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A cry for answers for Lavall Hall

Civil rights groups, residents call for outside investigation of shooting by Miami Garden police as family prepares to bury Lavall Hall

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FIU hosts President Obama's town hall on immigration

Eric Narvaez, an Army veteran and wounded warrior, said he fought for his country – only to come home to a different kind of war in the United States. “I love this country,’’ he told President Barack Obama on Wednesday. “But I’m facing another war -- trying to keep my mother here.’’

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Comm. Monestime honors champion Gwen Cherry Bulls

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime honored the Gwen Cherry Bulls at the Feb. 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting in recognition of their 24-7 victory over the North Philly Aztecs to capture the 2014 Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee National Champions football title.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The women’s friends group of Miami invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597.

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Hackathon promotes coding and civic ideas

Miami-Dade County launched its open government database during a Code For America Hackathon last Saturday at Miami Ad School in Wynwood. The theme for Code Across 2015 was Principles for 21st Century Government. The Code Across Hackathon coincided with International Open Data Day, Feb. 21. The event helped to digitally answer some commonly asked questions about government and neighborhoods; created an open-source directory for all of Miami-Dade County’s health, human and social services; and other civic services.

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Dolphins support nutrition, healthy eating at Parkview Elementary event

Parkview Elementary School and the Miami Dolphins are working together to encourage families to eat healthier. The school, at 17631 NW 20th Ave. in Miami Gardens, plans to hold a community event at 9 a.m. Saturday, at which current and former Dolphins players will be on hand to help plant and mulch an edible organic garden. The event -- which is open to the public, not just Parkview Elementary students and parents -- is meant is to promote good nutrition and healthy eating.

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Hateful messages strike fear in Miami Gardens residents

Civil rights activists are denouncing the defacing of homes with hate speech in Miami Gardens last week. While investigators have not tied the messages of “KKK” and “Move Out KKK” spray-painted on homes and mailboxes in the city to the Ku Klux Klan, speech associated with the hate group has been directed at Black homes and churches in Florida in recent months. Last week, several homes in the Miami Gardens area — the county’s largest Black city — were defaced with letters that represent the Klan and warnings of “I’m Back KKK.” Meanwhile, the Miami Gardens police is still investigating the matter.

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Enrollment down at ‘Black’ public schools in Dade

Magnet programs give students and parents choices

Ja Marv Dunn, head principal at Miami Carol City High School, knows the reality that public schools are facing today. Student enrollment is down, and competition is fierce. "Students have so many more options and varied interests these days," Dunn said. "Parents are looking to enroll their children at schools that offer specific programs, magnets that are focusing on specific career fields. A student may be slated to attend a school based on where they live, but that school may not offer the courses or programs that best suits their needs."

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A grand sendoff for Ayers

Prominent leaders, politicians, pay their final respects to social activist

It was time to say goodbye to Georgia Jones-Ayers. Miami’s movers and shakers came prepared to give her a grand sendoff. They came with plaques, proclamations, resolutions and a new name for an agency she founded and spent decades building up: The Georgia Ayers Alternative Program.

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Black History Month looks back, looks forward

South Florida is wrapping up another successful Black History Month. The history lessons, dedications and cultural events were a great display of ethnic pride and empowerment. Readers of The Miami Times enjoyed the paper’s special section, A New Generation of Dreamers, which profiled South Florida’s young, future leaders who are selfless in their devotion to Miami’s Black community. It also was refreshing to have events like Miami Gardens’

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Community leaders dedicate murals in D.A. Dorsey Park

Commissioner Audrey Edmonson on Tuesday, Feb. 17, joined URGENT Inc., the Miami Marlins, Ayudan and the City of Miami Parks and Recreation to dedicate the official murals for the historic D.A. Dorsey Park, located at 1701 NW First Ave. in Overtown.

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Chief Llanes: McQueen did not violate any policy

Miami's new police chief Rodolfo Llanes said Maj. Craig McQueen didn't violate any policy to be demoted to the rank of captain. But he still won't be overturning the decision. Llanes made the statement at a heated town hall meeting on Feb. 18 at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City, where 200 angry residents packed the sanctuary, seeking answers over the recent demotion of McQueen, a veteran police officer who has served the Miami Police Department for 33 years.

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Honoring those before us, we look ahead at Jackson

As our nation celebrates Black History Month, I would like to honor our African-American brothers and sisters who were pioneers in medicine, not for just for people of their race but for the health and welfare of the citizens of the United States and indeed the world: Black professionals like Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the first successful open heart surgery in 1893, and Dr. Charles Drew, whose research on blood plasma led to the creation of the first blood bank. And, at a time when women — white or let alone Black — rarely went to medical school, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first Black female doctor in the United States in 1864.

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Black History Month – A time to know who you are

As a very young boy, I would love to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller. The programs were all re-runs from the 1930’s and 40’s and they featured the main character leading, outsmarting and outfighting the savage native Africans as he roamed the jungle swinging from tree to tree. One day, while watching Tarzan, my father said to me, “Son, you know that all Africans aren’t like that. In fact, mankind started in Africa and many African kings and queens ruled the world. We need to talk about real Africa.” My father then took the time to talk about Egypt, the Pyramids, how arithmetic and libraries were pioneered in Africa and

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Got talentT?

Miami-Dade County’s annual talent search for kids 8-17 returns for a fifth year

For the fifth year, Miami-Dade youth will show just how much talent they have. "Young Talent Big Dreams," is a local talent contest, in which children between the ages of 8-17 compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships to cash awards and performance opportunities, to tickets to local attractions and theatres.

Miami Gardens Heritage Bowl celebrates Black History Month

The Miami Gardens second Black History Heritage Bowl ended Tuesday, culminating the activities celebrating Black History Month. The quiz-style theme is “A Celebration of Black History, Life, and Culture.” It was derived from ASALH’s theme, the national organization founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915 to bring awareness to Black history in order to promote the important roles Blacks have played in history.

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No Dancer Left Behind Inc. helps children get life skills

Youth get more than free dance training from NDLB scholarships

For the last three years, No Dancer Left Behind Inc. (NDLB) has provided free lessons to disadvantaged children and teenagers, ages 6 to 19. Since May 2012, the NDLB program has provided $10,000 in scholarships along with life skills to needy students at Diversity Dance Center, according to Cassie Maura-Rahming, assistant director. NDLB at 6823 Sunset Strip, in Sunrise is a not-for-profit agency founded by Artistic Director/Choreographer Terrica Maura and her mother, Maura-Rahming.

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Gospel recording encourages all to live without fear

Singer Jonathan Nelson and other Gospel greats worshipped God together

Gospel Artist Jonathan Nelson recorded an album live in front of thousands of worshipers at The Faith Center in Sunrise Friday night. "I'm fearless. Yes, I am brave," chimed about 3,000 people who sang along with Nelson. Nelson's recording of his new album "Fearless" stirred attendees and several Gospel greats to worship God. "I want the title to speak for itself," Nelson said. "I want [listeners] to walk away inspired, encouraged, and I want to ignite something in them to really go after their goals, their dreams, and their passion. I'm hoping all of that was ignited after [the recording]."

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Pastor Donald Henry’s passion is helping to save our youngsters

Pastor Donald Lee Henry is passionate about working with young people, particularly young men. In his work in the prison system, he has seen many young men incarcerated and knows if he can help just one of them stay out of prison, it will make a positive difference.

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All that Jazz

Mustafa family gears up for 18th annual jazz festival

Melton Mustafa, the director of jazz studies at Florida Memorial University, has done it all. An educator, producer, arranger, composer and trumpeter, he even has a jazz festival named after him. This weekend, Florida Memorial University holds the 18th annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival and Workshop at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts. The festival is designed to expose students in middle and high schools and college to jazz and the musicians who help preserve the bluesy-style of music.

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