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Wednesday, December 28

Has Scott forgotten for whom he works?

Governor Scott is sticking to his platform and has refused millions of dollars from the...

South Dade football wrap-up

Often overshadowed by northern, inner city teams like Norland, Northwestern, Carol City, Jackson and Central,...

Can we get some honesty in Washington?

The Christmas to New Years week is always a period of introspection for me. I...

Who are we to decide?

Stones were popular during biblical times used as tools and building materials and in some...

Night Watch Service remains strong tradition in Black church

There are disparate accounts of just how Night Watch Services began from supposed stories of...

Pastor of the Week: Reverend Oscar Chestnut

Local ministry teaches how to create a New You Most pastors confessed that the pulpit...

Teens get on-the-job training

[gallery link="file" columns="1" orderby="title"] Thirty sworn in for Countys first Youth Commission The new faces...

Street Talk December 28,2011

What is your New Years resolution? Evelyn Berry, 79, retired, Little Haiti I want God...

Jacksons retirees bring joy to hospitalized kids

Former nurses and administrators now retired from Jackson Health System say that while they have...

FMU students beat visa troubles

International students at Florida Memorial University (FMU) faced the possibility of having their plans to...

NOW rallies push for ex-offender rights

Studies by the Florida Parole Commission, Florida Department of Justice and a report commissioned by...

Local arts programs get big boost with Knight Foundation grants

Thirty-one fresh, innovative ideas from some of the top artistic minds and cultural groups in...

Teen girls take stand on dating violence

Dating violence is a serious and sometimes deadly occurrence that plagues the lives of young...

King of the Blues returns to Miami

He once called himself the Beale Street Blues Boy, shortened it to Blue Boy King...

Ludacris takes to the mic in New Years Event Soundclash

Rapper and actor Christopher Bain Bridges, 34, better known as Ludacris, will take on singer,...

State Representative Stafford hosts Liberty City Christmas celebration

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and lend a hand to those that...

Blacks must reclaim the "right" to vote

The recent actions of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder illustrate just how serious the situation...

Why cant Rick Scott stay in his lane?

Florida Governor Rick Scott is back in the news. Not to address why he has...

We must all work to end poverty in the U.S.

A typical definition of poverty is a significant material deficiency, or an inability to provide...

Centrals Donaldven Manning beats the odds

Donaldven Manning, 19, was born and raised in Liberty City and is the fifth of...

KENNETH MORLEY, 60

retired, died December 27 at North Shore Hospital. Service 12 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012...

HAZEL SUILLIVAN, 73

homemaker, died December 12 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 11 a.m., today at House of...

JOHNNIE MAE WALKER- LIGHTBOURNE

Card of Thanks The family of the late, wishes to express our sincere appreciation for...

NAIQUITA POND, 25

died December 16 in Sparks, Ga.Service 1 p.m., Friday in the chapel....

CHARLIE T. WYNDS, 77

retired body mechanic, died December 23 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at...

ANNA VICKERS-MCDUFFIE, 57

neighborhood service representative, died December 20 at Jackson North Medical Center. Viewing 2-8 p.m., Thursday...

JAMES EDWARD WALKER, 67

laborer, died December 17 in Edgville, South Carolina. Service 10 a.m., Friday at Mt. Calvary...

TERENCE COBB, 26

baggage handler, died December 20. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at First Baptist Church of Bunche...

WILLIE ROGERS CONNER

60, cook, died December 20 at home. Service 11 a.m., today at St. Luke Missionary...

DESRICK RICHARDS, 50

laborer, died December 16 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Friday in the chapel....

LOUISE MOORE, 84

private nurse, died December 23 at Mount Sinai Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Miami...

WILLIE FRYER ,63

laborer, died December 22 at Francos Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Service 11 a.m., today in...

FREDDIE J. GRAHAM, 66

landscaper, died December 26. He is survived by his wife, Jeroline; sons, Freddie and Tai;...

FRANCINA MCKNIGHT, 43

homemaker, died December 22 at home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Truly Christian Fellowship Center....

MARQUISE KENNETH McDUFFIE

43, cook, died December 2. Service 11 a.m., Saturday, in the chapel....

CLEOPHUS ORANGE (CLEO)

founder and executive director of Project S.T.O.P.P.P. (Successful Transformation of Potentially, Productive, Persons), born September...

HENRIETTA JORDAN, 89

domestic, died December 20 at North Shore Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

IZETTA MAE BUSH, 99

cafeteria worker for Miami-Dade Public Schools, died December 16. Survivors include her daughters, Vanessa Gibson...

SHELDON V. MOBLEY aka CAPT. MOB, 56

retired from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, died December 25 in Ocala, FL. Service 3 p.m.,...

CATHERINE GUMBS, 92

retired nurse, died December 22 at home. Service Saturday in the chapel....

WILLIE JAMES MOORE, 61

barber, died December 18 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Friday at Believers...

Thursday, December 22

Community seeks solutions to growing job dilemma

After months of canvassing a diverse spectrum of Miami-Dade County's low-income neighborhoods, the community-based group...

MJ Smith Miamis golden voice of gospel radio

During his formative years in Liberty City where he attended Miami Central Senior High, MJ...

Christmas begins and ends with a simple touch

If this were a perfect world, the approach of December 25th would bring the proverbial...

Chocolate Me! teaches Black kids to love themselves

Taye Diggs first came on the scene after stealing the show in How Stella Got...

Orosa sworn in as Miamis new chief of police

Manuel Orosa was sworn in last Friday as the new City of Miami police chief,...

Norland gets its revenge and second state championship

Norland has had an entire year to contemplate their loss in the Class 5A state...

Making season bright for children of the inmates

Last Thursday, Dec. 16, local attorney Kionne L. McGhee gave a helping hand to Santa...

Central falls flat in state finals

The former 2010 state champion Central Rockets fuel was low at the incipient moments of...

FAMU alumni president: We can solve our own problems

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been under fire since the hazing-related death of band member...

Wednesday, December 21

Black women: Seeking a cosmetic difference

If you are among those Black women that use popular cosmetic brands such as Lancme,...

Bullards bill takes aim at cyber-bullying

Parents and school board members join in the fight Moving from childhood to the age...

Street Talk December 21, 2011

Will young people turn out to vote for Obama in 2012? Curtis Johnson, 79, retired,...

Florida Family Association sparks religious debate, possible boycott

With Islam one of the fastest growing religions in America and the world, it seems...

Exhibit makes Kwanzaa art affordable

Treated by many in the U.S. as Christmass estranged cousin, the 45-year-old Kwanzaa holiday often...

CLEO BRAXTON, 86

died December 13 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Thursday at The Church of...

SARAH HOWARD JOHNSON, 77

retired educator for Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 31 years, died December 18 at Palmetto...

DORA WILCOX

Card of ThanksThe family of the late, wishes to extend thanks to everyone for your...

VIRGINIA PATRICK, 81

died December 18 at Miami Jewish Home. Survivors include: daughters, Virginia Hart (Michael), Patricia Burley,...

CYNTHIA BAIN-FARMER, 67

registered nurse, died December 17 at Florida Medical Center. Viewing 5-7 p.m., Friday in the...

GRACE WILSON, 51

domestic, died December 19 at home. Service 12 p.m., Friday at World International Church....

JEROME WASHINGTON, 59

master sergeant, died December 11 at the V.A. Medical Center. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday in...

DEMETRIUS SULOVER JOHNSON, 39

cafeteria manager, died December 8 at home. Service 1 p.m., Friday at Mt. Olive Church...

WHITFIELD SANDS, 36

died December 15 at home. Service 1 p.m., Tuesday in the chapel....

IONA WILSON, 75

dietician, died December 15 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

LUVERNE HUNTER FINLEY, 84

homemaker, died December 17 at home. Survivors include: one son, William Finley. Service 12 p.m.,...

WILLIE LEGGETT, 36

laborer, died December 10. Service 10 a.m., Friday at Spirit of Christ....

PAMELA O. DAVIS, 52

bus aide, died December 11 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Tuesday at Church...

RONALD DOC JACOBS

Card of Thanks The family of the late, wishes to express our sincere appreciation for...

Monday, December 19

Health initiative has attracted more than 4,000 volunteers

When many people see an RV, they instantly imagine the many life changing cross country...

Wednesday, December 14

Faith Calendar, Dec. 14 - 20

New Life Family Worship Centers Womens Ministry invites girls and women to their seminar, How...

Pastor of the Week: Bishop Julian C. Jackson

Local minister explains why you're never too old to learn Some of the most important...

Black Israelites host Peace Summit

The Celestial Federation of Yahweh (CFY), formerly known as the Nation of Yahweh, will host...

Black 'Generation X' gets geared up for 2012 election

Florida is one of 15 states that has changed its election laws since GOP-dominated legislatures...

Scott's job creation plan appears to be working

New job creation and unemployment numbers were released for October 2011 and they are extremely...

Hats off to those who brought The Messiah to Liberty City

If you missed The Messiah under the direction of Dr. Nelson Hall last Sunday evening...

Norland & Central move on to state finals

Its been a banner year for local high school football here in Miami-Dade County. Of...

Take 6 founder reflects on groups 30-year career

A cappella sextet returns to Miami for holiday performance Miami is preparing for the return...

Liberty City-born woman targets online shoppers

Stylish shoe store goes global The fashion business is an industry that requires dedication and...

Elderly share holiday reflections

One of the biggest pleasures for the Christmas season is being able to travel home...

Booker T. Tornadoes lose their cool and state final

The Booker T. Washington Tornados were unable to claim the gold last Saturday night, leaving...

A Christmas Carol a story that never grows old

There are some things that many of us anticipate each year as the Christmas season...

Discrimination lawsuit filed against town of Palm Beach

The town of Palm Beach has recently come under fire after members of its police...

People December 14,2011

Corrections for the information I reported about the Calendar Tea held at The Historic St....

Overtown youth have fun at tree lighting

Children from Overtown were all smiles during the annual tree lighting ceremony held last Thursday,...

Legacies: Miami's former Black police chiefs

Some may wonder if the City of Miami is ready for a Black police chief,...

$3 million grant to target diabetes

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Health centers focus on increasing care for uninsured The GE (General...

How do we lead and what is our agenda?

A Tea Party friend of mine said to me that like it or not, as...

The time is right for a "brother" to lead the Miami police

Before we are accused of being separatists, racists or other like-minded foolish notions, its important...

New Bahamas ferry prepares to set sail

The new ferry system linking South Florida to the Bahamas was set to open last...

Street Talk December 14,2011

Has the tradition of hazing run its course? Fannie Humes, 77, retired, MiamiI doubt it...

Chatter that matters December 14, 2011

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Anthony Simons is still revering and reminiscing about spending...

Three sistas open stage door for talented Black youth

What happens when a young couple in love is able to rise from the streets...

Lifestyle Happenings, Dec. 14-20

A community health fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Memorial Temple Missionary...

WALTER PETTY, 84

cook, died November 25 at home. Service 2 p.m., Friday....

MAE C. JONES, 83

housewife, died December 8 at North Shore Hospital. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

GERTRUDE R. FRAZIER 04/11/1930 - 12/16/2010

In Memoriam In loving memory of, We miss you so much but, we find solace...

ELOISE ANNIE FORREST, 90

housewife, died December 7 at Memorial Sheridan Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New Birth...

ARTHUR EDWARDS 12/12/1955 - 07/07/2010

Happy Birthday In loving memory of, Happy birthday you will always be in our heart,...

ANNIE RUTH BOOTHE, 81

housewife, died December 8 at Coral Gables Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at New Jerusalem...

HATTIE HILL MCGHEE

Card of Thanks The family of the late, would like to thank everyone for their...

Gwendolyn Pollock, 52

died December 6 at UM Hospital. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday. Service 1 p.m., Saturday in...

HORACE MORRIS

former director of the Model Cities program 1968-1974, died in Willingboro, New Jersey on December...

WILBERT ROBINSON, 78

died December 7 at home. Service Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church....

GUITANNIE RANDOLPH, 57

retired postal worker, died December 8. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Highway Holiness Church....

EDDIE W. GERVIN, 80

retired truck driver, died December 6 at Aventura Medical Center. Survivors include: wife, Mary Neal-Gervin;...

NANCY YVONNE JOHNSON, 64

bank teller, died December 9 at Aventura Hospital. Survivors include: husband, Ivin; son, Howard, sisters,...

NATHANIEL LEE HOLMES, 80

died December 7 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Survivors include: his wife, Lois Gilbert Holmes. Service...

ELLA DENNARD, 75

retired mail clerk, died December 7. Service 10 a.m., Thursday at Jordan Grove MBC. Final...

PEARL SNEED known as MA PEARL, 84

child care worker provider for JESCA, died December 8 at North Shore Hospital. She was...

Samuel K. Johnson, 58

executive director of Liberty City Optimist Club, died Dec. 11. Viewing/wake 1-9 p.m., Monday, Dec....

ANDRE JAME HART 12/13/76 - 05/22/03

Happy Birthday In loving memory of, Your family love and miss you....

Gwendolyn Cochran, 59

self-employed, died Dec. 3 at Claridge House Skilled and Rehabilitation Center. Service 1 p.m. Saturday...

FRED DELOACH, JR., 80

bus operator, died December 7 at Memorial South. Viewing 2-9 p.m., Friday in the chapel....

MARY ALICE DAVIS 01/16/1941 - 12/13/2002

In Memoriam In loving memory of, Nine years has gone and I continue to cry....

JUANITA BENDROSS, 77

domestic, died December 4 at home. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Jordan Grove M.B. Church....

ALBERT GREEN, 87

maintenance worker, died December 7 at home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

WIILIE LEGGETT, 36

laborer, died December 10. Arrangements are incomplete....

REV. R. M. BELL, 91

of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, died December 10 at Jackson South Community Hospital. Viewing...

ROBERT UNDERWOOD, 83

longshoremen, died December 8. Service 6 p.m., Wednesday in the chapel....

REV. SAMMIE DAVIS, 83

minister, died December 9 at home. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday at Rock of Ages M.B....

ETTA MAE JACKSON, 85

foster grandparent, died December 6 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 1 p.m., today at Mt....

Monday, December 12

New fashion spot offers dual appeal

BeTru: accessorizing the body and soul Often businesses have a certain appeal that draws in...

Thursday, December 8

Street Talk December 7, 2011

Will casino gambling be a blessing or a curse for Blacks in Miami?Deborah Baker, 51house...

Wednesday, December 7

Sluggish Central Rockets advance

Miami Central looked like they were out of gas in the early portions of their...

Push for casinos continues how will Blacks fare?

Braynon: No deal has been made With South Floridas economy still reeling with record unemployment...

North Shore Medical Center leads the way in stroke care

Receives Silver Quality Achievement Award North Shore Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American...

County cops agree to cuts

Gimenez says more needed Miami-Dades police union has ratified a new contract that will save...

Art Africa Miami debuts in Overtown

[gallery link="file"] Art Basel Miami has become a true international affair featuring art from around...

Booker T. holds off Cocoa in overtime thriller

With 20-14, its on to the state final The Booker T. Washington Tornados solidified their...

Pastor of the Week: Rev. W.J. Carpenter

Local minister explains why looking foolish for your faith is sometimes necessary Sometimes building a...

Let's stop sending young Black boys to prison

Unfortunately, the journey to prison for Black males throughout the U.S. begins during childhood. Prisons...

Dolphins finally win on streak

Don't look now but the Miami Dolphins are on a run, winning four out of...

Republicans nay votes hurt all Floridians

Its a sad commentary today when 100 percent of the Republicans have essentially voted to...

South needs wake up call in the fight to reduce HIV/AIDS

Communities from the U.S. and across the globe marked the 30th anniversary of this eras...

Hampton House brings unique musical blend to Liberty City

The Historic Hampton House Community Trust (HHHCT) is led by a petite dynamo known throughout...

Some traditions have become too dangerous to continue

FAMU has been hard hit by the recent and unarguably tragic death of one of...

Deltas play Santa for at-risk youth

Christmas is the season of giving and 50 children from Liberty City and their mothers...

Ex-NBA wife: Life changed from Cinderella to abuse victim

When Sherri Patterson was growing up in Overtown and matriculating at Miami Senior High School,...

Atlanta mayor addresses Miami's Black leaders

When Miamis Black leaders and others led the nation in providing assistance to the people...

Set Free Ministries celebrates World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Set Free Ministries through Jesus Christ of the Apostolic...

Preachers Against Crimes

Local pastor forms partnership with police to decrease violence In response to the recent rash...

Burden makes lists of finalists; ten vie for Miami's police chief

Adam Burden, II, the former assistant chief of police, has become a finalist among 10...

Local church honors often overlooked community

While many private homes and public institutions held dinners for a general show of gratitude,...

HUD to create jobs program

Miami selected as pilot city Business development efforts are sprouting up all over the nation...

Edison business students win national contest

Miami Edison Senior High School student entrepreneurs have put their skills to use and gained...

Students say no to hazing

Four students connected with misconduct expelled On Monday, Dec. 5th, the Student Government Association (SGA)...

Role Models observe World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day in which many pause with efforts to remain those...

Farmers Markets bring fresh produce to inner city

[gallery link="file"] Helping to give the gift of a healthy lifestyle and diet just got...

RONALD JACOB, 64

accountant, died December 3 at V.A. Hospital.Service 11 a.m., Tuesday at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church....

GENERAL PERRY, 55

laborer, died December 5 at Jackson North Hospital. Viewing 1-8 p.m., Friday in the chapel....

DERREK C. DOUGLAS, 53

electrician, died November 26 in Pensacola. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Bible Missionary Baptist Church....

KENO A. THOMPSON, 32

photographer, died November 29. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Herman A.M.E. Church....

ALICE JANE HANDFIELD PONTON, 79

died November 30 at home. She leaves to mourn her children, George Rahmings; Alfonso, Gregory,...

FANNIE DAVIS, 88

homemaker, died November 29. Survivors include her sons, Andrew Fortham, Aaron Davis, and Mark Holmes;...

RADIE JACKSON, JR., 74

retired longshoreman, died December 3 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Kellys...

ANTHONY LEWIS BURNEY

would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all of your acts of...

JOHNNIE MAE WALKER-LIGHTBOURNE, 88

retired beautician, died November 30 at Select Speciality Hospital. Survivors include: daughters, Bonita B. Ivory...

DERRELL ANTHONY BROWN, 59

died December 4 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 12 p.m., Saturday at Fellowship of Praise...

JEANETTE HUDSON aka Ms. Nita, 56

environmental service, died December 6 at home. Viewing 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

ROSALEEN D. BRIGGS, 86

retired hotel cashier, died December 2 at Aventura Hospital. Survivors include: children, Byron L. Briggs,...

DWIGHT FARRINGTON aka Popeye, 50

lawn service, died December 2 at home. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m., Saturday...

MARCUS JONES, 40

construction, died December 5 at home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New Bethel A.M.E. Church....

DEBORAH COPELAND, 52

Miami Dade Public Schools baker, died November 29th at Hialeah Hospital. Survivors include: sons, Letarvius...

JAMES KENNETH GAUSE, 47

died November 30 in Jacksonville. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at West Friendship Baptist Church in...

HORACE H. LEACH, SR., 72

retired construction worker, died December 5 at North Shore Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday in...

ALBERT HALL, 63

DHL supervisor, died November 29 at Jackson North. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at St. Matthew....

HILTON HARKNESS, 67

truck driver, killed in a fatal trucking accident on December 1 in Pintala, Alabama. Service...

ELIZABETH BERRY, 93

died December 1 at Kindred Hospital. God dispatched His angels to beckon our beloved Elizabeth...

HENRY JJ JOHNSON, 74

retired longshoremen, died November 30th at Memorial West Hospital. Viewing 4-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9....

MABLE L. LEWIS CLARK DIX, 68

home health care provider, died October 20 in Hawthorne, Florida. Services were held....

MARY KYM LAGROME, 70

retired, died December 1 at UM Medical Center. Viewing 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday. Service 1:30...

HENRIETTA D. JONES, 76

retired teacher, died November 29 in Springhill, FL. She leaves behind to cherish her memories:...

HATTIE M. THOMPSON, 103

domestic worker, died Dec. 1 at Water Crest Care Center. Service 1 p.m., Thursday at...

THOMASINA A. MILLER, 47

cashier, died Nov. 28 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at 54th...

DR. WALTER STANLEY, JR., 67

teacher, died November 25 at Kindred Hospital. Service 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Fountain New Life...

GREGORY WRIGHT COOPER, 58

sanitation engineer, died Nov. 30 at home. Service 10 a.m., Friday in the chapel....

MENESHA YVETTE PRINCE 12/09/1962 - 01/20/2010

Wherever you are, God is! I love you, from your Aunt Rose and family....

LEON CHAPPELLE, 48

died November 29 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Survivors include: wife, Esther Chappelle; son, Tramayne Chappelle;...

Monday, December 5

Farmers Prepare 'Fight Back' to Foreign Land Grabbers

Nov. 29 (GIN) An international farmers conference in the West African nation of Mali this...

Nestle Company to Investigate Child Labor Charges

Nov. 29 (GIN) - Nestl, the world's largest food company, has announced it will investigate...

Friday, December 2

JAMES HENRY BERNARD, JR.

62, security officer, died December 13 at home. Service 11 a.m., Thursday at Antioch M.B....