Top Stories This Week

Chloe Herring | 4/24/2014, 10:36 p.m.
Top stories creating all the buzz in South Florida's Black communities this week.

1) Liberty City's Greene Shoe Repair makes huge comeback

A shoe shop in Liberty City reopened last Saturday to the excitement of many Black Miamians. At the grand opening of Greene Dreams Shoe Care Center, a new name for Tyrone Greene's longtime family business, people cheered and welcomed back the old community staple that previously operated for 50 years at 688 NW 62 Street.

2) New standards keep eligible Black students from state scholarships

High school seniors looking for help paying for college may have a higher hurdle to cross. Critics of new Bright Futures standards say they are unfair and make it harder for low-income students and minorities to qualify; only half of the scholarships will be awarded this fall compared to last year.

3) County officials step up efforts to end drownings among Black kids

With summer approaching, children all over Miami are sure to turn to swimming pools for fun, leisure and to cool off from the heat. But are Black kids prepared to navigate pool waters? Statistics show that 70 percent of Black children and 62 percent of Hispanic children don't know how to swim; this puts our children at a higher risk for drowning. Read what Miami-Dade officials are doing about it.

4) Miami Gardens passes $60 million bond

After complaints from residents on the lack of transparency, the $60 million general obligation bond referendum in Miami Gardens was approved Monday with hopes of improving city parks. Residents in Miami Gardens rallied behind city leaders to pass the referendum with little over the required majority vote.