New festival to help Caribbean filmmakers
The stage is set for a weekend of cultural pride and empowerment for struggling Caribbean filmmakers who will learn how to succeed in a tough entertainment industry during the inaugural Caribe Film Fest on Feb 27-28 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter.
Another Black man is dead at the hands of law enforcement and this time closer to home, here in Miami Gardens. Lavall Hall was killed in an altercation with Miami Gardens police, but let's not jump on the Ferguson bandwagon just yet before thinking clearly.
What a great time members of the African Committee of the Dade Heritage had at it’s recent 22nd Annual Commemorative Service and the 7th Annual Youth Talent on Parade. The cool weather made it a perfect
The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association wanted a change from the traditional Orange, Black and White Tea this year so they took the tea to the sea by traveling to Bimini during the weekend of February 7 and called it an Orange, Black and White Tea at Sea. Quite an innovative idea and, according to reports a good time was had by all who traveled “cross the water” on the trip. Enjoying “tea” and other activites were:
Greeks, Alsina stomp the FMU yard
There was love in the air at Florida Memorial University, Feb 13. It was a fitting prelude to Valentine's Day. Students and alumni patiently waited and watched performances during Greek Day of Homecoming, though the weather was a lot colder than normal.
Tap into Africa and go global
Black Tech Week is bringing innovators of color and igniting conversation not only to inspire the community to have more of a presence in the field of technology and in business, but to also open discussions on technology and entrepreneurship beyond the local streets of Miami. Black Tech Week, which runs through Saturday, is the brainchild of Miami-based nonprofit, Code Fever. The event gives a platform to entrepreneurs, tech innovators, startup founders, venture capitalists, seasoned investors and other thought leaders.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism team (GMCVB) in partnership with the Black Archives & Research Foundation of South Florida held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday for the new Historic Overtown Visitor Center, located inside the Historic Lyric Theater.
CBS sportscaster Jim Berry has met many Black athletes over the course of his 20-plus years of reporting. At a recent discussion held at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, he shared some stories with students on what he's learned from conducting interviews with sports stars of the day.
The time has finally come around. Like the rapper Flo Rida has said, "It's Goin Down For Real." No more disputes about gloves, steroids and all of that crap. We have finally got a fight. The boxing god's have heard our cries for far too long. We actually began to wonder if rapper Dr Dre's often joked-
The City of Opa-locka and the city’s police department Community Empowerment Team (CET) held a “A Black History Month Extravaganza” on Friday at Sherbondy Village. With words in hand, families opened the program with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written in 1900, by former Florida Memorial University faculty John Rosamond Johnson and his brother James Weldon Johnson.
Calls go out for outisde investigation as family prepares to bury Lavall Hall
Tempers flared at the Miami Gardens City Council Wednesday, as residents and protesters demanded city officials to release the videotapes of the shooting of the Lavall Hall, a mentally-ill 25-year old.
Magnet programs give students and parents choices
Ja Marv Dunn, head principal at Miami Carol City High School, knows the reality that public schools are facing today. Student enrollment is down, and competition is fierce. "Students have so many more options and varied interests these days," Dunn said. "Parents are looking to enroll their children at schools that offer specific programs, magnets that are focusing on specific career fields. A student may be slated to attend a school based on where they live, but that school may not offer the courses or programs that best suits their needs."
Opa-locka's launches its inaugural META series
The contributions of Jefferson Evans and Leah Chase have allowed so many chefs of color to turn their creativity and passion for food into meaningful and fulfilling careers. The Black Culinary Alliance has started a Change.org campaign to have the White House recognize Evans and Chase as Living Legends of Color in American Food History.
Feb. 1-28, Kinad African American Exhibit, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St.: Exhibit runs 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Call 305-375-5730. Feb. 1-28, Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, 480 NW 11th St. Tours run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues-Sat. Cost is $10 per person. Call 305-329-2513 or visit www.historicalblackprecinct.org. Feb. 1-28, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Celebrates “Forty Years of Service,” African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.: Exhibits, performances and art. Call 305-638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmimai.org. Feb. 3-28, KROMA Artists Collective Exhibit: “The Beast: The Artist Confronting the Daily Call to Action,” 3670
It was a Black hospital that began when Black doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital were no longer allowed to treat patients during the Jim Crow era.
He spends much of his time advocating for quality education for poor youth similar to the way Booker T. Washington did for disadvantaged Blacks. Education is part of Fedrick Ingram’s vision to help youth overcome the odds to achieve the impossible. During his career as a music teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High and Booker T. Washington in Overtown, Ingram has helped more than 250 of Ingram’s students obtain music scholarships to college.
Behind every successful movement, there has to be money. The federal, state and city courts paved the legal way to equal rights. Martin Luther King Jr. and others formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after the Montgomery bus boycott. Boycotts send the message that Blacks have some amount of economic power. To propel the modern civil rights movement, the next phase has to be economic justice and support. Matt Haggman, program director of the Knight Foundation, holds the purse strings to millions of dollars, some of which he uses to support our community’s pursuit of economic freedom.
As the president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh leads the organization's efforts to assist Broward County's Black community to achieve social and economic equality. An affiliate of the National Urban League -- the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States based in New York City -- the Urban League of Broward County has been empowering communities and changing lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing and health for 40 years. Smith-Baugh has been a committed advocate for economic growth and stability for families for almost 20 of those years. A graduate of Florida State University, she first joined the Broward Urban League as a program coordinator in 1996.
Barry University student Hector Pizarro seeks social justice for domestic violence victims
Activism starts from within to bring social change to a community. Hector Pizarro, a 25-year-old activist who attends Barry University, uses pain he experienced to raise awareness of domestic violence. Pizarro, who calls himself an Afro-Rican American, is a rape survivor. As a child, he was raped by his babysitters. The Boston-native said many people in the Black and Latino communities are taught to keep quiet or to not “snitch” when they experience violence or abuse. This year, Pizarro is breaking his silence of being a survivor of rape. “With rape, women talk about it, but men don’t, because they feel like their masculinity is taken,” said Pizarro, a Criminology major.