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Thursday, December 27

Aquin, Haiti native building bridges

Louis Wilky Lozandier says that agriculture is key to the future Most people call Louis...

Who prosecutes the chief prosecutor?

If Michelle Spence-Joness allegations prove to be true, then the chief prosecutor for Miami Dade...

Sister Act is a musical holiday treat perfect for the entire family

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] Photos courtesy Joan Marcus Forget Whoopi Goldberg a new cast takes over...

Enduring the hardship during holidays

The Christmas to Remember event was hosted by The Miami Workers Centers Sisterhood of Survivors...

Ex-fireman still fighting for justice

Says he faced abuse as Miami Beach trainee Brian Gentiles, 26, says he always wanted...

People: December 26, 2012

To all of my readers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I hope...

Lifestyle Happenings: December 26, 2012

DIBIA Holiday Clinic is featuring a basketball skill-building event, Dec. 27-29th, at 9 a.m., at...

Smiling faces

Santa made an early stop this week, much to the delight of two young girls,...

Priest works to revive parish

Church shows spiritual growth and resilience A bell sounded in the Bunche Park area on...

Chatter that Matters: December 26, 2012

The Christmas holiday found Gloria Pacley, president of Arcola Lakes Park Seniors; Trenise Henderson, park...

Old school, new school. Im still cool!

While sitting on my bunk minding my own business, from somewhere close by in the...

Church gives gifts to children

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"]Kids excited to receive gifts from church In full speed, a young...

B.B. King and Miss Lucille will usher in the New Year

Blues guitarist to star at Broward Center with fireworks to follow The thrill may be...

Street Talk: December 26, 2012

Are tighter gun laws needed to reduce violence?Patricia Isaac, 54Disabled, Opa-locka Yeah, for sure. However,...

Thursday, December 20

Lockettes Rockets snag second state title

Two-out-of three aint bad. Three is the number of times the Central Rockets have competed...

Girl Powers holiday music extravaganza

Songs to include Motown, Christmas and Whitney Houston classics Someday At Christmas, Im Coming Out...

In the Rilya Wilson tragedy, sorry isnt good enough

There are times when its fitting to say, Im sorry. Here are a few examples...

Lifestyle Happenings: December 19, 2012

New Life Community Pharmacy presents the 18th Annual Nike Florida All Star Football Game, Dec....

Hylton sisters push hair health in South Florida

Should Black women choose weaves or go au natural? Salon owners Simone and Yanique Hylton...

Will Scott discuss the stand your ground law?

On December 2, 2012, a grieving family and friends came together at Trinity Chapel in...

Crime Scene: December 19, 2012

Woman convicted of arranging the killings of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law Narcy Novack and...

Families discuss their Christmas celebrations

Christmas. Some describe it as the celebration of Jesus Christs birth. Others believe that the...

Pastor rises from life in the streets to the pulpit

Readon also urges the community to speak out against violence and crime Rev. Eric Readon,...

First child to desegregate New Orleans schools talks to Miamis youth

Imagine that youre a six-year-old Black girl and its your first day at a new...

Clergy, police launch plan for Liberty Citys crime

Say changes must be made in public housing policies Ministers whose churches are located in...

Fresh ideas result in housing boom

Foreclosed buildings rehabbed with homeless citizens in mind With the mantra of fixing one block...

Should taxpayers pay for defense expenses?

Commissioner Spence-Jones has sued the State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Prosecutor Scruggs, Investigator Fiedler and Mayor...

Carol City has one goal: District title

With an 11-1 record things are looking good for the Chiefs The Carol City Chiefs...

Opa-locka resumes hearings for saggy pants violators

Saggy pants violators in Opa-locka will have their day before a judge soon.The Citys code...

Chatter That Matters: December 19, 2012

Hats are off to Rev. Canon Richard Livingston Marquess-Barry who was born on Nov. 14,...

Liberty City Jr. Pee Wee Team wins national title

TACOLCYS youth capture the hearts of the City The Jr. Pee Wee Team sponsored by...

Peace on earth charity event, art show

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] An evening of art, performances and charity Music bounced off the walls...

Life is navigated by difficult decisions

One small decision can turn out to be the most important decision that youve ever...

Greed costs PAC Man big

Manny Pacquiaos shocking sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez more than a week ago...

Are Black youth the latest targets of genocide?

Genocide is defined as the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group. And...

People: December 19, 2012

Congratulations to our beloved Booker T. Washington Tornadoes, Coach Tim Ice Harris and his staff...

Earnest Pugh revamps classic Christmas songs

Gospels Leading Man continues to make a joyful noise Contemporary gospel singer Earnest Pugh, best...

Christian youth compete to be South Floridas Best

Youth choirs, liturgical dance groups and soloists performed in competition I look to you, Sharion...

Street Talk: December 19, 2012

Are Black politicians judged by the same standards as whites?Gregory Dennis, 52Miami, Equipment tech No....

Karen Franklin earns her degree

It hasnt been easy for Karen Franklin but her efforts were recently rewarded as the...

Wednesday, December 19

Lockettes Rockets snag second state title

Two-out-of three aint bad. Three is the number of times the Central Rockets have competed...

GREGORY T. LEE, 57

laborer, died December 12 at North Shore Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Hosanna Community...

WALDRON JOHNNY HAWTHORNE, 85

retired, died December 11 at Miami Shore Rehabilitation. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Gospel Arena,...

GERALDINE W. JOHNSON, 77

nurse, died December 13 in Miami Jewish Home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Brownsville Church...

JACQUALINE ENICH, 48

homemaker, died December 11 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Prayer...

EMIZA ISSAC, JR., 60

laborer, died December 11. Services were held....

ETHEL B. CARR, 83

died December 14. Survivors include: daughter, Jacquelyn Carr-Pruitt; grandson, Dedrick V Carr, Sr. and grandson...

WAYNE BARR, SR., 53

died December 12 at home. Service 10 a.m., Friday at New Shiloh MBC....

STANLEY "CRIP" WALKER, 61

died December 15 at South Miami Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Mt Olive Baptist...

ABRAHAM TAYLOR, 63

retired waste management, died December 12 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at...

JACKIE WATSON, 72

retired tile installer, died December 13 in Mercy Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Mt....

HATTIE ANN WALKER, 89

homemaker, died December 14 in Nashville, Tennessee. She is survived by a loving husband of...

ANNETTE MARIA WILSON, 43

retired warehouse worker, died December 15 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Survivors include: father, Rudolph Wilson,...

WILLIE J. COOPER, 83

Survivor include: wife, Carolyn Cooper. Services were held. Interment: South Florida National VA Cemetery, Lake...

RUBY LEE HARRELL, 72

documentation specialist, died December 17 at home. Survivors: children, Isaac Jr., Sandra and Joyce Harrell,...

PHILISTINE WARD, 77

Service 11 a.m., Saturday at First Baptist Church of Brownsville....

REVEREND MARION LLOYD, SR., 72

retired shipping and receiving clerk, died December 11 in Miami, FL. He leaves to cherish...

CURTIS TILLEY, 73

laborer, died December 12 at the Fair Haven Center. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the...

MELVIN DUERSON, 67

retired teacher, died December 7 in Atlanta, GA. Survived by wife: Pauletta Duerson. Services were...

BERNARD W. THOMAS, 69

band director, died December 15 in Ft. Pierce Lawnwood Hospital. Rosary service 6-8 p.m., Friday...

FLORENCE HENRY, 83

homemaker, died December 10 at The Claridge House. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

ELAINE MAE KELLY CAMPBELL, 64

cosmetologist, died December 7 at Jackson Hospital North. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Jesus People...

CHRISTINA FENDERSON OLIVER, 54

CNA, died December 15 at Fountain Head Nursing Home. She is survived by her husband:...

WILL PORTER, JR., 59

died December 11. Survivors include: daughter, Theresa; five brothers, James, John (Pollie), Coney (Sandra), Harry...

JANE MCCLAIN, 65

room attendant, died December 10 at Memorial Miramar Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Good...

Thursday, December 13

Local Christian rap group has an album release party

Authentik releases first album called Groans before Glory" Christian rap music blared from The Foundation...

Artists from the African Diaspora showcased

[gallery link="file" orderby="title"]Music, exhibitions and panels show the variety of Black narratives Theres much to...

Painter Tupicalo is a rising star

Artist inspires with art, life story It is safe to say at this point that...

Commissioner Spence-Jones retaliates

Is justice blind in Miami-Dade? City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has filed a lawsuit against State...

BTW takes state title in rematch against Jacksonville Bolles

Tornadoes win in a rout 35-7 Last year the Jacksonville Bolles got the best of...

Pastor of The Week: December 12, 2012

Bishop James Dean Adams remembers driving a $50, 000 car while dressed in a $2,500...

Miami Mass Choir headlines holiday music extravaganza

Free concert will also feature DNA MusicBoyz, S.I.G.N. and R.A.I.N. The Miami Mass Choir is...

Miami Gardens City officials admit to gang problem

Police and preachers go on the offensive By all accounts, Miami Gardens car wash owner,...

Street Talk: December 12, 2012

Is the lottery a scam by the government to feed off of low-income peoples dreams?Latonia...

Organization will provide conflict resolution skills

SRE, Inc. works to help lower school violence, bullying As the violence in the community...

Dress to Kill boutique unveils new designers

DRESSED TO KILL BOUTIQUE: Dress to Kill boutique hosted a blogger preview to show off...

Crime Scene

Miramar man randomly stabs a woman to death in broad daylight Miramar police arrested Emile...

Local Farmers Markets sell healthier foods for lower prices

Residents are encouraged to support their community markets While walking out of the library on...

Spence-Jones in a fight to clear her name

The big news at the City of Miami, at the courthouse and in Miami-Dade County...

Sports Brothers: December 12, 2012

Death comes to the NFL As sports fans we hate it when the real world...

Lonely holidays have come to visit us again

Im willing to bet any amount of money that Michael Sterling, the R&B singer from...

People: December 12, 2012

On December 1st and 2nd the celebration of a new ministry and the institution and...

Chatter That Matters: December 12, 2012

The National Action Network [NAN] was founded in 1991 by the Rev. Al Sharpton and...

Wednesday, December 12

Spence-Jones Lawsuit

City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones files a lawsuit against the State Attorney and members of her...

BURNETTA STEVENSON, 24

24, student, died December 2 at home. Service 12 p.m. Saturday in the chapel....

SHUNEEQUA JONES, 38

nurse, died December 3. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Carol City....

RANDY Lucky WILSON, 55

laborer, died December 4 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at A.M...

NATHANIEL BROWN

entertainer, died December 6 at Aventura Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday, in the chapel....

ANTHONY JENKINS, 60

forklift driver, died December 7 at North Broward Medical Center. Service 12:30 p.m. in the...

EVELYN FREEMAN, 87

domestic worker, died December 5 at Douglas Garden Hospital. Survived by her only daughter, Gladys...

OFFICER ANDREW JOHNSON, 46

correctional officer, died December 1 at home. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Peaceful Zion Missionary...

MASON LEONARD JACKSON, 76

retired bail bonds man, died December 6 at University of Miami Hospital. Service 1 p.m.,...

PAMELA THOMPSON, 50

investigator, died November 29. Service 11 a.m., Saturday, in the chapel....

ELLIS F. AYERS, 89

retired VA Medical Center, died December 7 at home. Survived by Annie Kate Wilcox and...

INEZ JACKSON, 85

domestic worker, died December 4. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Church of Christ Written In...

BRIAN T. ODOM, JR., 24

died December 1. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Rock of Age M.B. Church....

RAY LINWOOD BROWN, 59

died December 7 at home. Survivors: mother, Roberta White Barclay; father, John Willie Brown. Service...

ROBERT HAMPTON SMITH, SR., 85

retired laborer, died December 7. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Smith; daughters, Loise Cookie Straughter,...

MATTIE PHILLIPS, 81

died December 9. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Trinity Church....

GLORIA HELEN FINCH, 80

proprietor, died November 27. Survivors include her son, Michael A. Finch; daughter, Mechelle D. Finch;...

EVELYN LAVENDER WILLIAMS, 84

beautician and meals on wheels driver, died December 8 at Regents Park at Aventura Nursing...

GERALDINE BROWN, 82

home health aide, died December 5 at home. Service 12 p.m., Friday at Rock of...

GEORGE ROBERTS, 62

Laborer, died December 1 at Villa Maria Nursing Home. Service 2:30 p.m., Saturday, in the...

ANGELA FRANCES, 48

team leader, died December 6 at home. Service 11 a.m., Friday at Jordan Grove MBC....

JAMES BRACEWELL, 70

entrepreneur, died December 9 at Memorial West Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Friday in the chapel....

Thursday, December 6

HIV/AIDS and the Black Church: Where do they stand?

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] Churches fight against HIV/AIDS I am living and I am not...

Shirley Caesar is coming to Miramar

Gospel legend says show will be a blessing To some, shes Pastor Shirley Caesar, who...

Columbus gets redemption in 36-19 win over Killian

Killian had high hopes this year after a dismal season the year before. And while...

Lifestyle Happening: December 5, 2012

BTW class of 1965 will take their Seminole Immokalee Trip Nov. 3rd. Contact Lebbie at...

A mothers love keeps her daughters memory alive

For most families, Christmas is all about spending time with family and opening up presents....

Eco-friendly fashion show

Whoever said that fashion doesnt serve a purpose never met the young teens who comprise...

Chatter That Matters: December 6, 2012

Hats off to Sergeant Frederick Washington and officers: LaTanya Graham, Willie McFadden, Roy Brown, Dana...

Walking for those impacted by HIV/AIDS:

Officials from the City of Miami partnered with community health care agencies and non-profit organizations...

Advocates for kids cited as champions for children

Dressed in African folkloric fashion, the children on stage beat rhythms on djembe drums and...

People: December 5, 2012

Last Friday evening at 8 p.m., our deacon Doris W. Ingraham celebrated her Natal Day...

We deserve answers from officials on Miami shootings

It was just two years ago when Miami seemed to be on the brink of...

HIV/AIDS continues to impact all of us

Last week citizens of the U.S. participated in marches, rallies, candlelight vigils and other related...

Jville teen killed shooter says he stood his ground

On Friday, Nov. 23rd, just one day after acknowledging his love for his family and...

Have we forgotten Trayvon Martin?

There are several young Black men whose names and stories have become symbols of racial...

Passing of the guard

Fr. Denrick Rolle (l) was installed last Sunday replacing Fr. Marquess-Barry, the longtime rector of...

Street Talk: December 6, 2012

Does the Stand Your Ground law give whites the right to execute Blacks?Janelle Lightbourne, 22Paraprofessional,...

Wednesday, December 5

ANNETTE MYERS, 51

died December 1 at Claridge House Nursing Home. Arrangements incomplete....

LORNA A. MAXWELL

security guard, died December 2 at Florida Medical Center. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Trinity...

HERSHEL HIGDON, 90

retired fencemaster, died December 2 at Aventura Hospice. Survivors: children, Charles Higdon and Frankie Richardson;...

BRENDA COLLIE MILBRY, 65

maintenance administrator at Bell South and owner of Big Wills Ribs and Things, died November...

OTHELMA L. MASON

died November 29. Survivors include: her daughter, Barbara Mason-Gardiner; stepson, Curtis Mason Crumbie whom she...

BELVIN BURGESS, 85

retired, died November 26 at home. Survived by: sons, Paul and Reginald Burgess; daughters, Willie...

EVELYN A. MAXWELL, 80

cosmetologist, died December 1 at Whispering Oaks Nursing Home in Tampa. Survived by daughter, Linda...

WILLIAM BILLY JACK JACKSON, 59

retired laborer, died November 28 in Miami, FL. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Opa-locka Church...

MIA ADRYSE CAREY-WILCHCOMBE, 33

health specialist, died November 18 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Survivors include, father,...

LESLIE MAE RICHARDSON, 60

retired secretary, died November 27 at home. Service 11 a.m., Friday at The Church of...

GARCHESTER WALLACE JR., 52

laborer, died November 29 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

PAULA J. BROWN

homemaker, died November 26. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday in the chapel...

JOHN GETER III, 23

laborer, died November 28 at Jackson Health Systems. Services were held....

CYNTHIA DIANNE PERRY, 58

entrepreneur, died December 1 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Service 11 a.m., December 15...

DORA GAINES LYNCH, 91

died November 30. Survivors include: son, William Lewis; step-son, Ronald Gloster; step-daughters, Bernice West, Margie...

DONTRELL WILLIAMS, 17

student, died November 25 in Miami, FL. Service 2 p.m. Saturday at Jordan Grove....

MARY E. COWINS, 64

retired head custodian of Dade County Public School Board, died December 3 at Jackson North....

ROGER BRUNSON III, 25

student, died December 1. Service 12 p.m., Saturday at Iglesia Bautista La Hermosa....

JAZIE BARNES

Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

DANIEL KANE COLEMAN, 21

warehouse selector, died November 23. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Westview Baptist Church....

LANA SAINVIL, 57

died November 29 at Jackson North Hospital. Service 2 p.m., Saturday in the chapel....

EMANUEL PETERSON, SR., 52

died November 27 at home. Survived by wife, Paulena. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Miracle...

MILDRED BROWN, 76

died December 3 in Miami, FL. Service 1 p.m., Friday at First Baptist of Brownsville....

WILLIE LEE JONES, 51

iron worker, died November 30 at Jackson Health Systems. Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the...

ELISHA MIKE JR., 67

truck driver, died November 27 at North Shore Medical Center. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at...

ERNESTINE LINDSEY, 90

retired dietary service aide, died November 24 in Columbia, SC. Survivors include: son, Maurice Wallace...

YANIEK LEO, 36

died November 29. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at Antioch of Carol City....