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Amendment 2 is about the rights of patients

I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for peoples’ rights. Florida’s Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights. While I wish that no individual would experience the suffering necessary to qualify for access to medical marijuana under this measure, someday that patient might be you or a family member or a close friend. From my tenure as president of the NAACP Florida State Conference, I’ve learned that Floridians are incredibly compassionate when they learn about the injustices around them. The notion that many sick and suffering individuals in our state must fear criminal punishment for seeking the doctor-recommended treatment that they need is one such injustice.

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Committed to being a servant of true God

Thelma B. Knowles was born in Miami, to the parentage of Willard and Jouselin Butler. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1959 and from Southern University in 1961. Knowles would later receive her Doctorate Degree in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1996. She has been in the gospel ministry for more than 40 years, and in the interim was ordained an apostle. She embraced Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1954.

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Critically acclaimed Gracias Choir performs in Miami

Group will present free Christmas Cantata

The Gracias Choir was introduced to me by Sarai Trinidad, a media coordinator, and Paul Black who works for International Youth Fellowship (IYF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world. Trinidad informed me that “the critically acclaimed Gracias Choir returns to Miami to provide a musical experience unlike any other. This year’s Grand prizewinner of the Riva del Garda international Choral Competition in Italy and the winner of the first prize at Montreaux Choral Competition in Switzerland,” will present the “Gracias Christmas Cantata.”

Breaking the silence about AIDS

Florida has been heavily impacted by the prevalence of the disease

Do you have HIV/AIDS and need help? Are you afraid to ask for help? Are you unsure of where to get help? The Florida Department of Health, Section of HIV/AIDS is here to help you improve the quality of your life. The state of Florida offers a variety of confidential HIV/AIDS services. New treatments, medications and support mean longer, healthier lives for people with HIV. The more you know about this chronic illness, the more you’ll be able to work

Longtime partner splits from Black accounting firm

Brunson to open new office

After a 30-year partnership, Anthony Brunson has ventured away from local accounting firm Sharpton, Brunson and Company to form his own professional team. Brunson announced the Sept. 15 split from the firm that used to bear his name in a press release. In it he mentioned the legacy of service Brunson and former partner, Darryl Sharpton, provided to clients in South Florida.

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The Sports Brothers

Mark D'Onofrio needs to go

I’m not sure how one goes about firing one of their most loyal and best friends, but Al Golden better figure it out faster than Mark D’Onofrio can figure out that Nebraska is going to keep running the ball. It is time for a change on the defensive side of the ball. D’Onofrio’s lack of adjustments, preparation and coaching has cost the Hurricanes another victory and now it has been one too many. For too long under Golden’s regime has the thorn in the Miami Hurricanes’ side been the defensive coaching and game planning. The Hurricanes need a change and Golden needs to fire D’Onofrio — now.

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Chatter That Matters

We proudly announce that the 2014-15 Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund have awarded $442,000 in scholarships to 11 applicants.  The 17-year partnership has allowed 399 master’s and doctoral business tuition awards to be granted to Blacks in South Florida from 12 different Florida universities.

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Would-be first Black city manager declines offer

One week after making history, Jim Beard is out as Coral Gables’ first Black city manager. Beard’s withdrawal was announced at the city commission meeting on Tuesday at the same time that reports surfaced that Beard had a domestic abuse charge and a bankruptcy case. The announcement came as city officials were set to approve Beard’s salary and start date. Beard was picked as Coral Gables’ city manager Sept. 16 over four other finalists. Beard did not attend the meeting.

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Go Hard: Football teams to stay at Overtown practice field

A community football organization is free to continue its pursuits at an Overtown park, despite prior allegations that it would be forced out. Overtown Community Optimist Club has held team practices at Williams Park for 21 years and will not be relocated elsewhere, according to a Sept. 22 announcement by Nzeribe Ihekwaba, Miami assistant city manager.

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Young girl bakes her way to sweet success

A Miami youngster who has been nationally recognized for her personalized cupcake business is now raising funds to promote literacy in her grandfather's hometown. Eight-year-old Taylor Moxey, also known by the title printed across her business cards Taylor the Chef, created her pastry company after her parents challenged her to buy her own toys. “This all started as a Sunday afternoon trek to Target. She would ask for a toy every Sunday. Then she would have these dolls all over her tub,” said Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad.

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Community Fest celebrates Haitian culture

Event aims to bring more exposure to Little Haiti's cultural center

It’s the perfect place for a big party. A colorful mural of Haitian culture serves as a dramatic backdrop to an outdoor stage where artists and musicians can entertain spectators as they mingle in a grand courtyard surrounded by palm trees and sculptures.

FIU doctor calls for more help in fighting Ebola

FIU professor Dr. Aileen Marty has returned to Miami after 31 days in Nigeria, serving with the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s infectious diseases specialist called for sustained international attention on the Ebola outbreak and urged U.S. and European authorities to step up screening of travelers from countries where Ebola is present.

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Residents stuck in Liberty City slum

Damaged building to remain open as tenants have nowhere to go

The City of Miami decided not to shut down a Liberty City Apartment where dozens of residents have complained about unsanitary conditions. Miami Assistant City Attorney Brian Dombrowski reaffirmed the city’s decision at a meeting last week at the Overtown NET Center. The move has left 77 residents of the apartment with very few options and nowhere to go.

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Forum lights up debate on marijuana

South Florida divided on Amendment 2 as NAACP supports initiative

The medical marijuana debate fired up South Florida last week, with parties for and against Florida allowing patients access to the highly addictive substance. Voters will get a chance to have their say during the Nov. 4 General Election. On the ballot, the medical marijuana question is called Amendment 2. Proponents for legal medical marijuana say it is about compassionate care and alleviating pain and suffering for the sick. Opponents say medical marijuana is a staging ground for legalized recreational marijuana use and destroying neighborhoods, especially within the Black community.

Eufaula Frazier: 90th birthday to raise funds for students

“A servant to humanity, trailblazer, innovator and visionary,” are adjectives used by Akua Scott and others to describe Eufaula S. Frazier. Scott and Liz Collins are co-chair and chair respectively, of a committee preparing to celebrate this Frazier’s 90th birthday on Oct. 18 at the Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW 42nd Ave. from 7 to 11 p.m.

Judge Ok’s EEOC’s investigation of KB Staffing Inc. services

A federal court has ordered KB Staffing Inc., a staffing firm servicing Central Florida, to comply with an administrative subpoena issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The subpoena, issued in December 2013, seeks information pertaining to a charge filed with the agency alleging that KB Staffing discriminated against current and prospective job applicants and employees because of improper health questionnaires.

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Medical marijuana: Stirring the pot

Everyone knows someone who experiences debilitating pain or suffers as the disease ravages their body. That you cannot relieve their condition brings a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Doctors have an arsenal of highly addictive drugs that they dispense for pain, some with severe side effects. Pill bottles are marked with labels telling people to be cautious when using these drugs.

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TSU beats CSU 30-16

The Texas Southern Tigers (TSU) remained undefeated after a 30-16 win over the Central State Marauders last Saturday in the inaugural HBCUX Classic at Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. Central State University (CSU) got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal from kicker John Adams. Later in the first- quarter, TSU quarterback Fred Plummer connected with Jamal Small for a 6-yard score to take a 7-3 first quarter lead. Wide receiver Malik Cross caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Plummer to give the Tigers a 13-3 lead heading into halftime. TSU scored an early touchdown in the second half when Daveonn Porter rushed for a 26-yard touchdown. He ran for 89 yards on 18 carries on the night.

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HBCUX Classic Bahamaian Style

Texas Southern and Central State clash in Nassau

Only in the Bahamas can you find a college football game with a splash of carnival. Blue skies, beautiful beaches and the crystal clear waters of Nassau provided a picturesque backdrop for the inaugural HBCUX Classic last Saturday between the Texas Southern University (TSU) Tigers of Houston, Tx. and the Central State University (CSU) Marauders of Wilberforce, Oh. at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Texas Southern defeated Central State 30-16 on the football field, but both teams won an experience that will be remembered for the rest of their lives.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW class of 1955 will meet on 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral. Call 305-637-6677.

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