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Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

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

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Hampton Village Apartments opens with ribbon cutting

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

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Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti set to reopen

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

Marla Wilson appointed executive director of mentoring program

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

District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

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

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Payday lender hit with $10M in penalties, refunds

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

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Suspects in death of Liberty City pastor had criminal past

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

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Pitfalls that pastors should avoid

Five rules that are helpful for religious leaders

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

Book Review: By Rochelle’s Bedside

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

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Sound Doctrine: The belief of many Christians

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

What can I do to keep me and my family safe from serious burns?

Anyone who has suffered a burn knows that these types of injuries can be extremely painful. In many cases, however, burns can be avoided. From a lit burner on a stove to a hot cup of coffee to an iron accidentally mishandled or left on, there are numerous items in your home that are potential burn hazards that can cause debilitating injuries and pain. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people were treated for burn injuries last year and nearly a third of them were children.

Skin color doesn't matter

Make disease prevention a priority this summer

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

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Faith Calendar

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

Entertainment Complex underway for City of Miramar

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

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Lights, camera, action!

New BOCA Black Film Festival opens in South Florida

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

‘Til The Wells Runs Dry' quenches your thirst

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

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Chatter That Matters

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

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Carvalho praises educators, students for top performance year

Grades show positive improvement

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

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Sonshine Communications partners with M-DEAT

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


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