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Thursday, April 26

Northwestern alumna spreads the love with ILY Products

For as long as she can remember, Shana Green enjoyed donning natural hair. During her...

Can diaper changing contest save Floridas environment?

Helping to save the planet can come in a lot of different forms, from conserving...

Street Corner Renaissance takes doo-wop to new levels

Group fuses intricate melodies with songs of cultural awareness During the 1940s and well into...

McMillan pens sequel to hit novel Waiting to Exhale

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] Getting to Happy catches us up with the lives of Bernadine,...

Should faith and politics mix?

Local politicians talk about religion in the legislative process The Miami-based Christian Family Coalition (CFC)...

People, April 25 - May 1

Dr. Albert Rolle, brother of Naomi Rolle and Agnes Rolle-Morten who lived in Fort Washington,...

Lifestyle Calendar, April 25 - May 1

S.E.E. Network is hosting a free Business Opportunity Expo on the third floor of 20295...

Chatter That Matters, April 25 - May 1

Cynthia Strachan Saunders, a Carver Ranches icon, should be applauded for her efforts to revitalize...

Are youth cooking classes key to fighting youth obesity?

The fight to help Americas youth slim down or never be overweight or obese has...

Why are so many Blacks leaving baseball?

Major League Baseball recently celebrated its annual Jackie Robinson day a day honoring the historic...

Pastor Tez brings new vision to Mt. Nebo MBC

For some people, the call to ministry comes as a complete surprise, while others enter...

Black lawyers to challenge status quo

This is shaping up to be an interesting year. There are three Black women running...

New report reveals charter school success

Are Black students really better off? Since their inception here in Florida in 1996, there...

Murder of Rennette Emile sparks community activism, outrage

It was a tragedy that resonated across the Caribbean Sea, leading those who hail from...

Beckman under fire for insult to Black parents

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"]Protestors angered by fire captains racist remarks aimed at Blacks Miami-Dade County...

Overtown gets a new learning center for youth

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] On Friday, March 30th, URGENT, Inc., a 17-year-old community-based agency dedicated...

Scotts choices ignore S. Florida

Panel top-heavy with gun rights supporters In response to criticism from citizens here in Florida...

Tapping in to the awesome power of God

In thanking God for choosing prison for me over death and destruction, I am further...

Scott rewards pals with task force post

The killing of Trayvon Martin has created a new discussion and a new demand for...

Street Talk: April 25, 2012

Does owning a gun make a person more prone to acts of violence?Barbara McCall, 54Miami,...

Thursday, April 19

Faith Calendar, April 18 - 24, 2012

New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Churchs Health Ministry is hosting their Health Fair 2012 on April...

Historic Black Church program premieres G.W. Carver film

The histories of many of South Floridas Black communities and institutions are often told as...

Time running out for Heat squad

The moment of truth is rapidly approaching for the Miami Heat as the 2012 NBA...

Chatter That Matters, April 18 - 24, 2012

Delta Sigma Theta Alumnaes PresidentJanice Hopton provided a statement with a big welcome to the...

People, April 18 - 24, 2012

Hearty congratulations go out to Sharon E. Williams who will be ordained to the Sacred...

Cory George pens 'Living Successfully Beyond your Shadows'

Author turns tragedy into triumph with self-help book Cory George, 38, remembers a painful childhood...

Pastor of the Week: Rev. Mary Ann Tumpkin

Universal Truth Center: A faith that knows no limits When Reverend Mary Ann Tumpkin founded...

MOCA: Great art and a whole lot more

New programs includes teens and toddlers The Museum of Contemporary Art [MOCA], located in North...

St. John CDC rehabilitates Overtown apartments

On Thursday, April 5th, local civil leaders, community residents and members of the St. John...

Lifestyles Calendar, April 18 - 25, 2012

Miami Northwestern Class of 1965 invites the classes of 1964, 1966 and 1967 to worship...

FAMU campus police Chief Calvin Ross retires

TALLAHASSEE Florida A&M University (FAMU) Chief of Police Calvin Ross will be retiring, effective May...

Legal eagles warn, Too early to celebrate

H.T. Smith, Larry Handfield weigh-in on what comes next George Zimmerman was arrested last Wednesday...

If Braman wins will Black folks lose?

This will go down in Miami-Dade history books as a classic money, politics and power...

Street Talk April 18, 2012

Has Obama done enough for Blacks?Roberta Dorsainvil, 44Miami, baker I feel hes doing enough -...

Sharlene Cox takes the gold

Sharlene Cox, an integral part of Miami Lakes Educational Center and Vice-Principal Ana Maria Lopez-Ochoas...

Booker T. Washington gets makeover with 1,400 volunteers

Booker T. Washington Senior High has had a great year moving from being an F...

Was FIUs firing of Thomas really about winning?

A little over a month ago, Florida International University [FIU] mens basketball team Coach Isiah...

FAMU prof: $250K grant to study mental illness

TALLAHASSEE It seems everyone wants to know why Huijun Li left Harvard University for Florida...

Has Scott really balanced Floridas budget?

Now I am happy to report that unemployment is at a three year low. These...

Citizens of Opa-locka take a stand for Travyon

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Opa-Locka I am Travyon, echoed voices across the country and in...

Stupid remarks and their consequences

It seems like this is a monthfor stupid remarks.First, the president of the Marlins, Samson,...

Wednesday, April 18

WILLIAM EVE aka CHAMP, 55

custodian, died April 12 in Orlando. Survived by wife, Wilhelmenia Eve; brother, Cyril; sisters, Juanita...

WILLIE J. WILLIS, 54

dietician, died April 14 at Jackson Vitas Health Care Center. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at...

MARKEEM D. NOEL Keke, 19

student, died April 15 in Miami. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Olivett MBC....

BEVERLY A. FELIX, 51

Publix deli worker, died April 13 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday, April...

RONNIE EUGENE BELCHER, 57

of West Park, FL, died April 10 at Aventura Hospital. A memorial service celebrating his...

THELMA HIGGS CURRY, 92

died April 11 at Jackson North Hospital, Vitas Hospice Unit. This crossing over marked the...

MARION SANDERS, 63

restoration specialist, died April 11 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Friday in...

EDNA FELTON COBBINS, 89

retired house keeper, died April 11 in Aventura Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Ebenezer...

GILBERT NEWKIRK, 76

entrepreneur, died April 11 at home. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

MEL HARRIS, 55

janitor, died April 15 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

FELISHA RUTHERFORD, 35

homemaker, died April 6. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church....

DR. ALBERT ROLLE, 76

medical doctor, died April 12 in Ft. Washington Maryland. He was surrounded by family members...

DONALD ROLLE, 54

electric technician, died April 10 in Miami. Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

NORMAN L. TINSLEY, 74

died April 17 at UM Hospital. Leaves to mourn their loss his mother, Thessalonia H....

ANGIE JEANNETTE GIBBONS, 23

credit card representative, died April 12 at Florida Medical Center Hospital. Survivors include; mother, Angela...

REYMON S. STEWART, 20

entrepreneur, died April 14 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Survivors include; mother, Stephanie James; father, Waymond...

BARBARA JEAN OLIVER RUFF, 73

retired, died April 13 at home. She is survived by her husband, Leon Ruff, Sr.;...

PAUL B. RUSSELL, 59

died March 12, following a long illness. Memorial service 1 p.m., Saturday at Holy Redeemer...

VELLENA JOHNSON LAWSON, 98

retired, died March 7 at home. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Peacefulzion M.B. Church....

RUTH S. BOSTON, 88

retired school teacher, died April 11 at Aventura Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Friday at St....

ANDRE LEON WILLIAMS, 20

died April 9 in Miami Dade County. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at 93rd St. Baptist...

APRIL JANAY ROBERTS, 19

cashier/student, died April 10 in Miami Dade County. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at 93rd St....

JOSEPH W. JENKINS, 67

laborer, died April 15 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Friday at Peaceful Zion....

DONALD A. JONES, 70

retired laborer, died April 9 at Claridge House. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Jordan Grove...

MRS. BETTY SUE LELAND, 72

retired. Survivors include: husband, Elijah; daughters, Valerie (Victory) and Lisa. Memorial service 6-8 p.m., Friday,...

Friday, April 13

Local caterer offers recipe for success

Khayla Stanleys Icing on the Kake has all the goodies you need According to a...

CDC: Nearly 1 in 4 babies born to unwed cohabitors

ATLANTA (AP) Health officials say nearly 1 in 4 babies are born to unmarried couples...

Thursday, April 12

Northwestern graduate loves dance, kids with dreams

[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Tyrell Rolles show Embracing the Inner City to include tribute to...

Racism comes in many heinous forms

Trayvons Martin murder has stirred conversations about race practically on every level of our society.Although,...

Governors decision lacks common sense

Governor Scott is no stranger to controversy and it is no surprise when he walks...

Local chef caters Easter basket giveaway

Local chef and caterer Darryl Jones, also known as Chef DP, believes in the motto...

Black legislators must be ready to stand "their" ground

Since the murder of Trayvon Martin five weeks ago, almost every Black politician has their...

Chatter That Matters, April 11 2012

Becoming politically involved brings out the best in some aspirants especially Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph. D.,...

Do Biblical women deserve greater recognition?

Local playwright shines light on female heroes Beyond a small handful of popular Biblical female...

Pastor of the Week: Rev. Stephanie E. Russell

Our Father's House of Prayer Ministry:Worshippers learn how to be stewards of their bodies, hearts...

Miami puts its best foot forward in tribute to Trayvon

With the recent rise in Black-on-Black crime and gang violence that are making the streets...

Street Talk April 11, 2012

Should FAMU faculty be held responsible for allowing hazing to take place in their homes?Racquell...

A superb team is making the difference at Miami Edison

Miami Edison, along with Booker T. Washington, Central and Holmes Elementary, have proven to the...

Annual tribute to Dr. King pays homage to Trayvon Martin

Blacks continue to seek true justice in America After a two-year hiatus due to a...

South African Ambassador Rasool visits FMU

The Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, The Republic of South Africas Ambassador to the United States of...

Overtown womens shelter gets $20M pledge

Since opening its doors six years ago, Overtowns Lotus House, an innovative shelter for the...

Edmonson joins rally to support Justice for Trayvon Martin

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson joined State Representative Cynthia Stafford, County Commissioners Barbara Jordan and...

Camillus House honors role of Black women

On Friday March 30th, Camillus House celebrated six iconic women from Miamis Black community who...

Faith Calendar, April 11 - 17, 2012

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Family and Friends Day services at 8 a.m.,...

Braman seeks candidates to oppose County incumbents

Moss questions motives, says activist is a bully Once again Miami businessman Norman Braman is...

Peace Walk honors local children slain by gunfire

For the last several weeks, rallies and marches have been held across the country to...

Wednesday, April 11

Murder charge brought in Trayvon Martin case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was arrested and...

People, April 11 2012

Palm Sunday afternoon, the old timers of B. T. W, their family and friends reminisced...

Card of Thanks The family of the late, BETTY ANN TILLIS 06/05/1948 - 03/17/2012

gratefully acknowledges your kindness and expressions of sympathy. Your visits, prayers, cards, telephone calls, monetary...

BISHOP RICHARD ALLEN CHAPPELLE, SR., 78

the 108th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died March 29...

Thursday, April 5

Cousin of Emmett Till: History is not history unless its true.

Its an interesting thing about "history." Sometimes as stories are told, others add portions to...

Brother Purvis Young gone but certainly not forgotten

In the last few weeks, people in Overtown, the Design District and even in North...

Make sure our kids know that more Zimmermans lurk in the shadows

It is a well-known saying that tells us, its hard to teach on old dogs...

Hold your elected officials accountable and know how they vote

Every two or four years, depending on the office, we chose from among a slate...

Pro players return home, hold camp for Opa-locka youth

The First Annual Football & Cheer Clinic was hosted by hometown heroes now NFL players,...

The Heat: Solidarity for Trayvon

The Miami Heat are still being praised in some circles for the stand they took...

Pastor of the Week: Rev. Steven Caldwell

How to forgive your past and embrace your future At first glance, Reverend Steven Caldwells...

Faith / Community Events

Church News The Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance will conduct a "Carrying of the Cross" on...

Is money a spiritual matter?

A Christian approach to financial management Traditional wisdom says that hope, understanding, salvation, peace and...

Faith community revisits the Seven Last Words

Merely remembering the horrors that Christ experienced leading up to and during his crucifixion can...

Resurrection Sunday

Churches traditions change to preserve spiritual message On Sunday, April 8th, countless Christians honored the...

Central, Holmes and Edison schools granted a reprieve

State Bd. of Education removes schools from intervene status Holmes Elementary School and Miami Edison,...

Nicole Henry Is she Miami's next diva?

Nicole Henry is fresh off impressive performances at Jazz in the Gardens several weeks ago...

Will legislature step up to the plate against Stand Your Ground? law

Braynon calls for legislative hearings Arguing that Floridas law, commonly referred to as Stand Your...

Trayvons parents come home

Miami shows love for Slain teen Since the untimely, tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin...

Lifestyle Happenings, April 4 - 10, 2012

The Progressive Officers Club is offering $1000 scholarships to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties 2012 graduating...

People, April 4 - 10, 2012

Happy birthday and congratulations to a grand lady, Mary Puna Bivins, who celebrated her 84th...

The architectural brilliance of David Adjaye

David Adjaye, 44, is a name you may not immediately recognize but hes become a...

Chatter That Matters, April 4 - 10, 2012

As Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder, African America Committee of Dade Heritage Trust observed Cecelia...