The Miami Times brings you the stories creating the most buzz in South Florida's Black communities.
Unidentified woman dead after gunmen runs away
One woman was killed and two others injured Monday when a man opened fire on customers at the King Brother’s Market in Liberty City before fleeing the store. Two of the victims were men who were shot in the arm and in the back. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where they were expected to survive the injuries.
When Indiana University sent student Julian Batts off to Wheel of Fortune with well wishes, this was probably not what they expected.
Community leaders, politicians and residents gathered yesterday in Overtown to celebrate the life and legacy of longshoreman leader Clarence Pittman, Jr., who died last December of heart disease. At the Longshorman Union Hall across from the historic Lyric Theatre, relatives, colleagues and friends remembered Pittman with speeches, musical tributes and heartfelt testimonies.
U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (teal)
The Hands 2 Help, Inc. organization was founded in 2003 by Ms. Camille Jones, the executive director. H2H is a 501 (c) 3 org. “committed to involving individuals and agencies to lend helping hands to build a better community in the south Florida areas.
Larry Gene Anderson was born on April 7, 1951 in Ocilla, Ga. to the parentage of Lessie Mae Glasper and Damon Davies. In 1954, his mother married James Anderson, a classmate. There was a real love connection between Anderson and Larry that resulted in Anderson adopting the 3-year-old as his own.
Louis Armstrong also known as “Satchmo,” was born into a poverty-stricken environment. Rising from a humble beginning, he became a great trumpet player who was eventually known all over the world. Born to teenagers, he went to live with his grandmother who also took him to church. At the age of 11, he quit school to make money selling stuff on the streets of New Orleans and singing with numerous groups.
St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church invites the public to their Spring Revival on April 29th-May 1st at 7:30 nightly. Call 954-258-8383. Holy Ghost Faith Deliverance Ministries, Inc. will hold a gospel concert 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12. Call 786-337-5939.
Black celebrity chef offers tastes from the lives of the rich and famous
So this is how the other half eats. In an elegant dining room, a four-course dinner was about to be served. It started with heirloom tomato and a caprese salad that featured watermelons soaked in a apple cider, vinaigrette, honey and mint. It was simply divine.
In one scene, a motley crew of Haitians, frustrated by the slow effort of the humanitarian community's rebuilding efforts, remove sediment with their bare hands, digging out mounds of debris from pot holes. The next clip shows a woman driving a trailer to pick up slabs of concrete and building remains. This scene is just one of many in director Raoul Peck's vexing documentary, Fatal Assistance, that depicts the complexity of rebuilding Haiti. It focuses on the international community's snail pace toil to disperse development aid at the malaise of Haitians.
PACT (People Acting for Community Together) held its Nehemian Action Assembly, March 31 at New Birth Baptist Church before a packed church of members featuring Notre Dame d’Haiti Youth Choir, Anointed Men of Prophecy, Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,
Beacon College Prep enrolling students for next school year
By 2020, an estimated 123 million American jobs will require a college education, but only 50 million Americans are projected to have college degrees. Beacon College Prep (BCP) is preparing to put college on the forefront for the youth in Miami-Dade County. The tuition-free, not-for-profit public charter school will be opening in the Liberty City community in August. “We believe that preparation for college must begin in elementary school, and hold all of our students to exceptionally high behavioral and academic standards,” their mission states.
A City Soiree pampers Miami's hard-working ladies for a day
Two women, one vision. Around the U.S., March is dedicated to Women’s History Month, a celebration of the many contributions that women and young girls have made to this country since the Women Suffrage Parade in 1913.
Miami’s young Black professionals making huge strides around town
More than 50 young professionals from around the city made their way to Cafeina Lounge last Thursday to join the Young Professionals Network (YPN) for their Member Reception social. YPN is a fledging addition of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC). YPN aims to address an ever so present problem in Miami — the retention of young Black professionals.
Recent report details major racial disparity
A recent report from the National Urban League says underemployment is a bigger obstacle for Blacks than it is for whites and Hispanics. While unemployment has been a major obstacle to Blacks’ economic progress, the underemployment rate is even higher. The annual State of Black America report says the underemployment rate for Black workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Hispanics workers and 11.8 percent for whites.
What a crazy past few weeks it has been in the NFL and this is the offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles released arguably the game's most explosive wide receiver in DeSean Jackson. The Eagles cited various concerns about Jackson including conduct detrimental to the team, skipping or being late to meetings — painting a picture of a player that was all about himself. Then there were the concerns of alleged gang ties that dominated the headlines. League video shows Jackson flashed gang signs during a game against the Washington Redskins
While hundreds of thousands Haitians were stripped of their citizenship and ordered out of the Dominican Republic, Florida Gov. Rick Scott stood silent, but he has recently attended numerous rallies protesting the Venezuelan government crackdown on protesters petitioning the White House to impose sanctions against President Nicolás Maduro.
School Superintendent opens up about life and success as top man
The room for this interview was an immaculate office overlooking midtown. There was a large desk, and several tall bookshelves covered with many framed pictures of family, friends and the colleagues of Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Here, the leader of the nation’s fourth largest public school system would offer a rare glimpse of his humanity, one easily hidden behind the glare of television cameras and press conferences.
School divided on new amendment
The chairman of the Board of Trustees for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) sent a stern letter expressing his opposition to an amendment that would create a second college of engineering at Florida State University (FSU). The the amendment to the budget has become a popular topic of conversation among the Black community, shedding light on the racial inequality between historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) such as FAMU and their state counterparts.