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Sand available for flood-prone District 9 residents at eight locations

Should an advisory be issued for Tropical Storm Erika, sand will be available at eight locations in Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss’ District 9. Residents who live in flood-prone zones can come to fill their sand bags.

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, today marks 60th anniversary of Emmett Till's death, Derrick Rose responds to gang rape lawsuit, two of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's biggest stars are coming back to television with a spin off show and more!

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Florida governor declares state of emergency in Florida as Tropical Storm Erica nears

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico on Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing at least four people and causing devastating floods and landslides in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.

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Party to close National Black Business Month Saturday

Former Bravo ‘Top Chef’ contestant Ron Duprat to host soirée Aug. 29

After all the serious panels and events surrounding Black Business Month, Brock Entertainment Group, Urban Miami and SocialXchange have put together a reception where entrepreneurs and others can share all they have learned in August -- in a laid back atmosphere. They have invited Ron Duprat, former Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant, to host a Black & White soirée on Saturday, Aug. 29, culminating the monthlong celebration of National Black Business Month (NBBM). Organizers says the event will provide guests with a fusion of delectable cuisine, good company, and authentic dialogue with successful and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout South Florida.

Follow these FPL storm tips

Keep your family and home safe during hurricane season

FPL urges Floridians to be prepared and be aware of potential electrical hazards at all times, especially before, during and after severe weather. Below are electricity-related tips to keep you and your family safe during hurricane season. Before a storm threatens  • Do not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near any overhead power lines. Only specially trained line-clearing professionals should work around power lines. • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, review your family emergency plan for backup power or make arrangements to relocate when a storm warning is issued.

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Vester Lee Flanagan II, aka Bryce Williams, named as suspect in live television shooting in Virginia dies

Suspect identified in on-air killing

Police identified Flanagan as the man who walked up to Alison Parker, an on-air reporter, during a live remote interview on WDBJ's morning show.

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'Awakening Jamaica' Exhibit

Photography from 1890s show few dark-skinned people

Like so many Miami-based immigrants, home is a beguiling word, especially for Americanized Jamaicans who revel in Starbucks coffee but still reminisces the morning Manchester roast. From Aug. 6 — Jamaica’s official date of independence from British rule-- to Nov. 1, HistoryMiami Center of Photography is exhibiting "Awakening Jamaica: Photographs by Valentine & Sons, 1891."

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‘No More Blues:’ The Photographic Anthology

Exhibition inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in South Florida

An exhibition dedicated to advocacy and Change For Black Lives captured by photographer Cendino Temé opens Aug. 28 at the Historic Ward Rooming House, located at 249 NW Ninth St., in Overtown. The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida Inc. presents a compilation of images from the I-95 peaceful protest that took place in December 2014 during Art Basel.

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Journey to Spain at Bulla

Flavor abounds at casual Coral Gables spot

Respect must be shown to any casual-concept restaurant that doesn’t have condiments on the table. No salt, pepper or sugar. Forget about ketchup, not a tube of the red stuff was in sight. Welcome to Bulla Gastrobar (pronounced booya), which the owners say means “the ability to create a stir; what everyone’s talking about.” What Bulla is is a meander through Spain, from its tapas (small plates) offerings to its authentic Spanish spelling on the menu.

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The Social Whirl

Summer of 2015 was busy for many. In some of our previous conversations, I shared news of meetings, vacations, reunions, and other historical moments. It’s our news about the people we know and the places they go. On the go describes the members of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated who attended the Leadership Conference held in Chicago during the week of July 15-19. Among the sorors on the scene were: Taquan

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Welcome back to school

The Miami Children’s Initiative and partners gave a red carpet welcome to Brownsville Middle School students on the first day of school Monday.

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M-DCPS, UTD reach historic agreement

The district and the union also came to an agreement regarding the teacher evaluation process.

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Little Haiti hosts program to empower youth

Students learned skills for careers in digital media

The Miami Digital Media Incubator (DMI), in partnership with the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and Microsoft Corp., facilitated a four-week summer job training program for young people in Miami-Dade County interested in photography, film, coding and web design.

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Children’s Trust approves funding for youth programs

Local summer and after-school providers to receive an additional $2.2 million

Thirteen more agencies receive funding from The Children’s Trust

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Commissioner sponsors youth internship program

College, high school students gained work experience during the summer

While most high school and college students file paperwork during their summer internships, 34 aspiring professionals got real-life experience thanks to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII). For eight to 10 weeks, students were paid to gain valuable work experience in county government and the private sector.

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Farrakhan calls on Black press

‘Justice or Else’ march will focus on unity

‘Justice or Else’ March: Black press called to spread the news

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FMU Explorers Program helps shape Black males

Summer session closed with an awards presentation program

Florida Memorial University’s pioneering Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) recently closed out a successful summer program, honoring their top students at an awards presentation. This year’s awards were presented to the following students: Farrell Mays, Most Academic; Isiah Knight, Mr. BMCEP and MVP; Tymoie Coleman, Most Athletic; Daniel Smithen, Most Talented; Ryan Thomas, Freshman of The Year; Eric Vincent, Senior of The Year; Henry Tillman, Senior of the Year; and Xavier Jackson, Most Improved.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a Planning Meeting, 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6 p. m. Call 305-620-4827.

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'Generation One' teaches Black wealth building

Couple's movie message changed financial behavior of viewers

The need for financial education is a mantra heard more and more in the Black community. Financial literacy, learning how to manage money and using it to make more money, is a lesson that may require one to seek an expert, because it may not be a part of a curriculum in school. Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, owners of Tyler New Media, created a movie that discusses how Blacks can build wealth with expert advice called "Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth." “As a community, we need to learn how to speak with dollars. When we learn that, we can have more conversations that can't be ignored,” said Lamar Tyler.

Business law education targeted to six inner city neighborhoods

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco explained the sale of tobacco and alcohol to locals

The sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors was the topic of the first Business/Law Enforcement Group meeting of the Urban Drug Free Community Coalition/Gang Alternative Inc.'s, meeting Aug. 20. Lt. Gustavo Luna of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Karyn Kinsie and Officer Judy Chacon presented a law enforcement perspective and update on current activities at the meeting, held at the Urban League of Greater Miami Freedom Hall Sanctuary.


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