Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz Takes on Dreamgirls Classic

 

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Norbert Leo Butz
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Miami-based Antonio Junior is the Founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., where his responsibilities include hiring, training and managing division leaders to oversee the company’s workforce. Though he lives in Miami, Antonio Junior regularly travels to New York City, where he enjoys attending Broadway plays. One of his favorites is Dreamgirls.

In early April, veteran stage performer and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz took to the stage at the MCC Theater’s annual MisCast Gala, where he performed multiple songs from Dreamgirls. The Miscast Gala provides performers the opportunity to take on songs they would never get to perform professionally due to differences like gender, age, and race.

Butz led an ensemble cast made up of stage veterans Brian d’Arcy James, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kelli O’Hara, Jordan Fisher, Stephanie J. Block, and Jenn Colella. Together, the group performed the Dreamgirls hits, “It’s All Over,” and, “I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

To cap off the performance, Butz ended by bowing at the feet of Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie in the Broadway production of Dreamgirls. The performances are available for viewing via the MCC Theater’s official YouTube page.

When to Visit South Africa

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South Africa
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Miami Springs businessman Antonio Junior founded Florida Conservation, Inc., in 2003 and has since generated the highest venue volume in the GRS, LLC system of local partners across the nation. An entrepreneur who earned an MBA at Florida International University in Miami, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling in his leisure time, and visited South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s presidency.

Located at the bottom of the African continent, South Africa attracts many travelers with its culture and urban life as well as its wildlife and safaris. When planning a trip, travelers should be sure to pick the best season for their interests.

Those looking to embark on a safari in Kruger or one of the other parks will want to visit in the drier season, from May to October, when animals gather around water sources. However, this season tends to be muggy so be prepared for high humidity. Travelers looking for a beach holiday will want to book a trip during the hot season from November to March, though be warned that the country experiences an influx of travelers over Christmas and New Year’s. Finally, travelers interested in exploring Cape Town and the Garden Route will want to visit from March to May as the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists.

Honoring UM’s Black Trailblazers

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UTrailblazers Gala
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Entrepreneur Antonio Junior of Miami, Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami (UM). Antonio Junior serves as co-chair of the UM Black Alumni Society’s First Black Graduates Project Committee, which organized UTrailblazers, a series of events held February 24-25, 2017, at UM’s Coral Gables campus. The celebration honored men and women who blazed the trail for racial integration at UM during the 1960s and 1970s.

Following registration and a guided bus tour around the campus, the UTrailblazer exhibition at the Otto G. Richter Library featured a reception and a lecture by history professor Donald Spivey. The Opening Ceremony had as keynote speaker attorney Harold Long, past president and a founder of United Black Students.

More events followed the second day, capped by the UTrailblazers Gala, which paid tribute to all the black graduates of the 1960s and 1970s. During the gala, recognition was also given to distinguished UTrailblazers and funds were raised for scholarships.

Three Tips for a Stress-Free Air Travel Experience

 

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Stress-Free Air Travel
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Antonio Junior is an entrepreneur and the founder of fuel reclamation services firm Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs, Florida. Outside of his professional life, Antonio Junior likes to spend his free time engaged in his favorite pastimes, one of which is traveling.

As exciting as it is to arrive at a travel destination, the process of getting there can be incredibly stressful, especially for those traveling by air. The following three tips can help travelers avoid unnecessary stress at the airport.

1. Do as many things ahead of time as you can. Does your airline offer the opportunity to check in for your flight online? Take it. Does the airline offer you the option of saving your boarding pass to your smart phone? Take advantage of that, too. The more that you can do before you arrive at the airport, the less time you will spend waiting in lines.

2. Consider signing up for TSA Precheck. Individuals who meet certain qualifications and are determined to be low-risk flyers can pay a fee that allows them to move more quickly through security checkpoints in airports around the world.

3. Evaluate your luggage ahead of time. Make sure that your bags meet your airline’s standards for weight and size, regardless of whether you’re checking your luggage or carrying it on. Additionally, all liquids and gels stored in carry on bags need to meet the 3-1-1 rule, where containers can hold up to three ounces of liquid and must be stored in one quart sized plastic bag to be screened at security.