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Pastors stage first Gospel in the Park

Looking for ways to curb violence in the Black community and to encourage men to take responsibility for their families, several community pastors have created “Gospel in the Park.” The event will take place June 25, from 1 -4 p.m. at Belafonte Tacolcy Center, 6161 NW Ninth Ave., in Miami. Rodney Baltimore from HOT 105 will host the event with the theme “I am my brother’s keeper,” based on Gen. 4:9. The day’s activities include mini-sermons, praise and worship team performances as well as access to community resources and career development. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3, has been invited. “We are preaching in the park; we are bringing the church to the street,” said Reverend Doctor Anthony Tate, pastor at New Resurrection Community Church, who spearheaded the event. “Our goal is to present the gospel and to show ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’ It take a village to raise a child. We have to look out for one another. This is a gospel of peace.”

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Locals offer prayers, candles after massacre

Religious community leaders seek unity

At the First Church of North Miami, Rev. Harvey C. Lockhart implored parishioners to speak out against evil and the factions that allow hate speech to flourish. At Universal Truth Center for Better Living, Rev. Charles M. Taylor and congregants closed Sunday services with waving light sticks while singing “I Need You to Survive” to symbolize solidarity with humankind, regardless of race, religion or sexual preference.

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Lemon City to receive a historical marker

Other communities slated too, starting with West Grove

Lemon City and other historical neighborhoods in the city of Miami will have markers. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado on Tuesday said he plans to extend a West Grove project that includes putting markers where early settlers and Bahamians lived. Now other areas throughout the city that have historical distinction will be recognized. A committee will work with Dade Heritage Trust and people like historians Ava Moore Parks and Paul George to identify places in the city that deserve the distinction. Regalado will pay for what he called “not small markers” out of his capital improvement budget. Committee members will have to come up with the wording to go on the markers.

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Group wants to save the center at Liberty Square

Heritage Trust almost done with review

Dade Heritage Trust, a preservation organization in Miami-Dade, is almost finished with its findings as to whether the Liberty Square Community Center should move on a path to be spared the wrecking ball, once renovations to the county’s oldest housing project begins. The trust is in the final stages of a report it will send to the Miami Historic Preservation Department to see if there is enough to move to the next step of saving the building that, since 1937, stands as the centerpiece of residential activity at the public housing development. If the department considers the report compelling, the next step is a review by the city of Miami’s Preservation Board.

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ABFF wraps in Miami: Here are the major highlights

The festival showcased 25 narrative features, short films, documentaries

Black actors, directors and industry insiders descended upon South Beach at the American Black Film Festival, which returned to Miami for its 20th anniversary. Also known as the ABFF, the festival brought together the best of Black Hollywood and fans to promote and shine a light on Black talent in film, television, comedy, writing, and technology.

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DanceAfrica Miami returns after nearly 20-year hiatus

Reception Friday marked kick-off for August festival activities, workshops

The return of DanceAfrica Miami kicked off with a cocktail reception on Friday, June 17 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The return follows a nearly 20-year hiatus since the last DanceAfrica Miami festival in 1997, when it was presented by Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. The reception hosted attendees for an evening of culture and traditional African dance and music as well as a mini performance by the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble

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Scramble on with Margolis out of senate race

With no front-runner, field is wide open

The unexpected departure of Sen. Gwen Margolis for the District 38 Senate seat has candidates scrambling in a wide-open race that is drawing extra interest. North Miami businessman Anis Blemur said with Margolis on the sidelines he has a chance. “If no one else gets in the race, the possibility of me winning becomes higher,” said Blemur, who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Oscar Braynon in 2014. At least one person, former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, filed to run June 16. More candidates could enter before the June 24 qualifying deadline.

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The Social Whirl

Grandparents Gladstone Hunter and Cecelia Lawrence Hunter are beaming and proud of their grands, the children of their daughter Terrolyn Hunter Fields. Their grandson Nehemiah Fields graduated in the top 10 percent of his class of 2016 from American Senior High Class where he served as Vice-President of his senior class and Vice-President of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence chapter at his school and is a 2016 Wilson Scholar.

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Taking the Marching 100 to new acclaim

Miami native Shelby Chipman named director

The announcement caught some fans by surprise. But the alumni of Florida A&M’s famed Marching 100 say the selection of Shelby Chipman as the new director is more than music to their ears. Chipman, a Miami native and longtime musician, has taken the reigns as head of the uber popular band. He becomes just the fourth director in the band’s modern history, following in the footsteps of legends William P. Foster and Julian White. And, he also is the first South Floridian to lead that prestigious program.

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Shameful that Congress can’t support some gun regulation

Conversations to add further regulations to buying a gun in the United States get louder every time there is a mass shooting. The more heinous the crime, the longer and louder the outrage. But the noise eventually dies down and the politicians and the gun lobby heave a collective sigh of relief. Meanwhile, gun violence has overtaken urban neighborhoods, stealing away countless dreams and leaving in its wake tears and pain that those who haven’t experienced can’t even begin to imagine. When bullets mow down a child or a promising community member -- sometimes collateral damage — there is outcry, outrage and swift condemnation of irresponsible and senseless

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Chatter That Matters

In this week’s edition of Chatter, the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc. will host its first “Home Grown Success Achievers” Fundraiser Banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at The Historic Hampton House, 4240 NW 27th Ave., in Miami. This event will honor Miami’s Home Grown Achievers 2016 honorees: J.D. Patterson, retired Miami-Dade director of public safety; Martha Welters, pharmacist; and Ellis Rowe, entrepreneur. Donations are $70 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please call the Hampton House at 305-638-5800. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Hampton House. Donations are tax-deductible according to the law.

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We need to speak up about Liberty Square

Liberty Square Rising is the largest — $300 million — renovation of a public housing complex in Miami-Dade County history and is being voted on by the Miami-Dade County Commissioners on July 6. It is important for those of us who serve Liberty City, but do not stand to gain from the redevelopment, to speak up.

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Opa-locka appoints a familiar face to board vacancy

Ex-mayor John Riley gets nod; four others applied for open post

Opa-locka commissioners on Monday evening appointed a familiar face to serve on its board in the short term as the city struggles its way through massive debt. The commission also approved a resolution to allow the acting city manager to transfer funds from a water and sewer reserve account to meet its July payroll. Attorney Yvette Harrell, the acting manager who is serving in the absence of City Manager David Chiverton, said the city will make its June payroll with existing funds. However, she noted that the city is operating with a cash flow deficit of $1.4 million.

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Who is really being bullied in Opa-locka?

When Mayor Myra Taylor wanted to make Roosevelt Bradley the city manager she couldn’t get two votes from her counterparts, Commissioners Luis B. Santiago and the late Terence Pinder. The reason is because Pinder and Dante Starks wanted Steve Shiver. You see, Starks and Pinder controlled the vote from the outset by controlling Santiago. When the mayor couldn’t get a second on Bradley she conceded her power and authority to Starks and Pinder. When the mayor, Pinder and Santiago voted to hire Shiver and gave him that awful

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Children’s learning center plans expansion

Sheyes of Miami includes two day cares and a K-5 elementary school

What began as a vehicle to provide an alternative to public education for Liberty City children has become a three-decade labor of love for Juanita Walker, owner and CEO of Sheyes of Miami Learning Centers. When Walker established Sheyes in 1988, she was a lieutenant in the Miami Police Department with an unquenchable desire to give back and to serve the greater community. Providing a quality education to underserved children became her passion, and she now serves students throughout the southern Florida region.

Workshop teaches girls to code, develop games

Lead sponsor AT&T, national nonprofit BlackGirlsCODE and Miami-based coding school Florida Vocational Institute (FVI) are holding a special one-day workshop to teach girls to code games.

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Fathers honored at Liberty Square

Fathers and other residents of Liberty Square experienced community engagement last week through a male empowerment session and a business workshop. On June 18, the residents of Liberty Square and a host of community partners and stakeholders honored hundreds of fathers’ contributions to their families and the community with a male empowerment session, free food, a kids zone and live music. The event was staged by Related Urban in partnership with the Liberty Square Resident Council.

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‘Motorcycle Queen of Miami’ to be honored

Bessie Stringfield was the first Black woman to ride across the U.S. solo

On Friday, June 24, local motorcycle riders will be hosting more than 200 women from across the country to honor the first Black female motorcycle rider from Opa-locka. Bessie Stringfield (1911 – February 1993), nicknamed "The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” was the first Black woman to ride across the United States solo. Motorcyclists will be riding to her last known address in Opa-locka, at Northwest 152nd Street and 24th Avenue, which is now Miami

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Pastor Bradshaw helps others find a purpose

“We are a healing and deliverance ministry that manifests itself often”

Carolyn Lewis, a native Miamian, attended Kelsey Pharr Elementary in Brownsville, Filer Junior High School in Hialeah and Miami Jackson Senior High School. She dropped out of school in the 11th grade but later took the test and received her GED (General Educational Diploma).

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White House convenes United State of Women

Two Miami Dade College employees nominated to attend the summit

On June 14, the White House convened the first-ever women summit for both women and girls, domestically and internationally. Covering and celebrating key issues from educational opportunity, economic empowerment, health and wellness, violence against women, leadership and civic engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation, the inaugural event was designed to bring stakeholders together for dialogue and advocacy around issues that not only impact women and families, but collectively move us forward. The United State

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