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Making spirits bright

Holiday parties uplift and help heal families of murdered children and community residents

Sabrina Gordon watched while her grandson Jahkari Gordon running around the clubhouse in the Barbara Carey-Shuler Apartments in Liberty City. Jahkari, 7, jumped for joy after he opened his gift on Saturday. It was a Superman play shaving kit. The holiday party was for Families of Murdered Children. Oblivious to Jahkari, Sabrina Gordon was invited because his father and her son was killed about a year ago. Willie James Gordon, 28, was gunned down at an apartment complex in Liberty City October 2013. He died leaving his mother to grieve and Jahkari and his sister 2-year-old Samya, fatherless.

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A Handel classic at Liberty City church

Dozens listened to the sounds of the season Sunday at the Church of Incarnation in Liberty City, where the Florida Memorial University Chamber Ensemble and Community Mass Choir and Orchestra performed George Frederick Handel’s classic “The Messiah.” The event

Second Opa-locka commissioner under fire

Feds ban Terence Pinder from participating in U.S. contracts

The scrutiny of Opa-locka’s newly elected officials continues, this time from the U.S. government regarding returning commissioner Terence Pinder. On Nov. 5, one day after Pinder was elected an Opa-locka commissioner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swiftly debarred him from participating in federal contracts. The government sanction comes after Pinder in February accepted a plea deal on four counts of conflict of interest. The commissioner is currently serving two year's probation.

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Tondreau taken into custody Tuesday after being convicted of five counts related to wire fraud

One minute Lucie Tondreau was smiling and chatting with friends just a few feet away from prosecutors. Two hours later, the former North Miami Mayor stood silent and stoic as the jury foreman told her she was convicted of wire fraud. A 12-member jury found Tondreau guilty Tuesday of committing one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four separate counts of wire fraud in the U.S. Southern District Court of Florida, downtown Miami.

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Housing discrimination suit settled

Complex accused of denying Black applicants reach court agreement

Elite Riverview Apartments, the Miami rental complex that was sued for discrimination in May after it allegedly denied Blacks to view rental units, has settled the case out of court, according to legal documents obtained by The Miami Times. The complaint that was originally filed in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, was dismissed Nov. 17 after Elite went into mediation talks with the plaintiff, the Housing Opportunities for Project Excellence (HOPE).

US, Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday.

Candlelight vigil scheduled for slain Miami resident

Candlelight vigil scheduled for slain Miami resident

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The Art of Life

The Art of Life photography exhibit features the photos of 25 students  from Miami's Allapattah and Overtown- guided by award winning photojournalists Carl Juste and CW Griffin. The participating teens from these after school programs sponsored by Urgent Inc, Overtown Youth Center, Touching Miami with Love & FOCAL/Moore Park, received the most cutting edge, snd best out-on-the-market phone camera, Lumina 120 camera, graciously provided by Microsoft, to “shoot” their lives.

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Coping with Alzheimer’s

Free lecture to help family members understand disease that afflicts Blacks more than most ethnic groups

The sacrifices are tremendous. Bathing. Feeding. Cooking. Supervising. For many, taking care of aging parents or relatives with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming and at times unhealthy. The number of people diagnosed with the deadly disease has risen over the years, but so has the number of caregivers who experts say suffer almost as much as Alzheimer’s patients themselves.

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Legal fight one way to solve Opa-locka problem

city of Opa-locka commissioner Timothy Holmes resolution term limits retroactively

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Body cameras prevent mistreatment

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three Black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. The resulting videos have led to a number of co

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Hundreds celebrate the season with Holiday Jubilee

The sounds of the season permeated Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater last Saturday, where hundreds were entertained and uplifted by some of Miami’s Black church choirs during The Miami Times’ Holiday Jubilee.

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Lean on the Lord

Trials and tribulations can make you strong

We are living in an era that is filled with situations and circumstances that produce in our lives too much stress, states of depression and, in many cases, feelings of low self-esteem. Christians call these conditions their “trials and tribulations.” The secular world calls them “bad luck,” or being “down-on-their-luck.” Be that as it may, most of these conditions are self-inflicted. Christians should learn, as they go through different situations, to lean and depend on God’s word. His word will instruct and guide them as they go through these difficult times.

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Elder Victor Carter: A servant working for all God’s people

Victor Carter accepted the Lord as his personal Savior and was filled with the Holy Ghost on April 9, 1976. Three years later he answered the “call” for him to preach the gospel according to God’s will and his way. September 1979 he preached his first sermon as a servant to God’s people.Carter, the son of Rebecca and William Carter, was born in Miami but reared in Goodlettsville, Tenn.

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Faith Calendar

Raina L. Kemp Ministries, Inc. presents a two day revival with Dr. Darrell Scott on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12. 8 p.m. for both nights True Faith would like to invite the community for Sunday Worship Service starting at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School followed by Morning Worship. Call 786-262-6841.

Bohemia room ends

Final urban poetry night is Dec. 10

Whether it was strong, punchy verbs popping over a microphone or smooth, sultry adjectives sending out stories of passion into the room, the Bohemia Room was the place for poets and listeners alike. Miami has become a notable city for visual arts, which is never more apparent than the bustling celebration during Art Basel. But while one art scene flourishes, a smaller form of creative expression that nestled a home in downtown Miami is giving the city its final kiss goodbye.

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Sean Paul, Marcia Griffiths headline One Caribbean festival

Holiday experience in Broward features artists, music and culture from many islands

Banking on its success with the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival that it has been organizing for 18 years, Art of Music Productions is launching One Caribbean Music & Art Festival in Broward. It resembles a lot of Caribbean festivals except for a couple of things: the headliners are from several different islands; and it is happening during the holiday season.

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II’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Marvin Gaye has a line in one of his songs that goes like this: “it makes me want to holler, throw up both my hands.” Well, he had to be singing about this grand jury decision that went down in New York. After all, the only thing the grand jury has to do is find probable cause in order to indict someone. The video alone shows enough evidence to suggest probable cause and, if that is not enough, the medical examiner stated the cause of death was homicide.

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Chatter That Matters

Big hats are off to the Church Of God of Prophesy Miami No. 1, Bishop Noward E. C. Dean, pastor, Dr. Edwin Demeritte , assistant chairperson, Sister Elaine Evans, assistant chairperson and Bishop Timothy F. Davis, state overseer. They put their minds together to honor Deacon R. Ferguson and Ms. “Bea” Hines at a beautifully designed banquet held at Tropical Gardens Park.

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The Social Whirl

The weekend of December 5- 7 was filled with events that inspired and filled the spirit with the joys of the season. The Liberty Square Project Friends and Family,Inc. Banquet on Friday, Dec. 5 was one permeated with nostalgia and rich history. The banquet honored ninety-three year old Susie B. Arrington who moved into Liberty Square in 1950 where she raised seven children, one of her children was Northwestern classmate Robert Arrington. Ms. Bertha Glover made Liberty Square her home in 1937 and this youthful and youth-filled, humorous  and delightful ninety-four year old raised two daughters in the

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