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News 2014 March

Stories for March 2014

Friday, March 28

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Rush hour traffic is no match for these hilarious videos

Mornings in Miami can be a such drag with timely commutes to work in traffic and the daily bustle of public transportation.

Thursday, March 27

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Rev. Reginald Preston’s goal is to live the word

People must see and be taught the importance of Christian character

Rev. Reginald Preston was born in Miami to the parentage of Vera and Deacon Theodore Preston. He was reared in the Lemon City area (now referred to as Little Haiti). He was educated in the Miami-Dade County School System and graduated from Miami Edison Sr. High school in 1985. He continued his education at

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People

Hearty congratulations go out to Dr. Nelson L. Adams, a Miami native who has worked tirelessly across racial, ethnic and religious lines to improve his hometown. Perhaps the ultimate model of a leader, Nelson Adams is a fixture in a variety of areas of our community. Dr. Adams received the 2014 Silver Medallion and he truly exemplifies what it means to be the best as he inspires us to enrich our own lives. George Knox says his longtime friend and I am pretty sure that many of us can say the same. Hats off to you Dr. Adams. Your dad and mom would have been extremely proud of you. By the way Dr. Adams beloved mother and was a Miami native who was laid to rest in Tuskegee, Ala. with her beloved son giving her eulogy. Their father is buried in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

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Lifestyle Happenings

New Vision Gospel Community Choir (NVGCC) invites the public to the Eunice Watson Liberty Women’s Month Celebration luncheon at noon, March 29 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City. All proceeds benefit the EWL Foundation for children. Call 305-620-9582.

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The price to play

With a headset, Donald Young Jr. stood in the hallway of the stadium court waiting as Serena Williams battled her resilient opponent, Caroline Garcia from France. His match was next. So Young began stretching and exercising for his showdown against 10th seeded John Isner.

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BMe: Funding everyday Black men

Did you know that there are more brothers in college than in prison?

There are 1.4 million Black men in college and there are about 840,000 Black men in prison, according to Ivory Toldson, an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Negro Education.” 

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Walker cutting into Black market

New shaving line curbs razor bumps

Black men look no further. A new razor company claims to be a cut above the rest when it comes to those pesky ingrown hairs that Black men have been trying to rid themselves of for years as they seek a clean cut. Bevel, from Walker & Company Brands, is the first and only shaving system designed specifically to resolve skin care issues for men with coarse, curly hair, done at the click of button.

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FAMU inks historic deal

Black TV News Channel finds home at historical HBCU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Journalism recently made history after signing on to become the nation's only Black-owned cable news network. Partnering with the Black Television Network (BTNC),The achievement marks an unprecedented milestone in Black history. After the Black Entertainment Televison (BET) dropped news from its programming in 1996, there were no Black-owned and operated 24-news television news station in the country. 

Amber Robinson wins the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee

Miami-Dade County student dedicates achievement, success to loved ones

For Amber Robinson, preparing for the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee was like getting ready for the Super Bowl. So she had a game plan that was rather unique.

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David Beckham unveils new soccer stadium

Stadium to include parks, retail and restaurants

The good news is that it’s big, lavish and the perfect fit for downtown’s stunning transformation into a world class metropolis. The bad news is that it may lure away the University of Miami Hurricanes football team from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

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Cultural attractions of Miami explored during free tours

Free tours showcase South Florida's best sights, sounds

Long after the Ferris wheels and art displays have disappeared, residents seeking tranquility and rejuvenation from Miami’s busy festival season can explore the lavish grounds where Michael Jordan was married or the exquisite gardens of Vizcaya. The sites are all part of free tours of popular parks and attractions in South Florida.

SEED plants outreach efforts in Black enclaves

Boarding school taps into community to boost enrollment

By 7 p.m. at least 30 seats remained empty in the community room, where an open house for the new SEED School of Miami, the first and only boarding school in Kendall. At least 20 people including parents, children and SEED staffers mingled with Head of School Kara Locke, who spoke with each individual, answering their questions about South Florida’s alternative boarding school for at-risk youth located in the Miami Gardens Community Service Center on March 10.

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Residents demand transparency before voting deadline

Miami Gardens shares details on $60 million bond

“Speak the truth, and shame the Devil,” goes the popular Christian saying, and the policy makers of the City of Miami Gardens are following cue. Officials told residents, both Black and white, as much as they could when it came to their proposed general obligation bond for large scale renovations to the City on March 20th.

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Opa-locka joins final push for health care enrollments

With five days to go, residents all over Miami are scrambling in a last minute rush to sign up for President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan. The Opa-locka Community Development Corporations will hold a Health and Resource Fair on Saturday to help residents sign up for the insurance plan. The fair will be held at Sherbondy Village Community Center/Park from 1-4pm at 215 President Barak Obama or Perviz Avenue.

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Final diagnosis on affordable healthcare

It’s the final stretch for millions of American citizens in need of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Plan. With five days to go before the deadline, politicians, community leaders and scores of volunteers are working long hours at enrollment drives across Miami-Dade county and the nation where residents are packing churches, parks and health centers to sign up to avoid paying a penalty fee.

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Because of the love of family and friends, Thed beat the odds

Thed was empowered by family, defied the odds to live on

Theodore H. Smith was born and raised in Overtown to loving and caring parents, Blonevia and Carl Smith 80 years ago. Theodore’s birthday was March 23 and he celebrated with family, friends and his church members. “The love began for Thed (as he is affectionately called by family and friends) at birth and it has never stopped,” Courtney Johnson, Theodore’s loving cousin said. “He is my mother’s brother and they never considered casting him aside after. Real love was instilled in us when we were kids and it has never faded. Wherever they went, so went Thed. ”

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Chatter That Matters

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter is a National Business and Professional Women’s Sorority that celebrates National Business and Month every April with a program, which recognizes Outstanding Business Women, Men as well as outstanding community leaders and organizations that have greatly contributed to our community. Scholarships will also be awarded to students at this program.

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And then there was darkness . . .

Pastor retaliates before being fired from church

Pastor Mark Gardner left his church members out in the dark. Last Wednesday, he filed an injunction and locked the church’s doors to shut out longtime, outspoken members and board members who ousted the pastor outside under evening skies on an empty lot the church owned just across the street. Suddenly, members discovered the property they were standing on was no longer theirs. The pastor sold it. To members that was Gardner’s

Miami-Dade should disqualify AECOM

Last week, the Miami Times reported on the controversy surrounding the procurement of program managers for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s system rehabilitation and repair program. The Miami-Dade Inspector General is investigating whether AECOM, one of the proposers, misled the County about its experience. AECOM employees are also under investigation for ethics violations concerning the county’s lobbyist registration provisions.

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Save Miami Gardens from billionaires wanting tax breaks

Stephen Ross is worth $5.4 billion. He is willing to put up $350 million of his own money to renovate his own stadium. In return, he wants a $4 million per year tax break. Over 30 years, the tax break is worth $120 million, which is close to the $127 million that Ross wanted last year. Last year, Ross sought $127 million from a hotel tax increase that would pay between $7 million to $16 million per year toward the cost of

In April bring mother, family and sing-along

In May come back and treat your mother special

The Miami Children’s Chorus invites the whole community to come and sing-along with them on April 12th at the North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72nd St. on Miami Beach. When asked why are they inviting the entire community, their reply was “We want to get everyone singing again.”

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BTW students boosted by The Education Effect

FIU and local high school team up for a big transformation

The Education Effect has taken off since it began at Miami Northwestern Senior High School campus three years ago. Now, The Education Effect in partnership with Florida International University has plans to serve one of the most historic high schools in the county — Booker T. Washington Senior High. 

Little Red stands up to peer pressure

Local authors write book based on growing up in Opa-locka

A metropolitan spin on the classic childhood tale "Little Red Riding Hood," "Little Red in the Hood" takes readers on a journey in the city of Southhood with Little Red, an adorable, mahogany-colored little girl who has two massive Afro puffs and large, brown almond-shaped eyes who effortlessly dodges peer pressure from neighborhood teens on her way to dance practice. Her actual name is Rene, but her love for the color red, seen in the red bows that adorn her head, ushered in a name change. Written by Myron L. and Kristina R. Johnson, the book was inspired by their childhood in Opa-locka in Miami-Dade County were they faced similar challenges like Little Red. "Little Red" primes children on how to overcome peer pressure while expressing God's love to everyone.

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Key Clubhouse offers holistic mental health services

Program targets individuals with substance abuse

Twenty-five. That’s the amount of individuals it took daily to push the small Key Clubhouse, that included five 1,200 feet oblong tables designated for employment, orientations and other tasks to its capacity. Once the Clubhouse expanded its membership, it needed to relocate to bigger and better headquarters. On the ground floor of Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Manor located at 1400 NW 54th Street, at least 50 individuals packed the Clubhouse’s new facility to celebrate its relocation on March 14.

Monday, March 24

New study suggests preschool is a building block to educational disparities

A recent report by the The U.S. Department of Education has shed new light on some dismal statistics about America’s educational disparities and classroom disciplines among Black students.

Thursday, March 20

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Jefferson Reaves hosts health fair in Overtown

The Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center, 1009 N.W. 5th Ave. in Overtown invites the community their Community Health Fair. The clinic is a comprehensive primary care clinic affiliated with Jackson Health System, for adults and children.

North Miami Councilwoman investigated for ethics violations

Thousands of dollars in high-end upgrades have landed North Miami Councilwoman Marie Steril in hot water with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, which found probable cause in investigating her for allegedly violating the county ethics code.

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Tiger Wood's career suffers

I remember when a young and dominant Eldrick Tiger Woods dominated The Masters Golf tournament winning by a mind boggling 13 strokes. I remember when folks that never bothered to watch golf would always turn on their televisions on Sundays to watch Tiger just intimidate his competition. Even if he was trailing the leader, his mere presence forced golf's greatest players into epic meltdowns. They knew Tiger was lurking and it meant huge ratings for television and the sport of golf was thriving because Tiger was the man. At the rate Tiger was winning and dominating, the thought of him passing

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Jazz in the Gardens draws thousands from South Florida, country

Hotel industry capitalizes on out of towners

Thousands of music lovers from South Florida and the country packed the grounds of Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens this past weekend to dance and sway to the soulful, relaxing sounds of top recording artists while feasting on various foods during the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens.

Firms fight over $1.6B contract

The Miami-Dade County Inspector General has opened an investigation into one of the largest contract bids in the County’s history, valued at $1.6 billion. The bids are between the firms, AECOM and CH2M Hill, over a proposal to overhaul the County’s water and sewer system.

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Last ditch effort for healthcare enrollments

Dozens of agencies and churches in Liberty City, Overtown and Miami began their final push to sign up thousands of residents who have not enrolled in President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare plan before the deadline at the end of month. From health clinics to registration drives, community leaders are scrambling to inform and promote the president’s initiative to provide affordable healthcare to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have insurance to cover medical costs.

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Rev. Willie Brown: Striving to preach and teach

Willie Brown, 43, is a music teacher at Linda Linton K-8 Center on 135 St. and Memorial Highway in North Miami. He is a well-disciplined instructor he said and in addition to being a mentor and an inspiration to his students, wants to also be a man that God can use to help his people.

Miami Gardens schedules next bond meeting

Miami Gardens' policy makers will hold a second town hall meeting for the city's proposed $60 million general obligation bond referendum this week. The meeting will be held on March 20th at 7 pm at the Pentecostal Tabernacle International Church located at 18415 NW 7th Avenue. City officials will hear residents’ input on the bond, which city leaders say is needed to renovate and construct the parks. They say the funds will also be used to purchase new technological equipment to fight crime in the second largest city in Miami-Dade.

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Greater Bethel AME celebrates 118 years

Building a church in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination was planted in the minds and hearts of a small group of Black Christians early in 1896. A meeting was scheduled and held March 12. 1896, three months before the city was incorporated at the home of Alex Lightburn to organize themselves. Bethel A.M.E. was organized under the the leadership of Bishop James Crawford Embry and Presiding Elder L.T. Long.

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Pressure builds Miami Gardens makes stadium demands

Pressure is mounting in Miami Gardens over the proposed Sun Stadium deal as Mayor Gilbert issued strong demands to business and county leaders to help keep millions of dollars in revenue in his city. Gilbert is seeking to keep $1 million in annual property tax revenues Miami Gardens receives from the stadium. But that amount remains in jeopardy as county leaders consider transferring the stadium to tax exempt status in exchange for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ efforts to privately fund $350 million renovations that includes adding a roof to the ageing structure.

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Disney Dreamers Academy panelists share message of entrepreneurship

When you wish upon a radio show like KiAundra Kilpatrick your dreams come true. Ask 17-year-old Kilpatrick, a Miami Gardens residents who was among dozens of students all over the country who shared an intimate and fun learning environment at Walt Disney World during an all expense paid trip for four days to the popular theme park with figures like TV host Steve Harvey, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and more acting as “educators.”

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Ronda Vangates appointed as asst. city manager of Doral

First Black woman to hold this local government position

The City of Doral has appointed a new Assistant City Manager, Ronda Vangates, Esq. “I was appointed by the City Manager — Joe Carolla on March 10, 2014,” Vangates said. Joe Carolla, former City of Miami mayor says that Vangates will have direct report responsibility for: Human Resources, Public Works, Information Technology, Police and the Division of Public Affairs.

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FAMU awards scholarships to future Rattlers

Top South Florida high school students receive an extra incentive

The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex housed the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) 2014 President’s Spring Tour. Dozens of FAMU students, administrators and recruitment representatives made their way to sunny South Florida. Nearly a hundred bright-eyed future Rattlers and their parents were in attendance.

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Professional football player finds far-fetched passion for education

Ray Shipman transitions his ChampionShips to succeed off the field

When it comes to the classroom, the football field or a basketball court, Ray Shipman goes for the gold. Excelling in the classroom while being a student-athlete is something that Shipman is going above-and-beyond to teach youth in Miami-Dade County to do.

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee celebrates her 101st birthday

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee, who was 101 on March, is a very blessed lady. She beat the odds predicted by the US Census. According to them, McPhee was not suppose to be alive today. It was predicted in 2005 by the US Census that there would be 114,000 centenarians in the US. They missed the count by more than one-half. Only 53,364 made it. McPhee is among that elite group of individuals, of which 82 percent are women.

Miami students driven to success

Three local students on the path to college

Vroom, vroom, vroom. What’s that sound? Two driven Miami high school students found themselves on the path to success after they were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants for Ford’s “What Drives Your Dream” essay contest.

Dunn sentencing delayed until May 5

JACKSONVILLE- Michael Dunn, who was found guilty on three counts of second degree murder in the criminal trial of the killing death of 17-year old Jordan Davis, will not be sentenced until a new trial. A judge has agreed to delay Dunn’s sentencing until May 5 when he is tried on first-degree murder charges. Those charges were left over when Jurors failed to convict him for the death of Davis, resulting in a deadlocked decision last February. Dunn was convicted last month for shooting 10 shots at Davis and his three friends even as they fled in their vehicle.

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Tour Black history through tapestry of Black artwork

Philanthropists link art and history in Kinsey collection

Florida natives Bernard Kinsey and his wife, Shirley, want Blacks and whites to remember Black history. So much in fact that the couple personally curated, The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Where Art and History Intersect, a book with images on the state of Black life spanning from Africa, Europe and the Americas.

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What you send out will return, it Boomerang

Galatians 6:7-(NKJV) says: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. When I read the text the first word that came to my mind was “boomerang.” A boomerang is thrown by an individual, but it does not stay out, it returns and falls near the thrower. We wonder at times why things happen in and around our lives, could it be a “boomerang” syndrome. ”Boomerang is defined in the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition as; 1) a bent or angular

Quick response results in rapid treatment

Speedy 9-1-1 call also helps with reversal of stroke paralysis

There were no signs it was going to be a fateful day when 78-year-old Graciella Perdomo woke up normally in her North Miami home. But within minutes, she became confused and weak on her right side. Noticing the warning signs, her son suspected that she might be having a stroke and immediately called 911. His quick action likely saved his mother’s life.

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Chatter That Matters

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enjoyed an experience by having the opportunity to fly from Washington to Miami on Art Force, including a helicopter ride to Coral Reef High School last Friday. President Obama spoke on the importance of education in achieving the American Dream and expanding opportunities for the working class, while Congresswoman Wilson demonstrated the objectives of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.

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People

It is very fitting and nice that the Joint Service Committee and the sponsoring congregations of Christ Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, The Church of the Ascension, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, The Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal and Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration saw fit to honor the The Rev. Father Bernardo Diomedes Tomas and the Reverend Shedrick Edward Gilbert. Both men served their church and community well and with distinction. Congrats to their families also. Will see you at the fourth Lenten service in Coconut Grove where my cousin in Nassau, The Reverend Father James B. Moultrie, will be over to preach. See you there everyone.

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Deliver us from evil

Intense battle underway to remove defiant pastor

An intense battle to remove a defiant pastor from Northside Church of God in Miami will intensify Wednesday evening when members and church leaders seeking to oust Mark Gardner, will vote to revoke his license from the organization amid numerous complaints and unanswered questions surrounding hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans taken out against the church.

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Tackling the Sun Life Stadium proposal

Miami Gardens has blossomed from humble beginnings into a bustling municipality of 111,000. Preliminary attendance numbers suggest larger crowds this year at the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens than in year’s past. Thousands beamed with pride as they welcomed tourists and locals to celebrate Black culture with Grammy-winning, multi-plantinum selling artists. They performed amid the revelry and unity at this predominately black festival that has already grown into one of the largest celebrations of its kind in The Southeast.

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Rehabilition therapy key to recovery after a stroke

Days before having a stroke, Gwendolyn Jackson felt that something was wrong. “I started having rapid heartbeats,” said Jackson, 42, a freelance journalist. “I would get dizzy when I stood up. I also started having shortness of breath.”

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Faith Calendar

Bethel Temple/Bethel Community Development Corporation invites the public to their Ultimate Yard Sale Sat., March 22nd from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Vendor spaces are available. Call 305-688-1612 Mt. Hermon AME Church invites the public, particularly those in need, to their furniture “Give Away Bazaar on March 22 starting at 9 a.m. Some items are new and some are used but all are in good condition. Call 954-614-0282.

Serena Williams poised to make history at Sony Open on Key Biscayne

Over 300,000 expected to attend the Sony Open this year

Top-seeded, defending champion Serena Williams begins her quest Thursday for a record seven Sony Ericcson Open titles, which would make her the most successful player, man or woman, in the tournament's history. Williams will be shooting for a second straight Sony Open crown. So far, Serena is tied with tennis legend Andre Agassi with six titles.

Commissioner Hardemon looks at the MFLC through his own lens

Hardemon says funding for the organization is still under review

Last week, The Miami Times issued an article about the Miami Film Life Center located in the historic Chapman House next to Booker T. Washington High School possibly losing funding. On Jan. 27th, McKoy says that the MFLC was removed without notice from the agenda during a monthly Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency meeting. It was reported that Michelle McKoy project manager for the MFLC reached out to Commissioner Keon Hardemon to set a meeting about funding issues. Contrary to last

Thursday, March 13

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Florida Memorial University celebrates its 135th birthday

Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only Historically Black University is anticipating blowing out the candles on their 135th birthday cake. As tradition stands, on Thursday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Susie C. Holley Religious Center, FMU will be flooded with blue and orange paraphernalia. “Founder’s Day is a time to not only reflect on our rich 135 year history and our many historical accomplishments, but a time to look towards the future and embrace all that God his in store for us,” Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of FMU said.

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Mop City’s final cut with Transit Village

Derek Alderman, a cultural geographer at East Carolina University, conducted a recent survey found over 730 streets in the U.S. are named after Dr. Martin Luther King. It was also discovered that most of those streets are in run-down, inner-city neighborhoods with boarded-up businesses and high crime rates. One of them is in Liberty City.

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Our children must realize racism is alive

As a Mother who raised two Black sons I now understand the importance of discussing racism in America with our children, especially with our sons.  The discussion of racism can never begin too early. Ideally, it should began during early childhood and continue even during their adult life if we are to have hope and intend for our children to have a positive future in the United States of A

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Activist honors student for excellent grades

Assistant principal Kysha Taylor, Cuthbert “Broadway” Harewood, Tupac Kersainvil and assistant principal Jean St. Phard smile at Charles Drew Middle School on March 3rd. Harewood

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Rapper LL Cool J named 2014 Harvard University Artist of the Year

Two-time Grammy Award winner to perform at Jazz in the Gardens March 16

Rapper LL Cool J., who will be performing at The Jazz in The Gardens this weekend was named 2014 Harvard University Artist of the Year. The Grammy winner was awarded Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious honor at the organization’s annual award ceremony Feb. 22.

Crowds enjoy wild finish at Lyric Live in Overtown

In the end, it came down to two divas at Lyric Live in Overtown. But the audience at the monthly talent show was divided on which one to crown the winner. Both nailed songs originally recorded by pop diva Whitney Houston.

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lifestyle happenings

Booker T. Washington Class of 1964 will meet 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-632-6506. Miami Northwestern Class of 1967 will meet March 13 at 7 p.m. at Betty T. Ferguson Community Center. Call 305-624-1683. Author Eureka Williams will have a book signing for her broken pieces book series Saturday, March 15 at The Bible Emporium. Call 786-378-0570.

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Millions on the line for Miami Gardens in proposed Sun Life Stadium deal

City stands to lose tax dollars in new deal

Miami Gardens stands to lose $1 million a year if Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wins tax breaks under a new proposal with Miami-Dade County. Ross announced his proposal on Monday asking county leaders to waive about $4 millions in property taxes while he pays for $350 million for renovations and a new roof to Sun Life Stadium, located off 27th avenue and 199th Street. Ross hopes the renovations would bring a future Super Bowl championship to the venue, which would pump millions of dollars in Miami Gardens’ economy.

Miami Central's big presence at Youth Fair

The 63rd annual Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition opens Thursday, with new spectacular rides, concerts, mouth-watering foods, animal and agricultural competitions featuring over over 40,000 artists and students. About 164 culinary and graphic arts entries were from studen

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Senator Bullard seeks prayers from community

Amid two pleas for clemency for Giles, Alexander

One lawmaker fiercely continues to battle the outcome of two Floridians involving the use of firearms for self-defense amid the nation's outcry over Florida's controversial law, Stand Your Ground. Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) continued his quest to gain clemency for Marissa Alexander and Michael Giles, appealing to lawmakers to help overturn their convictions.

Latest U.S. job report shows economy growing rapidly

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs  last month, according to the latest jobs report report released last Friday. Despite the cold weather, employers beefed up their staff, an encouraging sign to market analysts who feared the economy was weakening after last month’s report that showed disappointing job gains that fell below expectations.

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Who is Angela Corey really fighting for?

Does Angela Corey, State Attorney of Florida’s 4th  Judicial Circuit Court, seek justice for both the crime victim and the defendant accused of the alleged crime? NO! I believe she doesn’t. If Justice means, “protecting rights and punishing wrongs, using fairness”, then Corey is way off the mark with the cases involving Marissa Alexander, Michael Dunn, Christian Fernandez, and Ronald Thompson.

'Church Mess' coming to Miami

One of the longest-running urban gospel stage plays in the country is set to bring an eclectic mix of comedy, drama and music during its stop in Miami after 165 stops since starting out in Miami, 2006. “Church Mess: The Play” also delivers a message of hope that God can deliver anyone out of a messy situation, including the ones church-going folks sometimes find themselves.

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Virginia Bostic: 68 years of singing

Last month, Music Minister Virginia Bostic was honored as a “Living Legend” for her more than 68 years of singing praises to her Lord and Savior. Those celebrating this milestone included: Commissioners Barbara Jordan, District 1, Miami Gardens; Jean Monestime District 2, the Miami-Dade County commission, the public, and her church, New Christ Tabernacle Church, 1305 NW 54th St. where Rev. Harold Marsh is the senior pastor, Bostic has been the music minister for twelve years.

Miami Gardens welcomes MSNBC's "Growing Hope"

The City of Miami Gardens is proud to welcome MSNBC, the fastest growing cable news network in the country, to its 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium March 15-16. MSNBC will host a unique fan experience for Jazz in the Garden festival attendees. Network hosts Ed Schultz of “The Ed Show,” Joy Reid of “The Reid Report”, and Touré, co-host of “The Cycle”, will contribute to the

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Haitian Heritage Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

The colorful, expressive works of some of Haiti’s prolific artists were on display as community and business leaders and art lovers celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Haitian Heritage Museum with a grand gala reception highlighting the rich culture and contributions of the center located in the heart of Miami’s Art District.

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Pottinger settlement for the affluent?

Things are not what they used to be. Back in the day Some 16 years ago, a homeless person on Miami’s heavily patrolled streets enjoyed cooked meal before finding somehow, a good night’s sleep on the limiting comforts of a piece of cardboard on hard pavement.

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Zion Hope’s vision is to serve God faithfully

Pastor of the Week

Rev. Dr. Edward Mitchell, Jr. (who rather be referred to as W. Edward or Mitchell) was born in Oberlin, Ohio to Mildred Marie and Willard, Sr. and raised in Akron. “The same place LeBron James of The Heat came from,” Mitchell said with Heat pride.

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Chatter That Matters

Miami Northwestern Bulls did celebrated being named an A-School with a stellar parade. The substitute platform came Dr. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Public Schools, congratulating and commending the school for reaching Level “A” after being tested with the FCAT. Joining him was Edward Harris from the office of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. He read the Proclamation attesting the golden crown, while the contingents warmed up for the parade and Edmonson traveled to South Africa on a business trip.

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'Mountaintop' shows Dr. King as everyday man

Play separates the man from the legend

The play, "Mountaintop" portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not as the prominent Civil Rights activist but as an everyday man whose susceptible to imperfections and vulnerability. "Unlike other plays about MLK that generally focus on chronicling Dr. King’s life and accomplishments through a lot of narratives and speeches, this play is pure drama with interactive dialogue between people," said

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Last One Standing

Mop City’s future bleak with transit project

At the height of its success, Mop City Barbershop enjoyed hundreds of loyal clientele who came from as far as Ft. Lauderdale seeking the most stylish looks that made the venerable Liberty City institution a cut above its closest competitors. But as retail stores and fast food shops folded over the years in the Martin Luther King Business district on NW 7th Avenue and 62nd Street, business at Mop City declined. Barbers left for other salons in thriving Black communities in Miami Gardens and North Miami, taking their clients with them.

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Small woman equipped with big dreams

Florida Memorial University junior named Air Force RPA pilot

Shanisse Lanoue, petite in stature — standing at just five feet — is a testament that you can do anything when you put your all in to it. Unlike her classmates, the 20-year-old student has been a licensed pilot since 2012. Lanoue, a junior majoring in Aeronautical Science at Florida Memorial University (FMU). Lanoue is the eldest child of four and a native of Fort Lauderdale. A first generation American — her mother, South African and father, Haitian-Dominican, Lanoue wanted to become a traditional pilot however, she does not meet the Air Force’s height requirements.

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City of Miami honors Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Beta Lambda Chapter

On Thursday, February 27th Mayor Tomas Regalado and the City of Miami Commission honored the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. during Black History Month for their contributions dur

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Omega Power and Praise gives back

Pastor Harriette Wilson-Greene has been “a giver since she was a child because her parents instilled those values in her,” Regina Davis, the coordinator and director of the Parents IOU Group said. “When there is a passion for what one is doing, it doesn’t feel like work. You do it because there is a need and it makes you happy doing it.” Wilson-Greene has been a pastor of the Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc., for 14 years at 4705 NW 17th

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Faith Calendar

Revival at Destiny Restoration Center Ministry, March 12-14 at 7 nightly. Call 786-277-6677. Elderly Care Seminar sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will be held Wed., March 12 at North Dade Regional Library Auditorium, 2:30-4 p.m., Miami Gardens. Call 305-725-3908 Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Miami, Inc. is hosting a Liberty City Community Health and Safety Fair March 15th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 305-948-7723.

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People

Happy wedding anniversary greeting go out to Horace and Bertha Johnson who have been married for 49 years. Continued blessings for all of the couples celebrating anniversaries this month.

NAACP issues letter after Republicans block Asst. Attorney General nominee

The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People criticized the U.S. Senate’s failure to support the civil rights organization’s choice of Debo Adegbile as the next Assistant Attorney General, calling the decision a “disgrace” and “a loss for all Americans.”

Wednesday, March 12

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Jazz in the Gardens

Thousands expected to devour popular treat

It’s a conch salad like no other. Chunks of conch fill a bowl carved out of a large fresh pineapple. Marinated in lemon juice, small cuts of tomatoes, onions, and peppers provide a flavorful, refreshing combination before the grand finale: Six round deep fried crispy conch fritters sitting on three shisk kabob sticks that leaves one coming back for more. And they do.

Thursday, March 6

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Miami Gardens residents engage in bond discussion

Town hall draws questions on how $60 million will be spent

Bad weather did not prevent over 200 residents of Miami Gardens from packing a town hall meeting last Thursday to drill City leaders on a proposed $60 million dollar bond to fund renovations and new projects. Held at the Betty Ferguson Complex’s outdoor amphitheater, Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert and the City Council’s proposal was met with general confusion from locals who admitted it was their first time hearing anything about it.

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Aviation dept. celebrates Black History with Garth Reeves, Sr.

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) ended Black History Month on a high note on February 28th with an employee luncheon featuring guest speaker Garth Reeves, Sr. Reeves is the longtime community activist and publisher emeritus of the Miami Times

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Miami Northwestern Senior High students showcase blender bikes

South Beach Food and Wine Festival features ‘Plant it Forward’ initiative

As South Beach transformed into the home of Food Network’s biggest stars for the weekend, some local talent got some exposure of their own. Students from Miami Northwestern Senior High showcased their blender bikes — pedal-powered stationary bicycles fitted with blenders — at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s “Fun and Fit as a Family” event.

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What’s your reason or purpose?

Almost everything that we do in life has a reason or purpose behind it. When we are kind and polite to others, we expect the same in return. Some of us were brought up to “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” People will do things with negative reasons or motives, only to see how you will react or respond (negatively or positively). Their goal is to hurt you, not to help you.

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FANM celebrates 21 years of empowering women

Bastien is the founder and current Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami

“When it comes to Haitians, Marleine Bastien is one of the most passionate and articulate spokespersons in Miami,” Leroy Jones, Executive Director of NANA and Tools for Change said. “From the early 90s until now, if a Haitian boat filled with Haitians came to our shores, Ms. Bastien was there. After ‘wet-foot dry-foot’ started, she yelled even louder about the injustices. ”

Monestime hosts Black Heritage Festival at Gwen Cherry Park

Commissioner Monestime welcomed guests to the first annual Commissioner Monestime Black Heritage Festival  Event on February 22nd at Gwen Cherry Park.

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Wilson, Carvalho join President at White House

Meeting on My Brother’s Keeper initiative

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho joined (right) Congresswoman Frederica Wilson at the White House to discuss President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to help Black men stay on track and reach their full potential. Held on February 27th, the President reached out to foundation leaders and the parents of Trayvon

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A pioneer: Raphu Salathiel Williams

Is it better to concentrate on the positive and leave the negative behind?  I say no, for so much good can come out of negative situations, such as documented proof of the refusal to have a mind set of "less than" during an era so determined to confine Black people. 

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Abstinence is for the strong

Abstinence Between Strong Teens International, Inc. has been around for over 20 years, educating youth on relationships, marriage and sex from a character development perspective. It was founded by an educator, Althea McMillan, a Miami-Dade County school teacher who watched the teen pregnancy rate increase year-after-year and felt that something needed to be done beside telling the students to, “just say no.”

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Chatter That Matters

On February 20, The Miami Police Department presented its annual “Employee of the Year” award to Kathleen Day Thurston. The Award was presented to her by Assistant Chief Rodolfo L. Lanes, her former supervisor. She was selected for this award for all her outstanding service, hard work and dedication at the Miami Police

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The Sports Brothers

Why Blacks use the N word

It has been quite an interesting past few weeks in sports as talk of banning the N word has made headlines. Primarily a movement led by John Wooten an African American ex NFL player and head of the NFL's Fritz Pollard Alliance has spearheaded a recent effort to have the NFL ban the word from its stadiums and the game period. The major debate now centers on whether the NFL should start penalizing teams 15 yards for a player’s us

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Arizona: A case study in repeated bigotry

Arizona is a case study in bigotry. While many African Americans may be turning a deaf ear to the recent furor over the anti-gay bill that was recently vetoed by Governor Brewer, it was not too long ago that the State was being boycotted because it did not want to recognize the  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  In 1983, President Reagan after much pressure, created a National Holiday celebrating Martin Luther King.  The Arizona

White House honors local woman for STEM efforts

Entrepreneur Felicia Hatcher named as “Champion of Change”

The White House honored ten local heroes, including Felecia Hatcher of Miami, who are “Champions of Change” for their innovation in creating diversity and access in STEM fields on February 26th.  The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. 

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Jon Batiste brings jazz to Miami

Young pianist set to perform at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

One of the hottest young musicians in jazz will grace the stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. New Orlean's native Jon Batiste is slated to bring his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style to Miami on March 8th.

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Rev. Jackson: Servant of Jesus Christ

Rev. Dr. Dennis M. Jackson, a native of Moultrie, GA, born to the parentage of the late Mary Lee Jackson and the late Arthur Eugene Jackson says that he is “God’s under shepherd at United Christian Praise and Worship Center, Inc.” The place that he, the members, and others refer to as “Holy Ghost Headquarters, USA.” Jackson has been the pastor of UCPWC since 1996.

First lady Obama visits Gwen Cherry Park

Michelle Obama spoke to an enthusiastic group inner city youth at Gwen Cherry Park’s NFL/YET center last week

Why is Black cohabitation stigmatized in our community?

Whites lead in trend and Blacks feel pressure

While white couples are forgoing marriage for cohabitation focusing on child-rearing, their Black counterparts continue to feel the brunt of it from an unlikely source — their own community. Only 10.6 percent of Black couples with at least one child chose to cohabit. The figure decreases to 8.6 percent when children are not present.

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City’s homeless to lose rights under pottinger settlement

The lives of hundreds of Miami’s homeless were dramatically impacted last Friday when a federal judge approved changes to a landmark settlement that gives less rights to the poor as city officials seek to clean up its streets to help revitalize the downtown.

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Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida helps beautify and paint homes

For the past nine years, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida [NHSSF] has hosted its Community Paint and Beautification Day. This spring is no different than the rest, and NHSSF has all hands on deck once again. 

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Art by the Sea

Big Blue and You gearing up for fun-filled day at the beach

It’s that time of the year again, when The Big Blue and You wants you to roll-up those sleeves, throw on your bathing suit and get hands-on at the Fourth Annual ‘Art by the Sea’ event. On Saturday, March 8th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m, the Big Blue and You organization wants you to join them at the historic Virginia Key Beach.

National week of prayer for HIV/AIDS awareness

Community prayer breakfast, HIV/AIDS forum and gospel concert among activities

March 2nd-9th is recognized as the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (NWPHA). The National Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS is an annual HIV awareness campaign designed to mobilize faith communities everywhere and highlight the contributions and impact congregations are making in the area of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

Wilson’s statement on second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death

"Today, we honor Trayvon's memory and stand in solidarity with his family,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. “On the second anniversary of his death, we also think about ways to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. While sold to Florida legislators as a pragmatic fix to help victims of domestic violence to

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My brother’s keeper starts at home

During President Barack Obama’s first run for the Whitehouse, his opponents called him inexperienced and unprepared to run the country.  However, after serving six years in office and half way through his second term in office we know just how politically savvy and astute our President really is.  Never before have we had a president whose experience is as broad as that of President Obama.  President Obama’s experience is

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Stephanie Sylvestre joins The Children’s Trust

Stephanie Sylvestre has joined the Children's Trust. Sylvestre will serve as Chief Operations and Programs Officer, a position that will strive to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Black archives at the Lyric Theater will honor and acknowledge the 95th birthday of board member Garth Reeves, Sr., publisher emeritus of The Miami Times Fri. Mar. 7 with a signature amateur night showcase titled, “Lyric Live.” There will be a 6 p.m. Happy Hour mixer with Mr. Reeves before the show starts at 7:30 p.m.   Mizhani Beauty Bar March Madness, March 10, 12-6 p.m at 19321 NE 2 Avenue, Miami Gardens. Come meet the full staff and benefit from the specials.

Miami Gardens teen picked for Disney workshop

All-expense paid trip for education, mentoring

100 teens, including Miami Garden resident KiAundra Kilpatrick, were selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World from March 6 through the 9 but they won’t be vacationing. Instead, they will participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy, a four-day, unorthodox educational and mentoring program.

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Florida International University student wins $10,000 scholarship

Derrick Deal is celebrating the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. The senior at Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management was declared the winner of Red Robin’s Golden Robin Contest on February 5. Deal’s winning recipe earned him a $10,000 scholarship. It also earned him the chance for his Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Bar-B-Que Burger to be featured as a limited-time menu offering at participating Red Robin® restaurants nationwide.