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Stories for November 2013

Thursday, November 28

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Local rapper, entrepreneur hosts turkey giveaway

PreMadonna, Sisters at Work join for good cause

With the recent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] benefits also known as food stamps being drastically, cut Thanksgiving may mean less food on the tables for some. Thankfully kindhearted local rapper and entrepreneur, Nakeitha Felder, more commonly known as Premadonna, wanted to bless low-income families with a turkey giveaway.

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Forum addresses youth, school-to-jail dilemma

Two Black greek organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Chi Psi Omega Chapter and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter recently co-sponsored a forum addressing the schoolhouse to jailhouse dilemma that continues to plague the Black community.

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Forgive others, show love and celebrate life

On Thursday many of us will be celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with family and close friends. Thanksgiving is definitely a day of reunification and celebration for most of us. And as we come together to celebrate we will fondly reminisce about the special times we shared with those loved ones who are no longer able to celebrate the holiday with us.

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Police bank on tips

Law enforcement hope rewards will bring answers in Liberty City shootings

Miami-Dade police are searching for two Black males who entered a family-owned business, Hong Kong Nails [14832 NW 7th Avenue], last Friday evening, robbed customers and workers and then fled in a black Dodge Ram pick-up — firing off bullets in their departure. Two bullets found victims: a father

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John Lewis: A life dedicated to the tenets of nonviolence

Says the scars of racism are still deeply imbedded in U.S.

Congressman John Lewis, 73, was recently in Miami, speaking to students at Booker T. Washington Senior High School who were joined by young men from the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence. His remarks centered on his recently-published graphic novel trilogy, specifically Book One entitled “March.” The novel is a first-hand account of Lewis’

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Edmonson, Deltas treat kids to “Christmas in November”

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and her sister members of DeltaCare, Inc. recently celebrated “Christmas in November” at Target in Miami’s Midtown. The annual event gave 15 families a chance to shop for toys and join Santa Claus for pizza and sodas,

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Lifestyle Happenings

Filthy Rich Life presents "I Do Hair Expo 2013", Sunday, Dec. 15th at G5ive. For more info email filthyrich414@gmail.com. Alabama State University Miami Alumni Chapter will sponsor a bus trip to the Thanksgiving Day Classic vs. Stillman College in Montgomery, Alabama on Nov. 28. Call 305-439-6600.

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People

Happy wedding anniversary to the following “love birds” of the week: Valarie Henry Baker and John Baker Nov. 26, 23 years; William and Cathy Wanza, 36 years; Alfred and Edith Barr, 43 years. Congratulations to Torrian Wallace and his Doctor’s Charter School cross country tea

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Scott booed — all Floridians not fooled

Governor Rick Scott is determined to win another term because he can continue to fudge numbers and tell everyone that the Florida economy is improving as a result of his policies. He refuses to acknowledge that the entire economy in the country is improving, because of President Obama’s policies. The stock market is breaking records and no one gives the president any accolades and kudos.

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Revenge fuels South Dade win over Killian, 13-7

It was a game of revenge. Revenge for snatching the district title and ending an undefeated season. South Dade atoned for their only district and regular season loss to Killian (7-5) last Saturday with a 13-7 win over the Cougars on a muddy Tropical Park field. The site that haunted the Buccaneers and where their seven-game win streak was ruined became the place where they propelled themselves to the Class 8A regional final.

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BTW one game away from state championship game

Routs University School 45-17

A Booker T. Washington Nike t-shirt reads “Believe the Hype” and last Friday night at Nova High School, the Tornadoes turned the University School Suns into believers in a 45-17 win.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations to Sabrina D. Simpson, bride, and Leo C. Belton, Sr., groom, who were married Sun., Nov. 16. The service was officiated by Pastor Michael K. Bouie, at Mount Hermon A.M.E. in Miami Gardens. The afternoon began with the bride’s arrival in a stretch limousine while Dr. Edward Robinson serenaded guests with wedding songs. Sorors

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Ebenezer celebrates annual Bethune-Cookman Day

Former State Representative, James Bush III, was the guest preacher at Ebenezer United Methodist Church [2001 NW 35th Street] last Sunday as the pastor, Dr. Joreatha Capers, and the congregation celebrated their annual Bethune-Cookman University [B-CU] Day. Participants in the service, including Richard Strachan, Jr.,

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Faith Calendar

New Mt. Sinai M.B. Church will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving service, Thursday, Nov. 28th at 10 a.m. The public is invited. Call 305-978-5079.

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Be sure to give thanks for the “little things in life”

If you’re Black and live in the U.S. on Thursday you’ll probably join millions of others who will eagerly grab a plateful of turkey, dressings, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, corned bread and sweet potato or pumpkin pie. You’ll probably

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Empower “U” gets $700K grant to expand health care in Liberty City

But HIV/AIDS and health disparities among Blacks continue to be at top of list

For over a decade, Empower “U,” Inc. a not-for-profit, minority peer-based AIDS service organization, founded by people living with HIV/AIDS, has been one of just a handful of beacons of hope in Liberty City, lighting the way for those who face prejudice, stigma and even outright scorn simply because they are HIV-positive.

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Dr. Russell reaches out through lifeline ministry

“I love the Lord and will serve, forever”

Dr. Calvin Russell, a native of Miami says he, “loves the Lord who has declared my life to serving his people and worshipping and giving praise to Him.”

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Prodigy: Rap legend now works to empower today’s youth

New projects include novellas on dangers of street life

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, 49, is one half of the legendary rap duo Mobb Deep — Havoc being his equally-talented partner behind the mic. But one of the things you realize when sitting down with Prodigy is that he is not the stereotypical rap star. His grandmother, Bernice Johnson, who he says taught him about the world of business and a

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Chef and minister team up to feed community a Thanksgiving meal

Larkin and Jones providing free meals for all

Millions of families around the nation gather every fourth Thursday of November to take part in a long standing traditional dinner that is formally known as Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 21

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Hardemon wallops Dunn to win District 5 commissioner seat

Friends and supporters of Keon Hardemon celebrated well into the night last Tuesday after hearing that he had defeated his opponent, Rev. Richard Dunn, by a landslide in the runoff race for City of Miami County Commissioner.

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Transparency, oversight needed at JHS

Voters have approved $830M bond — new committee will review how dollars are spent

Voters recently approved an $830M bond request that will raise their property taxes and will allow Jackson Health System to proceed with a list of long-term needs that include upgrades and new equipment for Miami-Dade County’s public hospital network. Plans laid out by hospital officials call for $477M in construction projects, including a new

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Omega Power and Praise ministry gives and feeds

Pastor Wilson-Green: “We wish that we could do more”

The Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc., is dedicated to serving the community and providing a place of worship for all who wish to get closer to God. The church is under the leadership of Pastor Harriette Wilson-Green, who is a very knowledgeable and intelligent lady who devotes the majority of her time looking out for the welfare and well-being of others.

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Chatter That Matters

The United Teachers of Dade under the guidance of President Fedrick Ingram, recently saluted their Heroes of Veterans, Teachers and Stewards of the Year at the banquet room of Miami Dade College. Speakers were: Tom Gammon, Mike Madalena, Mark Cisneros, Alexis Pagola, Nori Pino, Terri Convey and Ingram.

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A birthday celebration in honor of our cousin and adopted sister Janet Roberts-Symonette was a night to be remembered. Janet was escorted into the beautiful fall-decorated ballroom by husband Anthony. Janet’s lovely daughter Antoinette proved to be a most fitting hostess and Aundre paid a beautiful tribute to “mother” as our Delta sorors serenaded “Janet” with our sweetheart song. Happy birthday dear sister.

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UTD president and others dig in their own pockets to fund ideas

‘UTD President’s Grant” awarded to thirteen teachers

For the first time ever, United Teachers of Dade [UTD] reached into their own pockets to grant 13 deserving Miami-Dade County Public School [M-DCPS] teachers with funds to advance creative classroom projects. Fedrick Ingram, president, received matching voluntary contributions from First Vice President Tom Gammon; and Secretary-Treasurer Karla

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I hope you voted for city commissioner

On Tuesday, Election Day, many of the registered voters in District 5 were missing in action (MIA) or as most of us would say: “no shows at the polls.” Of course, it is troubling when voters don’t show up during an election. And with the seat in District 5 on the ballot the constituents in District 5

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Black greeks unite to feed the homeless

Members of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council [NPHC] rallied to serve the residents of Camillus House. Over a dozen NPHC members met to prepare and serve meals to over 150 residents at the center’s Downtown Central location.

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Carrie Meek honored for lifetime achievements

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (r) presented Congresswoman Carrie Meek (c) with the Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Lifetime Civic Leadership Award at the Party’s first Blue Gala last Sunday evening.

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Unstoppable despite disabilities

Paraplegic Gleneisha Darkins determined to finish school

It was about this time of the year —Thanksgiving — in Nov. 2010 when Gleneiesha Darkins and a carload of her classmates from the Richmond Heights area were coming home from Florida A& M University [FAMU] to spend the holidays with their families and they were involved in a horrific accident.

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Real or make believe — The Illuminati, angels and demons

Da Vinci Code’s author discusses the paradox between science and religion

The Miami Book Fair International kicked off its 30th anniversary last weekend with bestselling author Dan Brown as its keynote speaker. Brown, 49, who doesn’t make a lot of public speaking appearances, was clearly in his element last Sunday, talking about how he became a writer and his fascination with science and religion

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Brownsville gets beautified

volunteers lend a hand to deserving families

As we head into the holiday season, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida [NHSSF] is in the spirit of giving. Last Friday, NHSSF hosted a small beautification project in Miami’s Brownsville community.

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Miami Norland Vikings achieve beyond the gridiron

At the onset of the football season usafootball.com posted a list of high schools that had the most NFL players currently on a roster; Miami’s Norland Senior High School was at the top with six. While this statistic brings the school athletic recognition, administrators and former players say they are most proud of the off-field impact of their student-athletes.

Diabetes and Physical Activity

Joan Smith has been a diabetic patient at the Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center in Overtown for more than seven years. Through the center’s high risk diabetes management clinic, 62-year-old Smith recently began a physical activity program to help control the disease.

Diabetes and Women — what you should know

Over the past few decades in the United States, there has been a growing prevalence of obesity throughout our society. Those who are overweight are more likely to be predisposed to diabetes – a chronic disease that is often referred to as the “silent killer” because its symptoms can go unnoticed.

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Marissa Alexander hopes for bond after being imprisoned over two years

Attorneys for Marissa Alexander, 33, the Florida mother of three who has spent over 1,000 days in jail and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her allegedly abusive husband, have won a new trial for their client. Now they and Alexander are hopeful that a Jacksonville judge will grant her bond.

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Former FMU president dies

Dr. Albert E. Smith remembered for leadership in South Florida

South Florida mourns the recent death of one of its greatest educators and community leaders, Dr. Albert E. Smith. Smith, 81, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Oct. 24, 1932, came to Miami in the spring of 1993, following his tenure at South Carolina State University, when he was asked to serve as the tenth president of Florida Memorial College (now known as Florida Memorial University).

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Pioneering pastor dies

Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin: A woman of substance and grace

The Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin, 64, was a beloved pastor and longtime community leader who started her church in her own living room. As her membership grew, she moved to several funeral homes and hotels before settling in Miami Gardens in the church’s 22,000 square-foot home.

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Miami-Dade County fights to end homelessness

As the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust marked its 20th anniversary during Homeless Awareness Day, board leaders announced that they have joined over 225 other communities nationwide in a national movement geared towards finding permanent homes for the chronic, most vulnerable homeless. F

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L’Oréal Paris honors and supports Women of Worth

One of three Florida women need your vote

Ten advocating women from around the nation are being recognized by the renown for their community involvement. Three from the south Florida area have won $10,000 each and are now seeking the position of National Honoree Woman of Worth and be the additional award of $25,000.

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Interactive event brings ‘the future in focus’

Haitian-American thought-leaders look to improve the community

Last Saturday, the Haitian American Professionals Coalition [HAPC], Seven50 held an informative hands-on summit titled: “Haitian-American Summit: The Future In Focus.” More than 60 guests filled the North Miami High School auditorium to

It’s playoff time: Only the strong will survive

The first round of playoffs typically pose the region’s top two of the strongest districts versus the top two of the weaker districts.

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Poor are pawns in Scott’s healthcare war

There are times when Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature make decisions because they have a grudge against President Obama and the federal government. Their goal is to make sure that the president fails, and they don’t care who in the state they hurt.

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Local student competes for Miss National UNCF

FMU junior Keyandra Berry sets out to represent South Florida

Keyandra Berry, a junior at the historic Florida Memorial University [FMU] hailing from South Florida, is preparing to compete in the 2013-2014 Miss National United Negro College Fund [UNCF] Scholarship Pageant next February. Berry is majoring in music with a concentration in business and upon graduation she plans use her education with Teach for

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Edison Class of 1974 will have a reunion meeting on Nov. 20 in the school's cafeteria at 6 p.m. Call 305-301-9147. The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will meet Thurs., Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the BTW cafeteria.

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MDC, Goldman Sachs partner for small businesses

Initiative aims to create jobs and economic growth in Miami

Goldman Sachs and Miami Dade College [MDC] have announced a partnership that is expected to help small businesses in Miami flourish. The 10,000 Small Businesses program is aiming to create jobs and economic growth by providing small businesses with the tools and services needed to succeed.

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Dolphins back in the hunt

In the midst of all of the chaos that has surrounded the Miami Dolphins in the past few weeks, they have somehow managed to be very competitive in the playoff hunt. The glare of the national media spotlight has not had the ill effect so many expected. Not yet, anyway. While the NFL is prowling all over the Davie facilities looking for answers in the never ending Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga here are the Dolphins still in playoff contention. 

Nutrition and Diabetes

Traditional diabetic diet plans involving counting calories and grams of sugar can be restrictive. They often fail to address your personal preferences and medical condition. Whether your goal is to normalize your lab work results, stop or reduce the amount of medications you take, lose weight, have more vitality, or maintain your overall health, you should follow a nutrition plan that addresses your individual needs.

Thursday, November 14

Voters beware of FL’s “medi-pot” initiative

Recently Attorney General Pam Bondi reviewed an amendment, which if passed, would legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine. As evidenced by a myriad of studies, some compounds found in the marijuana plant have medicinal benefit. However, I am quite certain that I will not be voting to legalize the street drug marijuana, label it medicine and make it available to anyone, at any age, for any condition.

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Murdered GA teen’s family seek justice and answers

Crump: “Judge’s ruling was a slap in the face”

In a report recently obtained by CNN, Bill Watson, the County coroner investigating the case of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old Georgia athlete found dead on January 11, 2013 inside a rolled-up gym mat, said he disagrees with how the initial investigation was handled. Officials in Georgia’s Lowndes County say Johnson fell into the mat and suffocated while attempting to retrieve a sneaker.

Watson leads way in distributing food to community’s needy people

State Representative Barbara Watson along with State Senator Oscar Braynon and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime recently partner with Farm Share to serve over 1,500 families free food.

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Smith's aim is to follow the example of Christ

Isaac Smith was born to the late Saintana and Daniel Smith in Nassau, Bahamas in 1966. When he was 12-years-old, the family migrated to the U.S. and took residence in Miami. The thing most vivid in his young mind from then to now is “I was always in church,” Smith said. As a youngster,

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Katherine Letitia Fields and Marcus Kehyee-Marsh were married Sat., Oct. 12, at Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City. The Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones officiated the ceremony. The wedding party included the bride’s sister, Edda Fields-Black, matron of honor, bridesmaid, niece Meri Black and nephew Master Akhu Black. Also participating

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“His Third Wife” will leave you begging for more drama

Book has hot-blooded women who refuse to be denied

Absolutely nobody can stop you. Oh, no. You’re too determined to be deterred from what you want. You’ve got plans, you’ve got might, and you’ve got the guts to make it all happen. If there’s somebody in your way, watch out!  You’ll run them right over.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation invites the public to the 2nd annual Art of Transformation Fri. Nov. 15, 7- 11 p.m. at the Opa-locka executive airport. Call 305-576-3790.

Black women and Hair care products

Major decline in relaxer cream; could natural hair wave be to blame?

Are the days of sitting in pain and waiting for your relaxer to “take” (the process of hair relaxing) becoming a thing of the past? Recent studies show that hair relaxer sales have declined 26 percent over the past five years. And while hair styling trends and product launches have always been

UM not ready for prime time

Reality slapped the Miami Hurricanes in the face this past Sunday and during that process, the Virginia Tech Hokies did some slapping of their own. The end result was a 42-24 dismantling of the Hurricanes in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. The Canes were dominated in their own stadium in a game they absolutely had to have.

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Chatter That Matters

Miami-Dade County was well represented during homecoming at Albany State University in Albany, Ga., during the weekend of Oct. 17-20. Alumni, family and friends enjoyed themselves as they gathered and participated in four days of well planned activities. Many attendees enjoyed the evening All-Black Attire Affair.

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Gun law repeal efforts fail — at least for now

Bipartisan Senate-based bill could be a breakthrough in ending stand your ground

Close to 300 people were on hand at a recent House Criminal Justice Subcommittee hearing in Tallahassee — a five-hour, often emotional discussion that focused on efforts to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

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Sylvia’s stirs up sweet memories on Veteran’s Day

ALF welcomes vets, seniors and those looking for a good meal

Celebrating Veteran’s Day was the theme last Monday at Sylvia’s Retirement Home in Liberty City [1823 NW 94th Street], where about 50 vets, retirees and seniors who have made this community their home for most of their lives listened to their favorite tunes from “back in the day,” while munching on barbecue ribs and chicken, salads, green beans, peas and rice and of course, “Sylvia’s special souse.”

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Faith Calendar

Lifeline Outreach Ministries will host the Expect the Great Explosion Summit, (Starting tonight) Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 nightly.

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Opa-locka prepares for Art of Transformation fundraiser

On Friday, Nov. 15th, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation [OLCDC] will host an evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The second annual fundraising event

AHCAC: Still the great secret on 62nd Street

Drama, dancing and music fit for Broadway

That large, blue building on NW 62nd and 22nd Avenue is a mystery for far too many residents of Miami-Dade County but plans are in the works to change that. The fenced-in, one-block building with the African trim has been there since 1975. Countless numbers of students have attended classes in drama and dance there. Many of them have gone on to study, sing and dance with some of the greatest professional groups in the nation with some “graduates” making quite a name for themselves.

Residents voice on opinions on Lemon City vs. Little Haiti

Residents of Liberty City and surrounding areas have flooded The Miami Times with telephone calls that expressed their concerns about the possibility of there being a name change for Lemon City. As one caller said, “to do so would push aside the fact that the people who lived, slaved and died in that area and let them be forgotten and dismissed,” stated Courtney Demerritte, the great-grandson of Elizabeth and Rodney Ferguson who lived in Lemon City in the 30s and 40s.

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Northwestern High receives $5,000 grant for teachers

Recently, Miami Northwestern Senior High School [MNSH] was the recipient of a generous offer from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization [AFL-CIO].

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Coral Reef coach fired

Clements axed with one game left

Coral Reef ended another season just shy of the playoffs and this time with a heavier heart after the controversial termination of their head coach Chevas Clements before the team played its final game. According to Clements, he walked into the school on November 4th to see his office door and the players’ locker room padlocked.

Carol City, South Dade, and Central poised for playoffs

Each wins last regular season game

Carol City (7-3, 3-1) defeated American 28-21 last Thursday night at Traz Powell despite the Patriots 15-point third quarter. The Patriots (6-4, 6-0) gained the lead after an eight-point first half deficit during the third quarter on touchdown from running back Akeem Granger and Karon Jackson that put them ahead 21-14. But it was the resilience of Chiefs’

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Miami Book Fair International

Topics include Haitian art, hip-hop culture and a personal memoir

This year the Miami Book Fair International marks its 30th year and the buzz is already on about some of the talented authors and spectacular activities that will be part of the eight-day event that begins on Sun., Nov. 17th on the campus of Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue. Nationally-known authors include:

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Norland Senior High celebrates groundbreaking

Renovations begin after 55 years

Students and faculty of Miami Norland Senior High School [MNSH] have been walking the same hallways since 1958. Now, after a promise was made last year by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a brand new school is on the horizon. On Nov. 6, 2012 county voters for approved an issuance of $1.2B General Obligation Bond [GOB] for dozens of Miami-Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS] in need.

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Son of Daphne Campbell faces 45-year prison stint

Jury finds him guilty in Medicaid fraud scheme

State Representative Daphne Campbell’s son, Gregory Campbell, 29, was found guilty last Friday of participating in a Medicaid fraud scheme that netted nearly $300,000. Campbell, the son of State Representative Daphne Campbell, faces up to 45 years in prison for conspiracy and multiple fraud charges. The jury determined that he, along with two others,

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For Norland High, promises finally kept

Last November, Miami-Dade County Public Schools asked voters to invest in education by approving the issuance of a $1.2B General Obligation Bond. Voters overwhelmingly gave a collective nod of approval with 70 percent of voters supporting the measure.

Wednesday, November 13

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Runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19th

Last Tuesday, 6, 525 votes were cast — that’s 16 percent — in the heated race for City of Miami commissioner. But it will be another week before we’ll know who will take the District 5 seat vacated by outgoing Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

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A plan for Dems that ignore Black community

Have you heard the latest political gossip in South Florida? Alex Sink is running for Congress, Charlie Crist is running for governor — this time as a Democrat — and Perry Thurston hopes to become the State’s first Black state attorney.

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Rev. Richard Dunn’s tactics have backfired

The Reverend Dunn II was installed into District 5 seat to take the place of Commissioner Spence-Jones. At that time, he stated he would not run for the seat, but would simply work for citizens of District 5. The taste of power must have been intoxicating because he decided that he wanted the seat. He ran and lost against Michelle Spence-Jones.

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The truth about why I’m endorsing Dunn

I ran for City Commissioner for District 5 because I wanted to give the community a choice — a candidate who believes in and loves this community and who is one of its few life-long residents. I was willing to I put my reputation and integrity on the line because I wanted to give our district a greater vision and a viable choice — a community

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If you don’t vote, keep your mouth shut

During the last NBA playoffs, won by our own Miami Heat, there was an effective commercial that summarized the essential point of the game — “Win or go home!” One could be equally creative in assessing the mediocre number of voters that bothered to go to the polls in last week’s election with the phrase “Vote or keep your mouth shut!”

Thursday, November 7

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Chatter That Matters

When Darrius Jamal Albury-Williams was born on Feb. 10, 1994, his parents, Miranda Y. Albury and Harry Belafonte Williams, rejoiced. According to grandfather and grandmother, Dr. Charlie and Leo Albury, he is protected by God and surrounded by good people.

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Mandelas bring African wines to South Florida

Dancers, music help toast new House of Mandela

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela (Maki) and Tukwini Mandela, the daughter and granddaughter of global icon and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, recently topped off their U.S. tour at a private wine tasting event in Miami.

FL Black Dems show up in force at State Convention

The Democratic Black Caucus Florida (DBCF) meeting held at the Florida Democratic Party’s 2013 State Conference in Orlando last Saturday was from all accounts a positive move towards Dems regaining the State.

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Homestead recognizes South Dade Alphas 

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter [IPL] of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was recently recognized by the City of Homestead's acting mayor and council for its years of service to the community.

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Prisons: The way to lock up more Blacks

Incarceration is big business in Florida and after closing several prisons in 2012, the Department of Corrections wants some of them re-opened. Blacks make up 17 percent of the population in Florida, but they make up 50 percent of the prison population. Based on the projection for next year, it is expected that the prison population will increase by 3 percent. It is my belief that these prisons are being re-opened to accommodate more Black and Hispanic prisoners.

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Lemon City is much more than just a name

There has been an ongoing battle over the historic area of Lemon City and whether its name should be changed to reflect a much different community than when it was established over a century ago. As the name change argument has waxed and waned between African Americans and Haitians

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Black voters stay home

Some said they were unfamiliar with both the candidates and the issues

In 2012 and 2008, Black voter turnout exceeded the white turnout rate — something that had never occurred in U.S. political history. Using census data and exit polling, the Associated Press determined that in 2008, white turnout was 66.1 percent and 65.2 percent for Blacks.

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Miami Gardens leaders to face hard facts

Miami-Dade County is no different from any other urban city in this country when it comes to gun violence plaguing the streets of our communities. No city or community in this country goes unscathed by the escalating incidents of gun violence. Whether the violence is stemming from domestic abuse

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High school student recognized for work with abused children

School for Advanced Studies [SAS] Senior Christy Charnel was honored earlier this month by M-DCPS School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall at a recent Board meeting for her continued commitment to the County’s youth.

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Pastor Jackson: Raised on the word of God

Local pastor follows in his father’s footsteps

The Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church (2575 N.W. 65th St.) was founded 45 years ago by the late Pastor Emeritus Reverend Andrew Jackson. His son, the Reverend Aaron Jackson, has served as the church’s pastor since 2007. Before the son took over, Millrock was under the leadership of Rev. James McKinnon, his brother-in-law. Since its inception, Millrock has been under the guidance and direction of a family member.

Even in the pros lying is wrong

Just as the Miami Dolphin season seemed to be taking a turn for the better, it looks to have taken a sharp turn for the worst. Or at least the embarrassing. When news broke last week that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin had left the

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RJT Foundation honored for services rendered

“To lose a child hurts the entire family, someone has to be there to help them”

Denise Brown, the founder and president of the RJT Foundation lost a son, Roman Bradley, along with his childhood friend JaQuevin Myles on March 1, 2012 in a drive-by shooting. Brown along with JaQuevin’s mother, Jacklyn Hall and

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Lil TerRio promotes staying in school

Beloved six-year-old winning the hearts of million with personality

Who would have thought that an overnight celebrity would come from a six-year-old just being himself? With his loving personality, TerRio Harshaw [also known as Lil’ TerRio] has captured the hearts of thousands around the nation. And his popularity has spread like wildfire after being recorded on his cousin Maleek’s Vine page dancing.

Black director uses YouTube to gain fans

Social media yields great results for “The Bedroom”

Black film director/writer Sonya Dunn may be on to a new way to promote movies — using social media. In a unique effort to distribute her film, “The Bedroom,” she posted the short film online to the public last week via YouTube (JEMH Entertainment), Facebook and Vimeo. The film also has subtitles in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Spanish and Turkish.

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“Family Affair” — full of secrets, twists and turns

The first time he laid eyes on her, your father thought your mother was the most beautiful girl in the world. She thought he was a pain in the neck, all gangly with legs going this way and that, asking her out until she couldn’t say anything but “yes.” It didn’t take long for her to realize, though, that she couldn’t lay her hands on a better man.

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Smooth, sultry singer talks music, family and life off stage

Super-talented Brian McKnight returns to South Florida

Anyone who has a passion for songs that focus on romance, heartbreaks and makeups — or what Shakespeare referred to as “unrequited love” — is no stranger to the musical genius of Brian McKnight — the younger brother of Claude McKnight III who formed the Grammy-winning a cappella group Take 6 in the early 90s.

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Local women launch public relations firm

Ashley and Aja faces challenges of breaking into the industry

What does one 26-year-old full-time mom/wife have in common with a constantly on-the-go 22-year-old? They both share the vision of “attracting attention with brilliance” through their recently fledgling public relations firm.

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Perry Thurston to run for state attorney general

Four-term state rep would be first Black elected in history

Pompano Beach native and four-term State Representative Perry Thurston, Jr., 52, has added more political intrigue to the upcoming 2014 general election after recently announcing that he is a candidate for state attorney general. A victory would make Thurston the first Black in Florida’s history to hold the position.

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Dr. Wilbert Holloway receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, School Board Member for District 1, was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Dade Regional Chamber at its Beyond the Bell Breakfast.

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Carol City Chiefs end Norland's playoff hopes

The Carol City Chiefs defeated the Norland Vikings 27-14 on Friday night at North Miami Stadium. The game demolished any chance that the Vikings (2-7, 1-3) would see playoff action this year. The victory also made Carol

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Local gridiron ‘monsters’ head into postseason

Well Booker T. Washington (10-0, 3-0) is undefeated, district champions, number one in the nation and if anyone would care to wager soon-to-be state champs for the second consecutive year.

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Blaming victims not the way to solve Miami Gardens’ crime problem

Referring to Miami Gardens as South Florida’s new “murder capital” in last week’s edition was not just a ploy to spark readership nor was it was done in the spirit of sensationalism.

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Bittersweet moment for departing commissioner

Friends and supporters of City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones joined her, along with her husband, Nate Jones and other family members at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center last week to mark the end of her second term in office.

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Overtown gets major grant for new hospitality institute

City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones announced the granting of a $900,000 federal award to the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA), the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade College at a press conference on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at 300 NW 11th Street.

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Hadley Park “seniors on the move”

The Charles Hadley Park Senior Program, a City of Miami Program, took  its annual trip on October 13-19, to New York City.    The group visited Chester, Virginia, Atlantic City, New Jersey, New York City and Florence, South Carolina.

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Grocery price comparisons — corporations weigh in

Winn-Dixie, Presidente, Price Choice and Publix explain price choices

Last week, our lead story compared the prices of six staple items at four local grocery stores. Surprisingly, the most shopped-at store by the Black community, Winn Dixie, had the highest prices. This week,

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Hardemon to face Dunn in District 5 runoff

Liberty City attorney beats out former frontrunner by 2-to-1 marginIt was an easy run for Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and the J

It was an easy run for Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and the Jackson Health System $830M bond issue — all of whom cruised to resounding victories in last Tuesday’s election. The race for Homestead mayor went down to the wire before Jeffrey Porter was able to pull away