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America made up of rich and poor, National Urban League president says

Dubbing the country a tale of two cities, Marc Morial said joblessness, poverty and hopelessness tinder to new movement

Against a backdrop of youngsters carrying signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” “Hands Up Don't Shoot” and other messages from today's worrisome times, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, delivered a powerful message of how important the organization is in these times of challenges and controversy. He also kept repeating the same words throughout his speech: We must save our cities. This address was delivered on Wednesday night at the Broward Center for Performing Arts.

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Pathway to middle class dangerous, expensive

U.S. transportation secretary said 90 percent of former welfare recipients do not have access to a car

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx provided some startling statistics about pedestrian deaths in Black neighborhoods to attendees at the National Urban League's Business Luncheon. "The pedestrian death rate in Black communities is 73 percent higher than those in white communities,” said Foxx. “Someone is walking in the community where there are no sidewalks. A car hits them and a tragedy occurs." Foxx said Black communities seemed to be more at risk for pedestrian deaths. How many times had people read in the paper about someone being hit by a car and killed, he asked, because the streets did not have the appropriate sidewalks?

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Secretary of Education says “No Child Left Behind” failed

Speaking at the National Urban League Conference on Thursday, Arne Duncan said education isn’t a partisan issue and that it was barely mentioned in previous presidential debates

Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, took on another sub-theme of the National Urban League Conference Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. Duncan said the education program “No Child Left Behind” was not working, and had not been working for some time. “No Child Left Behind” was signed into law Jan. 8, 2002 by then President George W. Bush, under the premise that federal funding for education would be given to schools based on performance. It also expected by 2014 that all students pass math and reading. The law has been re-written and renamed Every Child Achieves Act. It has received bipartisan support and passed mid-July in the Senate and a version of the bill passed earlier in the House. The new law gives states more flexibility to hold schools accountable for students' test scores.

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Justice highlighted on opening day of Urban League conference

The 2015 national Save our Cities conference begins at the Broward Convention Center

The National Urban League Conference kicked off at the Broward Convention Center and a lunch at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. The event, entitled “Save Our Cities,” has the definite appearance of a bipartisan effort with such luminaries as Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, and Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who has been rumored to be a potential vice presidential candidate. Most of the events of the remaining three days will take place at the hotel or the Convention Center. Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, Wednesday addressed one of the sub-themes of the conference: justice.

African diaspora festival coming this weekend

The sixth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida, presented by Delou Africa Inc., is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Hollywood North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Dr. The two-day event will feature African and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, a health fair, a raffle drawing for two round trip tickets to South Africa and an artisan marketplace. There will also be a free Children's Village zone, including African folktale, dance, drum, arts and crafts, face painting and a book bag and school supplies give-away. On Saturday, there will be a concert featuring renowned international guests, local artists and the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble. The Better Living symposium will feature a memorial tribute to victims of gun violence entitled "It Takes a Village: Keeping our Community in Unity," which will address the on-going violence and crimes that are polluting neighborhoods across the United States. On Sunday, the event ends with Delou's Community Family Beach day. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 305-978-3866 or visit www.adddff.delouafrica.org.

March for Haitian Dominicans on Saturday

The Haitian American Grass Roots organization and other community activists will host a march against the massive deportation of Haitian Dominicans in the Dominican Republic at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at 401 Biscayne Blvd.

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Junkanoo street festival for Saturday canceled

All outdoor activities associated with the Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival 2015, including the street festival, has been postponed. In celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the islands of The Bahamas, the Bahamas Consulate General Miami, its Ministry of Tourism and the city of Miami had formed a partnership to bring a series of events to South Florida. On Thursday, the Bahamas held an invitation-only kick-off reception at The Kampong, 4013 S Douglas Rd.

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Miami-Dade's first Black police director found dead Wednesday

Commissioner Monestime and other officials express sadness in statements and on social media

The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) said it is investigating the death of former Miami-Dade Police Department Police Director Robert Parker. 
Parker was a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and the first Black to hold the post of Director under former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Thursday morning, July 23, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, issued a statement of condolence on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners.
 “I’m deeply saddened by the news of the death of former Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker. Director Parker was an inspiring leader who made history as the police department’s first African American director after

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Serena Williams is greatness

The amount of racism that Serena Williams has and continues to face is disgraceful. It is mind boggling when the mainstream media tries to put down maybe the greatest female athlete that we have ever seen. Instead of focusing on the sheer dominance of this great athlete, folks are discussing her appearance just as much as they are discussing her place in history. This leads me to ask, what is wrong with Serena’s appearance?

FMU names new men’s head basketball coach

Florida Memorial University has named Artis Maddox its new men’s head basketball coach and assistant athletic director. Maddox will work with the athletic director to develop and maintain a system to identify potential recruits and adhere to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) rules and regulations. He will also support coaches and student-athletes on interfacing with the sports governing body and monitor a complaint environment in compliance with NAIA.

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Miami Central gets ready for exciting fall football season

Rockets hope to win their fourth consecutive state championship

After returning from the state championship last season, Miami Central High School’s football team is looking to repeat the same goal for this coming season. The offseason has been key for the development of many the of players and coaches to pursue their fourth consecutive state championship.

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Overtown youth 'Rock the Vote' at Dorsey Park

Community service event helped residents to register to vote on July 18

The historic Dorsey Park was robust with energy and civic engagement on Saturday, July 18, during the “Rock the Vote” F.A.C.E. community service event. Dorsey Park is located in the heart of Overtown at 1701 NW First Ave. Young people ages 16-24 and interns in the F.A.C.E. (Film, Art & Culture, Coding and Entrepreneurship) Summer Youth Training & Employment Program were an intricate part of the process. Young people contributed in two areas: voting and donations. Interns invited and helped residents to register to vote, a two-minute process that required the completion of a voter’s registration application and a license. Some residents who were not able to register onsite received suggestions on how they might be able to obtain their voter’s rights.

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Graduates ready for financial industry

Center for Financial Training and Miami Dade College School of Business graduate 77 high school, college students from Future Bankers’ Camp

Growing up in Overtown, Brandy Hall caught the business bug when she started selling T-shirts at summer day camp at Booker T. Washington High. This summer, she was one of 77 students who raised her game at a different kind of camp: the 2015 Future Bankers’ Camp, getting on-the-job experience as a bank teller in the innovative four-week internship for high school and college students hosted by Miami Dade College and the Center for Financial Training.

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Lifestyle Happening

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. Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 – 26. Call 786 -873-6353, 786- 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page. Zeta Amicae Auxiliary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring a Summer Ball Scholarship Dance on Saturday, July 25 from 8 p.m. until 12 at the Church of the Incarnation Parish Hall.  Call 305- 758-7438.

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FAMU makes historic appearance before House Committee

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum testified on July 15 before the House Committee on Agriculture. Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University; Fort Valley State University; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Tuskegee University; and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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Liberty City kids receive free school supplies

Key Biscayne event benefited more than 250 children

More than 250 children from Liberty City received free school supplies, uniforms and shoes at an event in Key Biscayne on July 11. In an effort to support its sister city, the Village of Key Biscayne brought the children to the Key for the third annual “Christmas in July” event.

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Chatter that Matters

Sharing with my readers recent correspondence concerning the Historic Hampton House Trust. Dr. Enid Pinkney Dear Ron and Consultants: Thanks for the stimulating retreat. It pointed out several things we need to work on. I like how you press us to come up with what we want to be about and how much money we are putting into fund-raising. I saw 60 minutes last night and it articulated what I was trying to say I would like to see us do. We need to “tell our story”. Our story can be told in music, dance, art, history and other medium involving the humanities. We have great possibilities if we know how to embrace them. Again thank you for breakfast and lunch and your skills in leadership.

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The Social Whirl

Readers want to read articles that inform, inspire, entertain and enlighten. In the past months since writing this article, that has been my aim as a writer. A pasttime that has always been a passion for me. Wanting to share and tell our stories, which are your stories in our connections. I receive emails often, and last week received one that asked this question: “Did you grow up in a Bahamian neighborhood?” My answer is yes. 1821 Northwest 6th Court in Overtown. I wil never forget our neighbors or the neighborhood. ANother question was: “Was your family Bahamian?” To answer that question would be to write another column, a history. Another time, perhaps. But a partial answer would merely say, “I have island roots, all ‘kabunkled’ up.” ( SMILE)

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Common shines, T.I. tanks at Sumfest 2015

Six-day reggae event had something for every music lover in attendance

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Reggae Sumfest 2015, held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in tourist haven Mo’Bay, featured six days of excitement and “bashment,” from July 12-18. From beach parties to international artists to classic reggae artists to modern-day dance hall chart toppers, Sumfest had something for every music lover.

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Don't let Cosby's demise kill our spirit of good will

Like many who've been watching Bill Cosby's life unravel amid more rape allegations, I'm utterly frustrated.   The cause of my angst isn't Cosby himself as many would think. I consider Cosby to be a flawed human being, a very successful one, but nothing more and nothing less. My frustration is with those using him as a launching pad to attack good will and altruism in society. Each and every time someone like Cosby is outed for wrongdoing a light is shone on their charitable giving as if this facet of their being should be obliterated.

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