News 2013 August

Stories for August 2013

Thursday, August 29

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People: August 28, 2013

Returning home on the sad journey to bury their beloved mothers, aunts and cousins, Jacquelyn Finley-Livingston, Helen Finley-Spires and Audrey Finley were family members: Terrence and Vernal Livingston, Sr.; Flai Livingston-Richardson and husband Bobby; Shelly Spires Powers, husband Gregory and children; Brenda Hepburn-Eddy and son Roderic Knowles.

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Chatter That Matters: August 28, 2013

Robin Benyard, activity coordinator, Charles Hadley Park, organized a field trip for taking one of her groups to see “ The Butler,” last weekend, at the theatre in Hialeah with a special showing especially for them.

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Tyrone 'Major Pain' Lamar stands tall for kids

His ministry is serving Liberty City’s most “cherished possessions”

It was in 2002, while working for a local funeral home when Tyrone Lamar, Sr. viewed the remains of a 10-year-old girl who had just died — three years after being raped by two Black youth and subsequently contracting the HIV virus.

University School wallops Homestead

Homestead was regarded the underdog in their preseason 41-21 loss to University School (Fort Lauderdale) at Cypress Bay High School (Weston) last weekend for many reasons, mainly because University School is the reigning Class 3A state champion and ranked number 21 in the country. But Homestead has its own challenges: a program in the middle of another rebuilding year that has its third coach in as many years.

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S.H.E.A.R. hosts Family and Friends Day for homeless

On September 2nd, the non-profit organization S.H.E.A.R., (Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction), Inc. will host the 10th Annual Friends and Family Day –—beach, bash, and baptism to benefit the homeless men, women and children of the Miami Rescue Mission. This year, Chauvet, Henderson Financial Group and JM Family teamed together to sponsor the event where families can gather for a day filled with food, fun and fellowship.

Miami: Last stop for JT and Jay-Z tour

If any musical titans could bring South Floridians out on a swelteringly summer night, it would be legendary rapper Jay-Z and the the blue-eyed teenage heartthrob turned platinum solo artist, Justin Timberlake, for the culmination of their 14-city Legends of the Summer tour.

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Dwight Bullard to kick off Florida Speaks tour

Says Tallahassee is “out of touch with challenges facing Blacks”

State Senator Dwight Bullard, the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida [DBCF], the ACLU of Florida and the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials [FBC LEO] will launch the “Florida Speaks” tour, starting in Pensacola, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Bethel AME Church. The tour is a series of town hall assemblies allowing residents of Florida the opportunity to publicly address their frustrations and hardships as a result of violations to their civil liberties, racial profiling, “Stand Your Ground” law, overuse of law enforcement in schools and lack of access to suitable healthcare.

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Youth get a taste of the real world

Local businesses provide dollars and mentors

Teri Williams, president and chief operating officer of OneUnited Bank, made a recent investment in several Miami Gardens youth that is guaranteed to net a positive return. In July, Williams made the decision to co-sponsor Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s annual Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII). This program allows high school and collegiate students to gain real-world experience in the workplace during an eight to 10-week period.

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Black developers poised for $250M project in Overtown

Joint venture would bring rentals and hospitality with amenities

Great things are brewing in the historically-black Overtown neighborhood and it may well equate to more jobs and greater amenities for those who live in the community. South Florida-based developers Donahue Peebles and Barron Channer recently won a bid to build a jazz and blues-inspired multi-use district on vacant land located south of The Lyric Theater. According to the two developers, the project will cost around $250M to complete.

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Wilson joins civil rights icon at D.C. march

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and tens of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous and inspirational speech, “I Have a Dream.” Wilson recalled how she felt 50 years as she listened to now iconic civil rights leaders call for freedom, justice, equality and jobs.

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FL’s education system needs major overhaul

There is always controversy in the state of Florida, and everyone can find something wrong with the educational system. Some people don’t like the FCAT testing system, and many say the school grading system is a forest.

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Ordinary people share tales of dreams deferred

Agenda remains the same: jobs, voting rights and “justice for all”

Blacks, whites and Hispanics exchanged hugs, handshakes and high-fives along Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation’s Capitol last Saturday morning as tens of thousands of Americans retraced the steps of their ancestors, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

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It's time for us to march on Tallahassee

Last week, people from all across America gathered in Washington D.C., to march for equal rights and opportunities. The marchers demonstrated against the social injustices, disparities and lack of opportunities that black and brown people in the U.S. face every day. The march and the protests were reminiscent of events that took place during the 1960s.

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Commissioner receives Guardian Angel Award

The efforts of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, on behalf of youth, were recently acknowledged when he was presented with the Guardian Angel Award from the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation.

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Rev. Dinkins preaches, teaches and does outreach

Community outreach program aids inner city

Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins has over thirty (30) years of preaching and community program experience. And, in 1995 became founder/president and CEO of Hosanna Community Foundation, (HCF) Inc. HCF is a not for profit community outreach organization that comes to the aid of inner city youth and their families.

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FL residents to rappel from the Marriott for Liberty City kids

Miami Children’s Initiative’s event will raise funds and awareness

In an adrenaline-rushing demonstration of their commitment to improve the lives of Miami children and families, hundreds of South Floridians will go “Over the Edge” on Sept. 6-7 and rappel 19 stories (200 meters) down the JW Marriott Marquis Miami [255 Biscayne Blvd. Way]

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North Shore Medical Center welcomes Shana Crittenden as new COO

North Shore Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Shana S. Crittenden, as the hospital’s new chief operating officer.

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A tough guy: Iverson

Who is he? He was a Rookie of the Year winner, a four-time scoring champ, an 11-time All-Star and an MVP. Word on the street is he has made a decision, ending a career that has been at times brilliant, controversial and puzzling, and he will go down in history as arguably the greatest little guy the NBA has ever seen. putting up a 26.7 points per game scoring average.

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ADMIT Program records Miami Gardens youth

Students write lyrics for their orginal CD's

Thomas W. Demerritte, a native Miamian with studios in Miami and Atlanta, came home to make more than 100 students happy this summer. They wrote lyrics and recorded their own CDs.

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Chiefs end pre-season in huge victory

Carol City beats Boyd Anderson, 24-7

Two former teammates and Carol City alumni patted each other on the back as the Chiefs closed out their 24-7 preseason victory against Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lake) last Friday night at Traz Powell.

Thursday, August 22

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Sony's PlayStation 4 to launch on Nov. 15 in U.S.

The PS4 will cost $399. Microsoft Corp.'s rival Xbox One will cost $499. Microsoft has not announced an exact launch date.

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Is Teach for America helping or hurting our Black schools?

Ingram: “It’s more like an itinerant workforce”

In an educational environment where teachers are often compelled to prepare students for standardized tests rather than employing more creative ways to teach the basic skills, the task of a classroom instructor has become more stressful and difficult. Here in Florida, even things like promotions, raises and continued employment are often linked to how well students do on the FCAT and now on the Common Core exams.

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Chatter that Matters

Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Association hosted its 64th meeting last week in Tampa under the auspices of The Hillsborough County Chapter led by long time president Helen Young and Andra Diggs, current president. T

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Ebenezer United Methodist marks 115th year of of service

Black church traces its roots to Overtown

The members of the Historic Ebenezer United Methodist Church are very excited and elated about the fact that next Sunday, August 25th, they’ll be celebrating the 115th anniversary of their church.

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Team work helps 1,000 children get ready for school

One week before the new school began, over 1,000 Liberty City youth received free book bags, other school supplies, manicures and haircuts at a book bag give away held at the Joseph Caleb Center.

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Family Foundation hosts 23rd AIDS Benefit Banquet

Founder started agency following deaths of brothers

In 1984, the Rev. Darryl Baxter had his first encounter with the horrific disease known as HIV/AIDS. “I knew nothing about AIDS at that time — few people did,” he said. “All I knew was that I had a very sick brother who died that same year.

Florida Memorial University receives two FLTA

For the second year in a row, Florida Memorial University has been selected to receive two Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Miami holds a march for justice

Unions, churches team up in honor of King’s March on Washington

To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the A. Philip Randolph Institute [APRI], Miami-Dade Chapter, along with other local unions, elected officials and members of the faith community, held their own “pre-march on Miami” last Sunday morning. About 150 enthusiastic marchers lined up at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church where the pastor, the Rev. Carl Johnson, reminded those in attendance of the importance of the original March and the significance of its 50th anniversary.

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Kiwanis members and police help Miami Gardens kids

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Florida District — Miami Gardens and officers from the Miami Gardens Police Department recently joined forces to help 85 children from the area with their back-to-school needs. Each child was given $50 to help them purchase their school uniform or other supplies.

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Youth: Sensational at public speaking camp

S.O.W. Network, Girl Scout Troop #215 and the S.W.A.T. [Students Working Against Tobacco] at the Florida Department of Health in Perrine, recently joined forces to sponsor a week-long public speaking camp.

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What do Blacks in South Florida really think

Check out Real Talk Real People and find out

Miami Central graduate Edwin Sheppard, 39, was working on raising funds for his class [1991] reunion a few years ago when he came upon a novel idea: provide a forum where Blacks could assemble in a comfortable setting and invite them to discuss the hot topics of the day.

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Central, Booker T. enter season as #1 teams

Four of the nation’s top 25 high school football teams hail from South Florida; Miami Central (ranked No. 1 on MaxPreps.com), Booker T. Washington Senior High School (ranked No. 1 in USAToday poll), St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale (ranked No. 11 in USAToday poll) and University School (Fort Lauderdale, ranked No. 25 on MaxPreps.com).

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People: August 21, 2013

“Celebrating 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service” was the memorable theme that ignited the vision and insight for all D

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Netflix strikes movie deal with Weinstein Co.

The new deal gives Netflix the rights to show all movies released by Weinstein Co. and its subsidiary, Dimension Films, before they appear on pay-TV channels. That makes it more competitive with channels like HBO and Showtime that have traditionally been the first place to see films after their theatrical runs.

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Frustration, anger mount as crime spree continues in Miami Gardens

Mayor, commission approve $20K fund to elicit community “tips”

Residents of Miami Gardens are in an uproar — angry and frustrated by a recent wave of shootings and deaths that have rocked the relatively young City to its core.

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The Sports Brothers: Dolphins counting on big plays this season

It was every NFL head coach's worst nightmare. You are playing a valuable starter in a meaningless pre season game just to get some much needed work in. Fins Coach Joe Philbin was probably gonna get his regular guys out of the game in short order and then it happened. In a split second Fins starting tight end Dustin Keller's season was over.

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Pastor of the Week: Liberty City pastor seen as a spiritual icon

Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. has led congregation for 35 years

In the Liberty City community, Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. is considered a spiritual icon. “He has earned that description,” said Minister Orlander T. Thomas, assistant to the pastor. “I have been under his ministry for three years and have never had to pray for a better or more grounded spiritual leader. He is one of the best.”

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Haygood’s “The Butler:” A view of The White House

Domestic served three presidents for 38 years

Your boss is a very powerful person. When things need doing, he makes sure they’re done. She knows people, knows when to act and when to be patient, and how to get the best from her employees.

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Crime Scene: August 21, 2013

John Errol Ferguson, 65, was executed recently after serving three decades on Florida’s death row for eight Miami-Dade County murders. About an hour before the scheduled execution, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a motion to halt the proceedings.

Thursday, August 15

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Edmonson hosts health fair and back to school fun day

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson gave away backpacks and school supplies at her 7th annual Back to School Fun Day and Health & Info Fair last weekend at the newly refurbished Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st Street.

Wednesday, August 14

Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen by nearly one-fifth since peaking at more than 600,000 just a few months ago.

Gainesville vet provides holistic pet health care

Acupuncture isn't just for humans anymore. A clinic in Gainesville is providing holistic health care for animals.

Rape case stems from NY hotline call

A social worker at a Westchester County mental health center has been accused a raping a client in the first criminal case stemming from a new state hotline meant to protect disabled New Yorkers.

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ToppCuttaz Barber salon open for business

Persistence pays off for Miami Gardens barber Michael Stephens

By his own account, Michael Stephens, 46, led an uneventful life during his formative years in Miami — first living in the Brownsville community and then moving with his parents and two siblings to Carol City where he completed high school.

People: August 14, 2013

George and Cobboril “Beatrice” Davis will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Saturday, August 17, and continue their celebration by worshiping August 18, at 9 a.m. at The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Hearty congratulations to the love birds of the year. May you enjoy many more!

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Pocket Change: A band with real “old school” flavor

Sextet reminiscent of classic groups like The Four Tops, The Temps, The Stylistics and The Spinners

Before the advent of computerized instruments, entertainers relied on a talented band to provide the beat, the harmonies and the essence of their sound. As for their voices, they had to be on the money — distinct, projectable and always in tune.

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Chatter That Matters: August 14, 2013

Readers of The Miami Times are happy that Annie G. Sweeting is back with her column People which includes news about Miami pioneers, especially those who are members of The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Sweeting learned from her father the late

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FAMU’s Marching 100 tunes up its horns — gets set to hit the field

University turns the corner with new rules and academic award

As the 2013-2014 college football season gets set to kick, many diehard hard fans in Florida have wondered if Florida A&M University [FAMU]’s Marching 100 would be allowed to return to the field. But college football aficionados and alums don’t have to suffer from anxiety attacks any longer. The 100 has officially returned from its 19-month suspension.

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Healthy eating: A great start towards a healthier life

Local chef Nuno Grullon blends instincts with mom's tips

If the old adage, “you are what you eat,” has any truth to it, then people of color, particularly Blacks, may be guilty of eating their way into obesity, diabetes and other avoidable health problems simply because of their diets.

Brain-eating amoeba affects boy in Glades County

Family members told media outlets that Zachary Reyna contracted Naegleria fowleri _ an amoeba that causes deadly brain infections _ while knee boarding with some friends in a ditch near his house in LaBelle on Aug. 3.

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Teen pregnancy prevention: Issues and answers

OIC of South FL will host community conference at Signature Grand

The statistics are very alarming. One in every four teenagers is infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Miami is no.1 in the nation of new HIV cases and Broward county is no. 2. Florida’s rates of adolescent sexual activity are higher than comparable national rates for high school students.

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Karate lessons give needed confidence

Classes help to bring self-discipline and behavioral changes to all students

More than 30 youth, ages four years old and up, attentively listened and responded as their sensei gave orders on last Monday night at their karate class at Athalie Range Park. Dressed in a black karate uniform, known to them as a “gi,” all of the students warmed up cohesively. The group was positioned by levels: the more experienced students, who wore blue and yellow belts, stood in the front and the beginning students, who wore white belts, stood in the back.

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Back-to-school event for Liberty City youth

Black law officers, safety officials among sponsors

One thousand book bags and other school supplies will be given to Liberty City’s youth at a back to school give away on Aug. 15 between 10a.m.-2p.m. — sponsored by The Progressive Firefighters Association Charities Inc.,

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Anti-bullying bash held at TACOLCY

Families helped in preparing for school

At 7 a.m. last Saturday morning, community members stood in line at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc., anxiously waiting for the organization’s Back-to-School/Anti-Bullying Bash event to start.

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Comm. Monestime distributes hundreds of book bags to kids

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime recently distributed hundreds of free book bags to students in District 2 during his 2013 Back-To-School Book Bag Giveaway at Oak Grove Park, 690 NE 159th Street.

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Jordan helps 700 children get ready for school year

Students recently filled Commissioner Jordan’s district office to take part in the commissioner’s 2013 book bag giveaway.

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Crime Scene: August 14, 2013

A Florida man confessed to something much more sinister last Thursday. He said he killed his wife. Derek Medina, 31, posted a picture of Jennifer Alfonso’s blood-stained body —

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Phenomenal women talk politics and much more

The sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter, hosted a Pumps, Pearls and Politics forum recently

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Teachers view “Fruitvale Station,” talk about safety

UTD president assembles panel for engaging Q&A session after the movie

Recently-elected United Teachers of Dade President Federick Ingram continues to show that he’s willing to think outside of the box in order to lead and inspire over 21,000 teachers and 8,000 educational support professionals

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Street Talk: August 14, 2013

Should A-Rod be allowed to play during his suspension?

Yes, he deserves to continue to play and get paid. Just because they think he’s taking drugs doesn’t mean he really is.”

Can Davis family get justice in Florida?

There is a fundamental problem in Florida where people shoot first and ask questions later. For African American young males there are two cases within four months of each other,

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Will Miami become headquarters for the illiterate?

South Florida is known for its idyllic weather, its bevy of beauties and its pristine beaches. But soon, if Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s budget goes through without serious alterations, it may be best known for having the largest percentage of illiterate citizens in the country.

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Junkanoo lead a grand party in Overtown

To mark the Independence Day of The Bahamas from England on July 10, 1972, dancers recently took to the streets in Overtown,

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Overtown CRA helps young, gifted and Black

Summer camp shows Black youth can excel in the fine arts and business

Young adults from Overtown have heard the negative comments before — suggesting that they are doomed to failure, that the community in which they live will never recapture its glory days of the past

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School starts Monday — Is the system Black-student friendly?

Critics blast District for excessive testing, lack of accountability and inadequate resources

“As the money rolls out, there should be more of our own people, not just those handpicked by the school superintendent, to make sure Black-owned businesses get their fair share. Just look at how things went during the last bond issue.

Thursday, August 8

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Dolphins academy hosts youth camp

The Miami Dolphins Academy hosted its second annual youth camp last week at Felix Varela High School. The weeklong camp gave some 60 participants ages five to 14 an opportunity to interact and train alongside former Dolphins players for five full days.

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New coach creates history at Mourning High School

Rarely do most individuals have a chance to create history. For Dennis Alexander, getting the head basketball coach position at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School provides him with that opportunity. Both the program and the school were established in 2009.

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CEO Bill Diggs leaves Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce

Eight-year leader takes over as head of Mourning Family Foundation

Bill Diggs, the president and CEO of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, recently announced on his Facebook page that he was leaving the job he has held for the past eight years and has accepted an offer from his friend and business colleague, Alonzo Mourning.

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Self-help guide helps couples enhance and improve marital relationships

An interview with author Sandra Tinsley

Recent statistics show that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. The numbers were so disturbing that Miami native Sandra Stringer, along with her husband, Minister Bernard L. Tinsley, decided that they would make a concerted effort to avoid joining that group of divorcees.

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For Miami’s Denise Lee, the play is the thing

Edison High grad writes scripts that give the “straight raw deal”

Sometimes it takes a leap of faith in order to make one’s dreams come true. And that’s exactly what Miami native Denise Lee, 42, did after hearing stories continue to swirl in her head. Lee was working as a volunteer for the State of Florida, distributing condoms and talking to people in her community about the importance of having safe sex when she hit upon an idea for a play.

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Dance & Drum festival

Three-day celebration to include kids’ expo, bazaar and concert

With workshops led by some of the top drummers and dancers from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S., a health symposium, a global bazaar and a children’s village, the 4th Annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida will return to Miami this weekend, August 2 - 4, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center [NE 59th Terrace]. The culmination of the Festival, whose theme is “Bridging Cultural Gaps,” will be a concert extravaganza on Saturday evening. Other highlights will include the presentation of the 2013 Cultural Community Outreach Award to Essie “Big Mama” Reed — a fixture in South Florida who has dedicated her life to helping many of the “village’s less fortunate children.”

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Rioters come in all colors and classes

On July 4, a tea party activist and aspiring humorist named “Wild Bill” posted a video on YouTube entitled “White Guy Riot.” In it, he suggests, “rumors are flying in Florida that if George Zimmerman is acquitted, Blacks will riot all across the country.”

Conservatives comment on not guilty verdict

“Although George Zimmerman was acquitted, there are no winners in this tragic case. A teenager is deceased and a young man's family is mourning. Zimmerman will never have a normal life again. I call for all sides to respect the verdict reached by a jury of his peers and honor Trayvon's memory by letting peace prevail in the streets.”

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Revival celebrates the freedom of living Christ-like in our daily lives

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17. This was the theme of the “Free in Him” revival and gospel concert, which was held by Allen Chapel AME Church on July 10-12. The event, which was held, not that long after the 4th, acknowledged that Christians have a different kind of freedom, according to Rev. Vensen Ambeau, pastor of Allen Chapel.

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Miami Gardens leaders adopt no tolerance pledge initiative

Strive to enhance safety and quality of life at further reducing violence

Recently, the City of Miami Gardens Council members agreed to adopt a No Tolerance pledge for the City and residents aimed at further reducing violence, illegal activities and promoting increased involvement in community programs. The For the Children Sake campaign, which is sponsored by Councilwoman Felicia Robinson, Seat 4, takes effect immediately.

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Pastor found God while serving time

Church where community, worship and mission exist

While being confined in a Los Angeles County jail cell, more than 20 years ago, amongst other prisoners who plotted on stripping their neighbors of belongings, money or dignity,   Jack Hakimian looked up to the celling and cried out to God. “God, if you're real. Jesus, if you’re real…Please help me,” he shared his testimony on a Christian Broadcasting Network television show.

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Community urged to keep calm for Trayvon

Leaders discussed trial and peace after verdict

On July 9, nearly 300 people came together to listen to faith-based leaders, attorneys and the police’s call for peace in response to the approaching George Zimmerman trial verdict. Attorneys also gave community members more insight on the trial through their explanation of legal issues and procedures.

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Did Trayvon Martin receive justice?

Sixty-seven percent of Americans polled do not believe that a jury verdict of not guilty is justice for Trayvon Martin. This means that across race, gender, age and geographic location, most Americans do not believe that Martin received justice. However, the concept of justice in America in our court system is not always understood.

Wednesday, August 7

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Ackman resigns from JC Penney board

The boardroom drama may be over, but J.C. Penney is still grappling with an uncertain future. William Ackman has resigned from J.C. Penney's board as part of a deal to resolve an unusually public battle between the activist investor and the struggling department store operator.

Icahn tells Apple CEO to buy back more stock

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says Apple should buy back more stock

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Senior Marines from Florida honored in ceremony

Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey and Colonel Michael D. Robinson, both with Florida “roots,” participated in the Marine Corps embassy Security Group of Command Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia on July 12th. Robinson, born in Orlando, relinquished command to Colonel Frank E. Wending. Lt. General Ron Bailey of St. Augustine, and one of the highest ranking Black Marines in the Marine Corps officiated the ceremony and made remarks.

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The Sports Brothers

Dangers of a Pro-Athlete

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public. That is the latest development in this high profile drama that has shaken up the NFL.

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Miamians were saddened to learn of the death of Ernest Sidney. Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Ethel Pearl, sister Nancy Dawkins and neice Martha Clayton Day. Deepest sympathy to all of you. Also our deepest sympathy goes out to the Finley family who lost three relatives last week. Sisters Jacquelyn Finley- Livingston, Helen Finley-Spires and Audrey Finley. Shalisa Gee was in Miami last week from Atlanta to visit her mom Gayle and aunt Anna-Grace. (My other niece and her family also lives in Atlanta with her husband LaCorrie and three sons and also my brother Ivern.)

Chatter That Matters

The late Tanya Martin Pekel left a wonderful legacy that should be recognized in the community. The daughter of Montez Martin and Marcia Martin Saunders, Tanya and her sister Terrie attended Morningside and Miami Shores Elementary. She was recognized last year at Miami Shores Elementary.

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Farm Share, Opa-locka feed families in need

City’s Vice Mayor Kelley teams up with local officials

“They are not just feeding the stomach, they’re feeding the spirit and the soul,” exclaimed 41-year resident Mary Brown as she stood in line — one of hundreds of recipients that received free groceries in Opa-locka last Friday. The Farm Share food distribution was sponsored by the City of Opa-locka mayor and commission and hosted by Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley in partnership with State Senator Oscar Braynon II and State Representative Cynthia Stafford. It all took place in the parking lot of Historic City Hall.

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Crime Scene: August 7, 2013

While two South Florida women played the slots, their children waited in a running car parked outside the casino, authorities say. Sisters Romanie Pierre, 31, and Malory Pierre, 27, of North Miami, drove to Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach with two boys and two girls — ages 8, 5, 4 and 2 — in the car,

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Street Talk: August 7, 2013

Do you think the court was wrong for denying Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones a third term?

“The court is wrong for letting her go. She was doing a great job for the community.”

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Scott: Dream Defenders should leave Florida

“I love the SYG law. George had his day in court and won; get over it. Jackson and Sharpton are in it to keep the race issue up. I agree with Bill O’Reilly, on Fox. Should they decide to boycott this state that is fine with me, and as usual, once again the spineless Detmocrats want more gun control laws; well the law is fine. Don’t commit a crime or attack any one and you will not get shot, see how simple it is. And we do not need outsiders coming to our state and telling us how to run it, don’t like what we do, go home and stay there,” says Florida resident Bob Hudsun.

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Bookbag give-away benefits youth

Children facing homelessness When children go back to school each year, some families have to make a choice between buying food for their homes or backpacks and school supplies for their receive gifts

When children go back to school each year, some families have to make a choice between buying food for their homes or backpacks and school supplies for their children. The backpack giveaway at Dr. Barbara Carey Shuler Manor Apartments — a Carrfour Supportive Housing development that provides affordable housing for residents who were formerly homeless or facing homelessness — will assist some families who are in need on August 10 at 9a.m.-1p.m. At the event, 40-50 bookbags will be given to the complex’s residents.

What community does the county mayor serve?

Time is running out before the Miami-Dade County commission and the county mayor must decide what budget they will approve for the new fiscal year. In the next few weeks, Mayor Carlos Gimenez will be traversing the County holding town hall meetings where he’ll give his dog and pony show and then allow for a few questions from the audience. But there’s a problem.

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God is the healer who uses me with His unction

Pastor believes he is a servant of God

“She’s dead,” church members screamed. Everybody in the church was in a panic as they turned to their pastor. “Pick up the body,” Apostle Willie J. Jones of God’s Calling Gospel Holiness Church, Inc., said. One of the ministers picked up the body of the elderly woman and her body fluid started to fall on him. “In the name of Jesus, live,” Jones said. Nothing happened. After asking those who didn’t believe to go to the kitchen, [no one moved]. Jones tried again. “Everybody from the smallest to the greatest, start praising God,” he commanded. “All of a sudden after the people started praising God, life came back in her,” Minister Zachery Peacock, said. “I’ve never witnessed anything like that in my life.” The woman lived four to five more years after that experience. Throughout the Bible and presently, believers have called God many names in attempts to describe him, God’s Calling Gospel Holiness and Apostle Jones knows God to be a healer and miracle worker.

“Pre-March on Miami” prepares for coming March on Washington

Recognizing anniversary of historic moment 50 years ago

To commemorate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2; the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Miami-Dade Chapter; and the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church have joined forces and will hold a special “Pre-March on Miami” on August 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Pre-March is in preparation for the actual anniversary of the March on Washington which occurred on August 28,1963. The Pre-March on Miami will begin at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, 2330 N.W. 93rd Street, and travel east to 22nd Avenue, south to 87th Street, west to 23rd Avenue and north to 93rd Street. The march will conclude with a special church service at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

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Christmas comes in July for the homeless

On July 25, the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers helped over 2,600 homeless men, women and children celebrate Christmas in July with 500 volunteers at their three campuses in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. At the event, more than 500 new sneakers, hundreds of haircuts, articles of clothing and tote bags filled with hygiene products were given out, and 86 men and women signed up at the company’s intake tables to get off the streets of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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'Get on the bus' for jobs, youth and pride

Fifty years later we're still marching for civil and voting rights

Florida may be a long ride from our nation’s Capitol, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred a committed group of mostly faith-based congregations located in the State that are now making plans to join colleagues from 60 chapters and 150 cities scattered across the U.S. on their way to the 2013 March on Washington.

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Mayor backpedals again on making massive budget cuts

Will Blacks bear the brunt of layoffs?

It’s hard to tell exactly what version of the 2013-2014 budget Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will submit to the county commission when a final vote is held next month. Several weeks ago, the Mayor indicated that he would raise taxes in order to balance the budget and maintain services for the county. But when citizens and the commission railed against an increase in the property-tax rate, Gimenez backed down and recommended a flat tax rate.

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Volunteers spread word about 'Obamacare' changes

With just 50 days until Floridians are able to go online and shop for private health insurance under a new federal law, hundreds of volunteers are fanning out across the state to inform people about the law and the coverage opportunities available under it.