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Community reacts to Ferguson

On Tuesday, men and women who have fought and continue to fight for Black civil rights, politicians and educators shared their reaction to the grand jury declining to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Aug. 9.

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Michael Brown’s family outraged at Missouri prosecutor’s handling of the case

An attorney for Michael Brown’s family said Tuesday that the grand jury process to determine justice in the shooting of the unarmed teenager was flawed and tainted by a prosecutor who shares a close relationship with police. A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown. The decision touched of a night of unrest that saw buildings burned and stores looted throughout Ferguson. The grand jury’s decision means that Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many Black Americans and police.

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Prosecutor responsible for Ferguson unrest

Monday night, after months reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses, the decision came on whether to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown. The grand jury said no. Soon after, Ferguson erupted into a sea of flames, tear gas and despair. New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tempe, Oakland and San Francisco marched in solidarity. People lay in streets in Seattle. In Miami, the silence about the plight of Brown’s family and the citizens of Ferguson was so loud, it could be heard over high-volume TV sets.

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Monestime rises on Miami-Dade commission

Monday was a special day for District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime. By a unanimous vote, Monestime made history by becoming the first Haitian-American to serve as chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. The role caps a success story of a Haitian-American who has managed to avoid scandals and gain the respect of his constituents. Monestime was overwhelming elected during the Nov. 4 general election. After serving as a

Monestime elected commission chairman

History was made Monday when Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime became the first Haitian-American elected as chairman of the county commission. It was one of two honors for Monestime, who prevailed along with four other commissioners in the Nov. 4. general elections. The commissioners were honored during a special installation ceremony at county hall, where family, friends and colleagues packed the room to help celebrate the occasion. It was an even bigger moment for Monestime. Commissioners voted 12-0 to elect Monestime chairman after District 12 Commissioner José “Pepe” Diaz nominated him for the role.

Ferguson reminiscent of injustice in Miami

We are understandably disappointed with the decision of the St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. However, we are hopeful the United States’ Department of Justice continues its civil rights investigation and that Michael Brown’s family and the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri will find justice.

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Be thankful to God every day

Tomorrow, Nov. 27 is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and families across the nation will gather together to play games, watch games, and eat tons and tons of great tasting food. Some folks will travel miles just to be home with family, others just have to go across town, while some of us will walk into the dining areas of our homes and eat until our stomachs hurt.

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Miracle Workers Outreach feeds underprivileged families in Goulds

The Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry usually serves its Thanksgiving meals in front of Davis Grocery store on Southwest 120th Avenue in Goulds. Fear of the rain led the Miracle Workers to serve the meal on the lawn of Bishop Ernest B. Morrow’s church, Beautiful Zion Temple of God. It was only a few blocks away from the usual serving location, but it served the same purpose. On Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 12:30 p.m. Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry served a meal of turkey, ham, black beans and rice, corn, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, stuffing and collard greens to more than 250 Goulds residents. Under the leadership of Rev. Eric Lyons, this was the Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry’s ninth year of serving Thanksgiving dinner.

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Julius Green, 92, celebrates birthday 'no aches, no pain'

Julius Green has a remarkable outlook on life. Whether he is in pain or not, when anyone asks him how he is doing, Green’s reply, according to his niece Deborah Johnson, is always the same: “No aches, no pain.”

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Faith Calendar

New Christ Tabernacle MBC invites you to their musical 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Call 305-621-8126. Immanuel Temple AME Church will have their Love Out Loud and World AIDS Day Awareness Worship Service 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Florida Memorial University’s Chapel. Call 305-454-0540.

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We can’t throw down like NASCAR good ol' boys

Sometimes when I start thinking I’m reminded of the 1991 song called “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the rap group, the Geto Boys. Being from the South, I am like a lot of people that love watching NASCAR. I’m sure many of you know that in NASCAR it is just a bunch of Good ol’ boys racing around and around an oval track.

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Good doesn't have a limit

I must say I couldn't be prouder to be a Miamian after hearing the news of how much money was raised by the Miami Foundation's third annual Give Miami Day. More than $5 million. The whopping sum will be doled out to further the efforts of local charities ranging from those who serve the visually impaired to arts in education. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of the kind souls who contributed to the cause. Let me explain.

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Chatter That Matters

For many years, Tampa Bay housed the annual Florida Classic until it found its way to Orlando with the rivalry game being played every September, while the fans grew closer together as a family. Therefore, winning the game became an option, while 70,000 people changed their mode of interest to families having fun in the hotels, enjoying quality restaurants in the city, and great entertainment, all within walking distance of Disney World. Back at the game, fans anticipate the performance of the FAMU Marching Band and the BCU exciting band with 12 dancing diamond girls. Both bands compete against each other and the families make their choice at home or on the way back home. Interestingly, the fraternal groups are still setting up outside the Citrus Bowl, where Omega Psi Phi tailgate parties serve hunks of ribs, hamburger, hot dogs, and music to their liking.

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The Social Whirl

A “bucket list trip” aptly describes a three-week trip to Southeast Asia enjoyed by some charming women who experience life with grace and gusto. Some of them didn’t know each other before traveling, but they blended to have their trip of a lifetime. Jackie Bolden, Virginia Slater, Emma Winston, Leontine Butler and Margaret Rosenburr all from Coral Springs; Mary Hankerson of Ft. Lauderdale; Beth Reddick, Pembroke Pines, Dalia Wimberly, Cooper City, the honorable Mozell Booker from Fork Union, Va. and Eunice Smithers from Hanover, Va. along with Sandra Moore of Houston and Doris Burdine of Oklahoma all  left on October 21 to tour Southeast Asia. Their first stop was Beijing and they visited Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong

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Lifestyle Happenings

Liberty Square Project Family and Friends Inc. will have their first banquet on Fri. Dec. 5 at the Church of the Incarnation. Call 305-333-8539 or 305-696-1819. The BTW Class of 1965 Inc. presents Christmas in the Bahamas Dance Fri. Dec 19, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Historic Elks. Tickets $20. Miami Jackson Alumni Class of 1970 will have a holiday dance 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 19 at the FCAA Building in Opa-locka. Call 305-733-4674 or 305-546-3770.

Cigars celebrate many shades of Black women

Cuban grandmother inspires twin sisters

At first glance, it’s one of many cigar companies in an already saturated Miami market. But behind Tres Lindas Cubanas are a pair of sisters who hail their cigar brand as a celebration of the Black woman.

Black firms contending for hire to build new Norland

After exceeding expectations to hire Black subcontractors, a successful South Florida developer won a $34 million contract to build the new Miami Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens. At a meeting last Wednesday, the Miami-Dade County Public School Board chose the James B. Pirtle Construction Co. Inc., a prominent, 45-year-old South Florida developer that has built facilities for museums, hospitals, sports complexes, libraries and cultural centers all over South Florida. The company built the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the new Miami Jackson Senior High School, according to the firm's website.

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Transgender inclusion proposed for human rights protections

Some opposition, confusion stopping discrimination legislation change

A familiar Black county leader is backing a marginalized community in the name of equality for all. District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson has sponsored a change to county law to include protections from discrimination for transgendered people. The Miami-Dade County Commission Board will vote on an agenda item about the changes Dec. 2. If passed, the blanket of protection will cover transgenders in addition to others. Concern over differential treatment is huge for Blacks, who are covered in the current ordinance. The law has been amended to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, nationality, marital status, pregnancy and sexual orientation. It covers a lot of individuals, but some think the transgendered are left out.

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Colorful, Overtown homecoming planned for artist Purvis Young

Rare art exhibit set to debut

His art includes everything from carpet to telephone bills that express the human condition in Miami's Black neighborhoods. From funerals to boarded-up storefronts that dot South Florida's urban neighborhoods, the murals of renowned Overtown artist Purvis Young gave the world a unique insight into Black life and culture.

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Miami Times brings together local choirs to celebrate holiday season

Free event is at Overtown’s Lyric Theater

They’re strong enough to lift every voice when they sing. All 32 of them. With their deep voices and charisma, the all-male choir at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church have been pumping out notes and robust harmonies for 23 years. And when they get the Holy Spirit, look out. “People just love when a group of tough men are moved by the spirit and let it out,” said William Orange, a member of the group. Theresa Brown, a member of the church for nearly 20 years, said the group is one of her favorites. “I’ve been enjoying them for years,” said Brown. “They are just amazing.”

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