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SkyRise developers pledge support for Black firms

Developers of the proposed SkyRise Miami observation tower last Thursday pledged their support to minority firms to quell concerns that Black contractors will not get a fair share of business from a project to build Florida’s largest skyscraper. The meeting comes as SkyRise seeks $9 million in public funding for the project, a request that has drawn opposition from city leaders.

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Sports Brothers

Will 'The U' ever return?

'It’s a few days removed since the Miami Hurricanes lost a golden opportunity to beat the still undefeated Florida State Seminoles, and I’ve yet to come out of this depressing lull. Most Miami fans had grandiose ideas of beating FSU and re-emerging as a topic of discussion and no longer being the butt of jokes. But as this painful sting of reality still lingers, Miami is still not close to being back to “The U”. At these dark times I often wonder will the “U” ever be back? I went into this game with such high hopes. I was excited. The team was excited. The fans were excited. After the game I felt like someone slashed my tires, stole my girlfriend and kicked my dog for good measure.

NFL explains details of Adrian Peterson suspension in letter

The NFL announced Tuesday morning that Adrian Peterson would be suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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Nite Cap

Chris Brown vs. Tamar Braxton

I'm rarely one to defend celebrities, but in the case of Chris Brown I'll make an exception. I don't condone the recent insults he hurled at the hosts of the new daytime talk show "The Real,” but I do sympathize with his reasoning. Here's the fix: For those of you who missed it, the chart-topper took to Instagram to call host Adrienne Bailon a "trout mouth a-- b-----" and co-host Tamar Braxton a "muppet a-- face."

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The Sports Brothers

So far, so good for the Heat

With the NBA season just a week or two into the new season, some things appear to be clearly evident. The Miami Heat might really miss LeBron James, after all it is well documented that he is the game’s best player but you wouldn't know it from the way they've played to start the season. So far this team looks good. What a pleasant surprise they have been, at least to those who doubted the heart of this Heat franchise. As things look now and yes it is fairly early in this new season but the Miami Heat look more like a complete team than any of us may have thought.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Northwestern Alumni Class of 1967 will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center. Call 305-624-1683. Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Sat., Nov.15, at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305-527-2325. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will have their Founder’s Day Banquet Sunday Nov. 16 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. Vankara School will have a community Thanksgiving feast and resource fair Sat. Nov. 22. Call 305-681-6121.

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Fighting fires with his words

Top Black fire-chief-turned author among writers to discuss racism at upcoming Miami Book Fair

Charles Phillips' first day as one of Miami-Dade’s first Black firefighters still haunts him. In 1974, by his account, Phillips was among 12 Black firefighters out of a pool of 48 minorities who were hired after they survived difficult tests and training drills that were required for the job. It was a victory for Phillips who, since a child, has a fascination for fire trucks and the sirens that blared as they sped down the streets of his Liberty City neighborhood. Phillips said he rejoiced as he embarked on his new career. But reality set in after white firefighters spoke to the first crop of Black firefighters who were hired after the county was forced to open their fire rescue squads to minorities after Jim Crow segregation was outlawed.

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Liberty City eco-friendly company focus is all green

EcoTech Visions to generate dollars, and improvement in environment

Liberty City will soon be home to the potato fork. It's one of the ways Pandwe Gibson looks to tackle environmental issues while addressing poverty in the area. Gibson is founder and CEO of EcoTech Visions, the region’s first environmentally conscious business incubator, which opens this month in Liberty City at 667 NW 90th St. By providing office space, consultation and equipment, EcoTech Visions can develop green start-ups like Earthware. It’s a cutlery production company that makes forks, knives and spoons from potato starches, cups from corn products and plates that when trashed do little harm to the earth.

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Sesame Street: 45 years of transcending race

The hit children’s show, “Sesame Street,” is a mainstay on public television today. But when it debut on public television some 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was groundbreaking. The cast was diverse group of puppets of all colors and people of different colors, too. And “Sesame Street” broke the mold of kids’ TV with extensive research before its commercially-inspired segments aired jingles about letters and numbers.

The start of Soul Basel marked with art, historic icon

City Commissioner Keon Hardemon joined children for a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 5. The event celebrated renovations to the Overtown landmark, Old Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall, with a mural to simultaneously kick-off Overtown Soul Basel.

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We need to know God from A to Z

Throughout the Bible, we find that God wants only the best for our lives and those in our households. He tells us if we seek him first, we can ask him for anything and it will not be denied. He knows that when we get to have a personal relationship with him, our requests won’t be for silly things that he will get no glory out of our having. God wants the whole family to serve him, not just one or two members. He also wants men to be men. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (the devil).” This scripture not only applies to men; it also applies to women and children.

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The Village will help families in need for Christmas

Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction (SHEAR), a nonprofit organization, Angel Tree Prison Ministry and Love Over Violence and Evil (LOVE.) have partnered together for their second annual Christmas in the Village Toy Giveaway. This fun-filled event will take place on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Koinonia Worship Center and Village, 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in West Park to help families needing assistance for Christmas in South Florida.

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Pastor of the Week

A sincere relationship with the Lord

Sarah A. Person is the founder and senior Pastor of Tabernacle of Deliverance Praise and Worship Center. She is a native of Picalune, Mississippi and is the proud mother of four children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grand child. Person accepted the Lord as her personal Savior in 1974 and happily says, “I have never done anything that I am more proud of. Having a sincere relationship with the Lord is the best thing that can happen to anyone. For you see, when there is a true relationship with the Lord, you can ask whatever you want and it shall be given to you. You know why? When there is a true relationship with the Lord, you will not ask for stupid things.”

North Shore hosts fall risk screenings

Outpatient Physical Therapy Dept. urges 59 and older to participate

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States, and 20-30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. “Identifying risk factors contributing to falls is the key for prevention and early medical management, especially in older adults,” said Lumana Joseph, physical therapist and supervisor of rehab services at North Shore Medical Center.

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North Shore Medical Center supports women's health

North Shore educates through Breast Cancer Awareness events

To commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, North Shore Medical Center hosted community events to educate the public and increase awareness. Throughout the month, women were encouraged to schedule their mammograms through a “Mammo Party,” in groups of up to 10, at the hospital’s Comprehensive Breast

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Opa-locka’s popular art event becomes a symbol of the city's revitalization efforts

It started three years ago as a fundraiser on a runway at Opa-locka Airport. The hip hop group En Vogue entertained several hundred guests, including community leaders. The theme of the evening was called “The Art of Transformation,” a term that honored Opa-locka’s rich past and more importantly, a revitalization plan to turn the city into an urban masterpiece. In the first two years, "The Art of Transformation" included ballet performances and works of local, talented artists.

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‘Addicted’ event draws strong crowd

A VIP garden party reception and “A Conversation with Zane” drew about 400 to Miramar’s Cultural Center this past Friday. The best-selling author, whose book “Addicted” was made into a film and is now in theaters starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and William Levy, met with students, did a talk and Q&A, attended a V.I.P Reception and concluded the evening with a book signing.

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McCoy wins Lyric Live championships

All star finale with cream of the crop of all performers

It was a golden performance. A packed crowd jammed Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater on Friday night and crowned three-time Lyric Live winner Arsimmer McCoy as the best of the season-ending All Star Championships. Singing Jill Scott’s funky 2004 hit "Golden," McCoy brought the crowd to its feet with a passionate performance that included her powerful vocals and stage presence. She easily beat out three other contestants who were returning champions from this season's Lyric Live, an amateur talent show in which contestants are judged by a critical crowds who boo contestants that give less than stellar performances before they are escorted off stage by the Bahamian Junkanoo Band.

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The Social Whirl

The month of November resonates with nostalgia. Memories of days of Thanksgiving past and anticipation of Thanksgiving this year, and yes, it begins to look a lot like Christmas. And, it serves as a reminder that we should never be too busy to pause and think of family and close friends as we daily count our blessings and show everyday acts of kindness _ so sending love, prayers, feel better and get well wishes to Priscilla Thompson, Barbara C. Harris, Charles Stafford, Gloria Lynch Wright, Melford Pinder, Ivadell Bodie, Helen Ward McCoy and others a little under the weather, recuperating at home and or hospitalized. 

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Northwestern principal nominated for award

Miami Northwestern principal Wallace Aristide is a candidate for the prestigious Leonard Miller Principal Award for turning around the Liberty City high school that was for years on the brink of being closed by the state because of its poor academic performance. The achievements impressed the Council for Educational Change, a Broward organization that honors school administrators for improving academics in schools in Florida. Aristide is among three candidates who will be honored Thursday with a $5,000 award as Gold Medallion winners at a luncheon at the University of Miami's Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, where the Leonard Miller Principal Award will be announced.

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