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Broke — but not broke enough

Tax credits, area median income complicate finding housing that is affordable

Daniella Pierre is an advocate and a casualty – a casualty of making too little money to pay for market-rate rental apartments but making too much to live in county-funded affordable rental properties. Pierre is the Housing chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Branch of NAACP. But she is also one of thousands in Miami-Dade who are struggling to find an affordable place to live. Pierre, a mother of two, currently lives in one of the county-funded apartment buildings but she would like to

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The Scott Carver files

Residents gather to memorialize the past

Ten years ago, the Miami Dade Housing Agency tore down 850 public housing units in the James E. Scott & Carver Projects in the hopes of revitalizing the community and creating better housing environments for Liberty City residents through HOPE IV. However, they failed to complete new housing units, displaced hundreds of residents and misappropriated thousands of dollars. Without proper planning and documentation of Scott Carver residents, many were left homeless, relocated or in nearby shelters.

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'All resign!' Opa-locka residents tell the city

Fallout from article may spill onto city commission meeting

Opa-locka residents are calling for the firing of the city manager and other employees named in a recent published report that alleges bribery and extortion by high-ranking officials. The city is already reeling from news of debt, pending layoffs and corruption investigations. Residents like Alvin Burke say allegations raised in a Miami Herald article heap more body blows on a mortally wounded opponent.

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A conversation with John Lewis

The civil rights activist talks youth, nonviolence and the elections

Congressman John Lewis was 16 years old when he tried to get his first library card. He went to a library in Troy, Alabama -- about 50 miles from Montgomery -- but was told the cards were for “whites only.” “I knew and had an understanding that this was a public library … my mother and father paid taxes. The library should have been open to everyone,” said Lewis. He eventually received the library card – in 1998 when he returned for his book signing.

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Protests aim to save ‘kings and queens’

The dozen or so children spoke with raised voices over the roar of rush-hour traffic along Northwest 27th Avenue near the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Gardens: “Hands up, guns down. Don’t shoot,” they repeated in unison. All of this took place under the watchful eye of a public school teacher who is turning a personal tragedy into a movement to reclaim communities and prevent senseless deaths.

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Aristide runner-up in Principal of the Year awards

ICARE says he was robbed; district stands behind the selection process

The runner-up for the Principal of the Year award is William Aristide, principal of Booker T. Washington Senior High, but the head of a group that represents inner-city schools is crying foul. William DC Clark, president of ICARE (Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education), has complained on social media and in statements that he believes Aristide was robbed of the top spot.

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Haiti elections now in May

Jocelerme Privert, now serving as provisional president

When the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, was asked if he were keeping up with the presidential campaign here, he thought the question was about the election problems in his country. It wasn’t a big misunderstanding. Both countries are experiencing difficulties and controversy, though things appear to be worse in Haiti.

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A man after God’s own heart

When I got saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, I got more involved in reading the word of God. I was sure it was happening to me and Deacon William James Canady made sure that God will get his best out of me. In July 2014, I was on my way to New Way Baptist Church when the spirit of God began to tug on me, pulling me to toward Fellowship Of Praise Church Of God By Faith under the direction of Elder Dr. Larry Lee. I ignored the spirit and continued on my way towards New Way Baptist Church to attend Sunday morning service. When service was over I left church and decided to take a short cut through the field when

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Peace in the Gardens event unites police and residents

Carol City High School Alumni event draws hundreds promoting non-violence

The theme this weekend in Miami Gardens was peace, love and unity through two events that garnered thousands of attendees. On Saturday, Miami Gardens Police sponsored Peace in the Gardens, a first time event where police officers – all dressed casually and out of uniform -- fellowshipped with the residents and businesses they protect and serve. Held at Rolling Oaks on April 16, residents came out for free food, music, games and activities for kids and a live performance R&B singer Ronnie VOP – a Miami Gardens native who recently performed at Jazz in the Gardens. The singer performed his news song title “Set me Free”, with a message of hope and anti-violence. Police Chief Antonio

The Nigger of the Year – in April

No, it is not December 2016 or January 2017. And for those who find the word offensive, especially when used in mixed company, I did say “Nigger of the Year.” No misprint. Years ago, when I wrote weekly, under the byline, “Somebody Needs to Speak out,” the highlight of the year was, my annual “Nigger of the Year” award. This award was given to that person, who, in my judgment, deserved to be stripped of his/her identity with Black Miami, because of his/her public display of selfish behavior -- in the name of “Blackness.” My public use of this disparaging word was disturbing, embarrassing and upsetting to some, but understood and appreciated by many. It was

County leaders vote for six rail lines

Now they must find the funds for the long-term project

State Rep. Kionne McGhee and five South Miami-Dade mayors were absolutely giddy April 21 after key county and local leaders unanimously voted for a plan that could bring rail lines to the southern reaches and elsewhere in the Greater Miami area. But the mood was even more jovial on the dais, where the decision makers hailed what some say is a significant and rare showing of unity around an issue that vexes drivers of every stripe — mass transit. “This has a lot of moving parts but, this is the first time where you have local elected officials, on the same page with state and federal officials. This is a first,” said McGhee.

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Documentary to highlight kidnapped Chibok girls

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. State Department as their backdrop, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday, April 20, gave the world a moving reminder that the 219 Chibok schoolgirls who are still missing after their abduction by Boko Haram deserve to be remembered every day, not just on tragic anniversaries. The fight for their safe return is a global one.

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HandsOn volunteers clean up Ludlam Trail

On Saturday, April 16, Miami’s youth gathered at the north side of the Ludlam Trail to participate in its largest cleanup project to date for Global Youth Service Day. HandsOn Miami, an organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes the community to take action in local volunteer efforts, chose the Trail as the official on-site event for this internationally recognized day. 

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Hollywood’s Black Christians rising

People are tired of seeing so much violence

Black Christians shocked Hollywood last September. “War Room,” the mainstream, prayer-themed film starring unknown Black actors, dethroned the hit N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” at the box office over Labor Day weekend. But this was no fluke. Black Christian entertainment has been broadening its appeal for years. Veteran entertainment journalist Jawn Murray, who powers his own popular lifestyle website, AlwaysAList.com, credits Oprah Winfrey’s talk show for this new gateway of opportunity for Black entertainers.

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‘March on to Glory and to God’

Bahamian Rex Major has put together in this book, “March on to Glory and to God,” his prophetic and dynamic messages. They were delivered by radio in the early years of his country’s political independence – 1972 to 1977. The messages make arresting reading that are not only relevant for his country today but for the US and other neighboring lands, where Christian witness has been for centuries dominant.

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W.R. Courtney: “When He says go, you must go”

Described as humble, lion of a servant

Willie Ruth Courtney was born Oct. 24 and grew up in Ocala. She is what many describe as “laid back” but those who know her will quickly inject “she is very observant and knows what is going on around her.” She was raised in Ocala and is the mother of two and grandmother of five grandchildren. Her daughter, Julia Lenita Rolle is a teacher in Ocala and her son, Trent Crowell presently, is in Miami. He is a professional cook.

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Faith Calendar

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church hosts a free “First single gospel release” program, Friday, April 29th at 6 :30 p.m featuring local notable gospel singers/groups. True Faith invites the community to noonday Bible study every Monday. Call 786-262-6841. Mount Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens will hold a corporate healing and deliverance service on April 29 at 7 p.m. Call 305-621-5067.

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Chef Dee brings third experience

More than 100 people attended and noshed on jerk chicken, barbecue ribs, desserts

Cooking can be a vehicle by which someone gains success in Miami. De’Bronya Hodges, or better know as Chef Dee, has gained that success and attention once she became DJ Khaled’s personal chef. Not only has her company, Empty Plates Catering, gained more steam, Chef Dee was able to host her third annual Chef Dee Experience in Miami. “I let my food speak for me. Every dish I believe supports my creativity and I wanted the community to see who I am outside of Snapchat,” said Chef Dee.

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The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples in concert May 4

Multiple Grammy Award-winners, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gospel Hall of Fame inductees, The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Mavis Staples will join the Boys in what is dubbed a soul-stirring concert at 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. The Blind Boys of Alabama cross multiple musical boundaries with their interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to

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Soup: A dose of kindness

pumpkin beef soup

Recently, I received an urgent request from a friend who lives in Canada. She needed someone in Miami to take some food to a mutual friend who was ill and unable to fend for himself. Since I had just taken a pot of beef soup off the stove, I immediately volunteered my assistance. Only after making my offer and contacting the gentleman in question did I realize that I had offered to drive from North Miami Beach to Cutler Bay. I put together a hastily arranged food pack and hit the road.

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