News 2014 May

Stories for May 2014

Thursday, May 29

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities

Children, parents cope with learning disabilities

Shifting the ‘special education’ stereotypes so Blacks can succeed

One of the smartest investments that one can make is to invest in early childcare advancements. As the brain develops during childhood, research has shown early detection is critical in diagnosing and understanding learning, behavioral or emotional disabilities. Learning disabilities can be a nightmare for many parents, many of whom do not realize that their child suffers from learning disabilities after receiving dozens of phone calls, and notices of

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Historic Mt. Zion Church in Overtown holds candlelight service for members

The names were read one by one as candles burned to honor those members who died in the past year. The room was silent as the candle flames flickered while family members stood up to be recognized.

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Every snowflake is truly unique

Have you ever looked at snow lying on the ground and think how fantastic our God truly is? I know this is a strange question in our Sunshine State. However, I want to point out to you just how great our God truly is.

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Students awarded scholarships by Miami Bayside Foundation

Opportunities given for students to attend MDC, FMU and FIU

Sometimes all it takes is a little teamwork to get the ball rolling. The Miami Bayside Foundation did just that when it created a scholarship endowment last week. The Foundation has partnered with Miami Dade College (MDC), Florida Memorial University (FMU) and Florida International University (FIU).

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Chatter That Matters

5000 Role Models of Excellence Project completed its 21st annual graduation and scholarship awards ceremony with a transaction program script exploring how the program is by the selected persons. It took place at the Historical St. Agnes Episcopal Church with father Denrick Rolle, Rector and Pastor 100 graduates, parents, other relatives and supporters. Dr. Richard Strachan will begin the musical

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Nigerian girls found but cannot be rescued yet

The 276 Nigerian girls who were abducted over a month ago during a violent raid have been found, according to the Nigerian military officials. The claims, though unconfirmed, have brought some measure of comfort and relief to local Nigerian and South Florida residents who have joined worldwide protests demanding their safe return.

Universal Truth Center to hold “Evening of Dance”

The Creative Expressions Ministry and youth department at Universal Truth Center for Better Living in Miami Gardens are planning a dance showcase that will delight dance enthusiasts, lovers of the arts and the general public.

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Homeless veterans get help with war on poverty

Raymond Leite, served in the Vietnam War. But his real battle has been going on much longer in Miami’s toughest neighborhoods where the 74-year-old sells fruits to survive. On the city’s gritty streets, occasional gunshots aren’t too far from where he sleeps under blankets. He sometimes finds a nearby shelter to allow him to stay overnight and avoid predators. Unemployed and always on the run, life in South Florida is battle that seems too difficult for Leite to win.

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Conference sheds new light on Black immigrant experience

Organizers push unity for immigration rights

It was the opening day of a national conference hosted by the Black Immigration Network (BIN). Aly Wane, 37, an immigrant born in Senegal, sat in a group of four Black faces: one, who sported a colorful Ghanaian shirt, was from America; another spoke with a strong British accent; an Asian woman sat among them.

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No Blacks allowed: Miami apartment sued for discrimination

When Lakeisha Wright inquired about a unit at Elite Riverview Apartments in Miami, she was told that there were none available. With video and audio surveillance cameras rolling, she knocked several times on the manager’s office door without receiving a response until she called.

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N. Miami to hold special election for new mayor

A special election will be held in August to replace suspended City of North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, officials said. Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Amie said the election has been scheduled for late August. Tondreau was suspended last week by Gov. Rick Scott after surrendering to FBI authorities to face charges of running an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme with three other conspirators.

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A salute to the best and brightest

Miami Carol City and American Senior High Schools kicked off the graduation season for many of Miami-Dade’s graduates. In separate ceremonies, seniors proudly hurled their caps at the Bank United Center on the University of Miami campus Tuesday. Other schools will hold festive sendoffs for seniors in the coming days to the delight and pride of many parents, teachers and friends. With top

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Pastor of the Week

The Paynes working in and outside the four walls

Bruce Payne was born in Miami and grew up in Overtown. He graduated from the historical Booker T. Washington Senior High School and studied at Miami Dade College. Payne retired in 2010 from Miami-Dade County as an Electronic Supervisor. During his tenure with the county he maintained communications for The Metrorail and received numerous accommodations from the ESP program with Metro Dade for various inventions.

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100 Black Men of South Florida take over Zoo Miami

Participants race to healthier living

Hundreds of people made their way to Zoo Miami for the 100 Black Men of South Florida (100 BMSF) 5K Zoo Walk/Run and Kid’s Dash. On May 24 the race to healthier living began in the parking lot of the Zoo and finished inside.The runners ran amongst animals and were given health screenings before the finish ceremony where Ellis Adger, 100 BMSF president, was the master of ceremony. “The 5K Zoo Walk/Run and Kid’s Dash is challenging for the avid runner and fun for the entire family,” Adger said.

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FACE internship program offers critical opportunities

Summer jobs for teens

Summer’s around the corner and the streets will soon be overloaded with adolescents and teens in Overtown. Urgent, Inc. supported by the South East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) will give 60 young people between the ages of 16-24 an opportunity that will prepare them for the future.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Jackson’s Class of 1974 will celebrate their 40th class reunion May 19-25. Call 305-688-6806 or 305-992-4986. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 6T6 will host a dance on May 31. Call 305-333-8539. The Parkway Junior/Middle Alumni Association will have a luncheon 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., June 7 at Parkway Middle Community School. Call 305-624-9613 Ext 2207.

14-year-old kills brother, himself over clothes

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his older brother, then himself during a fight over clothes outside their apartment complex between Little Haiti and Little River. The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday at the New Haven Gardens apartment complex, on the 7100 block of Northeast Second Avenue, between the Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods.

Bullard breaks ties with State. Rep. Daphne Campbell, endorses challenger

State Senator Dwight Bullard has endorsed Michael A. Hepburn, Democratic candidate for State Representative - District 108. “Michael Hepburn has demonstrated a clear commitment towards making his community better,” said State Senator Bullard. “He is energetic and hard-working. He has the skills to effectively represent our constituents and he has what it takes to become a leader in the Florida House.”

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Once homeless, Miami man earns FIU law degree

Desmond Meade remembers standing on railroad tracks in Miami waiting for a train to come. Homeless, hungry and broke, Meade became convinced that there was no reason to live. So he waited for a train to kill him. It was a long wait.

Wednesday, May 28

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Legendary Poet and Activist Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Maya Angelou passes in her home in N.C.

Poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and professor Dr. Maya Angelou, 86, passed away Wednesday in her Winston-Salem home.

Saturday, May 24

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VIDEO: Members of African Diaspora look to create change for immigrants

Participants in the national conference for the Black Immigration Network came from all walks of life. Some of them were descendants of slaves, while others were Black immigrants from countries all around the globe.

Thursday, May 22

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Top Stories This Week

This week's top stories from The Miami Times.

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Gubernatorial race heats up

Crist seeks Black voters with new Liberty City office

The battle for the state’s highest office heats up with just five months before the gubernatorial election. Saturday Democratic candidate Charlie Crist opened campaign offices in the Black and Latino communities seeking to win over voters by bringing his message as a “peoples” governor.

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A Miracle Story

47-year-old conceives triplets naturally

When Sharon Lewis learned that she was pregnant at age 47, she was shocked. Then came an even bigger surprise: She was pregnant with triplets. Already the mother of two – a 25-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son – Sharon wasn’t trying to become pregnant. In fact, she thought it was impossible because of her age. Doctors say it is rare that a

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Attention Lincoln Memorial Cemetery: I and many others are appalled at the condition of our 46th Street cemetery in Brownsville. The condition of our cemetery is deplorable. No one is working there anymore and our once beloved pioneer cemetery is in need of constant maintenance. Old timers and neighbors of that neighborhood are quite perturbed. We as Blacks need to assist by keeping around our beloved family and friends graves as clean as we can and maybe relatives wouldn’t mind being

Conference on rights of Black Immigrants

Three-day event touches on key topics

About 150 community leaders from across the country will gather in Miami May 23-25 for the “Black Immigration Network Kinship Assembly: A Gathering for Action”, to discuss racial justice and immigrant rights. Hosted by the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a national “kinship” network composed of Black immigrants and African Americans, leaders and activists will convene at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for three days of strategizing, networking and building a movement to unite Black communities for racial justice and immigrant rights. 

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5000 Role Models awards $865,000 in scholarships

Program rewards Blacks, latinos

Some 125 high school seniors from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence project were awarded scholarships Sunday at the program’s annual graduation ceremony at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown. The program's founder, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, presented nearly $865,000 in college scholarships to students who have participated in the mentoring program that helps Black and Latino at-risk students from poor backgrounds graduate from high school and live successful lives. 

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Pastor of the Week

A 27-year mentorship led to senior pastor

LaVanya C. Kelly is the senior pastor of the Outreach of Excitement Church at 1085 NW 62nd St. Their motto is: “A church in the heart of the city with the city in its heart.” Her shepherd and mentor was the late Reverend Dr. Mother Ruth E. Creps-Crockett, affectionately known as “Mother Ruth.”

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5000 Role Models Senior High conference

Wilson hosted event, roundtable discussions

The annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project ‘Finished High School. . . Now What? Senior High School Conference. Held at The Sun Life Stadium on Thursday, May 15. The honorable Frederica Wilson, the White House Initiative on Excellence for African Americans and The White House Initiative on Excellence for Hispanics were all in attendance for various roundtable discussions.

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The Sports Brothers

Kerr not ready to coach yet

It is rather interesting that ex broadcaster Steve Kerr signed a whopping 5 year 25 million dollar contract last week with the Golden State Warriors. That is a huge deal for a man who never coached a day in his life. As our good friend ESPN’s Stephen A Smith pointed out, what is that made Kerr such a hot commodity?  The rumor mill told us that Kerr was destined for New York to be aligned with his former coach Phil Jackson with whom he won championships. It made sense because Kerr knows

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Fast food workers rally for higher wages

Demonstrators protested for more money near JMH

Fast-food workers in Miami joined other demonstrations in major cities across the U.S. and the world demanding significantly higher minimum wages to live comfortable like many middle-class Americans. The workers protested under pouring rain as they walked north to afrom McDonald’s near Jackson Memorial Hospital to a Wendy's on 7th Avenue to 20th Street The workers demanded a minimum wage hike from $7.93 an hour to $15.

Miami Beach prepares for Urban Beach Week

The swaying palm trees flanking Ocean Drive will once again lure hundreds of thousands to Miami Beach to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend. Every year, an estimated 250,000 visitors, including Blacks, flood the city's beaches, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs as part of Urban Beach Week.

M-D County and owners decide future of stadiums

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has abandoned plans to privately fund renovations to Sun Life stadium in exchange for $4 million in annual tax relief from Miami-Dade County. The deal would have cost Miami Gardens $1 million in annual tax revenues. Ross wanted the upgrades to lure another Super Bowl and other events. Miami Gardens Mayor reportedly confirmed that the plan has been dropped.

Agreement between Jackson, UM approved

Despite lingering concerns over losing patients to the University of Miami (UM), the Jackson Health System renewed the partnership’s annual operating agreement last Thursday in a meeting with board members and County Commissioners.

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Give due honor and be blessed

In our society, we tend to honor those we like. If you are outside of one’s the inner circle of friends, you will not be honored, though honor is due to you. It happens even in the church. Christians very often allows secular thoughts to cloud their judgment and not give true honor where it is due.

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Meet me in Miami

Recap of Miami Fashion Week events that heated up the city

Miami Fashion Week wrapped up its 16th year in style as thousands of guests made their way to the Miami Beach Convention Center last week for the latest fashions amid the glitz and glam of star-studded parties. In collaboration with Miami Fashion Week, Jambalaya Media Group and Jones Magazine presented Meet Me in Miami, a fun yet informative four-day event hosted at the W Hotel.

Atlanta draws music lovers for jazz festival

Blacks in South Florida are heading out Memorial Day Weekend during the busiest travel period of the year to experience the spectacular ending of Atlanta’s Jazz Festival. "This year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival is going to be one of our best,” said Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We will present a diverse lineup of artists from around

Southern Baptists seek softer tone to gay marriage

Some Christian denominations around the U.S. have been slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage. A few have even made an about-face. Not so with the country's largest protestant group, Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention still preaches that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. But some pastors are softening their message.

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A Veteran found dead in Pembroke Pines home laid to rest

It was a stunning spectacle to many residents in Miami Gardens and Opa-locka. Dozens of police officers from all over Miami-Dade County joined hundreds of family, colleagues and friends in a mile-long funeral procession filled with tradition and pageantry in tribute to Carl Patrick, a 25-year veteran city of Miami Police officer who died May 9 from a tragic shooting.

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Mother of Trayvon Martin hosts retreat in South Florida to empower women

Mothers of children who were tragically killed from around the country and from all walks of life gathered last weekend for the inaugural Circle of Mothers empowerment and transformational weekend workshops sponsored by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Mothers included parents of the Sandy Hook massacre, a mother whose only two children were murdered within the span of two-weeks and mothers who are freshly grieving and are still asking the question “why,”

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Transit celebrates Metrorail’s 30th birthday

Metrorail, Miami-Dade Transit’s elevated rapid transit system, is turning 30. To commemorate the milestone, transit officials held a two-hour celebration Tuesday on the second level of the Government Center Metrorail station, with music provided by HOT 105 FM’s Chico the Virgo, a guest appearance by the Miami Marlins’ mascot, Billy the Marlin, giveaways, a raffle of transit passes, and more. 

Shamis Abdi named FAMU's chief of staff

TALLAHASSEE — Shamis Abdi has been named chief of staff by Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. She began her post on May 1. Abdi comes to FAMU with more than 16 years of experience in management, operations and consulting. She most recently served as the director of operations at the Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York, an “A”-ranked school by the New York City Department of Education.

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N. Miami mayor arrested in $8M mortgage scheme

Lucie Tondreau surrenders to FBI, suspended by Gov. Scott amid charges

North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau turned herself in before being led away in handcuffs Tuesday after being charged with operating a mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau and three others were charged Monday with defrauding lenders out of $8 million in loans that were used to purchase 20 South Florida properties by using “straw buyers” in 2006, according to the indictment. The mayor is accused of using her radio program at the time to recruit alleged buyers for the fraudulent loans. If convicted, Tondreau faces 30 years in prison.

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Local Nigerians’ success in spotlight as search for kidnapped girls continues

Nigerians may have better grasp of American Dream

They do not wear their pants below the waist or have gold fillings in their mouths. Instead, they are affluent doctors, lawyers with families that are college educated. They do not use slang, but greet one another with smiles, nods and curtsies. Some 6000 miles away from their homeland, some 5000 Nigerians call South Florida home. Since the 1970s, about 3000 Nigerians lived in Miami Gardens before it became a city 10 years ago. They brought from their homeland their religious

Bayside Foundation to award college scholarships

The Miami Bayside Foundation will award 26 scholarships to minority students on Thursday, May 22 at 9 a.m., in the City of Miami. The Miami Bayside Foundation will recognize this year’s college scholarship recipients from City of Miami Public High Schools. Miami Bayside Foundation scholarship programs have given students the opportunity to access resources that were not previously available to them. This is the inaugural year of a multi-year scholarship program commitment made by Miami Bayside Foundation to the Miami-Dade Public School System.

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Farmworkers, CIW and FCWA push for better pay and work

Farmworkers and members of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, and the internationally-recognized Coalition of Immokalee Workers banded together outside a Publix store in Coral Gables to urge the supermarket to join the Fair Food Program (FFP) – a social responsibility program that ensures a humane work environment and increased pay for Florida tomato workers.

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Faith Calendar

Metropolitan Baptist Church presents “Lovestuck: encounter the love of God through corporate worship” 6:30 p.m. Sat. May 24 at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Hollywood. Call 954-963-0634.   The Hadley Park Homeowners Association, Inc. invites all homeowners and renters in the City-District 5 and County-District 3 areas to attend the monthly meetings every last Tues. of each month in the Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizen Bldg. at 5:30 p.m., to help bring about improvement in your area. Call 786-512-7622.

10 tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle

1. Each week, get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both. 2. Eat a nutritious diet, with five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and don’t skip breakfast. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight.

Soul food festival bigger for food, music lovers

Festival should spice up Memorial Day weekend

For those seeking a break from the busy details of hosting a backyard barbecue this Memorial Day Weekend, the Kinfolk Soul Food Festival returns to South Florida to offer thousands of food lovers a relaxing alternative to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations to Miami Northwestern scholar athlete, Jontavia Dykes, the first in family history to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. She will be attending the University of Florida this fall. Jontavia is also a four-year participant of the Lady Bull volleyball team. Hard work and staying focused has not only earned Jontavia recognition for “Superintendent-Distinction of Honor”, but also a spot to graduate in the top 15 percent of her senior graduating class of 2014. Jontavia is the

Ask the Doc

What are the new guidelines for Pap smears?

“I’m here for my yearly Pap smear,” is a phrase commonly heard by gynecologists. Many women are under the impression that a Pap smear test – a screening for cervical cancer done during a pelvic exam – is an annual medical necessity. That was the case in the past, but not today. Since the 1940s, Pap smears – named after Dr. George Papanicolaou, the developer of the technique – have been the gold standard in cervical cancer screening techniques. After cells are collected from the

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North Shore recognized with Quality Achievement Award

Heart Failure Silver-Plus Care rewarded to medical center

North Shore Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Wednesday, May 21

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Tunnel opens, giving cargo trucks direct route to PortMiami

Amid fanfare and speeches, dignitaries from the state, county and city governments joined hundreds of workers and residents Monday to open the new $1 billion PortMiami Tunnel downtown.

Miami Gardens mayor gives high schoolers dozens of laptops

In an annual giveaway, Mayor Oliver Gilbert is making a small tour to high school's in Miami to reward hardworking students.

Monday, May 19

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Feds to charge North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau with mortgage fraud

Monday morning federal agents were searching for North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to charge her with mortgage fraud.

Thursday, May 15

Once upon a Summer

Novels and books provide fresh retreat on long, hot days

You made your reservations months ago. This was a vacation you’ve been planning for… well, it seems like forever. One of those once-in-a-lifetime trips is what you’ve always dreamed about, and you’ve bought all new clothes and even a new suitcase for it.

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Young performers light up the night

Somewhere in the middle of his performance, as his fingers were zipping over the saxophone keys, Abdias Armenteros heard the audience begin clapping in time. “Wow, the crowd was great, and to hear them clap really helped me. I don’t usually get that kind of vibe,” said Armenteros, 15 and a student at Miami Union Academy in NW Miami. The judges were as impressed as the live audience at the Young Talent Big Dreams Finals and awarded Armenteros first prize in the

City of Opa-locka Assistant police chief leaving force

Opa-locka Assistant Police Chief Louis Vega is stepping down from the police force after a year on the job. Vega, 70, submitted his resignation letter and will officially leave the department May 16. Assistant City Manager David Chiverton described the departure as a “retirement.” Vega said he did not feel challenged by the job and will search for other positions before he leaves the force.

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Never too late: 47-year-old has triplets

Not one, not two, but three. What a pleasant surprise it was for Sharon Lewis, 47, when she found out that she was pregnant — with triplets. Already a mother, she has a 25-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. Lewis says she is blessed to have bought three healthy babies into this world.

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South Florida joins world in demanding return of Nigerian Girls

Community organizations in South Florida are joining an international chorus of activists who are demanding political intervention for the return of over 270 teenage Nigerian girls whose abduction last month has sparked protests across the country and the world. Lions for Justice, a group of students and faculty from Florida Memorial University, joined Impact Miami and Soul Movement Crew for a “Bring Back Our Girls” rally near the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown last Monday. The rally was the latest

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Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of “Culmer” Scavella and all other family members of Mrs. Leome Scavella-Culmer. Mrs. Culmer was loved by many and will be missed by all. Get well wishes go out to all of the sick and shut-ins: Thomas Nottage, Freddie “Jabbo” Johnson, Wilhelmenia S. Welch, Hughie Nairn Sr., George Davis, Rosemary Brayon, Veronica O’Berry, Marjorie Sharpe, Winston Scavella, Willie Reed Williams, Arcie Ewell, Gladys Moss, Delone Mathis, Thedore Moss, Leanora Bryant, Wallis Gordon, Ruth Clarke, Earl Carroll, Dwayne Cannon Sr. and Iva Dell Bodie.

$100M requested for JMH renovations

County commissioners and finance committee members Tuesday requested $101 million in from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s to pay for Jackson Memorial Hospital’s aging facilities.

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Mother's vow to end violence with emotional march

The shouts and protests through Liberty City on Saturday were just too much for Skymeter Roberts to bear. She cried very loudly because her daughter was dead. There would be no more Mother’s Day cards or happy times at the restaurant or shopping malls. Roberts had flowers but they were not for her but for the grave of her child, Kimouria Gardner, who was gunned down on a park bench in April.

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Help return Nigerian girls back to their parents

Activists held demonstrations all over the U.S. and the world to express their outrage over the kidnapping of some 276 girls in Nigeria who are still being held hostage by the Boko Haram, a radical group of Islamic extremists. The teenage girls were snatched from their boarding school during a violent raid in the small town of Chibok.

MOCA to hold conference

'Girl Summit' to empower young women

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s acclaimed Women on the Rise! program, an award-winning program that addresses the needs of underserved teenage girls through the study of contemporary female artists as positive role models, will hold their annual Girls Summit, a two-day conference on innovative approaches to girls education and empowerment for young women. 

Hall of Fame baseball player Andre Dawson to launch swim program

Hall of Fame baseball player Andre Dawson, who graduated from Southwest High School in Miami, will be on hand to launch the city of Miami’s swim program at Gibson Park in Overtown. The event will be a part of an officials a ribbon-cutting ceremony where District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon is expected to attend.

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Faith Calendar

The Bread of Life Community Church presents: Wings of Virtue: Transformed by Grace 2014 Women’s Outreach Conference May 15-18 hosted by first lady Chanel Moore. For more info visit www.thebreadoflifecc.com. Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of South Miami is sponsoring a First lady’s High Tea Table Competition featuring all months of the year on May 17 at 3 p.m.  The cost is $10. There will be lots of door prizes and refreshments. Call 305-772-7001 

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Mothers are mothers every day

 The Omega Power and Praise Ministry (OPPM) under the leadership of Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene, celebrated another glorious event at the Joseph Caleb Center, last Friday, May 9 as they celebrated and honored mothers, grandmothers and guardians. 

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Chatter That Matters

Former Judge Shirlyon J. McWhorter, B-CU ‘81 expressed her pride and humility to serve the 2013-14 as president of the Miami-Dade Alumni Association and also included the “Magic Of Motown” as the theme. She also recognized Patricia Garrett (Literary), M/M Charlie Davis (Community Service), Fedrick Ingram (Education), Mary Ann Carroll (Art), and Coach Brian Jenkins.

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Mystery surrounds Miami officer found dead in Pembroke Pines

Friends and family throughout Miami are mourning the loss of Carl Patrick, a veteran Miami police officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home on Friday. Patrick's girlfriend, Tiniko Thompson, a public service aide said Patrick accidentally shot himself during a struggle for a gun in the bedroom in the home where they shared.

NAACP forms partnership with MDCPS

Effort will focus on economic and small business development

Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Miami-Dade National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has formed a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). This new effort will focus on economic development, business development, job creation and contracts for Miami-Dade businesses. “I am excited to work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Superintendent and Office of Economic Opportunity,” Nweze said.

FMU welcomes SEED School of Miami to campus

Major public boarding school will take up residence at college in August

The SEED School of Miami and Florida Memorial University (FMU) announced a partnership on May 6 that will bring SEED’s proven 24-hour, college-preparatory education model to South Florida sixth graders in a unique college setting. This August, 60 students will live and learn on the FMU campus, with close supervision from SEED teachers, counselors, and other faculty.

New CEO of Black Chamber named

Gordon Knowles selected to head Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce

Gordon “Eric” Knowles, a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience creating strategic alliances in both the public and private sectors, has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCOC). “I am excited to take on this new leadership role at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce,” said Knowles. “I look forward to working vigorously to strengthen bonds and increase leverage and exposure for the Chamber and our members.”

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Pastor of the Week

Rev. George McRae: A man of God loving God’s people

In too many instances, when a man or woman reaches the plateau of having a street named after him or her, their story written up in The Miami Times as well as The Wall Street Journal, being asked to speak in Germany, South and West Africa, Israel, Egypt, England, France, the Virgin Island, North and South Korea and numerous places in the U.S., their attitudes would be pious and self-righteous. Not the man who is

Miami’s 1964 FAMU graduates celebrate golden anniversary

Evidences of greatness were demonstrated for the university during the Spring 2014 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Commencement exercises on Saturday May 3. It marked the 50th anniversary of FAMU’s Class of 1964. Commemorating the golden anniversary during the weekend were more than 50 alums, which included Miamians Emma W. Curry, Baljean Smith and Frances Young

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Jessie Trice Health Center opens in Miami Gardens

Packed with an array of services including free health screenings, vital checkups, and fun for everyone, the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) will host a Grand Opening Celebration for their new Miami Gardens Health Center. The event takes place on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4692 NW 183rd Street in Miami Gardens.

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The Sports Brothers

The NFL is full of hypocrites

The Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey and the majority of these NFL general managers and teams are hypocrites. They all tell America that they want what’s best for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Yet somehow the SEC co-defensive player of the year was almost not drafted because all of these brilliant football minds found 248 players that they viewed as being better

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Housewives of Atlanta star heats up Miami Fashion Week

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey aims to dazzle Miami Fashion Week this year. As CEO of the Bailey Agency School of Fashion, Bailey is on a quest to add a new model to her agency. On April 25, the agency in partnership with Jambalaya Group hosted a private cocktail reception at the Bath House in Miami Beach. The five hopeful models chosen from the cocktail reception will now compete for a contract at Miami Fashion Week’s Faces of Fashion.

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new affordable housing in Naranja

Construction for new rental complex coming to an end

Community and business leaders joined residents last Saturday to celebrate the newest Groundbreaking of South Dade’s newest affordable housing community, La Joya Apartments.  District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and Tower Road Gardens joined Mi

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Tracy Mourning’s 12th Annual 'Hats Off' luncheon

Honey Shine mentoring program raises funds for its ‘Honey Bugs’

At this year’s 12th Annual Hat’s Off Luncheon more than 600 people came to show their support for the Honey Shine mentoring program while sporting their best hats — Kentucky Derby style. Tracy Mourning, founder of 'Honey Shine', a program that aims to balance the mind, body and soul in girls and women through nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.

Wednesday, May 14

First Black editor appointed to head New York Times

History was made after a big shakeup at the nation's leading newspaper

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5000 Role Models host conference at Sun Life Stadium

As high school seniors prepare to march down the aisle in their caps and gowns, many are still undecided on what to do after graduation.

Saturday, May 10

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Top Stories This Week

This week's top stories from The Miami Times.

Thursday, May 8

Historic JET halts print magazine

Decides to go from print to a digital app

Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights era, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital app.

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Carvalho honored at White House

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was honored as the nation’s Superintendent of the Year during a ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised him for turning around the nation’s fourth largest public school system.

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Florida Memorial University 2014 commencement

Florida Memorial University, the historically Black college in Miami Gardens held its annual commencement ceremony, filled with pomp and pageantry for 129 graduates at Clock Tower Promnenade on the school’s campus Saturday. The service included traditional procession of faculty members along the promenade

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Welcome home Miami Gardens

They are packing up books, files and office supplies as dozens of Miami Gardens employees prepare to move into the city’s first city hall building, part of a big, sprawling complex that will be among the most sophisticated municipal facilities in the county.

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WHCA finally recognizes Harry McAlpin

The White House Correspondents' Association Saturday finally honored Harry McAlpin, decades after denying membership to the first African-American to cover a White House press conference.

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Miami Edison High students receive pre-prom safety measures

Seniors and juniors impacted by mock DUI crash event

With a glamorous and entertaining night that many high school students dream of promptly approaching, local organizations and political figures want to ensure the night stays that way. A very dramatic and scary visual of what takes place seconds after a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs collides with another vehicle was meant to deter students from placing themselves in harms way.

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Young film director debuts his film

This is a story about a 16-year-old teenager who dared to dream. What he found was a true gift. On Mother’s Day, he will make his mom proud as his short film “The Gift” debuts at the Historic Lyric Theater at 6 p.m. Elijah Wells was born on June 30, 1997 in Miami, Florida to parents Willie Wells Jr and Martha Whisby Wells. He is a local actor, writer, promoter, and film director in the Miami area. Elijah started at an early age beating drums for his church. He then enrolled in The Florene Nichols Inner City tap dancing class at Charles Hadley Park.

Wage increase on hold

Locals weigh in on underpaid workers

President Barack Obama is continuing his efforts to persuade Congress to pass laws for higher minimum wage despite the Senate Republicans blocking a vote on the issue. Last Wednesday, the Democratic-supported bill was met with a host of Republican opposition in the Senate where it failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward. If passed, The bill would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next 30 months. It failed by a margin of 54-42.

Core DJs holds major conference in Miami to form alliance with Black Press

At a three-day conference this past weekend on South Beach, Core DJs World Wide celebrated the organization’s 10-year Anniversary at the Four Points (Sheraton)and highlighted a newly formed alliance with National Newspaper Publishers Association [NNPA]to address many challenges facing many music executives.

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Black leaders calling for change at Civilian Investigative Panel

Agency dogged by racial allegations

Miami’s Black leaders are calling for sweeping reforms at the city’s Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), an agency that has come under heavy fire with allegations of racism and internal power struggles that have left the group in turmoil and unable to serve its purpose.

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Booker T. Washington Alumni Living Legends Gala awards 17 scholarships

Amid an audience of over 300, nine outstanding and distinguished graduates of Booker T. Washington Senior High School walked the “Orange Carpet” on Sat. April 12 at the Annual Living Legends’ Orange and Black Scholarship Gala, at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. They were honored as a result of their

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Give mom some sugar

Black Mother’s Day card increasing in stores as Hallmark corners the market

The words can be as sweet as peach cobbler. Black Mother’s Day cards are becoming as common as fried chicken and collard greens. It’s a tradition for thousands of Blacks in South Florida and across the country who will trek to stores in the coming days to purchase Mother’s Day greeting cards. Many will comb through the racks to find the perfect card that best reflects how one feels about mom.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations to Veronica Rahming, president, and Mary Ann Thomas, vice president, for taking the “Men of Tomorrow”, along with The Egelloc Civic and Social Club and elite members, last Saturday, at the Parrot Jungle Island. “The organization began with 55 11th graders and completed its journey with 15. One boy even escorted while on crutches.

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The Sports Brothers

Floyd Mayweather cashes in

I remember when I despised Floyd Mayweather. I never liked his constant bragging. Showing off his millions on line in what I considered somewhat childish behavior. This past weekend the unbeaten champion showed me something that I had rarely seen from him. He was faced with serious adversity and he showed the heart of a champion. For the first time in many years Mayweather was seriously challenged in a title

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Three leagues, 92 teams, One Black majority owner

Recently, an precedented move occurred in the National Basketball Association when the Commissioner, Adam Silver cracked down on Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Silver banned 80-year-old Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after his girlfriend, V. Stiviano allegedly leaked an audio recording of him making racist comments. In the audio recording Stiviano can be heard asking Sterling, “Do you know that you have a whole team — that’s Black — that plays for you?” Sterling’s reply was shocking and downright offensive.  

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Time for change at Civilian Investigative Panel

It’s a reality you will find in many of America’s organizations: hardworking individuals clashing with one another over decisions that would best serve the interest of their organization. In one corner are hard-driving leaders who are responsible for making tough decisions. On the other side are dedicated workers who can sometimes challenge the upper echelon of organizations with or without good intentions.

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BTW alumni, business leaders and organizations award scholarships

They overcame tremendous odds to achieve soaring grade-point averages and high test scores while living in some of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods. On last Tuesday, dozens of bright high school seniors reaped big rewards at Booker T. Washington High School’s annual “Shining Stars” awards ceremony where alumni, business leaders and charities handed thousands of dollars in college scholarships and a few surprises.

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A 'Taste of Haiti' dazzles

Festival, celebrations held throughout South Florida to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month

The culinary talents of chefs will be on display this Saturday when District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime teams up with city officials to host a Taste of Haiti, a five-hour long event that will bring Haitian culture and cuisine to residents all over South Florida. The event will be held on the plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 770 NE 125th Street. Admission is free, but there will be various foods and beverages for food lovers to purchase.

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Modern day art heist?

North Miami City officials in bitter legal battle with MOCA to foil scheme to remove artworks

City officials are calling it a “modern day art heist.” A group of frustrated art lovers, who sought to remove 600 pieces of exquisite works of art under the nose of their landlord, devised a scheme to carry out their mission.

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Faith Calendar

Tree of Life Deliverance will have a Mother/Daughter’s Day Brunch 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sat. May 10. The event is $10 per person. Call 305-751-3777 or 786-316-2762. Power Evangelism Apostolic Ministry invites the public to free miracle meeting at the FIU North Campus, May 10 at 7 p.m. The Miami Children’s Chorus invites you to its concert titled “Cantare” 5 p.m. Sun. May 11 at the New World Center in Miami Beach. General admission tickets are $25 and $10 for seniors, students and children. Call 305-673-3331. The Bread of Life Community Church presents: Wings of Virtue: Transformed by Grace 2014 Women’s Outreach Conference May 15-18 hosted by first lady Chanel Moore. For more info visit www.thebreadoflifecc.com.

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Metropolitan Dade Section (NCNW) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “Delta Dears” traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla. to visit Bethune-Cookman University. They toured the campus and visited Dr. Mary Mcloud Bethune’s Foundation and gravesite. Those in attendance were: Alma Brown, Johnnie Lowery, Rose

Boca Black Film Festival now open for submissions

Festival brings cinema arts to new and emerging talent

The inaugural Boca Black Film Festival 2014 kicks off its film and scriptwriting competition this week for talented Black filmmakers based in the United States. The organization’s first cinema arts and education film festival celebrates Black media arts, film producing and scriptwriting.

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City of Miami Police collect guns during buy back drive

With crime increasing in the city’s Black neighborhoods, police officials Saturday hosted a gun buy back drive in Little Haiti hoping to reduce violent crimes that have claimed the lives of innocents victims in recent months.

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New changes to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law passed

Florida lawmakers on Friday approved new changes to the states’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing victims to fire warning shots in life-threatening situations.

"Soul Train" in the spotlight with new book, broadway plans

Saturday mornings in front of the tube in the 1970s and ‘80s was the place to be for millions of Blacks wanting to learn funky dance moves like "the robot" or "the bump". After devouring breakfast cereal and watching your cartoons or pro-wrestling, a flip of the dial would bring one to that channel to begin an hour-long lesson of soul, fashion and dance.

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Lifestyle Happenings

George Washington Carver’s Class 1966 will meet 3 p.m. Sat., May 10 at Virrick Park. Elijah Wells Films LLC presents: The Gift, a stageplay featuring guest star Commissioner Keon Hardemon, 6 p.m. May 11 at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater. Call 786-314-1630. Miami Jazz and Film Society presents free film screenings 6:15-8 p.m. Tue. May 13 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-684-4564.

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18th Avenue to get 'old' street names of presidents

Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3 met with residents, family members and businesses on 18th Ave., (commonly referred to as Broadway) at the Broadway Mini Park, 6950 NW 18th Ave., Wed. April 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 7

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

Monday, May 5

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Overtown resident says final good-byes to family home

Overtown resident Benjamin Brown and family spent one sunny weekend to pack, reminisce and say their final good-byes before handing over the keys to their longtime home.

FMU students go ‘bananas’, win $5K in start-up funds

A group of Florida Memorial University (FMU) students recently won $5,000 in start-up funds at a two-day business plan competition at Florida Atlantic University. Trendolyn Hopkins, Juan Brown, Michael Baptiste and H.E. Neter Kush Ben Alkebulan earned the prize after winning the People's Choice Award, capping an intense weekend of competition between aspiring entrepreneurs.

Thursday, May 1

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Lifestyle Happenings

Let’s Talk Miami Gardens will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. May 3 at Betty T. Ferguson Park. Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is required and the event is free and open to the public. Register online at www.letstalkmia.eventbrite.com.

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Sonia Chess: reaching young girls in the community

Mentor prepares young women for a successful future

Sonia Chess has an unique way to mentor hundreds of young girls around South Florida. As author of “Princess Bria: The Great I Am! A Bedtime Story," Chess uses wisdom from her troubled past to help younger generations achieve a better future.  “There are a few girls that I mentor daily,” Chess said. “I help them with homework, social skills, issues dealing with relationships, questions that they may have about themselves.” 

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Mt. Tabor MBC leads effort to feed Liberty City residents

Not only has Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church along with their Inner City Ministry been progressive when it comes to providing free food to residents of Liberty City on a weekly basis – but when they arranged to have Farm Share pull up a tractor trailer supplied with over 30,000 pounds of fresh provisions on Friday morning at 10 a.m. – that’s avant-garde.

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A Black family pastime erodes

Daily dinners around the table not so tasty in modern times

In the 1997 movie, “Soul Food”, a Chicago family enjoys large Sunday dinners around the table where they engage in lively conversations about life and relationships. The gathering is the culmination of hours of teamwork that went into preparing a huge spread of traditional soul dishes, including fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread.

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Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer

BRCA1 and BRCA2 aren’t text message abbreviations. They are acronyms for breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 and breast cancer susceptibility gene 2. Harmful mutations, or changes, in these two genes have been linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. BRCA mutations are not just for women. Men with the inherited change also have an increased risk of breast cancer.

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Part III: Why are Black women so angry?

Black men offered their perspective during intense town hall discussion

Why are Black women so angry? One Black male believes they are unappreciated at home and in the workplace. Another says Black women are overwhelmed with pain and stress from life and bad relationships. Rapper-turned author and writer Luther Campbell just doesn’t know what to say.

“Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned”

Tyler Perry’s new play comes to the James L. Knight Center

It’s a beautiful day when Anita’s sister, Mona, gets married. Anita is thrilled that she is financially stable and has the means to give her little sister the wedding she’s always dreamed of. All seems well in paradise but Anita’s friends believe that she is still hurt from a failed relationship years earlier. Anita insists that she is happy but, at the

Sybrina Fulton launches Empowered to Know My Rights


Nearly two years after the killing of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton has since dedicated her life to traveling the nation and speaking on behalf of the “voiceless.” Last Thursday, Fulton and the Trayvon Martin Foundation visited North Miami Senior High School students as part of an effort to educate and empower South Florida’s young people about their civic rights and responsibilities.

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Experience a resurrection in your faith

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is as true and real as the sun rising and setting. The Bible tells us of a man who died after being crucified on a rugged cross, went into the grave, and came out visibly, physically, and literally from the grave three days later.

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Miami-Dade Homeless Trust receives $30M grant to help the poor

Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust recently received a $30 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will help the to fund The Trust’s “Continuum of Care” (CoC) program, which supports more than 4,000 homeless people.  

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Chatter That Matters

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert stood smiling as he observed the activities of the 4th Annual Miami Gardens pre-Easter egg at Rolling Oaks Park. As the crowd joined him, the DJs started pumping the CDs, while the workers assemble three bouncer houses, two fair fun games, two see saws, three swings, and tables filled with ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, string beans, potato salad and drinks. And then the vendors joined in setting up their tables.

Iota Phi Lambda lauds locals

On Sunday afternoon at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4300 NW 12 Ave., families and friends turned out in large groups to witness their love ones being honored for the great things they have done in and for their communities.

Michael Dunn’s murder trial delayed

Michael Dunn’s first-degree murder trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis was delayed last week when he waived his right to a speedy trial before Circuit Judge Russell Healey in Jacksonville.

Congresswoman Wilson leads effort to reunite Haitians families  

On Monday Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) sent a passionate letter to President Barack Obama urging him to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to promptly reunite families, foster economic development and save lives. Congresswoman Wilson argues that the program’s creation is one of the most broadly supported executive actions the President could take to speed Haiti’s recovery.

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Robin Thicke, The Wailers headline SunFest in West Palm Beach

Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke and Bob Marley’s reggae group, “The Wailers” will be among many entertainers who will perform in this year’s 32nd annual Sunfest, Florida’s largest music, art festival in West Palm Beach.

Church of God Tabernacle honors Walter H. Richardson

For nearly a century, Bishop Walter H. Richardson has served as pastor at the Church of God Tabernacle in Liberty City. At 91, Richardson is still moving church members with powerful sermons from the pulpit. Last weekend, the church honored Richardson for his 49 years of services with a luncheon on Saturday and a special worship service on

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Sports Brothers: Racist remarks mar playoffs

Shocking. Unbelievable. Jaw dropping. These words could be used to describe the first round of action of the NBA playoffs, where we've seen game-winning shots, seven overtimes, comebacks and flat out meltdowns. It really has been a roller coaster ride.

FAMU alumna new editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Mitzi Miller has been named the new editor-in-chief of the iconic EBONY magazine. Miller was handed over the reigns by Desiree Rogers, CEO, of Johnson Publishing Company on April 22. Miller, most recently served as editor-in-chief of JET magazine, a position she had held since May 2011.

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First residential development in decades launches in West Grove community

Community leaders and politicians on Monday celebrated the groundbreaking of a multi-million dollar residential tower in the historic West Grove neighborhood, Miami's oldest Black community which was founded by Bahamian settlers.

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The bus stops here: Northwestern students, volunteers transform bus benches into murals

Is it a bus stop or a work of art? To longtime residents, it was a plain, old stone bus bench that included a 10-foot-high back and a curved canopy to shade would-be passengers from the sun.

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Honey Shine’s annual ‘Hats Off’ Luncheon fundraiser

The Honey Shine Mentoring Program will light up the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island once again on Tuesday, May 6 for the program’s signature fundraising event, the 12th Annual “Hats Off” Luncheon. Each year, Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, its Lady Bug members, and friends, sport their favorite hats at this highly anticipated luncheon held to raise the funds necessary to continue empowering young girls enrolled in the Honey Shine program.

Sharpton visits Ft. Lauderdale to speak on AIDS

The Reverend Al Sharpton visited the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale last week to call attention to the devastation AIDS is causing to the Black community. “We must stand up for everyone’s rights,” he said. “This isn’t about who suffers the most. It’s about us rising up together.”

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I-395 bridge project forces out Overtown residents

One Overtown resident gets only $300,000 for his 97 year-old home

Benjamin Brown finally moved out of his Overtown family home of nearly 100 years on Monday after packing up generations of photos, plaques and other heirlooms in the only house he has ever called home.