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Opa-locka commissioner Terence Pinder involved in accident

Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder was involved in an auto accident Tuesday morning near Opa-locka airport. Sources say he died in a car crash at Opa-locka Airport, after hitting a tree. Officers from Opa-locka and Miami-Dade Police Departments were at the scene. Mayor Myra Taylor also is at the scene, but said she had little information.

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Brown is the New White’ an interesting read

Book discusses history of race and cultural diversity in U.S. politics

Your vote matters. At least that’s what they tell you, but you have your doubts. You’re ONE of millions of people who’ll go to the polls in November. You’re a raindrop in the sea, a needle in a voting haystack. But as you’ll see in “Brown is the New White” by Steve Phillips, you are more powerful than you think. In 1968, the year Martin Luther King was assassinated, about 12 percent of the U.S. population comprised “people of color.” Forty years later, on the night that Barack Obama was elected president, 36 percent of Americans were African American, Latino, Asian American, Arab American or Native American.

What's in a name? Many trademark labels, words

Names behind some words may surprise you

When he died, the rock star, Prince, left not only a vault containing a treasure trove of music and videos. He also left behind the ownership of a highly valuable trademark, but that trademark wasn’t filed until 2014. Paisley Park Enterprises’ seemingly late registration of the “Prince” trademark actually makes sense.

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Workforce housing opens in Miami Gardens

Pelican cove Apartment HOMES, 10 years in the making, welcomed public for tour

Miami Gardens has more mixed-income housing with the opening of the Pelican Cove apartment complex. Thursday morning, May 12, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan welcomed the complex to the community that was more than 10 years in the making. “The project started in 2005, trying to put the funding together in order to have the development take place and what was critical to the process was making sure the surtax funds were in place so this can be affordable,” said Jordan. She said surtaxes are funds that are set

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Working the workplace in the new age, 21st Century

Keys to success, power, happiness and stability

Congratulations on getting a new job, or landing that new promotion! Now what? We know that a lot of preparation went into tailoring your résumé, the job search, the first impression, the power suit, every job interview, the proposal and even the salary negotiation. But, did you know that acclimating to a new job or a new role is just as important as the job search, the probationary period and your next opportunity?

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Rappel for a good cause at MCI fundraiser

One adventurous couple has won the "Wed Over the Edge" wedding experience

The 4th annual “Over The Edge” fundraiser presented by Liberty City-based Miami Children’s Initiative will be June 3- 4. This thrilling event challenges supporters to rappel 19 stories (200 feet!) down the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, located at 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. Rapellers  or “edgers” will include local community, civic and business leaders, elected officials, philanthropists, university presidents, members of the general public, and more.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Early registration for Northside Panthers football and cheerleaders begins on Monday, May 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at West Little River Park. Also coaches are needed. Call 786-371-3779. South Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club will meet Saturday May 21st at 11:00 am at Lake Worth Community High School at 1701 South 1st Ave Lake Worth. Call 305-318-4286. Miami Northwestern class of 1956 is planning our 60th reunion. Call 786-273-2188. BTW Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, May 26 in the BTW cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet Saturday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the African American Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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Golden Krust to air on ‘Undercover Boss’ May 22

President and CEO Lowell Hawthorne conducts convert company mission

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill will be featured on the Emmy Award-winning series “Undercover Boss,” Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. Golden Krust is known for its signature patties and other Caribbean hot foods and bakery items

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Opa-locka ready to slash workforce

Questions raised over $40,000 payments to the city manager

Surviving an attempt to remove him from office, Opa-locka City Manager David Chiverton is ready to start layoffs to help dig the city out of a financial hole. Layoffs that would affect up to 40 employees under an approved financial plan are slated to start May 20. “We started some of the layoffs … on Friday,” he said. But the manager, already the subject of a federal public corruption investigation, faces new scrutiny over taking nearly $40,000 in accrued sick and leave payments. The Miami Herald reported that two checks were issued to Chiverton earlier this month. One check for annual leave was written for $14,160.36; the second check, for sick time was for $24,982.57.

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Jackson for sale?

Soul food owner says no; real estate agent says yes

For sale, restaurant in Overtown area for $20 million; offers accepted. The real estate listing shows Jackson Soul Food is up for sale. The owner, however, insists that neither she nor the popular Overtown eatery is going anywhere. “No, that’s a misprint,” said Shirlene Ingraham, longtime owner of Jackson Soul Food. “I think my realtor put my address on there when she was supposed to put my daughter’s address. I’m not trying to leave the area, no, ma’am.”

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Liberty City Project moves to the full commission

Related Urban’s proposal gets the Economic Prosperity Committee vote

Related Urban Development Group’s Vice President and Principal Albert Milo Jr. said Monday that the unanimous vote to send its proposal to rehab Liberty Square to the Board of County Commissioners is a win for the residents.

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Building a circle of support for mothers

Sybrina Fulton hosts Hillary Clinton at empowerment conference on Saturday

Sybrina Fulton has spent the last four years warning Americans around the country about the dangers of senseless gun violence. The past year she’s crisscrossed the country in support of a Democratic presidential candidate. But first and foremost Fulton is a mother. She wants to help other mothers navigate through the pain of losing a child to gun violence. This week, Fulton is bringing dozens of women from around the country to South Florida for a weekend of empowerment and, hopefully, healing.

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Minimum wage fight takes step in right direction

On May 11, Miami Beach made a bold move. Its commission voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.31 per hour, starting July 2017. A rate increase of $1 per year would raise the rate to $13.31 by 2020. The final vote is expected to be June 8.

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Feds bust vendors at flea market, Miami Gardens

$13 million in EBT payments stolen, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says

Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market, a mainstay for bargain shoppers in South Florida, has nearly two dozen fewer vendors after federal agents on May 11 shut down several businesses that are accused of illegally trading food stamps for cash. U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced that 22 businesses were targeted during a raid at the flea market. The indictments allege the retailers or store operators received more than $13 million in federal payments for transactions in which they did not provide any food. All but one of the retailers involved in the May 11 bust were based at Hialeah Opa-locka flea market. The individuals arrested operated or owned produce or seafood markets. One store is located in Miami Gardens.

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FMU opens wellness center

The university seeks a donor after which to name the center

Florida Memorial University recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Athletic and Wellness center. The 50,000-square-foot facility will not only provide place for students to exercise, it will also serve as a space to host events for students to enjoy. “We want to instill in our students to take care of themselves mind, body and soul. It was an herculean effort from everyone involved and now we have a new home of the Fighting Lions Athletics,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University. The center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 12 at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. Florida Memorial faculty, alumni and local community leaders were present to be the first few to see inside the center.

Lecture at the Historic Hampton House

On Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 1p.m. Florida International University African & African Diaspora Studies Program and the Historic Hampton House will present a free lecture and book signing to celebrate a homegrown achiever, Dr. Edda Fields-Black, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (2008).  Dr. Fields-Black will speak about her research into the history of West African rice production. Discussion follows:  How can we come together to

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Unwed dads fight for fathers’ rights

Fathers want to see their children who were given up for adoption years ago

U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Carlton is passionate about two areas of service in his life: his country and his family. But when the soldier shipped out for a tour of duty in the Middle East in early 2010, he had no idea his toughest — and most traumatic — battle would play out after he returned from the war. For the past six years, the 33-year-old veteran from Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been fighting what feels like is a losing battle for a father’s rights to his biological child, who was given up for adoption without his knowledge or consent.

Young man displays an attitude to achieve

As we go through life we are faced with many different challenges. Unfortunately, we don’t get to choose the challenges we face. Regardless of our family background, culture, religion, financial status, gender, or age, no matter which we are, challenges will come. However, it is important to know that regardless of the challenge we are dealt, we must learn how to work them to our favor.

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Taste of Haiti showcases art, food and culture

For some, Haitian Heritage Cultural Month is a time to expose native and traveling South Floridians to the wonders of Haiti's music, food, art and more. May provides an opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and culture of Haiti, through art and food shows and festivals. The Fourth Annual Taste of Haiti festival on Saturday, May 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza was an opportunity to educate others about the Haitian Lawyers Association, especially on their legal and political rights as immigrants and citizens, said Haitian-American Ronald Surin.

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Pastor Jerry Taylor reaches across the many cultural lines

His work is reaching several souls

Elder Jerry Taylor is a life-long member of The House of God Church. He received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1961, while still in his youth. He has served as pastor of the Hallandale church for 12 years and has continued to be an active foot soldier and visionary leader.

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