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Big bus brings tourism to Overtown

Visitors to see ‘real’ Miami on new tour

Step aside, South Beach! Overtown is the next tourist destination to “hop on” into the international spotlight. It’s now in the running to benefit from tourists’ dollars after a major bus route was introduced through the area. Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) teamed up with Big Bus Tours Miami on Oct. 16 to announce the tour, called the “Uptown” route, through the heart of Overtown, Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District and Historic Downtown Miami. The Uptown route represents the first time since Big Bus came to Miami in 2011 that it has expanded its reach beyond the City and South Beach loops.

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The Sports Brothers

It’s a crazy thought once you think of it but . . . the Dallas Cowboys may very well be the best team in the NFL. Yes they could be America's team again just like the good ole days when Jimmy Johnson famously yelled “How bout dem Cowboys!!” It has been many years since the guys with the star on their helmets became the darlings of America. Cowboys fans have magically reappeared from whatever rock they have been hiding under the last 20 years or so. The shocking truth is nobody saw this coming – nobody. The prognosis was that this was going to be a historically bad defense that had just lost its best player, DeMarcus Ware, to free

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Michelle for Charlie Crist

First lady Michelle Obama threw her support behind Charlie Crist's campaign for Florida governor at a rally in Miami Gardens last Friday. “If we want to finish what we started then we need to elect Charlie Crist governor of Florida,” Mrs. Obama said. “This is on us. It’s all on us. We can’t wait around for people to do this for us.” The first lady's campaign visit follows recent showings by vice president Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, who campaigned in Miami the past month with hopes of reversing voter apathy among Democrats.

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Cyclists confront stigmas with ride through Black communities

Bikers ride by a Liberty City bus-stop in a blur. Young men on the block stare blankly at the scene. It’s not every day that outsiders decisively visit some of Miami's most notable Black neighborhoods. But on a recent Saturday about 150 cyclists — mostly white and Hispanics — convened at Government Center in downtown Miami before going into Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti. For many, it would be the first time they had ever stepped foot into these areas.

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Garcia stumps in Black businesses

Garcia said he is reaching out to part of his district that is largely ignored

It’s just about two weeks before the general election and U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia is visiting his South Dade district. Garcia (D-Miami) sits inside Paramount Dance studios in Homestead watching preteen and teenage girls perform an almost perfect recital. “That’s just wonderful,” Garcia says to the girls, when the music and movement stops. The 9-year-old studio belongs to Ashley Beckno and Lianna Reynolds, both of Jamaican heritage. They are ready to consolidate a studio they have in Miami with the one in Homestead, stop paying rent and open in a bigger space that they own. Their dreams are even bigger than that. They want to open a place for the arts in Homestead.

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Sentence in: Michael Dunn gets life behind bars

The man has no parole for killing Jordan Davis

A life sentence in prison, no parole. That’s the conviction Michael Dunn received for his fatal shooting of teenager Jordan Davis in Jacksonville.

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Accuser reneges on sex assault claim; details Harris to play again

Details show the two holding hands hours before the alleged 'incident'

Former Booker T. Washington athlete Treon Harris is back on his college football team and set to play this Saturday at home.

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Ebola hits home

Ebola is here. Nina Pham is the first person in America to contract Ebola outside of the African continent. The Dallas nurse contracted the deadly virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week after entering the United States from West Africa. There is no need to panic but Ebola is real and medicine is scarce. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death rate for Ebola is 70 percent, not 50 percent as previously reported. So that means for every 10 persons infected, seven will die.

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Bright futures needed

On Nov. 5, Florida’s Board of Governors will hear the concerns of many Black and Hispanic parents, whose children no longer qualify for the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship. That’s because the 7-year-old program that has awarded some $4.3 billion to deserving students raised its academic standards as part of an effort to meet its budget. The fact that two-thirds of Black students do not qualify under the new rules should be alarming, especially for a program that has given so many poor, college-bound seniors new hope of achieving the American dream.

Commission endorses Black museum

County funding a hurdle for project proposed to be located on Miami’s waterfront

The Miami-Dade County commission last week endorsed a plan to erect a Black museum on Miami’s waterfront. In a unanimous decision, commissioners passed Commissioner Dennis Moss’ resolution to instruct Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s staff to put together a plan that would bring a Black museum in a city still struggling to achieve racial and ethnic harmony. The move follows the commission’s endorsement during the summer of a proposed Cuban Exile museum.

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A park makeover helps transform Opa-locka

A barren half-acre lot in Opa-locka has been transformed into a picturesque community park. Milkweed plants and Gumbo Limbo trees were among the foliage incorporated into the makeover of Magnolia Park North, where about 100 volunteers and residents created an exquisite butterfly garden at the park, 2123 Ali Baba Ave.

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Stopping the cycle of domestic violence

Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister, hits her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator over and over. Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were murdered in 2008 by her former brother-in-law, William Balfour. Singer Chris Brown beats his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2008. And in another infamous elevator scene, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his fiancé Janay Palmer, knocking her out and then dragging her into a hotel lobby.

Pastor to receive award created in the name of activist Georgia Jones-Ayers

Ronae Cambridge will be honored at the Spirit of Excellence Gala, Awards Banquet

One is a dynamic religious leader of a Liberty City church. Another one dared to be the first Black to run for mayor for Miami-Dade County. Then there is the activist who serves tirelessly to ensure that Black youth get a quality education in the nation's fourth-largest public school system. Pastor Ronae Cambridge, activist Helen Williams and Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall will be honored for their community service at the Spirit of Excellence Gala and Awards Banquet Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the African Heritage Culture Arts Center, at 6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Have faith to keep and promises to fulfill

Have no fear. Have faith and see the promises of God. At II Kings 6:16-17 in the Bible, there is story about a situation that developed because some seminary students had outgrown their dormitory. They asked Elisha, a prophet of God, for permission to build a new dormitory down by the Jordan River, where there were many trees. He gave them permission to build. The students loved Elisha because of his total trust in God and respected his opinion; therefore, he was asked to go with them to select the spot for their new dormitory. When they found the spot, they begin to chop down the trees.

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Breast cancer survivor dedicates life to giving hope to other patients

In the summer of 1995, Kim Heard was looking forward to her family reunion in Atlanta. She had just arrived at a hotel when she felt something was wrong with her body. “The motion of lifting the suitcase caused a lot of pain under my arm. I immediately checked my armpit and I felt a lump,” recalled Heard. Heard, 38 at the time, knew that a lump meant something was wrong, but chose not to alert her family.

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How a breast cancer diagnosis changed my life

While on a quest for my purpose in life, I received a breast cancer diagnosis. I never asked, “Why me?” Instead, I asked, “What for?” and soon realized that my experience was a vehicle to serve other women. Awareness about breast cancer and access to annual screenings were essential to my early diagnosis. Good treatment options, proper navigation, and skilled care were the keys to my successful outcome. But not all women are as fortunate – and I wanted to change that and make a difference in their lives.

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Faith Calendar

Living Word Christian Center Int’l is having their Women’s Conference Oct. 14-16 at 7 p.m. nightly. Call 305-624-0044. 93rd CDC is hosting author of “12 Steps to Bridge the Gap”, Sindy Eugene, at their Youth and Parent Empowerment Meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-0942 or email 93cdc@bellsouth.net. Christ the King A.O.C. Cathedral Inc. will have a gospel fest Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Call 305-621-6697. Greater St. James Baptist International Church will hold their “Unity Day Celebration” 11 a.m. Sunday and a family style dinner at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Call 305-693-2726.

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World-record holder brings hair-raising experience to Liberty City

Her hair is 55 feet long and Asha Mandela brought all 40 pounds of it to the Natural Styles hair salon at the Northside Flea Market in Miami. Dozens of onlookers were star-struck as they took photos with the famous woman who set the Guinness World Record in 2009 for the longest dreadlocks. “I was like wow. I wondered who that was until people told me,” said Larry Mitts, a shopper who was passing by. “I didn’t want to make it so obvious that I was so excited.”

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Excuse me old man, it's my turn

I saw the two elderly gentlemen walking toward me and my two female companions and I felt relieved. I don't mind the company of beautiful women, but my days of trying to pick up women at galas like this one where Florida Memorial University's new president was just honored are long gone. Standing there in the ballroom of downtown Miami's Intercontinental Hotel, I was just happy for some enlightened conversation amid great company. The food wasn't bad either. So when these two old-timers whom I wanted to engage in a conversation about Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis' ascension to FMU's first female head ignored me, I just shook my head.

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Chatter That Matters

Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, founder 5000 Role Models of Excellence, has patterned her three officers in delivering the message: Regional Tie Tying Ceremonies scheduled as follows: MDCKC: Wed, Oct. 15, Coral Gables High; Oct. 22 Miami Carol City High; and The Hilton Hotel (downtown Omni) Oct. 30.

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