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Carnival is a Caribbean inspired event

The 2015 Miami Broward Jr. Carnival with young masqueraders is set for Sunday. Heritage TnT Jr. Band looks to keep title of Band of the Year

South Florida’s youth will have an opportunity to show off their wonderfully created and colorful costumes in celebration of their rich Caribbean culture this carnival season. More than 350 young children will participate in the Miami Broward, Jr. Carnival parade and competition on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Central Broward Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Parking fee is $1.50 per adult and admission into the event is $10. Kids under 10 years old are free. This annual Caribbean inspired family event to showcases a sea of color, pageantry and pride, featuring the Carnival Parade of Junior Mas Bands, Junior Kings and Queens, female and male individuals parade and competitions. The parade fosters artistic development and creative freedom, all while inspiring young people to take up the torch of Carnival tradition and carry it high.

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Zooman and the Sign’ opens October 2 at cultural center

The Obie award-winning play runs for two weekends only at the AHCAC

The latest presentation by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), “Zooman and the Sign” expresses the story of a murdering teenager in Philadelphia who senselessly terrorizes his community without regard to race. His most-recent crime is the killing of a 12-year-old Black girl on a street filled with witnesses, all of whom are afraid to talk. The dead girl's bereaved father posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever-escalating violence. The theater production is written by Obie award-winning playwright, Charles Fuller and directed by John Pryor. It runs for two weekends, starting Oct. 2.

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‘Me, My Hair and I’: Struggles, straightening combs and more

Collection of hair-raising essays that will resonate with you as you read

There once was a girl who had a little curl . . . Did you envy that nursery rhyme character? Or, like many women, have you had a love-hate relationship with your hair since you were old enough to hear nursery rhymes like that? Either way, you’re not alone, as you’ll see in “Me, My Hair and I,” a collection of hair-raising essays edited by Elizabeth Benedict. Is today a good hair day, a bad hair day – or a no-hair day? The bigger question: who’s happy with her hair? In this book, 27 women answer that, as they weigh in on their tresses (or lack thereof).

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The Social Whirl

Many conversations on a bus as TSU and FAMU fans traveled to Tallahassee last Friday for a great weekend in the capitol city supporting two HBCUs with a long-standing history of football rivalry. Hospitality was the name of the game and everyone commented about the positively wonderful students. “To be young, gifted and Black,“ indeed. I‘m sure this tone and air is exhibited at all HBCUs across the nation. These kids are coming to make it and to make a difference. Interesting that when you visit college campuses how wonderful it feels when you sit with, talk with and observe them. Their styles, confidence and respect. And to paraphrase the question Nathaniel asked Jesus: “Is there anything good come out of Nazareth?” When it comes to these schools. “Come and see.” #blacksrock.

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Chatter that Matters

Sylvia Williams-Garner celebrated her 70th birthday with a party with friends and a family reunion September 17th at Emerald Lake Estates featuring the Bahamas Junkanoo; Sept. 18th at the Pompano Beach Marriott Hotel and Sept. 19th beach day picnic - Pompano Beach Public Park. This was the most fantastic gathering I had ever attended. She chose the site and location because of the many family from Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach, FL, local family and friends and people she has grown to love in Miami, FL. according to emcee LaShon Lennon Toyer. At 4 p.m. the Psi Ohi Band started the music for the party as everyone awaited honoree presentation and her three children, Jimmie, Jr, Mitzi and Jamal Williams in the ballroom. The DJ played in the background while the tables filled up promptly with family and friends. She was escorted by her youngest grandson, Sylvester Sanders. Those coming in were Dr. and Mrs. James Bridges, Miami Northwestern Sr. High School classmates of 6t5, Real Estate Agents, Sorority Sisters, Lodge members, Alf Administrators, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church MOVERS org. and members.

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Students learn the importance of voting

National Voter Registration Day prompts focus in local high schools

On National Voter Registration Day, Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (District 2) toured four of the 15 high schools in her district to educate students on the importance of voting. Bendross-Mindingall began her tour at Miami Edison, then moved to Miami Northwestern, which is in the midst of a year-long 60th anniversary celebration, and on to Miami Jackson, before concluding at Booker T. Washington High School. Elections ballot boxes and voter applications have been distributed to these four schools because they have elections in their cities in November. “This is an opportunity to talk about voter registration, not just because of the historical aspect, but also to understand the importance and value of the vote,” said Booker T. principal William Aristide. “There were times when African Americans couldn’t vote, times when women couldn’t vote. The first time I voted I was a senior in high school. I was 18 years old then and I haven’t missed an election since.”

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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 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. • The Booker T. Washington  1962 Alumni Class will meet Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305 691-1333. • Free Karate Classes at Range

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OneUnited launches $1M lending initiative

‘Yes! In Our Backyard’ to help first-time home buyers in Liberty City

OneUnited Bank members and partners have launched a new community-based initiative aimed to help Liberty City residents build wealth and secure homeownership. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the bank and trustees of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce hosted a private reception to celebrate the launch of “Yes! In Our Backyard.” The $1 million, 12-month project targets residents living in OneUnited Bank’s “backyard” community, which includes 79th Street corridor neighborhoods covering Northwest 62nd to 95th streets and Northwest Seventh to 37th avenues. The project began Sept. 1 and will provide up to 10 first-mortgage home loans under the UNITY Home Loan Program to first-time homebuyers with a household income at or below 80 percent AMI (area median income) or in census tracts at or below 80 percent AMI. The area median income for Miami-Dade County is $49,900. To qualify for “Yes! In Our Backyard,” a borrower’s income needs to be no more than $39,920.

Suffolk Co. expands its trades series series in Miami

Program to provide minority-owned firms insight on partnering

Suffolk Construction has expanded its Trades Partnership Series to Miami-Dade. The program will assist small, local, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned firms with training to qualify to be a trade partner with Suffolk. On the heels of success in Boston, Suffolk will be rolling out the series in Miami for the first time in November. Applicants from interested firms are now being accepted. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the Trades Partnership Series in Miami will be offered exclusively to trade partners that have been in business for a minimum of two years and are certified as one of the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB); and/or Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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‘Topping Off’ ceremony held for the John & Anita Senior Residence

The project is expected to have 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent by seniors over 55  

On Friday, Sept. 18, the John and Anita Ferguson Senior Residence "topped off." “This is a celebration of the completion of the structure. The building is not complete but the structure is,” said Mark Valentine, executive director for the SBC Community Development. This type of event takes place when the essential structure is put in place at a construction project. The Senior Residence is located adjacent to Second Baptist Church in the heart of the Richmond Heights community. It is named after the development founder, the late Reverend John A. Ferguson and his late wife.  “This is a vision that Pastor Ferguson started in 1973 and he

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Attorney Paulette V. Armstead files for House District 92

She is seeking to replace term-limited Rep. Gwen Clarke-Reed

Continuing years of community involvement as an attorney for children and families, a police officer, and pastor, Democrat Paulette V. Armstead plans to runs for House District 92, the district that has been served by Rep. Gwen Clarke-Reed, who has been serving since 2008 and is term-limited. The District, which includes a swath of Broward County, is about 37 percent Black. “The State Legislature is clearly broken - and there are too few strong, ethical voices on behalf of the middle class, education, and local businesses. I will use my broad community experience and background to help Democrats expand their fight for workers, children and the elderly,” said Armstead.

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Florida Memorial University track coach to retire

Roosevelt Richardson Jr.’s career in coaching spanned 45 years

Roosevelt Richardson Jr., whose association with Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College goes back to the early 1970s, has announced that he will retire as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach. His retirement marks the end of a remarkable career that spanned a total of 45 seasons as head coach. Richardson started his head coaching career in the fall of 1970 with Miami Dade College’s track and field/cross country team. He came to Florida Memorial University in the fall of 1997 and turned the program around in less than three years. At the time of his retirement, he will have logged 45 years as a head coach and he will have the longest tenure in Florida Memorial University’s men’s and women’s cross country and track and field history.

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The Apprentices

Construction academy grooms Black men for future

Construction academy grooms Black men for future

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Snipes gears up for Broward re-election

Broward elections supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes can start working on her own political campaign now. She filed paperwork to open a campaign account and run for re-election. Snipes, a Lauderdale Lakes resident and former educator, had announced in April her intent to run. Snipes has sparred with the Broward County Commission (as has the property appraiser, and many elected officials in City Halls across Broward), and there were rumblings that the now-seated charter review board would recommend changing the county charter so her job would be an appointed one. Snipes said she feels strongly the job should be an elected one. Snipes, a Democrat, was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003, after he removed her predecessor Miriam Oliphant. Snipes went on to win three elections. Already in the race for her seat on the 2016 ballot are political consultant David Brown, Willie Floyd Roberson Jr., and Rubin Young.

Side walks, renovated parks in budget

City also will remove red light cameras

The North Miami City Council is prepared to approve a $136 million budget that focuses heavily on capitol improvement projects, including renovations of parks, pools and community centers as well as repairs to aging sidewalks. The budget seems to be straightforward and vanilla, as the city adjusts to turnover in its administrative ranks. The budget includes some $57 million in the general fund. On the table in the improvement package is $350,000 for sidewalk repairs – a major bone of contention at the Sept. 23 budget hearing — housing rehabilitation, $200,000; library books, $50,000; plus another $37,000 for bus benches and trash receptacles.

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‘Something just ain’t right’ in Opa-locka

Something is terribly amidst in the City of Opa-locka and something needs to be done about it. There’s no doubting that I’m a big supporter of Mayor Myra Taylor and everyone in the city knows it but when things start happening and the veil is being slowly removed to show what is truly going in Opa-Locka it will make you look at the situation for what it is truly is. As the information concerning what really happened in Opa-locka comes out it’s only going to show that even though former City Manager Kelvin Baker signed off on it, the question is where did his marching orders came from. “Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm,” is what the scripture says but the more you look into the budget the more Keith Sweat’s voice pops into my head saying, “Something, something, something, something just ain’t right.”

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Our dirty needle problem

An exchange program could save tax payers millions and curb drug users’ infections

An exchange program could save tax payers millions and curb drug users’ infections

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City dumps two firms over lack of diversity

The city of Miami Gardens City Council delivered two bold moves at its last meeting of September: Diversity is a priority when doing business with the city.

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Overtown wins zoning battle

When Overtown residents packed Miami City Hall last week, they came loaded with questions and history. Several speakers chided commissioners for a plan to encroach upon a neighborhood that over the last 50 years has been decimated by Interstate 95 and gentrification.

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Educating the community about breast cancer

North Shore Hospital wants to raise awareness

Jacquetta “Jet” Latimore takes seriously her job as an imaging specialist at North Shore Medical Center. She’s particularly passionate about easing fears over a procedure that many women dread – mammograms. “As an African American female, a lot of times I see our women perish because of lack of knowledge,” Latimore said. “I feel compelled to reach out to as many women as I can.” In October, Latimore and her colleagues are hosting activities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to educate their patients and the surrounding community about a condition that strikes Black women disproportionately. The message they want to hammer home: they want more women to lived. “We’re focus on early detection, women’s health and making sure women who are at risk continue to stay cancer free,” said Barbara Plizga, director of marketing.

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