News 2014 July

Stories for July 2014

Thursday, July 31

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Jackson to offer 'VIP treatment' to new mothers

Hospital is looking to gain patients lost to competition

The suites are part of a $6 million renovation project to modernize Jackson’s aging facilities, which are losing paying patients to newer hospitals that offer better services and rooms.

Broward schools adding an hour to school day

32 elementary schools will make change next year

What could only be considered a nightmare for some students has come to reality in Broward County — spending an extra hour in school. A total of 32 Broward elementary schools will be adding the hour of the school day due to low FCAT performance scores. Whether the hour will be added to the school day’s morning or afternoon is still in question. It was announced on Thursday, July 24, that all but two run by the district are on Florida’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementaries.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations go out to Christina Garcia and her mother, Tina, for planning her bridal soiree at Arcola Lakes Park, a few blocks from where she grew up around Miami Central High School. As guests walked into the building, the room had been transformed into the ‘feel’ of Miami with pictures on the walls of American Airlines, The Miami Heat; downtown Brickell Avenue; and The Fontainebleau. Each table was neatly decorated with green and yellow tall mugs of beach sand. Members of the bridal party led the guests to their seats as music played.

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Summer camp exposes youth to STEM fields

Urban League of Greater Miami’s Achievement Matters program

Urban League of Greater Miami has been working diligently since 1943 to improve the lives of Blacks through education, economic self-sufficiency and strong families. Last week, they continued that tradition by bringing 12 Liberty City students an opportunity to explore what STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) as part of their “Achievement Matters” program. Led by Robert Henley, communication director for Southeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, a 5-day summer camp allowed youth to enhance their STEM identity. At the end of the camp, a competition was held to allow the students to showcase their skills in front of their parents and peers.

FAMU president seeks FCC waiver

Deal will help ensure news for underserved areas

Washington, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. traveled to the Capitol this week to help seek a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the new Black Television News Channel, which will be housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC).

Florida ACLU alleges Immigration violations by ACLU, other groups

A coalition of civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal groups has sent letters to officials in 62 Florida counties calling for an end to local law enforcement agencies detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Arcola Lakes Park to open new senior center

A dedication ceremony will be held for the new Senior Center at Arcola Lakes Park, located at 1301 NW 83 St., Miami. The opening marks Miami-Dade County Parks’ first recreational facility specifically built for seniors. Senior residents of the Arcola Lakes community are invited to the park at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, for the dedication ceremony and a tour of the new facilities. 

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Jumbos closes doors

Liberty City staple closes its doors after 59 years

Just on the brink of losing a fan-favorite Miami Heat Player, LeBron James — Miami takes yet another loss — Jumbo’s. As the old tried-and-true saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” On Wednesday, July 23, Jumbo’s restaurant served its last order of its famous fried shrimp. With a live band and plenty of hungry patrons to accompany him, owner, Bobby Flam, 69, went out with a smile.

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Salters still love each other after 53 years of marriage

Robert, the son of Addie and Daniel Salter and Mildred, the daughter of Mary Lizzie and Willie Albert Thomas met at Oconee Junior/ Senior High school in Dublin, GA. Robert took Mildred to the Junior and Senior Prom in 1955 and 1957. They are both only children. They married on July 1, 1961 by Rev. Fields, the pastor of Faith Temple Apostolic Church. He was asked not to tell anyone about their marriage. At that time, Robert, 22, was still living at home but Robert had not told his parents about their plans to get married. Mildred was 21 years-old and she too remained at her parents’ home with their secret.

Campaigns gear up for primaries

Candidates reach out to voters in the community amid elections

Candidates running for various political and judicial positions in Miami-Dade County stepped up their campaigns with speeches at various forums held throughout Miami’s Black communities in the past week.

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Charles R. Drew Middle closes

After decades of educating Liberty City youth, Charles R. Drew Middle School has closed. School officials plan to turn the school building into a community service center, where academic and community resources will be offered to residents.

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Service at new address for Mt. Tabor

Last Sunday was very hot and sweltering, but in spite of the heat, hundreds of individuals came, from far and near, gathered on the 7th Avenue Corridor, to dedicate Mount Tabor Baptist Church’s new sanctuary at 10500 NW 7th Ave. They all wanted to be a part of Miami-Dade County’s religious community’s history.

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UPDATED: Partial bond money released for Overtown CRA projects

The future of Overtown’s redevelopment efforts grew uncertain last week after a financial dispute between county and city leaders delayed funding to long overdue construction projects aimed at revitalizing the historic Black neighborhood.

Jackson Hospital gains $12M from annual budget

The Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing board, unanimously approved the health system’s $1.6 billion budget Monday, July 28, during a public hearing. The budget, which now moves to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for consideration in September, includes leaves a surplus of approximately $12 million next year.

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Tolerance is a two-way street

Tolerance. By definition, it means "the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with." The last part of the definition is very telling “. . . behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Our tolerance of different social issues is constantly being tested. We saw a classic example of that this past week in the world of sports.

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lifestyle happenings

The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a meeting to plan its 45th reunion, 10 a.m. on Sat., August 2, at Piccadilly’s restaurant in Hialeah. Call 305-620-4827. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141.

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Recipe for success

Youths gobbling up new skills at culinary camp in Miami Gardens

The dish for the day was curry chicken, but not the kind from the West Indies. Everyone knows that kind from the Caribbean. It was time to cook something different. That would be curry chicken from India, a region where spices and flavor are heavier and more abundant. The chicken would be paired with mango chutney, a thick flavorful sauce with a kick and seasoned Basmati Rice, a popular starch in the India.

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Dr. Venessa Walker opens chiropractic, wellness center

Community shows support at launch party

On the brink of a demographic and cultural shift around the nation, Dr. Venessa “V” Walker, DC makes her way into the chiropractic industry at a pivotal time in history. It is reported that many Blacks were unfamiliar of the benefits of chiropractic care but with women like Dr. V a change can affect many lives.

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Ceremony held to open Carver Apartments

Community and city leaders will be on hand Wednesday to open the mixed-use development complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The development will offer a affordable housing, including lofts for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses.

‘My Brothers Keeper’ initiative receives $100M

My Brother’s Keeper, a five-year, $200 million effort focused on improving opportunities for Black and Hispanic youth, recently received a $100 million from the private sector. Equally important is the decision by 60 of the nation’s largest school districts to join the effort by implementing evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes.

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Urgent, Inc. interns create mobile app

Students take Dorsey Park murals off the wall and into your palms

With much guidance and hands-on participation, Urgent, Inc. interns were able to take murals for Dorsey Park in the historic Overtown off the wall and into the hands of many around the world. Last Tuesday at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, Urgent, Inc. Coding summer interns unveiled a unique mobile application. The app, titled Dorsey Detector, takes the artwork of the program’s Arts and Culture interns and mass produces it so that any and everyone outside of Overtown can view it. Commissioner Keon Hardemon; Felecia Hatcher, 2014 White House Champion of Chance for STEM

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Mourning family foundation receives $1 million donation

The Miguel B. Fernandez Foundation has donated $1 million to the Mourning Family Foundation. This donation will be used to support the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) and its programs, Tracy Mourning’s mentoring program for girls, Honey Shine and the OYC endowment. The Mourning Family Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, provides a multitude of opportunities to enhance the lives of children and families in the South Florida community through advocacy, education and enrichment services. 

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Glory Temple Ministries’ aim: To address spiritual, physical needs of members

Former Pastor Franklyn and Reverend Ronae Cambridge organized the Glory Temple Ministries Church in the living room of their Miramar home in 2000. The following year, they moved the church to 7950 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami. In 2011, Cambridge retired, became pastor emeritus, and elevated Ronae to the senior pastor position. She is also the director of their Outreach Ministries, which includes: the soup kitchen, and food pantry which serves senior citizens, the disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, children and families.

Freelance writer publishes book

“Promises of God for His Citizens” by Gigi Tinsley

I recently authored a book, Promises of God for His Citizens Part I and I am ecstatic about how it is is being received by those who have had the pleasure of reading it.. The Prelate Bishop Napoleon D. Rhodes of the Convention of Covenanting Churches (3-CCCs) of Cerritos, Calif. hosted my book signing at their 15th annual Holy Convocation held in Anaheim, Calif. July 16-20. The book is currently being considered as a resource book for religious schools and a text book for Bible studies.

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Sound Doctrine: The belief of Christians committed in the faith

Denominations die, not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in II Timothy, verses two-four: preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

Thursday, July 24

Pastors lead march against crime in Liberty City

Dozens of religious leaders walked arm in arm and sang spiritual hymns as they led a chorus of weary residents through tough neighborhoods last Saturday in a demonstration reminiscent of those during the civil rights era.

TACOLCY CEO ousted, decision applauded by some

A group of residents known as The Concerned Citizens for the Preservation of TACOLCY, has been calling for Brown’s removal since a whistleblower complaint was filed last August.

Former N. Miami mayor business partner pleads guilty

Former North Miami mayor likely to serve several decades behind bars after business partner strikes plea deal.

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James Brown biopic hits home for one Miami daughter

Legendary performer and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown left to the world more than dance moves and music.

Friday, July 18

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

Thursday, July 17

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NAACP seeking to register one thousand to vote

Local chapter spearheads drive on 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer

Over 90,000 eligible voters in Miami-Dade County are not registered to vote, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is seeking to change that. On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, The Miami-Dade NAACP, dozens of faith organizations, elected officials, fraternities, sororities and volunteers joined together at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church to get those in the community registered before the November elections.

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Hampton Village Apartments opens with ribbon cutting

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped to welcome the new Hampton Village Apartments complex in Brownsville to District 3 on June 26, 2014. The units took the place of old and dilapidated apartments located at 2800 N.W. 43 Terrace, Miami, directly adjacent to the Historic Hampton House, currently under reconstruction.  The Hampton Village Apartment Complex is composed of 100 affordable units.

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Carvalho praises educators, students for top performance year

Grades show positive improvement

Miami-Dade's middle, elementary schools celebrated last Friday after scoring top grades on the state's assessment of academic achievement. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, as Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho praised the efforts and academic performance of educators and students in the nation's fourth largest public system. The Florida Department of Education released school performance grades that morning.

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Black churches fighting more than just crime

In the past several months there have been rallies and marches against crime throughout Liberty City, a community that has seen numerous incidences of gun violence. Many lives have been cut short, leaving parents to face the loss of a child or children to lose a parent. Black churches are an integral part of the community and have always served as meeting places for rallies as warriors in the

Marla Wilson appointed executive director of mentoring program

Tracy Wilson-Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program welcomes Marla Wilson as its new Executive Director. Wilson, the past Senior Director of the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association and Executive Director for the Miami March of Dimes, will oversee Honey Shine’s programs and services as well as development structure for all operations.

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Sound Doctrine: The belief of many Christians

Denomination does not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in 2 Timothy 2:4, “Preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patient. Correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church is having a prayer breakfast on Sat. July 19. Call 954-258-8383. Wactor Temple AME Zion Church will have a yard sale July 19 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Call 786-262-8930. Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will like to invite the public to its “Spiritual head dress” luncheon to be held 11:30 a.m. Sat. July 19. at Piccadilly’s Restaurant in Hialeah. Call 786-277-4150

Entertainment Complex underway for City of Miramar

The City of Miramar, one of the fastest growing cities in America, is in the midst of exciting changes with new ventures that are about to get underway. In October 2014, the City will break ground on its new Entertainment Complex to be located at Miramar Regional Park. The complex will feature a 5,000-seat Amphitheater, Grande Promenade and Corporate Pavilion. The park, situated on 172 acres, has long been a major destination in Broward County. With the addition of the Entertainment Complex, the goal is to make the City of Miramar a global destination.

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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

In 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people he would not let “congressional gridlock slowdown our economic growth.” On October 24, 2011, in his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, President Obama said, ‘Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs . . . we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional congress to do its job. Where they won’t, I will.’

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Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti set to reopen

Located in the heart of Little Haiti, the long awaited reopening of the Caribbean Market Place (CMP) will take place on July 18, 2014, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 – 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL. The commemorative event starts at 4:30pm. Special guests are scheduled to be in attendance. The re-establishment of this Marketplace is a collaborative effort of the City of Miami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon. 

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Suspects in death of Liberty City pastor had criminal past

Last week’s shooting death of pastor Kenneth Johnson wasn’t the first time suspects Larry Flowers and Tyreke Desire committed felonies that involved serious robberies. The two have been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Johnson who was gunned down during a violent robbery at City Market in Liberty City last week.

Book Review: By Rochelle’s Bedside

Rochelle’s Bedside is a book written by a young lady, Levita Lynn Jones. She is a wife, mother and an ordained minister of the gospel, who sincerely believes that she is to do what God instructs her to do, without reservations. She was instructed by God to “go and pray for Rochelle.” A young lady she had never met before and she did as instructed, more than 10 years ago.

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Churches unite as a community mourns

The shooting of a popular Liberty City pastor last week has spurred Miami’s Black churches into the fight against crime as religious leaders urge residents to take action against random shootings that have gripped their neighborhoods with fear. Hundreds are expected to march through the streets of Liberty City this weekend to help strengthen a grassroots anti-crime movement that has been brewing in the past several months following the deaths of innocent victims of gun-violence.

Predatory lending lawsuit dismissed

Ruling may affect Miami Gardens’ similar suit against big banks

Miami Gardens’ lawsuit accusing major banks of predatory lending was dealt a potential blow last week when a federal judge dismissed similar complaints by the City of Miami, which accused Bank of America and Citigroup of causing the city’s tax base to plummet by creating a foreclosure crisis in minority communities.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. July 19 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. You are invited to attend the ninth annual summer luncheon 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Joseph Caleb Center’s event hall. The luncheon will feature candidates in upcoming state and local elections. Call 305-758-5966. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464.

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Pitfalls that pastors should avoid

Five rules that are helpful for religious leaders

Christian pastors are known for being kind and caring to their congregations while uplifting them with inspiring messages. But while goodness and compassion are standard among the clergy, controversy and scandal are not infrequent in the lives of religious leaders.

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LeBron couldn’t take the Heat

What a well orchestrated exit plan by LeBron James. The King ended his essay to America with the words "I'm Coming Home". After four glorious years in a Miami Heat uniform, LeBron James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland. Back to an owner in Dan Gilbert who very publicly ripped him after he left the Cavs in 2010. Let’s remember the mood in Black America at the time of Gilbert's scathing letter, many felt there was a tinge of racism in the letter and that Gilbert had viewed James somewhat as a runaway

‘Til The Well Runs Dry' quenches your thirst

The dress fits like a . . . well, like a glove. Its seams hug your curves in the right places as the neckline draws the eye upward. Its hem swishes around your legs and makes you feel fabulous. Whoever designed it had to be thinking of someone like you to wear it. Or, as in the novel “’Til the Well Runs Dry” by Lauren Francis-Sharma, she had other things on her mind. Keeping two boys fed and keeping up with her dressmaking clients.

District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the  future Twin Lakes Park. 

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Payday lender hit with $10M in penalties, refunds

ACE Cash Express, which has stores in Liberty City, Opa-locka and North Miami will pay $10 million in penalties and refunds for violations in its debt collection practices. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck a deal with the company, which was accused of forcing customers into taking out more loans by harassing them and threatening them with lawsuits and criminal prosecution. “This culture of coercion drained millions of dollars from cash-strapped consumers who had few options to fight back,” CFPB director Richard Cordray said in a statement.

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Chatter That Matters

Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Planning for The Second Century. Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson along with many community leaders including: Edward Harris, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Dr.

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Programs, services in danger of being cut

Blacks impacted by county budget proposal

The first of several hearings on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget took place Tuesday as commissioners debated whether to raise property taxes to prevent cuts in libraries, programs and other critical services that impact the Black community.

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Lights, camera, action!

New BOCA Black Film Festival opens in South Florida

The inaugural Boca Black Film Festival opens this weekend to showcase the talents of local professionals in film, TV and cinema arts. Held at Palm Beach State College, the festival will include panel discussions, film screenings and educational workshops. The festival is open to the entire South Florida community and neighboring areas. The three-day festival will be held July 17-19. It will provide an array of activities for youths seeking to gain knowledge, information and insight into the entertainment industry. In May, the festival held a scriptwriting competition for aspiring Black film makers.

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Sonshine Communications partners with M-DEAT

Summer is here, and Sonshine Communications welcomes college-bound students for a summer experience to sparkle and shine! Interns Aniqua Hendricks and Jimmy Mentor have joined the team and are doing just that and so much more. Proud participants in Miami-Dade County’s Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Intern Partnership Initiative, the two have carved a niche of their own creativity and style and fit well with the Sonshine brand and corporate culture.

The new normal: Black female executives

How Black women executives must go above and beyond

Black women are becoming owners of their own businesses, moving up the corporate and governmental ladder more than ever before, according to recent report by a renowned management firm. Called Journey to the Top: Developing African-American Executives, the report said the U.S. workforce has become more diverse over the last 50 years. The report was authored by Dr. Lawrence James Jr. a partner with RHS International, a management firm composed of psychologists and consultants who work closely with senior executives to accelerate individual, team and business

Skin color doesn't matter

Make disease prevention a priority this summer

Did you know that everyone can suffer from sunburn regardless of skin color? Every race and ethnicity is at risk for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Though skin cancer is more prevalent in Caucasians, African Americans can be diagnosed with the disease – and often it is at an advanced stage when there is less likelihood of a cure, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although the number of African Americans affected by skin cancer is small compared to other ethnicities, it is important to know that taking the proper precautions may help prevent this disease.

Friday, July 11

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LeBron James Tells Sports Illustrated He Will Sign With the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. James told SI in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now."

Thursday, July 10

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

Proposed bus route cuts include Liberty City

A proposal to eliminate two bus routes serving Liberty City and Overtown was deferred last week after drawing stiff opposition at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting. Bus routes 46 and 254 are two of several routes that may be eliminated as part of the county’s bi-annual ridership evaluation and service adjustment. The review is taken every summer and fall when transit officials propose service and schedule adjustments as a response to ridership trends.

Rapid Bus Transit proposed for NW 27th Ave.

A proposal to bring a rapid bus transit (RBT) service to NW 27th Avenue is picking up speed among members of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Board of Governors, who last week supported the plan to relived traffic congestion on the road.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 will have throwback night 8 p.m. July 11 at the Shantel Lounge. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. July 19 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The Liberty Square Project Friends and Family Reunion Inc. will have its annual picnic at Arcola Park on July 12. Call 305-696-1819 or 305-333-8539. You are invited to attend the ninth annual summer luncheon 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Joseph Caleb Center’s event hall. The luncheon will feature candidates in upcoming state and local elections. Call 305-758-5966. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464.

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Chatter That Matters

Back in the 50s Miami-born Archie Ayers started delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service while Georgia Jones led the fight to preserve “Rail Road Shop” as home. Archie spent some time in World War II and graduated from Booker T. Washington. The evening of the wake brought a host of people, such as Congresswoman Carrie Meek wit her son Kendrick, Marcia Johnson Saunders, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Chairman, Alternate

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Kidd's power play backfired

Folks in NBA circles are shaking their heads in utter disbelief at the way Jason Kidd basically forced his way out of Brooklyn and traded himself to the Milwaukee Bucks. With friends like Kidd who needs enemies? Kidd went to Nets management in a power play not only to have him as head coach but also to give him control of basketball operations as well. There was no opening for that position as Billy King had not submitted a resignation letter.

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Innovative STEM kids summer program takes over Soar Park

Little Haiti Optimist Club partner with Yul Allen

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors are on the rise and so are their popularity among children. The Little Haiti Optimist Club partnered with the creator of STEM Genius, Yul Allen to deliver an innovative summer program to the community.

Council candidates gear up for August 26 elections

Crime, education, business are issues

As the time shortens before Miami Gardens’s general elections, candidates vying for two seats on the city council are pushing hot issues hoping to connect to voters. Seats, 2 and 6, are open for election on Aug. 26.

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Raheem Devaughn headlines Overtown Music Festival

Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn will headline the fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival (formerly named Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival), which will take place in the heart of the Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Ave between 9th and 11th Streets on Saturday, July 19. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Faith Calendar

Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have Vacation Bible School July 9-11 from 7-9 p.m. Call 786-208-1572. Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have a picnic, walk and health fair 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat July 12. Call 786-208-1572.

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Blacks face stiff competition in North Miami elections

Former mayor faces two Haitian candidates in upcoming election

The Black vote in North Miami’s mayoral race will be tested next month when a formidable candidate will pose a major challenge to other candidates from the city’s large Haitian population. With scandals rocking city hall, many believe the political climate is ripe for former mayor Kevin Burns to win the special election and become mayor of North Miami for a third time.

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West Grove’s ACE theater gets a chance at redemption

Its closed doors may reopen after being named a historic site

The seats that once held movie-goers are now rusted. Cobwebs cover the entrance of the doors. The marquee that once attracted hundreds of moviegoers to sold-out shows has not lit up in decades. Rewind to the 1950s and ‘60s when the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove was humming with Blacks who had their own community theater during those segregated times. Along with Overtown’s Capitol,

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Are Blacks to blame for their lack of progress?

Poll: 63 percent of Americans believe Blacks are responsible for their own social and economic conditions

A new report by the prestigious Pew Research Center reveals that the majority of Americans say that, if Black people are struggling to advance in society, then it is primarily their fault and not because of discrimination. That's the majority view for some types of liberals but is far, far more common among conservatives. Over 80 percent of conservatives say they agree that "Blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own

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African scholars at FIU to join Obama’s Washington Fellowship

College program empowers young adults worldwide

In the next few weeks, 25 students from Africa will call Florida International University home. In conjunction with President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young Leaders, the visit will provide students with leadership training that will help them become better advocates for human rights. They will also learn how to access information on education and water sanitation.

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Michael Davis was led by his mother into a life of service

Pastor Millie Richardson was a great example for her son

Pastor Michael C. Davis is a native of Miami-Dade County. He received his formal education from the Miami-Dade County Public School System and graduated fromMiami Central Senior High. After graduating from Miami Central and later, General Motors Technical School in North Miami Beach, Davis worked for Braman Cadillac, Miami Lincoln Mercury, and Hertz Rental in Ft. Lauderdale.

Wednesday, July 9

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Miami Gardens sues county to gain control of stadium area

A legal battle is brewing between the Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County over the area around Sun Life Stadium. The dispute involves the Dolphin Center Development of Regional Impact, an area surrounding the Sun Life Stadium at NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. Though located in Miami Gardens, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the county.

Two killed, one injured in shooting in Liberty City

The long Fourth of July weekend ended Sunday night with two people dead and two injured during a shooting in Liberty City.

Man charged in drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens police have charged Antwone Jackson, 20, with two counts of first-degree murder suspect in the shooting death of Qualecia James, who was shot and killed in late March in a drive-by shooting. James, 21, was seven months pregnant and had a 3-year-old daughter. She was shot while sitting in the backseat of a car March 30, at the intersection of Northwest 182nd Street and 32nd Avenue.

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County should leave Miami Gardens’ property alone

Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami Dade County. With 110,000 residents, Miami Gardens is also the largest predominantly Black city in the state of Florida. Incorporated in 2003 after years of struggle, the city’s borders are 151st St. to County line Road. On the east side of the city, N.E. 2nd Ave., on the west side it is 47th Ave. south to 167 St., the border expands to 57th Ave. The city covers an area of over 20 square miles. We are the city that is home to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, State Sen. Oscar Braynon, State Rep. Barbara Watson, State Representative Sharon Pritchett, County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, School Board member

Thursday, July 3

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

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Faith Calendar

Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have Vacation Bible School July 9-11 from 7-9 p.m. Call 786-208-1572. Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have a picnic, walk and health fair 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat Jul 12. Call 786-208-1572. God’s word, God’s Way Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-609-7513. Holy Cross M.B. Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 27 at 3 p.m. 305-609-7513

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Heat rebuilding is under way

It has been a whirlwind of an off season so far for the Miami Heat and we are just getting started. If you wanted even further confirmation that the Heatles will be back new and improved, just look at the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all of whom have opted out of their contracts  along with Miami native Udonis Haslem. These guys are not exploring free agency with thoughts of chasing a huge pay day but rather they are working in concert to  provide the team with enough financial flexibility to upgrade the roster.

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Even when times get tough in life, don’t give up

Throughout life, all of us at one time or another, have experienced some difficult or hard times. We’ve had times where our finances was so messed up, we wanted to cry, throw in the towel or just run away from it all. Do you remember when you were raising your kids the best you could, only to have them grow up and totally disrespect you or not even appreciate the things or sacrifices you have made over the years for them?

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Education takes center stage at major political forum

Democratic candidate for Governor Nan Rich stepped up her campaign on Monday as she joined Black leaders at New Birth Baptist Church to tout her experience as a solid, unwavering legislator during a major political forum where education, a key issue in the upcoming gubernatorial election, was a hot topic.

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Commisioner breaks ground for Liberty City's Transit Village

The housing project almost fell through

The groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Transit Village in Liberty City, was held last Monday with community and business leaders vowing to end longstanding urban blight in the Martin Luther King economic business district.

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Events for a fabulous Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July on a Friday this year, fireworks will spark a weekend of celebrations and picnics for thousands in South Florida who will celebrate America’s 238th birthday. Residents all over will host back yard barbecues before bringing out their lawn chairs to view colorful explosives light up the evening skies. Resident can buy fireworks at various street stands in neighborhoods, but for a safer evening of celebrations, police officials across the county are urging residents to attend free firework displays at several municipalities.

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High school students channel their inner Dr. House

Someone page Dr. Huxtable and let him know to move on over! Last Friday, 50 high school students from around the nation participated in a nine day summer program. The students made their way to Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and found themselves in the middle of a mock outbreak of an infectious disease. The exercise was intended to simulate the process doctors go through to solve a medical mystery and reach a diagnosis — similar to what we see on the hit TV show House.

Getting to know Lisa Frison

Expert in Black marketing and strategies insight

For many, it’s a dream to have your profession align with your personal passions and values. For Lisa Frison, vice president, Black segment manager at Wells Fargo, it’s a reality she truly appreciates and does not take for granted.  When it comes to understanding the segment, Lisa is keenly informed regarding what motivates and challenges Blacks as it relates to financial management. She is a zealous student of the segment, immersing herself in research, data and other literature to deepen her awareness and sharpen her acumen – making her a sought after subject matter expert on engaging Black consumers in impactful ways. 

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Read this: Programs and staffing are at great risk

Blacks impacted by Miami-Dade Public Library budget cuts

Once upon a time, the City of Miami had libraries where children, adults and senior citizens went to read and research. Thanks to budget cuts set by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System is close to becoming a thing of the past. In August, Mayor Gimenez made it public that he would no longer be closing a number of libraries around the county, but now the mayor is telling a different story.

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Staying together: Local couple eloped 63 years ago

As a young teen, Timothy Mingo did not have the blessing of his now-wife's father

When Timothy “Tim” Mingo, 20, the son of George and Marie Mingo saw Catherine Clark, the 17-year-old daughter of Daisy and Fred Clark, for the first time “it was love at first sight." The couple met in 1946 at Homerville Elementary and Senior High School in Homerville, GA., located exactly 84 miles from the center of 15 major cities, including Thomasville, GA, Lake City and Jacksonville, FL.

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The Links award scholarships to students

Jasmine Michaels is about to record her own album. Alana Starke wants to be an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Kaliyah Brown is going to college to become a doctor. The newly-minted high school graduates were among seven bright teenagers who were awarded scholarships last Saturday by the Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc. an international women’s organization dedicated to service. The group honored the students’ academic excellence and community service with a festive ceremony at the Kroma Gallery in West Coconut Grove.

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South Florida observes 1964 Civil Rights Act

EEOC to join local organizations at FIU North Campus

Several federal agencies and local government bodies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA). The landmark legislation, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, was envisioned and drafted by President Kennedy in 1963 and was enacted in 1964 following his assassination. 

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The Real Senior Prom

Florida Healthcare Plus sponsors unique event

When you think senior prom this isn’t exactly what comes to mind. On Saturday, June 28 at the Brownsville Transit Village [5255 NW 29 Ave] seniors stepped out in their Sundays best to relive a moment from their pasts – prom. Marketing Coordinator for Florida Healthcare Plus, Henrietta Lacey is no stranger to the Liberty City community. Lacey decided to put this ‘Red Carpet Senior Prom’ together to promote community outreach and show appreciation to the senior citizens in the neighborhood.

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Trayvon Foundation opens office at FMU

The Trayvon Martin Foundation opened its new headquarters at Florida Memorial University last Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local and state politicians.

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Overtown Youth Center and AAR CORP. launch STEM summer program

Community leaders join in on special ceremony

The count was on: 3, 2, 1 . . . and away the man-made bottle rockets created by students of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) flew! A special ceremony was held on last Wednesday to recognize David Storch, CEO and Chairman of AAR’s $350,000 donation to support the Center’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program.

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Officers not liable in civil trial, community attendance in courtroom low

Activists: Where is the outrage?

In courtroom 10-4 at the King Building in the Miami Federal Courthouse Complex downtown, two blacks watched helplessly as a judge allowed defense attorneys to attack the credibility of Latasha Cure, a woman who sued two police officers who injured her and brutally killed two Blacks in Little Haiti seven years ago. The defense attorney would continue to have their way as U.S. Magistrate Edwin Torres would deny numerous objections from Cure’s attorneys. He would also prohibit jurors for hearing the sullied background of Miami-Dade police officers Ryan Robinson and Michael Mendez. From there, the case went downhill as jurors returned with their verdict: not guilty.

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Liberty City to benefit from Bayside renovation with annual funding

Miami commissioners signed off Thursday on a 99 year deal with the operators of Bayside Marketplace and the developer of SkyRise Miami to refurbish the retail and entertainment center and build a 1,000-foot observation tower on the bay. The unanimous approval came after heavy debate from Bayside officials and project organizers who urged the city to approve the deal for the sake of the aging mall on Miami’s prime downtown lakefront property.

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Military photographer wins three-year battle to become U.S. citizen

Elisha Dawkins: It was a battle for my life

He fought for freedom in Iraq but Elisha Dawkins’ real battle for liberty was on American soil where the 26-year-old could not get a job or enjoy the privileges that many citizens take for granted. After three years of clearing his name of serious allegations that could have sent him to jail for years, Dawkins, a Miami Central High graduate and military reserve became a U.S. citizen in a patriotic ceremony filled with deep emotions for the Bahamas native.

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Opa-locka, Miami Gardens hold gun buyback drives for safer holiday

There were sawed-off shotguns, Uzis and rifles. Once owned by residents, the weapons became the property of police departments in Opa-locka and Miami Gardens, who held gun buy back drives on Saturday in an effort to a create safe Fourth of July weekend, traditionally a dangerous time for revelers who are injured during celebratory gunshots from owners.

Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 will have throwback night 8 p.m. July 11 at the Shantel Lounge. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. July 19 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. Destiny school of etiquette will hold a fashion, dance and academics camp for girls entering third through eighth grade from July 7 to Aug. 8. 2014. Call 305-527-6052.