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Miami Gardens passes $60 million bond

Despite doubts and uncertainty, residents in Miami Gardens rallied behind city leaders on Monday and approved a $60 million general obligation bond referendum to renovate the city’s parks, hoping to attract more investors to the state’s largest predominately Black city. The controversial referendum won by nearly 62 percent of the vote through a special election in which mail-in ballots were sent out to the city’s 65,689 registered voters April 1. Voter participation was low with only 13 percent of those voters sending in their ballots by Monday’s deadline. A total of 8,353 votes were officially counted from the election.

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Residents march through Liberty City to protest

Who was in the casket? It wasn’t Kimouria Gardner. The 17-year-old was buried two weeks ago after being killed by a gunshot wound to the head as she sat on a park bench in the Little River area watching her younger cousins. Nor was it Linda Ann Grant, the 62-year-old woman who was gunned down outside a Liberty City grocery store last week. Her funeral has not yet been held.

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Is Black male mental health being ignored?

About 150 people attended an event seeking community-wide solutions to improve mental health in young Black males last Friday at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The event was a collaborative effort called “Black Male Mental Health Conference” in the series “Empowering the Village to Serve Black Male Youth.” Event coordinators said Friday’s conference was created to foster a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving the mental health of young, Black men.

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Moving forward to ‘Greener’ pastures

Venerable Liberty City store makes grand comeback

If the shoe fits, wear it. Nearly fifteen months after his venerable Liberty City store was bulldozed to make way for a new transit development, Tyrone Greene reopened his longtime family business in a new, bigger location last Saturday to throngs of customers an

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Hundreds of youths enjoy Disney movie

Hundreds of residents in Northwest Miami-Dade County turned out recently for the popular Disney movie Frozen. The event, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, was held at the North Pointe YMCA. Families brought blankets and lawn chairs for a picture-perfect evening. Kids were treated to free hot dogs, popcorn and sodas.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for Moore Park Recreation Center

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon celebrated the opening of the recently completed Recreation Center at Moor Park on Wednesday, April 17, 2014.  The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 765 NW 36 Street, Miami, FL.

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Greater St. Paul in Coconut Grove gears up for 118th Anniversary

One of the oldest historical Black churches in Miami is preparing to celebrate its 118th birthday. The Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church is a beacon of hope and acceptance for the West Coconut Grove community. Founded on April 27, 1896, by Jeremiah H. Butler, the church was originally built to serve a community of 300 residents and Bahamian settlers. Today, the church is a

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Bishop Victor T. Curry receives the “Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Award”

Visionary, social activist and influential religious leader Bishop Victor T. Curry, was presented the Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker award at the 16th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards held at the 16th annual National Action Network Convention (NAN) in New York City. The event is held annually in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's death. The award

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New Way Worship and Praise runs Sharing Shop operation

Bishops Billy and Catherine Baskin and members of New Way Worship and Praise Center in Miami Gardens are stepping up their efforts to serve the community.

Dr. William Bringier honored with birthday gala, more accolades

At a lavish gala in the Joseph Caleb Center, friends, family and church members recently celebrated the 93rd birthday of Dr. William Bringier, Elder and Pastor of Titus Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Tributes and testimonies praised the life and legacy of Bringier for his 30 years of service at the church, located at 1952 NW 52nd St. A musical tribute by the “The Woods Gospel Singers” was performed.

Florida Memorial president to speak at Mt. Hermon AME

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will speak at Mt Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens as part of “ Greek Sunday”  services on Sunday, April 27. The service will begin at 10am at the church, located at 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens.

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Continue moving forward on your path to greatness

In Psalm 13:3-4, David cries out to God. He says “Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. David questions God about “how long” in verses 1-2, now in verses 3-4 he asks the Lord to “look on me and answer,” and “give light to my eyes.” David wants God to turn and look “on him” not “at him.” So many of us need the Lord to look on us! Instead of at us! Because we need a complete assessment of our whole life and not just a particular area!

Walk for obesity in Overtown to be held Saturday

The James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society (JWBMS) is sponsoring its annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Sat., May 3 from 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk which will be on a clearly delineated and easily accessible route, followed by a health fair.

Fun pools, swim lessons to help reduce drownings

County officials seek to stem drownings among Black youths

Who can forget Aug. 3, 2010? That day, the family of Dekendrix Warner was having a picnic at a park in Shreveport, La. The 15-year-old was playing in the Red River when he slipped onto a thick clay surface before landing into 15 feet of water.

Overtown's Historic Lyric Theater hosts ‘Living Legends’

FAMU’s world-renowned Strikers Dance Troupe will join the Mahogany Dance Theater to celebrate the “Living Legends, 25 Years in Dance” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the historic Lyric Theatre, 819 NW 2nd Avenue in Overtown.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations go out to Roberta Daniels, president, Booker T. Washington Alumni Association for the ninth year of honoring outstanding alumni under the umbrella of “The Living Legends Awards,” last Saturday at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel before over 300 people. The Honorees included: Delores D. Hills, Dr. Mary L. Hylor. Linda Rogers, Roberta Daniels, Reginald Burton, Dr. Herman Allen, Lames Leggett, James McCray, Nathaniel Ray, and Damas Petit. The criteria

Fewer Florida students to receive 'Bright Futures'

What does this mean for our inner-city youth?

Tougher requirements in the state’s Bright Futures program have dramatically reduced the amount of students who qualify for scholarships. Only half of Bright Futures scholarships will be awarded this fall compared to last year. About 21,340 students are expected to be eligible for the merit-based scholarship this fall, much fewer than the 41,107 who qualified last year.

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5000 Role Models get informed

Event targets young men who are seeking post-high school alternatives

Helping young men achieve their dreams after high school is imperative to the entire community. Many have an idea of what they want to be when they “grow-up” but few have the resources. Enter the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, whose focus is to to mentor boys ages nine through 19.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The New Beginning Enrichment Center is hosting Y.E.S. Conference 2014 B R.E.A.L: Ready, Empowered, Authentic, Ladies April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. The conference will begin 10 a.m. on April 27. All events are free. Call 305-681-0119. Attachable Inc. promotes unity in the community through a fundraiser on April 25. Call Larry Young at 786-352-6043.

FMU students go ‘bananas’, win $5K in start-up funds

A group of Florida Memorial University (FMU) students recently won $5,000 in start-up funds at a two-day business plan competition at Florida Atlantic University. Trendolyn Hopkins, Juan Brown, Michael Baptiste and H.E. Neter Kush Ben Alkebulan earned the prize after winning the People's Choice Award, capping an intense weekend of competition between aspiring entrepreneurs.

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