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Continuing MLK's Legacy: Florida's working class speaks out against minimum wage

Restaurant and labor workers across South Florida are joining Democratic leaders in urging state lawmakers to close the widening gap between the poor and affluent by raising the minimum wage.

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No clemency hearing for Giles or Alexander

Two Black Florida residents who are in separate self-defense trials would have to wait longer to have their clemency cases reviewed by state officials. Despite Senator Dwight Bullard's ongoing efforts to obtain pardons for Michael Giles and Marissa Alexander, neither parties are mentioned as topics on the agenda for the Executive Board of Clemency's June 18th meeting.

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What does Easter means to me?

Sunday is Easter. In cities and towns across the nation, Christians will be celebrate this weekend this holy and festive holiday. Children and their parents will adorn new, colorful outfits and attend religious services at their neighborhood church. Religious pews will be packed with new guests who do not ordinarily attend church on Sundays.

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Miracle on 97th St.; church renovated for free

Members recall with wonder how God's house was transformed

Some folks say and some believe, “These are modern times (the season we live in) and God doesn’t perform miracles anymore.” If you fall into one of those categories this reporter strongly suggests you talk to a few Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God (RTAG) Church members and listen to them tell you about a miracle that happened there.

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Pastor of the week: Barbara Boyce hopes “To change lives for the better”

Barbara J. Boyce, a Miami native, was born and raised in a “God-fearing” home with both parents, Ada Brooks-Powell and Deacon Willie Powell. Her parents were already diligent servants in the gospel ministry.

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Wife gives husband the gift of life

From the first day they met, Jade Major-Bryan and Don Bryan say they knew their love would be everlasting. “I knew I had found the one whom my soul loves,” Jade said about her husband. So when Don needed a life-saving kidney transplant, Jade didn’t hesitate when volunteering to become his donor – and save his life. “I feel so blessed,” Don said. “I am forever thankful for the sacrifice she has made.”

Ask The Doc: Why should I become an organ donor?

There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Organ and tissue donation gives thousands of people each year – many of them close to death – a second chance at living. Josie Flores-Centrella never discussed organ donation with her family. “We never talked about death,” she said. “It was taboo.”

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Movin’ On Up: Historic West Grove experiencing construction boom

Historic West Grove experiencing construction boom with $15M residential tower

Miami’s oldest Black community, the historic West Grove founded by Bahamian settlers, is experiencing a construction boom with several projects that include new $15 million residential towers complex designed to spark economic development in the area.

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Stable Condition

North Shore Medical Center opens new ER facility for seniors

In one room, an illuminated framed picture of a flowing river with mountains and trees provide a relaxing scene for patients after an intense visit to a doctor. Directly above the bed, an image with soft clouds and blue skies is imbued on a ceiling panel helps lighten a stressful environment.

Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms

Mammograms are essentially an X-ray of the breast while it is compressed. These images are used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities that cannot be found by you or your doctor. A mammogram can detect cancer much earlier, when the prognosis for survival is much better and there are more treatment options. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 95 percent. Like almost all medical tests, mammograms are not 100 percent accurate, but they are the best method of early detection for breast cancer.

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College Bound: Miami's high school seniors prepare for future endeavors

High school seniors prepare for their future endeavors

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many high school seniors around Miami-Dade County are preparing to enter the next phase of their lives. Cheers to the many cycles that will be broken in our inner-city communities this upcoming graduation season. Miami-Dade County Public Schools currently has 347,997 students enrolled, making it the fourth-largest school district in the country.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. will have a photo session and meeting 5 p.m. Thu. April 17 at the BTW courtyard and cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188.

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Overtown Plaza: Groundbreaking celebration

Comm. Hardemon and SEOPW CRA aligning dreams with reality

Community and city leaders were on hand Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony to usher in a new era for the decades old Overtown Plaza. The plaza, located at 1490 NW 3rd Avenue, will receive a new look and a new name as part of a million dollar makeover to spruce up the area and meet the needs of residents.

Hip-hop causing big job flop?

Etiquette consultant says culture not the style in the workplace

The bold pinstripe suit with a flower in the breast pocket is too much for a job interview. And unless you’re Jay Z, get rid of the Tom Ford bow tie and white jacket. No high fives, but a nice firm handshake will do.

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Firehouse Subs heats up Opa-locka Police Department

More than $39,000 worth of life-saving tools donated

Nearly nine years ago, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and education responders and public safety organizations.

FAMU appoints new A.D.

College & Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow

College and pro-football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow was named Florida A&M University's (FAMU) new athletic director, in an announcement, by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D on April 9. Winslow will start his new role on May 15.

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Sports Brothers: The NBA playoffs are upon us

Well, here we are once again. The NBA playoffs are upon us this weekend as your Miami Heat go after not one, not two, but three championships in a row. South Florida's favorite team is also seeking a fourth consecutive NBA finals appearance. Something the NBA has not seen since the Celtics of the ‘80s. Currently the four top dogs in this year's race to the crown are the two-time defending champion Heat

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Support Miami Gardens’ $60 million Bond

Miami Gardens is a young city faced with many challenges. Creating safe neighborhoods is one of them and protecting millions of dollars in tax revenue from Sun Life Stadium is another. Both realities are growing pains for Miami-Dade’s second largest city that’s struggling to establish itself as the preeminent community for South Florida’s Black middle-class.

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Making a Splash

Stylish new senior facility with pool opening at Arcola Lakes Park

A swank, new recreation facility in the West Little River neighborhood is turning heads among senior residents as park officials are set to unveil their latest addition to the sprawling Arcola Lakes Park.

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Agent MX-401: A fierce, sassy secret agent under the guise of Goldilocks

If there’s one thing you’ve learned in life, it’s that the Boy Scouts were right: Always be prepared. Look ahead and get ready for what’s next. Don’t leave your guard down. Cover all bases and expect the unexpected. Still, as you’ll see in the new novel “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey, there are some things you simply can’t foresee.

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