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Hey Jerk!

13th annual Grace Jamaican Festival at Markham Park in Sunrise on Nov. 9

Chef Jimmie Jackson is on a sizzling winning streak. For years, Jackson, the owner of a food seasoning company, had to settle for second place finishes in cooking contests at major jerk festivals in the South. Now, Jackson sits on the culinary throne as the defending champion of the ultra-competitive Publix Jerk Cook-off at this year’s 13th annual Grace Jamaican Festival on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Markham Park in Sunrise.

Hospitals treatment could make you sicker

Ebola not as deadly as infections by comparison

It’s no surprise that most people go to the hospital for treatment, but a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hospitals across the nation are breeding infections that put patients’ health at risk. Before entering a hospital, consider this new statistic: for every 25 patients one contracts an infection during treatment. These infections, called health care-associated or hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), kill about 75,000 people every year, according to the most recent reports. But those are national statistics.

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Family and creativity fuel Marlon Wayans’ success

Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.

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Dear White People’ conveys complexity of contemporary race relations

“Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two.

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The Social Whirl

New FAMU President Dr. Elmira Mangum, notably chose Founders Day— October 3– the celebration of the creation of the university in 1887 _— for her Inauguration Day. Mangum is the first female leader in FAMU’s 127- year history and its 11th president. Among those present for the inauguration was Mary Breaux Wright, International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. of which Mangum is a member.

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Chatter That Matters

More than 15,000 supporters of Bethune-Cookman left Miami-Dade County, Broward County, West Palm Beach County, and Duval County to meet in Daytona Beach for the annual B-CU homecoming game. Those who arrived on the scene soaked up the attractive decorations especially, three named in particular Dr. Larry Handfield, President of the Trustee Board and the first graduate from B-CU to occupy the seat.

Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Central’s Class of 1971 will have a planning meeting for their 43rd reunion on Oct. 25 at the Helen L. Miller Center in Opa-locka. Call 305-627-3457. Those interested in going on a trip to Key West for Fantasy Fest Oct. 25. Call 305-308-4294 or email felta@bellsouth.net. The Egelloc Club, Inc. is recruiting 11th grade young men for their 2014-2015 MEN OF TOMORROW program until Oct. 31, 2014. Interested candidates should email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

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Workshop wraps up Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

Focus problem solving for teens

Imagine the torment of a young child bullied in a place where he should've felt safe. For Jonathan Spikes, host of an event called Affirming YOUth, this was reality. “I grew up in a home where I was called stupid and ugly and told I couldn't do anything. I struggled with that," he said. "I personally knew I wasn’t happy but I didn’t know how to fix it. I was angry and bitter and didn’t want to be that way."

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Finally, some good news for Overtown

Last week Big Bus Tours Miami expanded its routes to pass through the city’s urban core. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau sent the bus off on Oct. 16. The tour passed through historic Overtown, Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District and downtown Miami. What a wonderful way for visitors to see and appreciate our city.

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Breast cancer month a success

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a tremendous success. The rallies, pink ribbons, balloons and decorations brought a refreshing effort to generate awareness in Miami’s Black communities. The media should be congratulated for highlighting the importance of this killer disease. And the marathon walks and special events galvanized Breast cancer survivors to rally around patients in desperate need of support. In the Black community, the attention was highly needed and much

My Brother’s Keeper’s time has come

In 2012, 17-year-old Ivins Rosier broke into Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody’s home and shot his 5-year-old German Shepherd. Rosier was sentenced to 23 years in prison. That same year, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home and was profiled by George Zimmerman as a “suspicious person.” After a struggle, Martin was shot once in the heart and he died at the scene. Zimmerman was found not guilty and received no punishment. 

Black leaders at odds over Amendment 2

Two organizations that Blacks look to for leadership and direction on community issues stand divided on a hot item that is on the ballot Nov. 4: Amendment 2. The amendment asks voters to make medical marijuana legal in Florida.

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Opa-locka vice mayor hosts ‘open house’

Recognizing that many City of Opa-locka residents and employees are apprehensive about purchasing their own homes, due to a lack of knowledge regarding the qualification needed to obtain the necessary funds to acquire property and the general understanding of the housing market, Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley hosted a Open House - Home Ownership Workshop Wednesday, October 15, from 4– 7 p.m., at Segal Park/Helen Miller Community Center, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka, Florida 33054, sponsored by the Mayor and Commission and the Planning and Community Development in partnership with the Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade County (HFA).

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North Miami mayoral candidates set for intense runoff

Dr. Smith Joseph, Kevin Burns fighting for office in predominantly Haitian city

North Miami is a difficult place to get elected. Ask Kevin Burns, who is seeking a third term as the city’s mayor. Burns, who is white, lost in a bitter runoff race in 2013, all because of North Miami’s powerful Black electorate, which has placed a Black mayor in City Hall in the past four years. In two weeks, it will be déjà vu for Burns as he goes ups against Dr. Smith Joseph in another runoff race in the same city that has denied political careers to contenders who have dared to run for office against Black candidates.

Get to the polls and vote

In 1776, we began what would be the greatest experiment in civics in the history of humankind. On July 4, we declared independence from the greatest imperial power the world had known to date and said emphatically that people should have a choice in their governance.

Amendment 2 insults us

Beware of Amendment 2! It would legalize marijuana under the pretense of medicine. I can empathize with those who have real medical issues for which this Amendment is allegedly designed to help. But, as I have said in the past, I will not vote to legalize the street drug marijuana — the potency of which has nearly tripled over the past 20 years — label it medicine and make it available to anyone, at any age, for any condition! Those who want me to are insulting my intelligence! Why?

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Hamilton is the way to go

There are two weeks left in the race for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and there is only one candidate that has 40 years of experience in agriculture and the environment. He has worked on the national, state, local and international level. There is also only one candidate running for office who will restore ethics in Florida government and bring together “people, agriculture and the environment.” The only candidate for the job is Democrat, Lt. Col. Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton, U.S. Army Ret.

Israel Milton to be honored for his years of dedicated service

Community Action and Human Services Dept. will reunite former employees

An Inaugural Reunion for the Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) will reunite many of the former 1,400 employees and honor one of its own. Today the 37-year-old department employs about 600. The reunion is set for 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 24 at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. The public is cordially invited to attend. Israel Milton, who went to work for human services in 1981 as the Assistant Director, will be honored at the CAHSD Reunion.

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Giving is a mandate from God

I believe most of you think about money, when you see the word “giving.” But there are so many other ways to give and, this week, we are going to focus on some of them. The secret of true abiding happiness is not receiving, as most people think, it's giving. The Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) This is not a theory, it is the truth.

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C. Sorrells-Brown: An apostle chosen to serve

Cassie Sorrells was born in Connecticut to the late Pastor Ulysees Sorrells and mother Bertha Sorrells-Kennedy. She attended Connecticut public schools and graduated from Western Connecticut State College, in Danbury with three degrees – an Associate of Science in Afro-American Studies, a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education, specializing in English. While attending college, she was selected “Who’s Who Among Afro-American Students.” She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Theology with an earned degree in Religious Studies.

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