut in the team as well as oversee the franchise’s baseball and business operations, while New York businessman Bruce Sherman will be the controlling owner. At the time of publication, the Marlins sit at an overall record of 53-60, putting them in second place in the NL East and 10.5 games back of a wild card spot.

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The Unexpected Activity That Should Be On Your Miami Itinerary

Miami is an art lover’s playground where you can you can explore the diverse societies that make up the African diaspora: African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and African cultures. So if you want to take in some art while exploring the diverse neighborhoods that make up Miami, check out a few of the sights and events below:

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The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, maintains a 9,000 square feet market featuring art, crafts, food, and entertainment. The facility also serves as a space for artists to display a collection of their artwork. It also offers a workshop training series for local minority small business owners. And the surrounding area also hosts “Sounds of Little Haiti,” a free outdoor concert to celebrate Haitian culture which takes place every third Friday night.

The Haitian Heritage Museum is committed to preserving and showcasing Haitian art, literary works, music, and artifacts.

The Art of Black Miami celebrates local artists by providing a series of art talks and exhibitions for them to get the spotlight. On top of visiting art displays and attending talks on culture and diversity, Miami has a variety of multicultural neighborhoods that are worthy of a visit such as :

  • The Historic Overtown – Once known as the black Wall Street, this area features a historic theatre, colorful murals of African American icons, the Black Police Precinct and Museum which showcases historical memorabilia of the first black police officers in the City of Miami, and more.
  • Little Haiti – Area hot spots include Little Haiti cultural center, restaurants featuring traditional Haitian food, and series of live music events and classes.

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  • Little Havana – From Cuban specialty foods and cigar shops to Cuban arts and culture, the area is known as a cultural museum.
  • Coconut Grove – For a Bohemian vibe, you can set sail on Biscayne Bay, stroll through the historic village west neighborhood, and then treat yourself to dinner at a sidewalk cafe

Art Beat Miami -is another cultural explosion of Miami art exhibits, culture, food, and music. You can also check out a list of Miami’s top artists here.

 African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida  – a  celebratory event honoring a diverse lineup of groups representing the Caribbean, United States, and Africa, and the legacy of cultural leaders.

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5 Reasons to Stay at Miami Beach’s New Stanton Hotel

Miami Beach has long been known for sun, fun, and nightlife. And regular visitors are probably very familiar with the row of boutique hotels that line Ocean Drive in South Beach. Well, the former South Beach Marriott has gotten a makeover and a new name. It’s now the Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel and it’s an absolute gem for business and recreational travelers alike! Here are five reasons you should stay at the Stanton.

1. The hotel is still a beauty

This historic Marriott hotel has long welcomed guests seeking sunshine, shopping, and the seashore. Today’s visitors enjoy those same pleasures but in modernized guest rooms with upscale amenities and balconies with skyline or ocean views. The Marriott Stanton South Beach has more than 200 rooms available, including more than half a dozen suites. The clean lines and art deco styling are a nod to the hotel’s past while wall-mounted flat screen televisions, open floor plans, and luxurious bathrooms with premium fixtures meet contemporary expectations.

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2. It’s close to on- and off-site activities

The Marriott Stanton South Beach didn’t just upgrade its guest rooms, it upgraded the entire hotel! Enjoy two oceanfront pools ringed with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and palm trees. Check out the view while relaxing in the high-rise lounge. Guests can use the on-site fitness center or sign up for a massage in the spa or in your guest room.

Off-property, start the day off with sunrise yoga, which is offered on a local beach within walking distance of the Stanton. Feeling adventurous? The Oleta River State Park on nearby Biscayne Bay offers kayaking. Or see the local sites on bikes you can rent directly from the hotel.

3. Enjoy local and international flavor

One of the best things about South Beach is the food. The Marriott Stanton South Beach offers guests several on-site dining options for every taste. Lolo’s Surf Cantina serves Mexican cuisine while the Deco Blue Restaurant and Bar serves American food. Feel like eating local but by the pool? Then you’ll want to order from The Spot, which will bring your meal to your beach chair. The hotel’s Japanese restaurant is scheduled to open this fall. And like any upscale hotel, room service is available.

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4. It’s like living on the beach

One of the best things about Miami Beach is the beach! And guests of the Marriott Stanton South Beach can’t get much closer—the hotel is literally beachside. You can spend every day on the soft, white sand enjoying the surf and sunshine. Available beach services include cabanas, beach umbrellas, and beach chairs. Food and drink orders are taken all afternoon, so there’s no reason at all to leave “the perfect spot.”

5. You can’t beat its location

Right on Ocean Drive, South of Fifth (SoFi) is the place to be for art, music, and entertainment in South Beach. The Marriott Stanton South Beach is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, art galleries, and even the Miami Beach Convention Center.

(Image: Aniesia Williams)
(Image: Aniesia Williams)
(Image: Aniesia Williams)
(Image: Aniesia Williams)

 

Whether you’re looking to fill your days with activities or simply relax and enjoy the warm, sunny weather, the Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel is ideally located less than 30 minutes away from Miami International Airport, and has something for everyone. See you in Miami!

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BEAUTY DEAL UPDATE:

10 Secrets of Gianni Versace’s Miami Mansion: Hidden Passages, a 24-Karat Pool and A-List Regulars

When legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace purchased his Mediterranean-style villa, then the Amsterdam Palace apartment building, in Miami Beach in 1992, Ocean Drive was still an odd collection of small hotels, modeling agencies and senior citizens’ homes. By 1997, the year he was gunned down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan on the front steps of the remarkable home he’d spent a reported $ 33 million restoring, the oceanfront strip was a bonafide celebrity destination.

RELATED: Gianni Versace’s Cold-Blooded Murder Outside His Mansion — 20 Years Later: ‘There Was Extraordinary Pain’

Twenty years after Versace’s death — the anniversary of his murder is July 15 — the property, now the celebrity-favorite hotel The Villa Casa Casuarina,  and the fantastical scenes it’s witnessed still capture the public’s imagination.

The second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, premiering in 2018, tells the story of the designer’s life and death, and inevitably of his most famous home.

The show filmed “essential, central” scenes at the house-turned-hotel, says Casa Casuarina general manager Chauncey Copeland, who notes hundreds of visitors still come to pay tribute to Versace at the property’s gates every day. But it’s most alluring features, including the ten below, can be found only once you check in.

1. The 24-Karat Pool

The villa’s most over-the-top showpiece is without a doubt the mosaic swimming pool, which is just what its name implies: “It’s made up of thousands of tiles that were imported from Italy, and hundreds of them are 24-karat gold,” says Copeland. Following her 2005 VMA wins, Kelly Clarkson jumped into the golden pool fully clothed.

2. A Hidden Time Capsule 

It’s believed that the home’s original owner, Alden Freeman, hid a time capsule in the house when it was built in 1930. The item was never uncovered during Versace’s extensive renovation of the home in the 1990s, but, Copeland notes, it is thought to be hidden in the building’s cornerstone, which was left untouched during the remodel.

3. Hidden Passageways

The villa has several hidden passages that were used by Versace and his guests. The most famous connected his dressing room to one of his libraries. Most have been closed up since the hotel moved in and the library is now known as the G Lounge.

4. Famous Overnight Guests

Madonna, Elton John and Princess Diana were all friends of Versace and overnight guests at the villa. The fashion designer’s contemporaries like Diane von Furstenberg and Halston were also frequent visitors, says Copeland.

5. Celebrity Clientele

Today the property is a luxury hotel, The Villa Casa Casuarina, but the celebrities keep coming. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber, Drake, Sylvester Stalone and Lionel Richie are all fans.

6. All-Night Soirees

One unnamed A-list client — the hotel operates under a strict code of privacy — who stayed there for an extended period “would come back with an entourage from the club and then party all the way through to the next afternoon,” says Copeland. “That was one of the more lively times.”

7. Record Visitors

Outside of the hotel’s gates however, hundreds of tourists come daily to lay flowers on the infamous front steps and take photos of the house. “The Versace mansion is the third most photographed in the United States, behind Elvis’s Graceland and the White House,” Copeland notes.

8. Supernatural Visitors

While most stop to snap a photo in front of the facade, some visitors have a more haunting interest in the property. “You do get the occasional ghost hunter,” says Copeland. “We’ve had a few people coming in over the years and try to sense his spirit. For the most part, people still see it as a place celebrating his life more than his death.”

9. An In-House Artist

Recreations of Versace’s famous bed spreads and pillows were made and brought in for the filming of American Crime Story, but the hotel’s intricate wall art has been maintained for years by an artist on staff that works to keep up and carefully restore the many murals on the property.

RELATED: A-Listers at Home: Inside the Stunning Houses of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Courteney Cox, Mindy Kaling and More Interiors-Obsessed Celebs

10. Ties to Christopher Columbus

The Mediterranean Revival home was modeled on one in the Dominican Republic owned by Diego Columbus, Christopher Columbus’s eldest son. That mysterious cornerstone was brought over from the original house.


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Fashion Deals Update:

Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins Nike Youth Girls Game Jersey – Aqua

Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins Nike Youth Girls Game Jersey – Aqua


Let your daughter cheer on her Miami Dolphins with this Game jersey from Nike! She’ll show some true team spirit and some love for Miami Dolphins #91, superstar Cameron Wake when she wears this on game day! This authentically-styled jersey is constructed of durable, pro-quality nylon mesh fabric, and is adorned with sleek Miami Dolphins graphics for an awesome look! Shop for your favorite NFL gear at Fanatics.com
List Price: $ 64.99
Price: $ 64.99

PGA National Golf Package in Miami

PGA National Golf Package in Miami


Celebrate Florida’s grand golfing tradition at PGA National Resort & Spa, a mecca for players and fans alike since 1981Home to the Professional Golfers Association of America and the annual host of the Honda Classic, our celebrated Florida golf vacation destination has a distinguished history of tournament play – including the 25th Ryder Cup, the 69th PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of PGA Seniors’ Championships.As our guest, you are invited to walk in the shadow of legends. Test your skills on 5 spectacular, tournament-ready courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Karl Litten, to name a few. Choose from a diverse array of layouts, each presenting its own exquisite challenge.These include the narrow fairways of The Squire and The “Bear Trap” – the legendary 15th,16th, and 17th holes at The Champion – once called “the real killer in golf” by Lee Trevino.Experience golf at its finest at PGA National – the true legend among South Florida Golf Courses.
List Price: $ 571.00
Price: $ 571.00

Bethenny Frankel Proves She Has an Eye for Art and Tiny Swimwear at Art Basel Miami Beach

While art collectors from around the world are crowding Miami this week for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair, Bethenny Frankel is taking advantage of the empty beach.

The Real Housewives of New York star, 46, flew south for the winter — or a long weekend at least — and has been spotted chilling on the white sand and looking undeniably flawless in a pair of rather tiny bikinis. But the New Yorker has been taking her sunshine with a side of high culture. In addition to posting a beach selfie and a poolside scene on Instagram, she shared a photo of “Bronze Collection,” a trio of sculptures of Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody and Miffy, by artist Tom Sachs, which is currently on display at the W Hotel South Beach.

RELATED: Real Housewives of New York‘s Bethenny Frankel Lists Her Tribeca Apartment for $ 6.95 Million

The Skinny Girl founder may very well be hunting for some pieces for a new home. She sold her 3,600-square-foot apartment in Manhattan’s celeb-studded Tribeca neighborhood, which she once shared with ex Jason Hoppy. The home was a sticking point in the former couple’s drawn-out divorce, which was settled in July 2016. The apartment was listed for $ 6.95 with Douglas Elliman realtor — and Frankel’s fellow Bravo star, Fredrik Eklund, who appears on Million Dollar Listing New York — and sold in just one day.

“I sold @bethennyfrankel’s Tribeca loft at 195 Hudson at FULL ASK of $ 6.95M in just ONE DAY,” Eklund writes on a post shared on his Instagram in October, adding, “Congrats, love.”

RELATED: Bravo Stars Unite: MDLNY’s Fredrik Eklund Sells RHONY Star Bethenny Frankel’s Apartment in One Day

One other item Frankel had her eye on at Art Basel won’t likely fit in a new NYC apartment, regardless of the square footage. “How abt this ride?” she captions her Instagram post of a rather snazzy white car, outfitted in zig-zags, that she spotted in the Magic City. Her followers on the social media site weren’t quite as enthused. But if any RHONY fans spot these distinctive wheels in Manhattan next week, they’ll certainly know who’s inside.


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Fashion Deals Update:

Miami Marlins Newborn & Infant Personalized Bib & Burp Cloth Set – White

Miami Marlins Newborn & Infant Personalized Bib & Burp Cloth Set – White


The entire family loves to watch the Miami Marlins dominate their opponents. Your little one can show off his fandom because you got him this Miami Marlins personalized bib and burp cloth set. The set features awesome embroidered Miami Marlins graphics, while adding a personalized touch. When it’s time to eat, this bib and burp cloth set will help keep messes to a minimum. Parents, the bib slips easily over your baby’s head and features a soft, gently gathered stretch cotton neck hole for maximum comfort; while the burp cloth is a must-have asset.
List Price: $ 31.99
Price: $ 31.99

Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins Nike Youth Girls Game Jersey – Aqua

Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins Nike Youth Girls Game Jersey – Aqua


Let your daughter cheer on her Miami Dolphins with this Game jersey from Nike! She’ll show some true team spirit and some love for Miami Dolphins #91, superstar Cameron Wake when she wears this on game day! This authentically-styled jersey is constructed of durable, pro-quality nylon mesh fabric, and is adorned with sleek Miami Dolphins graphics for an awesome look! Shop for your favorite NFL gear at Fanatics.com
List Price: $ 64.99
Price: $ 64.99