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Mindingall honored in City of North Miami

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored for her public service at the City of North Miami’s Celebration of Women event held March 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami. The annual event is held in honor of National Women’s History Month, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women in our

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Dreaming Big

Young local filmmakers use their short films to inspire other youth

Elijah Wells didn't think much of having one of his videos showcased at the Second Annual White House Student Film Festival on March 20 in Washington, D.C. until he actually came face to face with President Barack Obama. The 17-year-old filmmaker was chosen from a pool of 1,500 high school students nationwide to screen his video, “Giving Back Through My Lens," which is about giving back to his community in Overtown by teaching youth about film production.

NFL players to help raise money for CHI

Fundraiser will assist 40-year medical facility

When celebrities like NFL professional athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on March 27, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice/Adewale Ogunleye Celebrity Golf Tournament raises funds for a variety of programs at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI).

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OneUnited Bank to become canvas for mural

A unique partnership to transform the OneUnited Bank building into a public work of art launched March 11 in Liberty City. The bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in conjunction with Liberty City Renaissance have partnered to present the OneUnited Mural Project, a community youth development and beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education.

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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. Sisters Empowerment Circle nvites 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 305-9345122/.

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Public spaces challenge seeks ideas by April 1

The Miami Foundation's is seeking creative minds to submit ideas for its 2015 Public Space Challenge — just respond by April 1, no fooling. The foundation has a budget of $305,000 to fund your ideas about what you would do to create, improve and activate public gathering places like parks, libraries, plazas and playgrounds in Miami-Dade.  Anyone — individuals, groups, agencies, nonprofits or companies — can submit ideas at ourmiami.org/challenge.  

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Falcon player gives back to community

Devonta Freeman of Liberty City to mentor Brownsville Middle students students

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade School Board Member for District 2, recently organized a meeting with Brownsville Middle School students, administrators and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

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FMU track stars shine at the Hurricane Invitational meet

The Florida Memorial University track and field team had a strong showing at the Hurricane Invitational at Cobb Stadium on the campus of University of Miami in Coral Gables March 21. Brittany Starling ran an impressive performance in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of

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A dope boy's dream

As legend goes, Miami was built on dope money. Immortalized by filmmaker Billy Corben’s cult classic “Cocaine Boys,” the excess of these drug runners infused life into Miami’s stagnant economy, according to the film’s narrative. However, judging by the scarred low rises and dilapidated corner stores characterizing Miami’s inner-city, that outpouring never reached our urban enclaves.

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2015 Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday's lineup at Jazz in the Gardens

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Heat fighting for their lives

The NBA playoffs are coming soon and with our Miami Heat fighting for their playoff lives, they are desperately trying to get in because as Kevin Garnett would say anything is possible. All of these top tier playoff teams have their own kryptonite. All of them even the   seemingly unbeatable at times  Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. There are some teams that just have other team's numbers.

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Miami Gardens baseball clinics get funding

Children in Miami Gardens will now be able to take part in clinics and workshops to learn the game of baseball thanks to a $20,000 contribution from the Miami Marlins and the Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. The program, launched in 2009 by Major League Baseball, provides opportunities for children ages 5 to 12 in underserved communitie

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will meet Thursday, March 19 in the BTW cafeteria at 6 p.m. Call 305-213-0188. 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.

Opa-locka Commission selects new city attorney

Vincent T. Brown to replace longtime lawyer Joseph S. Geller

Attorney Vincent T. Brown recently was sworn in as the new Opa-locka City attorney, replacing longtime City Attorney Joseph S. Geller of the Greenspoon Marder Law Firm. "I am truly honored to have been chosen and look forward to a productive relationship with the city,” Brown said.

Black-owned firm to build catering site near station

D. Stephenson chosen for All Aboard Florida new restaurant project catering company

Fort Lauderdale-based D. Stephenson Construction Inc. has been selected to construct All Aboard Florida's Argentelle Catering & Special Events building near its future Fort Lauderdale passenger-train station. The facility will be located on land just west of the Florida East Coast Railway. The development is part of a greater master-planning initiative to spur opportunities downtown. Construction activities are expected to begin by the end of March.

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Programs to receive millions in funding

Local summer, after-school providers see gains, losses

The Children’s Trust has released its preliminary funding recommendations for after-school and summer programs for 2015. Big winners for agencies that support high Black populations are the Overtown Youth Center, Urgent Inc., Gang Alternative and Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc. (FANM). But there were some notable losers such as Belafonte TACOLCY Center, the Miami’s Children Initiative and Vision to Victory Human Services.

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New report alleges fraud in M-DCPS disparity study

Another report questioning the veracity of the results of a 2013 Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ disparity study conducted by MGT of America Inc. has emerged. The latest report, called “Leveling the Playing Field: Final Report of the 38 African American Subcontractors and their Contract Awards,” comes after the Committee for Fair and Equitable Distribution of Public Contracts reviewed the school system’s records.

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Miami-Dade should not be Ferguson

One police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sent an email with a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. Here, a Black man in the same city lost his job after a police officer accused him of being a pedophile as he was resting after a game of basketball. In the same city, a poor Black woman who parked her car illegally was forced to pay $550 in fines and still owes hundreds more from new fines and fees.

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Dade Links help students learn about global discrimination

The Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links Inc. and Florida Memorial University presented a successful dialogue and forum exploring the impact of worldwide discrimination. “Join the Conversation: Global Discrimination Against People of Color” is one of many activities

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Commissioner Jordan honors FMU president

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan honored Florida Memorial University’s president, Dr. Rosalyn Artis, during the educational facility’s Founder’s Day celebration.

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