Black history is relived for Opa-locka youth

caines | 3/8/2012, 4 a.m.

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Comm. Tydus sponsors Lunch and Learn event

On Saturday, February 25, City of Opa-locka Commissioner Rose Tydus hosted a special Black History Month edition of Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturdays at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, where the theme, Living the American Dream . . . A Reality or an Inside Job, was addressed by guest speakers. Those who attended also watched the controversial documentary, Inside Job. The monthly program is free to City residents and was initiated by City Commissioner Rose Tydus. The goal is to enlighten and increase awareness of the conscience minded, Tydus said, by utilizing a variety of movie themes to promote strong family values, unity, non-violence, health, hope, self-worth and historical awareness. Issues with messages of personal and neighborhood improvement for the entire community are also addressed. The film garnered the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2011 and is described as one of the most insightful analyses of Americas economic problem stemming from greed and power at the highest levels of government and banking, which led to the recession. Februarys program also included Black history games, facts, door prizes, entertainment by rap group N.O.G. (Nothing Over God), motivational speakers Nick Zizi and real estate broker and former Citibank executive Don Parker. A traditional soul food meal was prepared Tastys Soul Food and The Sweet Boutique. Corporate sponsors included AT&T.