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Miramar Cultural Center presents five diverse shows

Miramar, FL – October 1, 2015) Valerie Norman Gammon, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Miramar, today announced that the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark would be offering five amazing, audience-pleasing shows in November and December 2015, ranging from ballet to Bollywood, from hip hop to gospel.

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The Historic Society of Richmond Heights presents the 3rd annual historic weekend

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The Historic Society is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Historic Weekend in celebration of Richmond Heights, a southwest Miami community founded in 1949 by Captain Frank Crawford Martin specifically for African American World War II veterans. Proceeds raised from the weekend will benefit the development of a museum that will store a rich collection of artifacts and preserve the legacy of this historic community.

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FAMU officials release statements on the passing of former Trustee C. William "Bill" Jennings

"I join Board of Trustees Chair Rufus Montgomery in expressing my deep condolences to the loved ones of former Trustee William “Bill” Jennings. In the short time that I was able to get to know Mr. Jennings, he quickly became a trusted advisor. He was kindhearted and dedicated to the advancement of FAMU. He was a strong supporter of the University, a proud alumnus, and served our country and state with great compassion and commitment." -President Dr. Mangum

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Drake's and Future's mixtape debuts at No 1, Diddy partners with LA Reid at Epic Records, Wendy Williams wants Terrence Howard fired from Empire and more!!

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Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin

Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin. Joe Philbin has been fired four games into his fourth season as coach of the Miami Dolphins, and one day after a flop on an international stage sealed his fate. The firing came Monday after the Dolphins (1-3) lost their third game in a row and turned in their fourth consecutive lackluster performance. They were beaten Sunday in London by the archrival New York Jets, 27-14.

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Bentley Motors revealed new SUV to SoFlo

Bentley's SUV takes luxury to a new level

Thursday night, Oct. 1, Bentley Motors officially revealed its new SUV to South Florida at the grand opening of Braman motors newest show room to a crowd of about 200 spectators and potential purchasers. The Bentley Bentayga is a new territory that Bentley is entering as a market and as a brand. With the Bentayga, Bentley is entering and creating a new segment into the SUV marketplace as the first ultra-luxury vehicle of its class.

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2015 historic Junior Orange Bowl Court

First Black little sister and Miss Congeniality join this year’s royal court

On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater, located at 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee held its 66th Annual Royal Court Pageant — and history was made. Takiyah Belfort, 10, competed in the Little Sister category and won the prize. She is the first Black Junior Orange Bowl Little Sister crowned by the organization in its 66 years of existence. Takiyah is a fifth grade student at Citrus Grove Elementary and the daughter of LaQuoya and Tony Belfort.

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AmEx Open event offers small businesses government contracting help

The OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series in Miami is designed to educate small business owners on the benefits of selling to the federal government. The free full day program will cover a variety of government contracting topics and provide attendees with resources, insights and networking opportunities with government officials and like-minded small business owners.

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Opa-locka passes balance budget at last minute

Several departments and salaries were cut to trim expenses

New City Manager Steve Shiver balanced Opa-Locka’s budget for the first time in four years, but it didn’t happen without some cuts and sacrifices. Shiver’s proposed budget eliminates the CRA and its executive director, Ed Brown, reducing the city’s workforce from 226 employees -- 12 positions are currently vacant -- to 174. The budget calls for reduced overtime, an outsourced Public Works deparment and eliminates the purchase of 30 new vehicles.

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Community feeding occurs in Opa-locka

Commissioner hosts every third Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the City of Opa-locka, in partnership with Feeding South Florida held its monthly food distribution, hosted by Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka. Each month, on the third Friday, an 18-wheeler truck arrives at Segal Park, packed with non-perishable groceries such as can goods, fresh vegetables, meat, sweets and a variety of other nourishments. The food is distributed — while supplies lasted — to local citizens of the community, who can fill bags, boxes and carts. The only requirement to get assistance is proof of

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Miramar to host state of the city address Thursday

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam to roll out opportunities for residents to get involved in the community

Miramar’s Wayne Messam will deliver a State of the City address at the Miramar Cultural Center, on Thursday, Oct. 1.  “What we will be doing is giving the key data points in terms of the city’s accomplishments over the last couple of years, and also highlighting the initiatives of the city, and the direction the city will be taking,” said Messam. “We also will be identifying the challenges we will be facing and how we will be working together. We’re inviting city staff, residents, the business community and all of our community organizations to the event at the Miramar Cultural Center.” What he, and his fellow Commissioners, also hope is to get more residents and more businesses involved in the community. The mayor’s office will highlight some additional initiatives, he said, so people could be partners in solving many of the challenges in the future. 

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Miami Gardens’ push for diversity in business

City leaders take note of a bold move by Miami Gardens. It had been warning companies with which it does business to add diversity to their teams. Wells Fargo and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) failed to heed their customer, Miami Gardens,’ request. And they were summarily fired. And rightfully so. Wells Fargo held most of Miami Gardens’ $60-million bond fund but it did not show any sensitivity or business acumen. Miami Gardens is the largest city in Florida with a majority of Black residents. The mayor, Oliver Gilbert III, is Black and the council is diverse. Wells Fargo and FMIT got complacent since they were not listening to the council’s requests when they put in their bids and the council was complicit. But not anymore.

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Million Man March: Local voices and memories

Community reminisces about 1995 event

It was about 20 years ago that more than a million men gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C to declare their right to justice, to atone for their failures as men and to accept responsibility as the family head. Also known as The Holy Day of Atonement, the Million Man March saw the largest gathering of Black men in America and created an atmosphere that many have called a glimpse of heaven. Twenty years later the national convener, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, calls for another gathering. This time the theme is “Justice or Else,” and it will take place on the National Mall 10/10/15. Twenty years later the Million Man March is open to men, women, Latinos, Native Americans and all who are seeking justice, according to Farrakhan.

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Boehner leaves the House in disorder

Now we know what all those tears were about. Not 24 hours after Speaker Boehner fought tears during the entire visit of Pope Francis to the Capitol on Thursday, the 13-term congressman from Ohio announced his resignation from Congress. His last day will be Oct. 30. In a town that had written his political obituary almost from the moment he took the gavel from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in January 2011, Boehner’s announcement took the Capitol by surprise. Even though storm clouds had been building again recently, no one thought he would just walk away and so quickly. Although a terrific piece by The Post’s Robert Costa about an encounter with Boehner last night shows that the end was nigh.

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Enough is enough: Too many killings of Blacks

Dear editor For the last couple of months in the inner-cities in Miami it has been horrible. Young people are dying or being shot in such regularity it makes me feel the battle is being lost. Residents are in perpetual fear because guns shots, police helicopters, and police sirens are becoming realities of daily living. Parents are more inclined to keep their children and teenagers at home rather than have them play on the park for fear some impending gang turf shoot out.

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Barry University hosts police community forum

Event addressed police brutality and possible solutions to the problem

Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) hosted a Town Hall meeting on Monday under the theme, “The Police and the Community: Who is Protected and Served?” As part of Barry’s Deliberative Dialogue Series, the event at Andres Hall addressed police brutality and possible solutions. A diverse audience engaged a distinguished panel in discussions moderated by Victory Romano, Ph.D., chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights and the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE).

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Mothers moved by murders at rally

Seven women shared the pain of losing their children on National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday

The Betty T. Ferguson Complex in Miami Gardens embraced a mood of intense emotion when the RJT Foundation joined the National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday. One by one, seven speakers shared the story of the depths of their emotions caused by untimely murders of their children and family members. Sharron Ladson, Queen Brown, Wanda Jones, Jacqueline Brown, Tangela Sears, Denise Brown, founder and CEO of RJT, and Miami Gardens City Councilman Rodney Harris delivered heartfelt accounts of first hand experiences of the aftermath of the murder of their loved ones.

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Pastor of the Week

Rev. Gregory D. Thompson Jr.: A servant according to the Lord’s description

Gregory D. Thompson Jr., born in Miami, is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. At an early age, Gregory said he “felt the call of God on his life, urging him to serve him,” but like most young people, he tried to evade God and “the pull” he had on his life. “I did not realize as a youngster, you could be young, serve the Lord, and be happy. I am happy that I gave the Lord charge of my life as a young man,” said Thompson. Being raised in the church, as was Thompson, made it very hard for him to escape the long arms of God. In fact, being taught who God was early in life, made it, said Thompson, “Very difficult to be disobedient to God’s word.” The promise made in Proverb 22:6 is very true. “Train up a child when he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Human rights commission looking at Miami-Dade

A stop on a five-city tour gathers testimony from those affected by police violence, racial discrimination

Miami-Dade residents who have been impacted by state violence and racial discrimination were able to testify as to their personal experiences before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a community forum on Monday, Sept. 21 at St. Thomas University School of Law. A delegation, led by Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine, organized visits to five U.S. cities to investigate the issue of police violence against the Black community and racial discrimination. IACHR is a part of the Organization of American States.

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Health, sex and love topic of wellness conversation

Jamaica Women of Florida hosted third event in Pembroke Pines

The Jamaican Women of Florida’s Third Annual “Health & Wellness Conversation-To Your Sexual Health, Love & Sex,” took place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Broward Regional Library at Broward College, 7300 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines. The event also included a partner massage demonstrations by Judy Wyatt of Samadhi Spa in Kendall and a Jamaican Marketplace with tons of vendors. “We are looking forward to a healthy discussion on love, sex and a healthy lifestyle. Sit back and enjoy, and ask questions,” said the group’s Vice President Cheryl Wynter. The team of Dr. Karen Carpenter, a clinical sexologist and psychologist, and Michael Anthony Cuffe, a communications consultant and motivational speaker, lead the discussion on love and sex that afternoon. Dr. Carpenter spoke a great deal about what happened during her workshops, focusing on the key components of romantic love and self-esteem. Carpenter noted that some people got into close relationships with their friends, which could lead to intimacy and commitment, but no passion. Such relationships could work, she said, but it was best to have passion combined with


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