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Monday, December 30

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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering.

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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.

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Beverly Johnson

The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.

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Why All Black People Should Visit Africa

I was 23 years old when I took my first trip to Africa, and if you ask me my trip occurred a little too late. It should have happened as soon as I developed comprehension and understanding. It should have happened before the “African booty scratcher” jokes became funny to me, and before Africa became the dark continent in my mind. However, thank goodness it happened. After visiting the beautiful country of Zambia on two different occasions, I’m convinced that every Black person should visit Africa at least once. It will change your entire life. It most definitely changed mine.

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Is It Necessary To Celebrate Black History Month?

We don’t have a White history month, so why is there a Black history month? Is It Necessary to celebrate Black History Month? Read on...

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A New Era in Beauty for Black Women

This new era of beauty among Black women celebrates the mind. It celebrates our beautiful spirits, our beautiful struggles, and our beautiful hopes.

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Why We Need Another Civil Rights Movement

As a child I would often watch old clips of the Civil Rights Movement and desperately wish I could have participated. The focus and eloquence of Dr. King inspired me. The courage of the children challenged me, and the unity of Black people was something I’d yet to witness in my generation. My soul longed for the days when Black people didn’t sit around and hope for change, but actually fought for it to happen.

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Your "blackness" starts with YOU

Knowing and understanding what being black enough means to your self-preservation.

Wednesday, December 25

Alumnus gives FIU $1 million

Gerald C. Grant and wife give back in a major way

Miami native Gerald C. Grant, Jr. can testify to the statement that “life is a marathon and not a sprint.” While attending Miami Edison Senior High, Grant, 57, made $2 an hour and, in college, worked two jobs. With ambition and dedication in tow, Grant obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida International University [FIU] in Business Administration.

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Businesswoman breaks into nail care industry

Blacks are starting businesses at greater rates than ever before, but they are also failing at greater rates according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Chayann Fenn, is looking to change the stature of the nail salon game with a her ambition and determination. Owner of Nice Nails Hands & Feet Spa [located at 6301 NW 6th Ave suite 6], Fenn, who is 30, says that without God this opportunity may have never come.

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Gwen Cherry Bulls take nat'l championship

Kids dominate the Pee Wee league

Gwen Cherry Bulls won the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship with a 26-0 victory against the Virginia Beach (VA) Mustangs. The Bulls won the Division I Junior Pee Wee category. The championship game was held on December 14th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The team received financial support, in part, from the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.

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Suffering from the holiday blues?

New Horizons CEO: ‘Mental illness hits Blacks at alarming rate

We’re supposed to be happy and jolly during the five-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. We’re supposed to look forward to the holidays and anticipate a time of happiness and fellowship. But experts say that many people find their anticipation and excitement turning into feelings of depression, commonly called the holiday blues. Symptoms vary: headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems and unnecessary conflict with family members and friends.

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Dolphins still alive after bad loss

The Miami Dolphins would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, despite their embarrassing 19-0 loss this past Sunday in Buffalo. However, with one more week to go in this wacky NFL season we will attempt to explain the playoff scenarios to you.

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Empowered Youth Inc. creates program to help young men

Vibe 305 a food truck delivers more than just snacks

Empowered Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization, 501(c)3, that is devoted to transforming the lives of inner-city young men through unique opportunities. This community-based program has catered to young men, 15-18 years of age, since 2006 in South Florida and in Miami-Dade County since 2010.

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People

Wedding anniversary greetings go out to the following couples: Cecil and Clothilda Brown — 13 years Harford Eton and Carolyn Howell, Sr. — 40 years H. Wendell and Gail M. Stirrup — 44 years

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Fort Lauderdale’s “top dawg” in the world of spoken word

Former NFL star now makes the stage his playing field

Jerris Evans, a proud Ft. Lauderdale native, was recently reminded by his third grade teacher, Mrs. Maltimore at Nova Middle, that he has always had a penchant for reciting poetry and being the center of attraction. Since those formative years, he’s honed his skills in efforts to become a formidable force in the spoken word entertainment business. And from most accounts, Evans, known on stage as “QuickThePoet,” is doing very well.

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Commissioner Jordan transforms into Mrs. Claus

Sporting a Santa cap and signature red colors, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan recently dressed as Ms. Claus to distribute toys to children at two Miami Gardens Head Start centers. More than 140 children at the Ophelia Brown and North County Head Start centers walked away with dolls, remote control cars, games, action figures, or costumes.

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Unemployed emergency assistance to end soon

Plight of long-term jobless remains as serious as ever

While many unemployed Black Floridians were able to remain financially afloat due to government-funded budget extensions, New Year’s Day may prove to be a day of reckoning as scheduled budget cuts kick in. As of the week ending December 28th, nearly 119,000 Floridians will have their emergency unemployment compensation [EUC]terminated,

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Case dismissed: End of road for Spence-Jones

Judge: Allegations are full of political intrigue

Despite defeating two high-profile corruption charges, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones found herself at the losing end of a racketeering-conspiracy suit against the state attorney, mayor and senior prosecutors.

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Miami Northwestern Sr. High receives first A grade

On the brink of being shut down, school defies odds

It’s now report card time for County schools as the Florida Department of Education [FDOE] issued school grades for the 2012-13 school year. No F’s were given out to Miami-Dade and Broward County high schools, according to numbers

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Local elected officials give toys to neighborhood children

Edmonson joined by Regalado and Gort

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson began celebrating the holidays last Saturday by joining City of Miami Commissioner Wilfredo Gort and City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado in waiting for Santa Claus to arrive at Juan Pablo

City of Opa-locka 12th annual ‘Holiday in the Village’

Over 265 toys were presented to pre-registered children ages 3-13, by host Commissioner Dorothy “Lady Justice” Johnson, and an additional 97 bicycles were raffled-off to youths, 3-17, by Commissioner Timothy Holmes at the City of Opa-locka 12th Annual “Holiday in the Village” Toy and Bicycle Give-Away sponsored by the Mayor, Commission and

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North Shore Medical Center, Florida Medical Center donate hundreds of toys to Big Mama

North Shore Medical Center and Florida Medical Center Team Up to Donate Hundreds of Toys to “Big Mama” and the Team of Life Organization

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Rev. Cook celebrates 46 years of preaching

Closing in on final sermon at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr., the well-known, white-haired, people-loving pastor of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will preach the word of God to hundreds-of-thousands of individuals for the final time in Jan. 2014. ‘“I am not tired yet,” Cook said. “God’s word keeps you wanting to hear more-and-more about him. The more you hear about him, the more you want to hear.”

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Famed muralist premiers film about the power of art

Kyle Holbrook brings team from MLK Mural to Little Haiti

“I want to treat ‘Art of Life’ like an organic piece of public art — we capture everyday normal life and incorporate it into our film,” says Kyle Holbrook, who recently made his debut as a film director after establishing himself as one of the country’s most talented mural artists.

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Chatter That Matters

Dr. Enid Pinkney sat down with Charlayne Tompkins, executive secretary, and discussed projects such as the Annual Tennis Tournament, raising of funds through a grant, and the Annual Messiah concert, which took place Sun. Dec.15, at Bethany SDA Church. The program included “Undivided” an a cappella group consisting of Ruben Aponte, Melvinsky Ramirez, Israel

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The rise of the new Black leadership

In the old days, a trio of women were the Black leadership: Barbara Carey-Shuler, Congresswomen Meek and Athalie Range. They were courageous, outspoken and clearly in charge, and they reigned for decades. All of them have now retired. To their credit, the trio developed young Black leadership. From this group came Congressman Kendrick Meek,

Monday, December 23

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Prominent attorney pleads guilty to tax evasion

Larry Handfield to serve one year probation, pay $78K

Criminal defense attorney, Larry Handfield, has pleaded guilty of filing false tax returns — two misdemeanor charges — and must pay $78,842 in restitution along with serving 12 months of probation. The conviction comes as a shock to Miami’s Black community in which Handfield, 57, grew up and which he continually supported through his time and financial gifts. Now he faces an inquiry from the Florida Bar whose responsibilities include monitoring the State’s attorneys.

Thursday, December 19

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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

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Gov. Scott’s plan for Black businesses

Since Governor Scott has taken office in 2010, the state unemployment numbers have dropped from 11.1 to 6.7 percent and there have been 440,000 private sector jobs created. Based on our governor’s numbers the good times are here again in Florida.

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Revered labor union head dies

Clarence Pittman, Jr: A man for all seasons

Since the mid 1960s, Miami native Clarence Pittman, Jr., dedicated his life to his community in areas that included education, politics, religion and social, progressive organizations. But it was in the labor union movement that his star truly shined and his accomplishments may have been most evident. He first joined the Union in 1957.

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Christmas comes early for Liberty City youth

HOLIDAY CHEER: Children from Liberty City were treated to food, fun, gifts and a surprise visit from Santa at the annual Christmas parade held last weekend.

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Coping with stress and the holiday blues

Q. What are the “holiday blues?” A. The holiday season is in full swing: shopping, cooking, planning trips and cleaning in anticipation of visitors. Layering those activities on top of a daily workload and family responsibilities can be challenging. All of our thoughts and feelings are heightened during this intense time of the year, and they can bring stress and depression instead of happiness.

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Holiday stress vs. addiction

The holiday season can be a stressful time for all women. Many can be bombarded by the all-consuming desire for holiday perfection. They have to buy the “perfect” gift or plan the “perfect” party. Then there is the need to look our best with the added stress of trying to keep that “perfect” figure to fit into that “perfect” holiday outfit. All of that can be overwhelming for those who can handle the stress. But others have to be careful.

Dr. Barrau, M.D.: So. FL Chapter hosts gala

“I believe the Haitian doctors and African American doctors are too distant in their professions, social activities and in their communities. Hopefully, beginning with a combined knowledge of professions and socializing we can become closer,” Barrau said. “Most African American doctors are not aware that there is an association of Haitian physicians. Hopefully, by letting them know what we do and their letting us know what they do, we can become closer in our efforts.”

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Hospitality Committee gives flowers to Patterson, 99

Born in Miami on Feb. 7, 1914, Dorothy Patterson will be 100 years-old on Feb. 5, 2014. She is the only child of the late Lillian and Timothy Farrington. Though Dorothy, at birth weighted twelve and one-half pounds, today at 99, “She has a nice little body shape and has a bundle of energy, a good mind, and loves to dance.,” Dr. Dory Lingo, the Hospitality Ministry President of the Church of the Open Door U.C.C. said. The same church where Patterson is a member of.

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Miami pays tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela

Celebration includes dance, songs and the words of Madiba

Close to 300 people attended a moving but joyous celebration last Thursday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center where they recalled the numerous contributions of Madiba — the name affectionately used when referring to the South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandela.

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lifestyle happenings

The Mayor and City Commission of Opa-locka invite you to the grand opening celebration of Helen Miller Center at Segal Park on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Call 786-338-6087. The Jessie Trice Community Health Center is having its 10th annual Santa’s workshop Fri. Dec 20 at 3 p.m. Call 305-805-1700. Team Kareem is collecting toys for their toy giveaway which takes place on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belafonte Tacolcy Park. Call 786-390-3923.

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Albert Lewis, looking to jump into career world

A young and vibrant senior at North Miami Senior High is consistently demonstrating the qualities of a role model according to a recent press release. Albert D. Lewis is focused on serving his community and taking his education further.

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Co-founders Albricka, Andre launch digital media company

former federal government workers pursue their dreams

Founder of Eye Urban Television, Andre Williams, has teamed up with Albricka Gordon and seized a window of opportunity. Eye Urban TV started as an idea to reach the masses through websites, social media marketing and various media. The duo met while working for the Transportation Security Administration and decided to pursue this dream full time — so they resigned to officially launch EyeUrbanTV.com.

Bailey appointed to S. FL regional planning council

Black attorney selected by Governor Rick Scott

Mario J. Bailey, a member of the Becker & Poliakoff’s government relations and lobbying team, has received an appointment from Governor Rick Scott to serve on the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

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Miami Central captures third state title

But says goodbye to team’s star backs

Saturday afternoon marked the end of an era — Central’s Yearby-Cook era. And true to form they went out winners with a 52-7 defeat of their 2011 rival Armwood at the Citrus Bowl. In an eerily accurate display, Cook sported metallic gold Nike kicks in his final high school football game.

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Tannehill is the man in MIA

The Miami Dolphins have their franchise quarterback. Yes folks I am talking about Ryan Tannehill, the young man some Dolfans love to hate and blame for everything. This kid has got the goods and like most young quarterbacks he has a lot of room for improvement. What I love about Tannehill is the bigger the

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Citizens voice concerns at FL Speaks tour stop

Initiative gathers public testimony of civil rights violations

Florida has become ground zero for cases involving injustice and violations of citizens’ rights. Just consider recent examples like the Trayvon Martin murder by George Zimmerman, the stand your ground failed defense of Marissa Alexander and the political disenfranchisement of millions of former inmates, senior citizens and college students in the last several elections and it’s clear that life is neither just nor equal for many residents of the Sunshine State.

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Miami Times prepares for million dollar makeover

Will relocate to temporary space at Brownsville Center

The home of the award-winning and oldest Black newspaper in the South, The Miami Times, is about to change — but just for an approximate four months. Beginning Monday, Dec. 30, the Times will relocate to the Brownsville Center, 2537 NW 54th Street, so that a million dollar renovation of the current office on 900 NW 54th Street can begin.

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Stop treating Black youth like disposables

The shooting death of 10-year old Aaron Vu during the robbery of his parents’ nail salon was brutal and senseless. Aaron’s father was also shot during the robbery — thankfully he survived. The community was in shocked by this brutal crime and anxiously awaited the arrest of this cold blooded killer. When news

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With disparity confirmed County schools must now keep their word

Miami-Dade County Public School [M-DCPS] officials may have been disturbed by the headline that appeared on the front of The Miami Times last week, “Black Firms Shutout,” but sometimes you only need a few carefully guided words to bring attention to issues of major importance.

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Miami Gardens needs an Officer Friendly

We have referred to the fictional character known as Officer Friendly in previous editorials but considering the challenges now facing the Miami Gardens Police Department, we thought it apropos. Let’s face it — police in Miami Gardens face a real public relations problem. Instead of being viewed as friends of the community, men and women that have taken an oath of service in order to keep citizens safe, they are viewed by many as rude, rogue and rambunctious.

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A century of service, sisterhood and scholarship

The grand chapter, Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate students on the campus of Howard University. Many of those same women were among the first Black Women to join the Women’s Suffrage March down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. “One hundred years ago, those women realized that when collective strength is used much can be accomplished,” Maud Newbold, the organizer, first president of the Dade County Alumnae Chapter organized Jan. 10, 1981 and General Centennial Chairperson, said. “we know the value of unity and the strength it can

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A pastor, mentor and great trainer retires

McIntyre leaves pastoring but will continue God’s work

Rev. Marvin James McIntyre, Sr. a very reserved, disciplined, calm, “Christ-influenced,” 78 year-old pastor is leaving that career to take on a more “evangelistic one.” He says, “I am leaving the pulpit/pastoral part of the job I have proudly done for 33 years but will always be a spokesperson for the Lord.” The young man, personally selected, to replace McIntyre is Rev. Brandon Jones, the son of Lisa Frazier and Leroy Jones, who is not only a preacher but also

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Faith Calendar

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will have its A Blue Christmas Service Wed., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. St. Peter’s A.O.C.’s Nurses Guild will sponsor a yard sale at the church every Sat., until Dec. 18th beginning at 8 a.m. Call 305-310-0855.

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Young Black Men YBE Magazine finds its niche

Founder marks first full year of publication

A new magazine that brings to light the experiences of America’s young Black men has reached a milestone with its fourth quarterly issue in December — marking its first year of publication. Based out of Atlanta, YBE Magazine was started 10 years ago by Eric Foster, who serves as the chief editor of the publication.

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Chatter That Matters

Congresswomen Frederica S. Wilson was full of joy when she walked into the Rouge Lounge on North Miami Beach last Friday to enjoy an evening planned by the South Florida Hatters Club to raise funds for her campaign. It was a special night for Congresswoman as she reflected on the 5000 Role Models of Excellence and commended the staff for keeping the men in positive surroundings. The next event will be the Unity Breakfast, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Parrot Jungle. A big

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People

I hope your birthday was grand, Kia Moncur. Kia turned 2 years old on Dec. 8. She is the daughter of Lemuel and DeAnna Moncur and granddaughter of Florence Moncur. Happy belated wedding anniversary to Daryl and Gail Moses — 21 years.

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South Dade makes history with first State championship

Making history is enough to bring tears to even the sternest of eyes. Just ask South Dade coach Nathaniel Hudson, Jr. whose sideline demeanor is typically poised and stoic. There were more than remnants from the ceremonial Gatorade-bath running down his face Saturday night as his Buccaneers (14-1) brought home the first state championship in the school’s 60 year history. The Bucs defeated reigning Class 8A state champions Apopka High School 41-28 in their first trip ever to the Citrus Bowl.

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Multicultural coalition targets education, economic justice

Miami citizens join 60 other cities in National Day of Action

A newly-formed group of parents, teachers, students and community members have teamed up to form the Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice [DCEEJ] with the goal of demonstrating the connection between education and economic opportunity. In their first press conference held earlier this month, they announced their platform as similar groups in 60 other U.S. cities jointly participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

Tuesday, December 17

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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star

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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.

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Black Male Revisited to make its world premier in South FL

Nigerian uses multi-media to reconsider impressions of the black male body

When conversation moves to the Black male body, the dialogue rarely evokes positive images worthy of celebration. Instead, what we more often find throughout society, particularly in the U.S., are views that criminalize, demonize and sexualize the Black male body. It is this distorted reality that moved Detroit-born, Nigerian-American Jaamil Olawale Kosoko to develop his part installation, part live performance spectacle, Black Male Revisited — a one-man show that is coming to South Florida.

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Blacks represent with pride under The Fusion MIA banner

Black artists from across the Diaspora are finally getting their just due as part of the now internationally acclaimed event known as Art Basel. And as Miami continues to make its name in the global art world, one of the reasons these artists are getting noticed is due to the efforts of Fusion MIA — a local group whose mission is to bring greater awareness, attention and business opportunities to the African and Caribbean Diaspora’s modern and contemporary

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Marcus Stroud

A self-proclaimed “country boy” from South Georgia, NFL veteran and philanthropist Marcus Stroud remains humble and grateful for his experiences during and after the NFL. Marcus was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft and played for 10 years in the NFL for teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

Fed probe sought by FL NAACP branch

The FL state conference of NAACP branches and its Miami-Dade County branch have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the Miami Gardens Police Department’s treatment of Blacks who have allegedly faced harassment and misconduct at the hands of the Miami Gardens police officers. The NAACP made its intentions known last Tuesday during a phone-in press conference intended to local media.

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Black firms shutout of miami-dade public schools construction contracts

M-D School’s disparity study confirm Black business neglect

With billions being spent over the next several years in the construction and/or renovation of Miami-Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS], the School Board was recently commissioned to conduct an in-depth analysis of the District’s purchasing and contracting practices to determine if racial or gender disparity existed among those firms doing business with M-DCPS. And what was determined by MGT of America, Inc. is what many critics have been saying all along — that disparity exists in three-of-four categories. According to two M-DCPS employees, Brian Williams, economic development officer, Office of Economic

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Oliver Gilbert talks troubles facing his city

Goals include increased safety and better police-citizen relations

Since mid-summer, Miami Gardens has had more than its share of violence, including an 11-day period during which time 10 people were shot. Readers may recall our lead story in October which asked if, based on recent data, it was appropriate to refer to the mostly-Black City as “South Florida’s murder capital?” Now with a recent lawsuit filed by a local store owner along with several of his customers and employees who allege harassment and racial profiling by Miami Gardens police, both the City and its recently-elected mayor, Oliver Gilbert, find themselves with a severely damaged image.

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Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners.

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Baratunde Thurston

Co-Founder & CEO of Cultivated Wit, Author, Comedian

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Cheryl Contee

Co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics, CEO at Fission Strategy, Co-Founder of Attentive.ly, 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech

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Stefanie Brown James

Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James knew that a career in government affairs and civil rights was the path for her. She started to get involved in civil rights when she joined the Cleveland Youth Council of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Shawne Merriman

From the gridiron to the boardroom, Shawne Merriman proves that there is life after playing professional football. Growing up in a rough and tumble neighborhood in Maryland, Shawne avoided the negativity and managed to channel his energy into something positive.

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Allen West

Former Congressman, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author

Thursday, December 5

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Health disparities still plaguing the Black community

According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], among the 10 leading causes of death for Blacks, the top four — heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes — are all preventable.

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Jordan and Ted Lucas spread holiday cheer

Smiles, laughter and sincere messages of gratitude greeted Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and record mogul Ted Lucas as they delivered Thanksgiving baskets to several needy families in North Miami-Dade County

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Jesus Loves Me celebrates 9th anniversary

“Prepared people for prepared work”

“Pastor Diane E. Owens is a very God-driven, outgoing individual who is dependable and enjoys helping children in the community educationally and spiritually, “Sister Holly Lee said. “She shows her concern for all of us. Many of our services are held outside of the building [BAC Bldg. at 6600 NW 27th Ave.] because some of the members and visitors have physical problems and difficulty climbing stairs.”

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Teen singer makes the world his stage

Adore brings magic of Christmas to Liberty City stage

Adore, 19, a Liberty City native, has been singing since he was a child in the choir at Miami’s St. James AME Church. And like many youth, he has long had dreams of becoming a professional singer and traveling the world. And on Saturday, Dec. 21, he’ll be featured in “A New Christmas Eve” at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center [6161 NW

Miami Gardens hosts science and engineering fair

Councilman David Williams supports innovative and educational project

Several years ago, the City of Miami Gardens hosted its first Science and Engineering Fair — this year tradition stands true. The third annual fair is set for December 9-10 and the City of Miami Gardens is urging students with an interest in science to come out.

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Despite naysayers, Wal-Mart coming to midtown

More jobs coming for hopeful residents of Little Haiti

After two years of back and forth discussions between the Miami Zoning appeals board and the advocates of the possible Midtown Wal-Mart, the City of Miami commission has given the OK to move forward.

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24-hour initiative shatters records — over $3.2M raise

The Miami Foundation hosts 2nd annual Give Miami day

The Miami Foundation recently had their second-annual fundraiser initiative called Give Miami Day. This one-of-a-kind 24-hour online giving event is an opportunity for people in  to build a better Miami by making a donation to a plethora of local nonprofit organizations. The Miami Foundation works with all kinds of donors and helps them make their

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Hardemon talks people, politics and plans for Dist. 5

Youngest commissioner since the switch to single-member districts

Liberty City-born Keon Hardemon, 30, has 10 days until he officially settles into his new City Hall office as the city commissioner for District 5. But he says he’s already had meetings with Miami’s top brass including the city manager, attorney and mayor. And he’s learned a lot since his first failed attempt for public official two years ago when he

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Heat is primed for another run

Enjoy the ride, Miami. LeBron James, the world's best basketball player, has shown no signs of slowing down despite playing a career low in minutes to begin the season. James was recently named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time in Nov. and is already in mid-season form. James is averaging right around 35.5 minutes per game through the Heat’s first 17 games of the season. Maybe head coach Erik Spoelstra has been watching Greg

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Gun violence out of control

Four killed during holiday gunfire

Last weekend, many families were renewing old acquaintances, eating turkey and dressing — while others began their Christmas shopping at area malls. But Thanksgiving also brought tragedy and sadness for some here in Miami as shots rang out in separate incidents leaving police in the search for one or more gunmen that left two young women in Liberty City dead and two others injured.

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Band-Aid provides a rare look at medicine in Africa

You sure had lots of choices. Plan A or Plan B? This one or that? It was a big decision and you made it with as much information as you could find. Now you hope you’ve gotten the healthcare coverage that works best for you and your family. But what if there was no option, or that healthcare was days away, dispensed in a tent with little technology? In

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Art of the Diaspora featured during Art Basel in Miami

Fusion MIA showcases Black art

The largest collection of Black and Caribbean art ever assembled in Miami during Art Basel is now in town through Saturday, Dec. 7, along with artists, VIPs, music and fashion. Fusion MIA, sponsored by Grey Goose, was conceived by former District 5 City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to highlight the impressive artistic talent within the African and Caribbean Diasporas.

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“Wiz Winter Wonderland” to usher in the holiday spirit

Quietly becoming one of the most talked-about singing ensembles in South Florida, the Girls’ Choir of Miami is preparing for their 2nd annual holiday extravaganza featuring songs from “The Wiz” along with other seasonal

Jesus is the Word of God

John was presenting the gospel of St. John to his Jewish and Gentile audiences by using terms they both understood. He begins by stating, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” The Greek word translated “Word” in this passage is Logos. For example, in the Old Testament the “word” of God is often used as an

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S.H.E.A.R. helps spread holiday cheer to all

This is the time of the year that people smile more, are more courteous towards each other and are more giving towards the less fortunate. I’ve always wondered what people think happens to the needy around this time of the year? Well, at

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Scott tries to fix a non-existent problem

The State of Florida has a terrible record and reputation when it comes to voting. In the election of 2012, it took the Supervisors of Elections and the Secretary of the State three days to complete counting the ballots. It was extremely embarrassing to the state on a national and local level and an example of a dysfunctional system with no leadership.

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Turning in criminals is best way to save our community

Those who have either been incarcerated in jail or prison, as well as those who work in law enforcement, will tell you that the word ‘snitching’ has a negative — if not deadly — connotation particularly when it is employed behind bars. Why? Because to snitch, or to share information about one of your other inmates, can often cost an individual a visit to the prison infirmary or even worse, to the morgue. Thus, criminals claim — and we emphasize the word ‘claim’

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HARDEMON TAKES THE OATH

Keon Hardemon’s swearing-in ceremony attracted hundreds including family, friends, fraternity brothers and other political leaders from South Florida. The honorable Judge Orlando Prescott presided over the swearing-in.

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Alpha Phi Alpha marks 107th Founder’s Day

At the beginning of the 20th century, the few Black students that had been admitted to universities in the U.S. were often excluded from associations enjoyed by the mostly-white student populations in the form of fraternal organizations.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Gardens Super Soul Steppers will hold their “South Florida holiday celebration” at Gwen Cherry Park on Fri., Dec. 6, from 7-11 p.m. Donation required. Right Away Car Care, 2601 NW 95 Street, will give a free car wash to those who donate an unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7.

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People

Congratulations to Dr. Enid Curtis Pinkney and Dr. Walter T. Richardson, who received the 2013 “Positive Living Award” at the Alliance for Aging. Both recepients of the award are notable pillars in the community. In the company of the recipients were: Frank Pinkney, Dory Lingo, Ruby Rayford, Cecilia Stewart and Maud Newbold.

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Chatter That Matters

The Sigma Alpha Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. collaborated with Miami Gardens’ Police Department and distributed over a thousand turkeys to families in the Miami Gardens Community who signed up to receive “free”