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David G. Queen, son of Tangela Sears, shot dead

Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime offered his condolences to the community activist

The son of community activist Tangela Sears was involved in a fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee. David G. Queen, 29, died after being shot during an argument with another man in the parking lot of a North Tallahassee apartment complex. The other man was taken into custody and interviewed after the shooting, but has not yet been charged as the Tallahassee Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

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FIU's track teams shine at meet

Athletes performed well at Conference USA Championships

Florida International University performed well at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in El Paso, Texas on May 14-17. The four-day event saw several FIU athletes score high in different categories. On day one, Bejai Fray finished third in her flight for the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.67 seconds. She also posted a score of 1.52 meters in the high jump, placed third in the shot put (11.14 meters) and clocked in at 26.38 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

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Experience South Africa

Local writer gives first-hand look at the magic, beauty of Cape Town and Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, Africa — Imagine the breathtaking scenic view overlooking an entire city up top one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World or the cultural vibe you experience in a country of 11 official languages. From personal stories, as told by ex-political prisoners who shared the very same prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life, to the grim everyday reminders of the devastating effect of apartheid all experienced from this same magical place. Words alone are not sufficient to begin to capture the magnitude of the experience of journeying to South Africa.

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Program for young people to train for jobs are available

CareerSource South Florida has a program targeted to young adults who want to go to work. Called Ready to Work Employment Program, it was created to enhance work-readiness skills while participants earning an income. The program provides young adults with entry-level positions within local businesses, governmental agencies/departments and community-based organizations.

Meet Sandy Dorsainvil

She has been managing director of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex for almost two years

Sandy Dorsainvil has served as the managing director for the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC) for the past year and a half. LHCC features and celebrates the art of the African Diaspora with a special emphasis on the Haitian art experience. Dorsainvil is the executive director of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, an institution that produces fine art exhibition for more than 20 years. Some of its noted exhibitions include, "Urban Zen," a collaboration with fashion icon Donna Karen. The complex includes a black box theatre, fine art gallery, a National Basketball Association (NBA) Learn and Play Center, the Caribbean Marketplace, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance Archive that features original maps of Christopher

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Little Haiti gets visitor center

Overtown is home of the first GMCVB outpost in Black communities

There was a welcome air of ethnic inclusion at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting event Monday as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled a new tourist center at the Little Haiti Caribbean & Multicultural Marketplace. “This is Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage Month. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to roll this out now,” said GMCVB President Bill Talbert III.

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The age-friendly summit attracts Miami-Dade business, civic elite

Recently, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez delivered the welcome address to an audience of local civic and business leaders at Miami-Dade’s inaugural Age-Friendly Summit. The half-day event, held at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, attracted more than 150 attendees including mayors, city and county commissioners, and experts to explore the issues facing Miami-Dade’s fast-growing segment of people 60 years and older, a group that will soon represent 3 out of 10 South Floridians. The Age-Friendly Initiative, a collaborative program led by a number of non-profit agencies and funded in part by Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation, organized the event.

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Opa-locka little, big city

The city celebrated its 89th year this month

May 14, 1926 at 8 p.m., 28 registered Opa-lockans met in the firehouse to sign the charter for the Town of Opa-locka. Exactly 89-years to the date, more than 200 residents, business owners, dignitaries, neighboring community members and many with connections to, memories of or interest in Opa-locka recollected its past in the Sherbondy Village Auditorium.

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The Social Whirl

It was the late Clara Brown Knight who introduced the idea of St. Agne’s Chapter of Episcopal Church Women to initiate Feminine Emphasis Day in the parish. Clara was a lifelong member of the parish and the daughter of Harold E .and Winifred Brown. Of her siblings only her brother Fred Brown remains. Her vision for this day was to contribute to the

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Complex redevelopment program tries to address all stakeholders

How many units will be built in the new Liberty Square and whether community members will get jobs working on the project are the latest concerns to surface about the rebuilding of Liberty Square. While the Liberty City Resident Council is meeting with housing officials to sort out what type of housing should be built in Liberty Square, the Miami Workers Center formed its own group, with its representative saying the council doesn’t speak for all residents.

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Black officers are underrepresented on Florida streets

The majority of Florida police departments have significantly lower percentages of Blacks in their law enforcement ranks than they have Blacks in the populations they protect and serve. In some cities, the percentages of Black citizens are two to three times the percentages of Black officers patrolling the streets, a disparity that experts say contributes to racial tensions, increases the risk of excessive uses of force, and drains taxpayer dollars due to unnecessary arrests and incarcerations.

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No more combat-style gear

President Barack Obama restricts military equipment from police

CAMDEN, N.J. — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of the American criminal justice. Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and ammunition of .50-caliber or higher will no longer be provided to state and local police agencies by the federal government under Obama’s order. Ending the program is an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities.

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Despicable police conduct exposed on Miami Beach

The undesirable and despicable racist and sexist e-mails exchanged between Miami Beach police officers and exposed at a press conference last Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates still convey shock but they only amplify what Blacks have been saying all along about their encounters with police. Blacks have said, and it has been documented on cameras, police show them little, if any respect, and most times profile and harass them.

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North Miami District 4 election results in runoff

Alix Desulme and Carline Marie Paul will face off on June 2 for council seat

Three of five candidates for the North Miami District 4 City Council Seat were eliminated in last week’s election. Former City Clerk Alix Desulme and educator Carline Marie Paul ousted Jessica Alston, Beverly Hilton and Roseline J. Philippe. Desulme won 36 percent of the vote, while Paul won 31 percent of the votes cast. Desulme and Paul will meet June 2, to determine who will replace outgoing Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril, who announced in February she would not seek reelection.

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Proposal to rename Allapattah Middle after Georgia Ayers

Georgia Jones-Ayers was a civil rights and social advocate who impacted the lives of thousands of Black youth in South Florida. The late activist may be memorialized forever with the possible renaming of a Miami-Dade County school. A proposal has been made to rename Allapattah Middle School after Jones-Ayers. The school is the site where the infamous Dade County Railroad Shop Colored Addition incident took place in 1947. The ordeal on Aug. 1, 1947 uprooted 35 Black families from their homes to make way for a school for white children. Jones-Ayers was a witness to the incident at age 18. She died earlier this year in February.

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The Missing Link in Baltimore: Education and learning

On a recent episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg asked 16-year-old Michael Singleton why he was throwing rocks and rioting in the streets of Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray before being famously slapped and pulled from the rioters by his mother, Toya Graham. Within hours of the incident, Toya became an instant celebrity, and both she and young Michael appeared on the popular talk show to discuss Toya’s tough love approach seen by millions. In a soft spoken, shy voice, Michael replied, “I went because in the past a lot of my friends have been beaten and killed. I went down there just to fight for what I stand for … my Black people.” Singleton added that he was initially embarrassed by the public smack down at his mother’s hand, but eventually realized that she was looking out for him. Anyone watching the broadcast could tell that Michael Singleton was basically a good kid. Unfortunately, like many young African-American men and boys living in our cities, he is confused, lost and uninformed. And his mother, despite the best of intentions, also doesn’t know what she doesn’t know. So everyone in that environment lashes out viscerally with little direction, focus or context. A recipe for disaster. Such is the state of our cities.

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Remembering Arthur McDuffie

Days after police were acquitted in the beating-death of the salesman, Miami witnessed the 1980 McDuffie Riots

Thirty-five years ago on May 18 the McDuffie Riots showed the world that structural racism and systematic oppression of Black people still ran rampant in America, especially in Miami. In the past decade, local police forces have faced a litany of substantiated accusations of excessive force without any repercussions for the police officers involved. The recent deaths of Miami Garden's Lavall Hall and Coconut Creek's Calvon Andreleus Reid at the hands of local police forces are a stark reminder that not much has changed. Arthur McDuffie's life ended 35 years ago after his encounter with police.

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Wade in opens beaches in Miami-Dade

May 9 marked the 70th anniversary of historic protest at Haulover Beach

On May 9, 1945, a group of NAACP activists made history in Miami. At the time, there were no public beaches available to Blacks in Miami-Dade County. If you wanted to go to the beach and were Black, you either had to risk arrest for disorderly conduct or travel to Broward County. That day, five men and two women went in the water on the whites’ only Baker’s Haulover Beach while attorney, Lawson Thomas, remained on the shore with bail money in his pocket for the expected arrests. The protest occurred nearly a decade before such bold, courageous tactics would define the Civil Rights movement, following the U.S. Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

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P.U.L.S.E.'s new goal: Better housing

The organization founded after the McDuffie Riots celebrates 34 years, elects new officers

Reverend James Pacley said he is disappointed that his organization still sees issues in the Black community that were happening 34 years ago. “We’ve been fighting injustice and equality for 34 years,” said Pacley, pastor of New Born Faith Deliverance M.B. Church, and outgoing president of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (P.U.L.S.E). “We’re still fighting some of the same injustices today that we started out fighting 34 years ago. That says something is wrong. But we’re going to keep marching on. Marching on for families, marching for our children, marching for our grandchildren. We’re going to keep marching until we reach our goals.”

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Let not fear consume you

Fear no man, fear only the Lord

To be alive in 2015 could be a scary time for some. It is a time when too many individuals fear just getting out of bed each morning. For those of you who are not in this predicament, try to imagine how fear can hamper you from merely attempting: To walk from your home to your car without the fear of becoming the victim of a drive-by shooting; Blowing your horn at someone who cuts you off in traffic, without fearing that that person just might shoot you; Thinking that your young son, or teenage daughter, on their usual route to or from school, could be snatched up by a sex-offender and taken away from you;


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