News 2014 April

Stories for April 2014

Wednesday, April 30

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories creating all the buzz in South Florida's Black communities.

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Donald Sterling fouls out over racist comments

Basketball fans in Miami and across the nation are going wild this week but not because LeBron James and the Heat swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Emotions are running high over a flagrant foul committed by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who ignited a firestorm after an audio tape

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South Florida Blacks applaud Sterling's $2.5M fine, lifetime ban from the NBA

Blacks in South Florida rejoiced with the nation Tuesday after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles owner Donald Sterling for life from the league and fined him 2.5 million from making racist comments that ignited a firestorm in the Black community.

Thursday, April 24

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Top stories creating all the buzz in South Florida's Black communities this week.

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The Sports Brothers

Aldon Smith should be let go

I want to be particularly careful how to word this column when referring to professional athletes. When we everyday citizens with regular 9 to 5 jobs run afoul of the law, rarely do we see a recap of the events on the evening news. That is unless you do something especially dumb. When pro

Florida Memorial president to speak at Mt. Hermon AME

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will speak at Mt Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens as part of “ Greek Sunday”  services on Sunday, April 27. The service will begin at 10am at the church, located at 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens.

Overtown's Historic Lyric Theater hosts ‘Living Legends’

FAMU’s world-renowned Strikers Dance Troupe will join the Mahogany Dance Theater to celebrate the “Living Legends, 25 Years in Dance” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the historic Lyric Theatre, 819 NW 2nd Avenue in Overtown.

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Residents march through Liberty City to protest shooting deaths

Who was in the casket? It wasn’t Kimouria Gardner. The 17-year-old was buried two weeks ago after being killed by a gunshot wound to the head as she sat on a park bench in the Little River area watching her younger cousins. Nor was it Linda Ann Grant, the 62-year-old woman who was gunned down outside a Liberty City grocery store last week. Her funeral has not yet been held.

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Bishop Victor T. Curry receives the “Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Award”

Visionary, social activist and influential religious leader Bishop Victor T. Curry was presented the Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker award at the 16th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards held at the 16th annual National Action Network Convention (NAN) in New York City. The event is held annually in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's death. The award

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Greater St. Paul in Coconut Grove gears up for 118th Anniversary

One of the oldest historical Black churches in Miami is preparing to celebrate its 118th birthday. The Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church is a beacon of hope and acceptance for the West Coconut Grove community. Founded on April 27, 1896 by Jeremiah H. Butler, the church was originally built to serve a community of 300 residents and Bahamian settlers.

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Is Black male mental health being ignored?

About 150 people attended an event seeking community-wide solutions to improve mental health in young, Black males last Friday at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The event was a collaborative effort called “Black Male Mental Health Conference” in the series “Empowering the Village to Serve Black Male Youth.” Event coordinators said Friday’s conference was created to foster a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving the mental health of young, Black men.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations go out to Roberta Daniels, president, Booker T. Washington Alumni Association for the ninth year of honoring outstanding alumni under the umbrella of “The Living Legends Awards,” last Saturday at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel before over 300 people. The Honorees included: Delores D. Hills, Dr. Mary L. Hylor. Linda Rogers, Roberta Daniels, Reginald Burton, Dr. Herman Allen, Lames Leggett, James McCray, Nathaniel Ray, and Damas Petit. The criteria

Dr. William Bringier honored with birthday gala, more accolades

At a lavish gala in the Joseph Caleb Center, friends, family and church members recently celebrated the 93rd birthday of Dr. William Bringier, Elder and Pastor of Titus Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Tributes and testimonies praised the life and legacy of Bringier for his 30 years of service at the church, located at 1952 NW 52nd St. A musical tribute by the “The Woods Gospel Singers” was performed.

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Hundreds of youths enjoy Disney movie

Hundreds of residents in Northwest Miami-Dade County turned out recently for the popular Disney movie Frozen. The event, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, was held at the North Pointe YMCA. Families brought blankets and lawn chairs for a picture-perfect evening. Kids were treated to free hot dogs, popcorn and sodas.

Fewer Florida students to receive 'Bright Futures'

What does this mean for our inner-city youth?

Tougher requirements in the state’s Bright Futures program have dramatically reduced the amount of students who qualify for scholarships. Only half of Bright Futures scholarships will be awarded this fall compared to last year. About 21,340 students are expected to be eligible for the merit-based scholarship this fall, much fewer than the 41,107 who qualified last year.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The New Beginning Enrichment Center is hosting Y.E.S. Conference 2014 B R.E.A.L: Ready, Empowered, Authentic, Ladies April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. The conference will begin 10 a.m. on April 27. All events are free. Call 305-681-0119. Attachable Inc. promotes unity in the community through a fundraiser on April 25. Call Larry Young at 786-352-6043.

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5000 Role Models get informed

Event targets young men who are seeking post-high school alternatives

Helping young men achieve their dreams after high school is imperative to the entire community. Many have an idea of what they want to be when they “grow-up” but few have the resources. Enter the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, whose focus is to to mentor boys ages nine through 19.

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Continue moving forward on your path to greatness

In Psalm 13:3-4, David cries out to God. He says “Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. David questions God about “how long” in verses 1-2, now in verses 3-4 he asks the Lord to “look on me and answer,” and “give light to my eyes.” David wants God to turn and look “on him” not “at him.” So many of us need the Lord to look on us! Instead of at us! Because we need a complete assessment of our whole life and not just a particular area!

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for Moore Park Recreation Center

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon celebrated the opening of the recently completed Recreation Center at Moor Park on Wednesday, April 17, 2014.  The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 765 NW 36 Street, Miami, FL.

Walk for obesity in Overtown to be held Saturday

The James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society (JWBMS) is sponsoring its annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Sat., May 3 from 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk which will be on a clearly delineated and easily accessible route, followed by a health fair.

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New Way Worship and Praise runs Sharing Shop operation

Bishops Billy and Catherine Baskin and members of New Way Worship and Praise Center in Miami Gardens are stepping up their efforts to serve the community.

Fun pools, swim lessons to help reduce drownings

County officials seek to stem drownings among Black youths

Who can forget Aug. 3, 2010? That day, the family of Dekendrix Warner was having a picnic at a park in Shreveport, La. The 15-year-old was playing in the Red River when he slipped onto a thick clay surface before landing into 15 feet of water.

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Liberty City's Greene Shoe Repair makes huge comeback

Venerable Liberty City store makes grand comeback

If the shoe fits, wear it. Nearly fifteen months after his venerable Liberty City store was bulldozed to make way for a new transit development, Tyrone Greene reopened his longtime family business in a new, bigger location last Saturday to throngs of customers an

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Miami Gardens passes $60 million bond

Despite doubts and uncertainty, residents in Miami Gardens rallied behind city leaders on Monday and approved a $60 million general obligation bond referendum to renovate the city’s parks. This is with hopes to attract more investors to the state’s largest predominately-Black city. The controversial referendum won by nearly 62 percent of the vote through a special election.

Thursday, April 17

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Miracle on 97th St.; church renovated for free

Members recall with wonder how God's house was transformed

Some folks say and some believe, “These are modern times (the season we live in) and God doesn’t perform miracles anymore.” If you fall into one of those categories this reporter strongly suggests you talk to a few Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God (RTAG) Church members and listen to them tell you about a miracle that happened there.

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Stable Condition

North Shore Medical Center opens new ER facility for seniors

In one room, an illuminated framed picture of a flowing river with mountains and trees provide a relaxing scene for patients after an intense visit to a doctor. Directly above the bed, an image with soft clouds and blue skies is imbued on a ceiling panel helps lighten a stressful environment.

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College Bound: Miami's high school seniors prepare for future endeavors

High school seniors prepare for their future endeavors

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many high school seniors around Miami-Dade County are preparing to enter the next phase of their lives. Cheers to the many cycles that will be broken in our inner-city communities this upcoming graduation season. Miami-Dade County Public Schools currently has 347,997 students enrolled, making it the fourth-largest school district in the country.

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Agent MX-401: A fierce, sassy secret agent under the guise of Goldilocks

If there’s one thing you’ve learned in life, it’s that the Boy Scouts were right: Always be prepared. Look ahead and get ready for what’s next. Don’t leave your guard down. Cover all bases and expect the unexpected. Still, as you’ll see in the new novel “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey, there are some things you simply can’t foresee.

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Overtown Plaza: Groundbreaking celebration

Comm. Hardemon and SEOPW CRA aligning dreams with reality

Community and city leaders were on hand Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony to usher in a new era for the decades-old Overtown Plaza. The plaza, located at 1490 NW 3rd Avenue, will receive a new look and a new name as part of a million dollar makeover to spruce up the area and meet the needs of residents.

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Jazz spurs teen's musical career

Classical music and jazz mix for a funky combo

It's rare that a young girl born in this generation would enjoy jazz music more than pop music, but that's the case when it comes to 18 year old Ft. Lauderdale native Carla Robinson.

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Sports Brothers: The NBA playoffs are upon us

Well, here we are once again. The NBA playoffs are upon us this weekend as your Miami Heat go after not one, not two, but three championships in a row. South Florida's favorite team is also seeking a fourth consecutive NBA finals appearance. Something the NBA has not seen since the Celtics of the ‘80s. Currently the four top dogs in this year's race to the crown are the two-time defending champion Heat

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Chatter That Matters

The Sigma Alpha Chapter’s Anniversary Journal demonstrates the most comprehensive, historical and retentive eras of snapshots of the community recorded. The men responsible for such an endeavor are: Bro. Anthony E. Simons III, Chairman, Bro Astrid Mack, Co-Chairman, Aldin L. Everette, Michael McCloud, Gerald Jones, Brandon

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Pastor of the week: Barbara Boyce hopes “To change lives for the better”

Barbara J. Boyce, a Miami native, was born and raised in a “God-fearing” home with both parents, Ada Brooks-Powell and Deacon Willie Powell. Her parents were already diligent servants in the gospel ministry.

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Movin’ On Up: Historic West Grove experiencing construction boom

Historic West Grove experiencing construction boom with $15M residential tower

Miami’s oldest Black community, the historic West Grove founded by Bahamian settlers, is experiencing a construction boom with several projects that include new $15 million residential towers complex designed to spark economic development in the area.

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Artist's exhibit 'Fantastic Journey' makes its way to South Florida

Wangechi Mutu’s exhibit debuts at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art

It’s called ‘Suspended play time.’ Dozens of paper balls covered with recycled plastic are tied to rope as they hang at various levels above the floor. Captivating, the artistic display represents the aesthetic talents of Kenya native Wangechi Mutu, who brings the display along with her extensive exhibit, ‘Fantastic Journey’ to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through July 6. An opening reception will be held at 7p.m. at the museum, located at 770 NE 125th Street.

Hip-hop causing big job flop?

Etiquette consultant says culture not the style in the workplace

The bold pinstripe suit with a flower in the breast pocket is too much for a job interview. And unless you’re Jay Z, get rid of the Tom Ford bow tie and white jacket. No high fives, but a nice firm handshake will do.

FAMU appoints new athletic director

College & Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow

College and pro-football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow was named Florida A&M University's (FAMU) new athletic director in an announcement by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D on April 9. Winslow will start his new role May 15.

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Stylish new senior facility with pool opening at Arcola Lakes Park

A swank, new recreation facility in the West Little River neighborhood is turning heads among senior residents as park officials are set to unveil their latest addition to the sprawling Arcola Lakes Park.

Ask The Doc: Why should I become an organ donor?

There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Organ and tissue donation gives thousands of people each year – many of them close to death – a second chance at living. Josie Flores-Centrella never discussed organ donation with her family. “We never talked about death,” she said. “It was taboo.”

Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms

Mammograms are essentially an X-ray of the breast while it is compressed. These images are used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities that cannot be found by you or your doctor. A mammogram can detect cancer much earlier, when the prognosis for survival is much better and there are more treatment options. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 95 percent. Like almost all medical tests, mammograms are not 100 percent accurate, but they are the best method of early detection for breast cancer.

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Continuing MLK's Legacy: Florida's working class speaks out against minimum wage

Restaurant and labor workers across South Florida are joining Democratic leaders in urging state lawmakers to close the widening gap between the poor and affluent by raising the minimum wage.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. will have a photo session and meeting 5 p.m. Thu. April 17 at the BTW courtyard and cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188.

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Firehouse Subs donation heats up Opa-locka Police Department

More than $39,000 worth of life-saving tools donated

Nearly nine years ago, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and education responders and public safety organizations.

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No clemency hearing for Giles or Alexander

Two Black Florida residents who are in separate self-defense trials will have to wait longer to have their clemency cases reviewed by state officials. Despite Senator Dwight Bullard's (D-39) ongoing efforts to obtain pardons for Michael Giles and Marissa Alexander, neither parties are mentioned as topics on the agenda for the Executive Board of Clemency's June 18 meeting.

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Support Miami Gardens’ $60 million Bond

Miami Gardens is a young city faced with many challenges. Creating safe neighborhoods is one of them and protecting millions of dollars in tax revenue from Sun Life Stadium is another. Both realities are growing pains for Miami-Dade’s second largest city that’s struggling to establish itself as the preeminent community for South Florida’s Black middle-class.

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Highway construction forces last man standing out of his Overtown home

Benjamin Brown loses family home of nearly 100 years to FDOT's I-395 expansion project

Benjamin Brown has lived in his Overtown home since The Great Depression. At 80 years old, his home has been in the family Since World War I. It’s the only home Brown has lived in. But next week, the blue and white structure that has hosted many family traditions will be cleared out by a wrecking ball. Brown will be the last of some 15 residents and neighbors who have long left their homes after the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), by the power of eminent domain, decided to demolish their buildings to renovate and expand the I-395 expressway.

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What does Easter mean to me?

Sunday is Easter. In cities and towns across the nation, Christians will be celebrate this weekend this holy and festive holiday. Children and their parents will adorn new, colorful outfits and attend religious services at their neighborhood church. Religious pews will be packed with new guests who do not ordinarily attend church on Sundays.

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Wife gives husband the gift of life

From the first day they met, Jade Major-Bryan and Don Bryan say they knew their love would be everlasting. “I knew I had found the one whom my soul loves,” Jade said about her husband. So when Don needed a life-saving kidney transplant, Jade didn’t hesitate when volunteering to become his donor – and save his life. “I feel so blessed,” Don said. “I am forever thankful for the sacrifice she has made.”

Wednesday, April 16

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Shooting at Liberty City store kills one and injures two

Unidentified woman dead after gunmen runs away

One woman was killed and two others injured Monday when a man opened fire on customers at the King Brother’s Market in Liberty City before fleeing the store. Two of the victims were men who were shot in the arm and in the back. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where they were expected to survive the injuries.

Saturday, April 12

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Wheel of Misfortune: College student's game show debut goes terribly wrong

When Indiana University sent student Julian Batts off to Wheel of Fortune with well wishes, this was probably not what they expected.

Thursday, April 10

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Children’s Chorus Presents “All Together Now,” a series of free community sing-alongs 11:30 a.m. Sat. April 12 at the North Shore Park and Youth Center. Call 305-662-7494. Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. presents the 2014 living legends Gala Ball Sat. April 12 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Tickets are $60. Call 305-213-0188.

Is Miami-Dade College moving to Opa-locka?

In new annexation plans, North Campus may become part of city

Tucked in Westview, Miami-Dade College North Campus is moving to Opa-locka without having to move at all, due to an annexation plan that features a 1.4 square mile increase to the city limit. If approved, it will add 822 acres of land, increasing the city's boundaries to 5.9 square miles from 4.5. The expansion would begin from Northwest 107th Street to Northwest 127th Street and from 27th Avenue to 37th Avenue to the West.

Congresswoman travels to Haiti

U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (teal)

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Black leaders blast Gov. Scott

While hundreds of thousands Haitians were stripped of their citizenship and ordered out of the Dominican Republic, Florida Gov. Rick Scott stood silent, but he has recently attended numerous rallies protesting the Venezuelan government crackdown on protesters petitioning the White House to impose sanctions against President Nicolás Maduro.

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Vanzell Dupont, Jackson High student, wins $5K

Public selects winner of the “What Drives Your Dream?” contest

Miami Jackson Senior High School senior, Vanzell Dupont was awarded a $5,000 scholarship as part of the Ford Driving Dreams Tour. His efforts also granted the schools football team with $4,000 to help with academic programming. Nearly 3,000 people casted their vote and Dupont was selected along with two other Miami-Dade County Public School students out of 1,000 entires.

Separate but equal? FAMU-FSU engineering program to split

School divided on new amendment

The chairman of the Board of Trustees for Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) sent a stern letter expressing his disapproval to an amendment that would split the university's shared college of engineering with Florida State University (FSU) into a separate facility. The amendment to the budget has become a popular topic of conversation among the Black community, shedding light on the racial inequality between historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) such as FAMU and their state counterparts.

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KingdomWaters: A new faith-based channel

KingdomWaters is a newly established radio channel, which endeavors to present topics out of the ordinary in its efforts to reach people in such a way that faith is renewed, re-enforced, and seeded. Listeners will, hopefully, build and re-enforce strong relationships with God. Kingdom Waters’ aim is to remind and inform its listeners of the importance of knowing that a relationship with God supersedes being planted in or connected with religion.

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Overtown street renamed for Clarence Pittman, Jr.

Community leaders, politicians and residents gathered yesterday in Overtown to celebrate the life and legacy of longshoreman leader Clarence Pittman, Jr., who died last December of heart disease. At the Longshorman Union Hall across from the historic Lyric Theatre, relatives, colleagues and friends remembered Pittman with speeches, musical tributes and heartfelt testimonies.

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Put all your trust, faith in the Lord

Louis Armstrong also known as “Satchmo,” was born into a poverty-stricken environment. Rising from a humble beginning, he became a great trumpet player who was eventually known all over the world. Born to teenagers, he went to live with his grandmother who also took him to church. At the age of 11, he quit school to make money selling stuff on the streets of New Orleans and singing with numerous groups.

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The ABC's of Carvalho

School Superintendent opens up about life and success as top man

The room for this interview was an immaculate office overlooking midtown. There was a large desk, and several tall bookshelves covered with many framed pictures of family, friends and the colleagues of Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Here, the leader of the nation’s fourth largest public school system would offer a rare glimpse of his humanity, one easily hidden behind the glare of television cameras and press conferences.

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Local businesses celebrate Women’s History Month

A City Soiree pampers Miami's hard-working ladies for a day

Two women, one vision. Around the U.S., March is dedicated to Women’s History Month, a celebration of the many contributions that women and young girls have made to this country since the Women Suffrage Parade in 1913.

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Staff Chow Choice: Bar-B-Que Ribs, Chicken and Jerk Shack

“Taste so good make you wanna slap your momma.”

“Taste so good make you wanna slap your momma.” Eight years ago, Bar-B-Que Ribs, Chicken and Jerk Shack began under a tent in the parking lot of the famous (or some may say infamous) Club Lexx. Thanks to such high demand owners, Kenneth and Skebo were forced to take their talents to a bigger venue.

Urban League: Employment rate lowest for Blacks in U.S.

Recent report details major racial disparity

A recent report from the National Urban League says underemployment is a bigger obstacle for Blacks than it is for whites and Hispanics. While unemployment has been a major obstacle to Blacks’ economic progress, the underemployment rate is even higher. The annual State of Black America report says the underemployment rate for Black workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Hispanics workers and 11.8 percent for whites.

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'Fatal Assistance' sheds light on Haiti’s slow relief efforts

Throughout director Raoul Peck's vexing documentary, Fatal Assistance, viewers are bombarded with images depicting the complexity of rebuilding Haiti.

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The Sports Brothers

What a crazy past few weeks it has been in the NFL and this is the offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles released arguably the game's most explosive wide receiver in DeSean Jackson. The Eagles cited various concerns about Jackson including conduct detrimental to the team, skipping or being late to meetings — painting a picture of a player that was all about himself. Then there were the concerns of alleged gang ties that dominated the headlines. League video shows Jackson flashed gang signs during a game against the Washington Redskins

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Governor Scott losing ground in the Black community

It’s election year in the race for governor. Incumbent Rick Scott is hot on the campaign trail as recent polls show he’s trailing his likely opponent and Democrat candidate Charlie Crist, who will be a tough politician to beat in November if Scott doesn’t do something about it. He has. The trouble is, Scott may have made things worse for his political ambitions. Desperate for votes, the governor in recent months has made critical mistakes that have insulted the Black community. For one, Scott sidestepped an issue concerning hundreds of thousands of Haitians who have been stripped of their citizens on the Dominican Republican and ordered out of the country without nowhere to go. The governor instead joined South Florida’s large Venezuelan community of registered voters and protest President Nicolas Madura’s crackdown on demonstrators protesting food shortages, inflation, and high crime in their native country. They are fed up.

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Miami Gardens hires new police chief

North Miami’s City Manager Stephen Johnson has been hired to lead the police force in Miami Gardens as residents pressure city leaders to address recent incidents of gun violence that have claimed innocent lives. Johnson has served for 30 years in North Miami, a city also beset with crime, but dramatically less than Miami Gardens, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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Young Professionals Network ‘Take a L.E.A.P’ toward success

Miami’s young Black professionals making huge strides around town

More than 50 young professionals from around the city made their way to Cafeina Lounge last Thursday to join the Young Professionals Network (YPN) for their Member Reception social. YPN is a fledging addition of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC). YPN aims to address an ever so present problem in Miami — the retention of young Black professionals.

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Chatter That Matters

PACT (People Acting for Community Together) held its Nehemian Action Assembly, March 31 at New Birth Baptist Church before a packed church of members featuring Notre Dame d’Haiti Youth Choir, Anointed Men of Prophecy, Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church invites the public to their Spring Revival on April 29th-May 1st at 7:30 nightly. Call 954-258-8383. Holy Ghost Faith Deliverance Ministries, Inc. will hold a gospel concert 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12. Call 786-337-5939.

A tuition-free school opening in Liberty City

Beacon College Prep enrolling students for next school year

By 2020, an estimated 123 million American jobs will require a college education, but only 50 million Americans are projected to have college degrees. Beacon College Prep (BCP) is preparing to put college on the forefront for the youth in Miami-Dade County. The tuition-free, not-for-profit public charter school will be opening in the Liberty City community in August. “We believe that preparation for college must begin in elementary school, and hold all of our students to exceptionally high behavioral and academic standards,” their mission states.

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Hands 2 Help: Helping communities and lives

The Hands 2 Help, Inc. organization was founded in 2003 by Ms. Camille Jones, the executive director. H2H is a 501 (c) 3 org. “committed to involving individuals and agencies to lend helping hands to build a better community in the south Florida areas.

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Dr. L.G. Anderson’s aim is to serve God

Larry Gene Anderson was born on April 7, 1951 in Ocilla, Ga. to the parentage of Lessie Mae Glasper and Damon Davies. In 1954, his mother married James Anderson, a classmate. There was a real love connection between Anderson and Larry that resulted in Anderson adopting the 3-year-old as his own.

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Opening held for DaVita Dialysis Clinic

Last Tuesday, the first known joint venture dialysis clinic opened in Miami Gardens at 15800 NW 15 Ave., Ste. D. Clinic principals are: Drs. Anne Marie Miles, Michael Lemont, and Alexander Velar. They are three of the five partners of Kidney and Hypertension Specialists of Miami PA and practice in the North Miami area serving Aventura, Jackson North, North Shore, Mount Sinai and University of Miami Hospitals.

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Bon Appetit!

Black celebrity chef offers tastes from the lives of the rich and famous

So this is how the other half eats. In an elegant dining room, a four-course dinner was about to be served. It started with heirloom tomato and a caprese salad that featured watermelons soaked in a apple cider, vinaigrette, honey and mint. It was simply divine.

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Lyric Live crowns new champion of the stage

“Diamonds in a Ruff” wows the audience with high notes

It was the end of the road for Mailyn Cuadra. The defending champion of Lyric Live was no match for “Diamonds in a Ruff”, a young, all-male group that took away the crown on a tough night for performers at the talent show in Overtown on Friday. The quartet drew a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd after signing a heartfelt rendition of Boyz II Men’s "End of the Road."

Veteran gets shortchanged on education benefits

For the last two semesters Army Veteran Billy Leonard, 54, has been working towards his Associate of Science degree in Funeral Service Education at Miami Dade College [MDC] to become a funeral director. The problem is his Veterans Retraining Assistance Program [VRAP] only pays for one year of educational benefits, but they specify that his curriculum must lead to an Associate Degree.

Wednesday, April 9

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories creating all the buzz in South Florida's Black communities this week.

Thursday, April 3

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Leon County invests in education

Sells facility and prime real estate land to FAMU

Leon County, the region that boasts the highest level of education average among Florida's 67 counties, is re-investing into academia. Last week Leon Country Research and Development Authority (LCRDA), chaired by Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, signed an agreement that names Florida A&M University (FAMU) as the new owner of the Centennial Building. This unprecedented move falls in line with the county's high education goals, cementing a research facility and 26.8 gross acres of developed and undeveloped land within Innovation Park for residents.

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The singing pastor celebrates 31 years

Rev. Rudolph Daniels, a gospel singer and preacher, was selected Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in 1983 and will be celebrating 31 years of service this month. The members proclaim: “He is an outstanding Man of God who demonstrates great leadership skills, commitment, and a love of God’s people through mentorship. He shows unconditional love by constantly praying for his congregants. He is always willing to listen; make necessa

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Firm working to ensure Black involvement

“No group of leaders will do more than you will today with your decision to decide the fate of the planning, construction and frankly economic future of this county . . . I also believe that it makes a statement as to whether you intend to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the cultural, socioeconomic and diversity aspirations of this city and this region. I would like everyone in this room to take a look at this team. Not only do we talk about diversity, we live it. We are it.”

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Thomas Jefferson Frederick: First Black Engineer for Florida East Coast Railway

Thomas Jefferson Frederick, Jr. was born in Andersonville, GA to the parentage of the late Thomas Jefferson Frederick, Sr. and Mary Lou Kegler on October 21, 1921. His academics started in the Public School System of Sumter County, GA. At the age of 17, he moved to Miami. He became a member of Salters Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1940 and remained until his death, currently under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Mildred Roscoe.

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Chatter That Matters

The Booker T. Washington forum, sponsored by the King of Clubs of Greater Miami, continues Thu. April 17. The dynamic speaker will be Dr. Willie J. Wright, a former President of Florida Memorial University; a former Bethune-Cookman University Alumni National President; and local Basileus of the Pi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Frat.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Dade College School of Education presents “Day of the Young Child: Nourishing the Next Generation” 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. April 5 at the Homestead Campus Central Lawn. Call 305-237-5134 or 305-237-1632. Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. presents the 2014 living legends Gala Ball Sat. April 12 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Tickets are $60. Call 305-213-0188.

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Dr. John Nelson: The meaning of young, successful 

Local Black dentist opens Midtown Dental in Miami

At just 32 years old, Dr. John A. Nelson opened his own dental practice, Midtown Dental. Located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in South Florida, Midtown Dental has been a lifelong dream for Nelson.  A graduate from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Nelson earned his degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and then attended Howard University's College of Dentistry. 

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Net Loss

High risks, costs force out Black tennis players

One look at Serena Williams hoisting the crystal Sony Trophy on Saturday to a worldwide television audience and you’ll find another young inspired Black tennis heading to an inner-city court to chase after similar dreams.

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'Hey that's my seat! Get your own!'

Lyric adds donors to its history

When spectators enter the historic halls of the Lyric Theater on Friday, they may take a second look at their ticket after noticing a name on their seat. It's all part of the Take a Seat sponsorship program, an ongoing capital campaign to raise funds for the historic venue located at 819 Northwest Second Avenue. Philanthropists get to see their names immortalized in stone, through the “Take Your Seat(s)!” campaign, a fundraiser that doubles as a communal memory space.

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Seven million enrolled

Miami played key role in Obamacare ‘success’

Thousands of residents in Miami and across South Florida flooded call centers and health clinics Monday in a last-minute surge that dramatically helped President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Plan reach its goal of seven million enrollments after a sluggish start marred by technical glitches and heavy criticism.

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From riches to rags

Brownsville’s historic Georgette’s Tea House crumbling

The once elegant rooms are now decorated with pigeon droppings. Termites infest the closets that held designer coats and shoes of the rich and famous. The kitchen, once a hub for sophisticated dinner parties is rotting away from a leaky roof. The porch, where legendary singer Billie Holiday once stood, is now the makeshift bed of a homeless person.

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Norm Lewis: The Man Behind The Mask

First Black lead in Phantom of the Opera

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis will become the first African-American to play the lead role in the broadway musical, "The Phantom of the Opera".

Oprah is coming to Miami

The media mogul recently announced her “The Life You Want Weekend,” an eight-city arena tour set to kick off this fall. In addition to Miami, Oprah is slated to stop in Atlanta, suburban Detroit, Houston, Newark, Seattle, Washington and San Jose, Calif.

TV One's series features Cooley High

Unsung Hollywood sheds light on residents of Chicago's Cabrini-Green Homes project

Quarter parties that lead to fights and leave your mother's prized china cabinet in ruins. Gambling friends, smooth talkers and teachers who cared. Slow dancing and kissing in the dark. They are memorable scenes from the classic film, Cooley High, directed by Michael Schultz. One network wants to take you down memory lane.

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MDPD fighting more than crime

FL law enforcement leaders say it starts in the classroom

Police, law enforcement leaders and school officials are banding together to fight crime on a whole new level as they announce a new initiative to improve the lives of Black youths by keeping classrooms safe for hundreds of thousands students in Miami-Dade's public schools. At a press conference downtown attended by officials from Miami-Dade Police Department and county's public school system leaders announced new efforts to reduce crime among Black youth. The groups have made a commitment to show greater support to youth within the classroom and their curriculum.

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Haitian director accuses U.S. government of corruption

While in town, filmmaker Raoul Peck discussed the politics of representation through visual media to a group of students at Florida International University (FIU). Peck answered questions about his controversial documentary, Fatal Assistance, that alleges the majority of donated funds to Haiti are being used to pay United States officials. He referred to the entire charade as a “form of misrepresentation.”

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City officials address concerns of District 5 residents

Hadley Park Homeowners Association, Inc. brought out ‘Heavy Weights’, to listen, act on their complaints

On the last Tuesday of March at the Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizens Center, 1350 NW 50th St., the meeting room was packed with residents from District 5 ready to voice their community concerns. There “to listen to them and act on complaints and concerns,” said Herschel L. Haynes, the former chairman and current interim chair of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association, (HPHA), Inc., were City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Chief of Police Manuel Orosa, Major Dennis Jackson, Commander Dana Carr, and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

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Vote ‘yes’ for a new and improved Miami Gardens

As we move our community forward we must find a way to substantially reduce crime and create a city where residents and visitors, business owners and business patrons feel safe. We can do that by investing in opportunities for our children and restating our commitment to public safety.

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Street Talk

“Yeah, my son calls home every week for assistance. It’s more pressure on them to have to work. Education is first. It’s a plus and a minus. A lot of those kids don’t have support. So yes, they should get paid.”

A scandalous affair comes to Miami

Author Judy Smith talks Shonda Rhimes, career and more

Acclaimed author and crisis management expert Judy Smith, who is best known for being co-executive producer and the inspiration behind the popular ABC television series Scandal, was in town for an annual book and author luncheon, on March 29th.

Morehouse helps launch national tour to Black males

Morehouse College in Atlanta helped The White House and Ebony Magazine kickoff a national tour last week to help Black boys succeed in school and life. The tour is part of a follow-up to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" campaign which he announced month at the White House. The president aims to bring together young people and experts to address longstanding issues facing Black males and the impact of existing solutions that have been implemented nationwide.

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The Sports Brothers

Ebony's dream came true

In today's ever changing climate of the "me, me, me" athlete, every now and then you come across an athlete that despite it all, is not all about self. We all love the game winning home runs, the dramatic touchdowns and the buzzer beating three pointers. Those are the reasons we love sports and are often glued to our televisions.  However, we also never get tired of what Lebron James accomplished this past weekend during a Miami Heat game in Milwaukee. James turned a high school basketball player’s dream into a reality — one that she will never ever forget.

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No Boos is Good Boos

Audience dares contestants to meet expectations

It’s Friday night in Overtown. In the hallowed halls of historic Lyric Theatre, everyone is eagerly awaiting the next act. Enter Corenzo Matthews on the stage, wearing a short sleeve, turquoise-colored shirt and white pants. He’s lean and has a very short haircut. So far, his good looks have earned points with the ladies in the crowd. But then he starts to sing “All of Me” from R&B singer John Legend. It did not go well.

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Tomorrow is not today

‘Enjoy life today, the Lord’s way, for tomorrow may never come

Matthew 6:34 (NKJV) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Biden: Raising minimum wage is ‘good for business’

Did you know that women are still paid less than men?

Vice President Joe Biden believes that raising the federal minimum wage is good for business. Biden is delivering the White House’s weekly radio and Internet address while President Barack Obama travels the country.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.