Miami Women Share Domestic Violence Stories in Video Installation: "These Women Amaze Me"

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Courtesy Cat Del Buono
Filmmaker, artist, talent manager, and Mastermind Honorable Mention Cat Del Buono has been a tireless advocate of women's equality for years. Recent projects Miamians may remember include her poster campaign for small boobs plastered through Wynwood and her video, "How Not to Get Raped," a response to the backwards tips from Cosmopolitan magazine, the University of Colorado, and other sources on how college women could prevent attacks.

Bouncing between Miami, New York, and LA, Del Buono and her artist collective, ReFemme, are making waves with their ongoing "Vanity Unfair" project, where flash mobs walk wearing exaggerated "enhancements" made of balloons and red wax lips, acknowledging the absurdity of Miami's obsession with plastic surgery. Del Buono's most recent endeavor, "Voices," also began in Miami. The exhibition displays several monitors of women speaking simultaneously, recounting varied experiences of domestic abuse. She began interviewing women for the video installation months ago at The Lodge, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

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Celebrity Stylist Chiara Solloa: "Miami's Got Big Things Happening and Popping"

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Photo and styling by Chiara Solloa
It's been said that the man makes the clothes, not the clothes that make the man, but local stylist Chiara Solloa thinks that's only half the story.

"You can be anybody if you're wearing the right clothes," Solloa says. "It makes you feel a certain way, and that's what I love about it."

For more than 20 years, she's helped set the right look on models, actors, and musicians for everything from spreads to music videos. She was recently recognized as a top player in the field by fashion author Luanne McLean in her book Contemporary Fashion Stylists, she's about to launch a new style blog, and she recently gave birth to her first child.

All pretty impressive stuff, but for Solloa, it's just part of the program. Being a professional stylist is way deeper than just shopping for and picking out great clothes. You've got to be your own accountant and manager. You've got increasing pressures to manage social media accounts and balance an online presence as well as your budget. Plus, you've got total clothing choice for hair and make-up, even little details like lighting.

By now, Solloa is a highly-sought after professional, having worked BMW to Bacardi, Lupe Fiasco to Robin Thicke and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few. But success doesn't come overnight.

See also: The Five Most Miami Collections at New York Fashion Week

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: 13 of the Duo's Best Comedy Bits

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Trying to name all the funny moments that occurred in Steve Martin and Martin Short's self-described "Very Stupid Conversation" is kind of like trying to count all the grains of sand in the Sahara. Frankly, there are too many to mention.

Even before the two comedy legends took the stage at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past weekend, a montage of the duo's funniest moments from Saturday Night Live and their numerous films and television appearances affirmed the fact that Martin and Short may be the funniest comedy team since Rowan and Martin or Martin and Lewis.

Snarky, sharp, cynical and self-effacing, they began by sizing up the crowd and surmising that while the venue appeared sold out, "It's we who have sold out. If we had saved up, we wouldn't be here."

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Florida Gallery To Exhibit Life-Size Prints of Leaked Nude Pics

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Florida, why you always gotta go there?

A St. Petersburg art gallery plans to put even more eyes on the recently leaked nude photos of female celebrities like actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton. As part of LA street artist XVALA's "Fear Google" campaign, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CALA) will display the unaltered, blown-up images on canvas in an upcoming show called "No Delete" next month at CACA's The Showroom, located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg.

See also: South Florida Celeb Ariana Grande Among Victims of Mass Hacked Nude Pic Leak

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Joan Rivers Dead at 81: Eight Jokes from the Comedy Legend

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Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers has died at 81. Rivers never fully recovered from complications during an August 28 surgery in New York City, where she suffered cardiac arrest and was later placed in a medically-induced coma. On September 2, daughter Melissa Rivers revealed her mother was on life support.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."

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Beyoncé Turns 33 Today: Let's Celebrate With Her Sassiest Gifs

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Beyoncé "Queen Bey" Carter turns 33 today and for some reason, this momentous occasion hasn't become a national holiday yet. Maintaining her status as America's favorite pop star since the Destiny's Child days, the recent relative scandals have been, dare we say, refreshing.

There was that once-questionable trip to Cuba, and the infamous elevator incident involving her husband Jay-Z and sister Solange Knowles. But the biggest mark of Bey's breaking out of the perfect persona is her latest album, Beyoncé, which has been hailed as a feminist work, particularly for the sampling of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speech in the track, "Flawless."

See also: Beyonce: Five Reasons Queen Bey Is a Modern Feminist Icon

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Remembering Robin Williams in The Birdcage

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Robin Williams, one of Hollywood's most beloved comedic actors, was reported dead Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams was found at his home in California on Monday afternoon. Coroners said the cause of death appeared to be "suicide due to asphyxia," but an investigation is underway in order to make a final determination.

Williams rose to prominence as the title alien in the TV series Mork & Mindy, later earning Academy Award nominations for his film roles in Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting. His most lasting impression in Miami, however, was in 1996's The Birdcage.

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Chris Colfer on His New Kids' Book, Gloria Estefan, and Rewriting History

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Like many children, when Chris Colfer was a wee lad, he would doodle silly characters and write passages to his made up stories. As he grew up, he kept adding to those stories that once helped him get through adolescence. And now as an adult, he's able to share those same stories with the world.

"I promised myself that one day I would get it done, and thanks to Glee, the opportunity came and I jumped on it," Colfer told Cultist over the phone from New York City.

What he got done - aside from a successful run on Glee, winning a Golden Globe, writing a young adult novel (Struck by Lightning), writing a screenplay and producing his first major film - was finally getting around to bringing his fairy tale scribbles to fruition. The first installment in a now-growing series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012, followed by The Enchantress Returns in 2013, and keeping the steady flow, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning was just released this week.

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Pitbull Look-Alike Ariel Tojo Surprises Tourists in Times Square

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Ariel Tojo, 43, is a jack-of-all-trades. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Tojo dabbles in many things, including real estate, training, and most notably, acting. His favorite gig? Impersonating Mr. 305 himself, also known as Pitbull.

"I really love acting in general, but especially impersonating Pitbull," Tojo said in a phone interview. He was recently hired to impersonate Pitbull at a That's So Miami event in Times Square June 18, put on by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tojo was extremely enthusiastic about his role -- one which he has assumed many times with great success. But last week marked his first time playing Pitbull outside Miami.

"I have a lot in common with Pitbull, and we have similar mannerisms and swag," Tojo said. His goal is to one day perform as Pitbull in Las Vegas. "People always come up to me and think that I'm him."

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DJ Irie on Irie Weekend, Teaching Shaq to Spin, and LeBron James' Future

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Saying you're a "DJ" is a lot like saying, "I am in PR." It's an overused phrase, and usually not taken that seriously. Unless, of course, "DJ" is followed by "Irie." When you say you're DJ Irie, it's a lot like saying, "I am the President." It's immediately recognized and respected. When it comes to Irie, there is just one.

The music man, whose real name is Ian Grocher, is the NBA's first DJ, being hired by the Miami Heat for the 1999-2000 season. Ever since, his life has essentially been 365 days of nonstop madness. From residencies at LIV to being flown by Robert Downey Jr. to spin soirees at his home, Irie's Miami casa sees very little of him. And yeah, that is how he likes it.

So before he hopped on a plane to go to NYC for just six hours to play an event, he gave us 30 minutes of his time. (Hey, we felt honored. Time is not something he has much of.) We talked about his famous Irie Weekend that starts today, the Shaq rumor, and whether he thinks LeBron will be back for the 2014-2015 season. (Good news Heat fans -- he does.)

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