Haitian food and Hebrew hymns stir up this 34-year-old neighborhood staple
A beer-chilling breeze glides through 71st Street off Northwest Sixth Avenue. Black men with time-speckled beards gather under dry, coconut trees. A mini jitney squeezes down the narrow-waisted block as the dissonant melody of Haitian Kreyol and Jamaican patois crescendos above the live reggae. It’s hard to conceive a different picture for this part of town. But Noam Yemini does. “I was conceived over here,” says Yemini, Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge owner and general manager, pointing at the shanty-garden’s eastside wall. “And I was born there,” Yemini continues, pointing at a tent cut off from the rest of the garden.
The Miami-Dade National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) holds a Miami Greek Picnic on Saturday, April 30 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Historic Virginia Key Beach. Visit MiamiGreekPicnic.EventBrite.com. Miami Northwester Class of 1966 will have their 50th reunion dance on Saturday, May 7 from 8 to 1 at Miami Firefighters Benevolent Hall. Call 305-338539. Lincoln Memorial Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery will be open for Mother’s Day. Call 786-520-0552 or 305-758-2292.
“Shuffle Along” a 1921 musical which was one of the earliest stage hits that was written, directed and starred in by Blacks opened on Broadway April 28th and two young performers in the ensemble, Karissa Royster and Curtis Holland are the newest ‘Broadway Babies’ on the theater scene. They are realizing their dreams and working hard with their passion for dancing.
University track and field teams finish in fifth place at championship event
The Florida Memorial University men's and women's track and field teams performed well at the Sun Conference Track and Field Championship in Miramar. The men finished in fifth place with 76 points and the women’s team came in fifth with 99 points. Warner University won on the men's side with 186 points and Webber International won on the women' side with 159 points. Florida Memorial picked up five conference champion honors and 26 all-conference honors at the Sun Conference Championship at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar.
Northwestern and North Miami Beach advance to track state finals this weekend
They journeyed to Pompano Beach for the Florida State High School Track and Field Region competition at Blanche Ely High School. The first four finishers in each event advanced to the finals at Bradenton IMG Academy on May 6 and 7. And, yes, the Miami Northwestern Lady Bulls won in smashing style as the Ely Tigers captured first place in the boys’ competition. “My young ladies did alright,” Lady Bulls Coach Carmen Jackson said in an understatement. “We had 18 kids advance in 13 events. Now, we have to show up, keep our focus, work on our weaknesses.” The Lady Bulls will compete in the following categories: 100- and 300-meter hurdles, 100-, 200- and 800-meter runs, 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays, the long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put and discus. That much fire power gives the Lady Bulls a reasonable chance to win a record 13th state championship for Jackson, who has also won 11 consecutive Greater Miami Athletic Conference titles.
Brothers 2 Brothers partner with Related Urban for Community Day in Liberty Square
Related Urban Development Group, the recomended developer to rebuild Liberty Square, got thumbs up from the housing projects’ Resident Council Tuesday morning at a prayer breakfast for seniors in the community. The resident council told the crowd gathered at the breakfast of their approval of the developer’s plans to rehab the dilapidated buildings. “We had a vote among the board and the majority of the council voted yes,” said Vice President of the Liberty Square Resident Council, Crystal Corner. “The plans are good for the residents. We’re excited about jobs and to redevelop a better, safe neighborhood.” Corner said the council is waiting on the May 12 Miami-Dade County Commission meeting at which commissioners will vote on whether to move forward with the developer’s plans.
Tax credits, area median income complicate finding housing that is affordable
Daniella Pierre is an advocate and a casualty – a casualty of making too little money to pay for market-rate rental apartments but making too much to live in county-funded affordable rental properties. Pierre is the Housing chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Branch of NAACP. But she is also one of thousands in Miami-Dade who are struggling to find an affordable place to live. Pierre, a mother of two, currently lives in one of the county-funded apartment buildings but she would like to
Residents gather to memorialize the past
Ten years ago, the Miami Dade Housing Agency tore down 850 public housing units in the James E. Scott & Carver Projects in the hopes of revitalizing the community and creating better housing environments for Liberty City residents through HOPE IV. However, they failed to complete new housing units, displaced hundreds of residents and misappropriated thousands of dollars. Without proper planning and documentation of Scott Carver residents, many were left homeless, relocated or in nearby shelters.
Fallout from article may spill onto city commission meeting
Opa-locka residents are calling for the firing of the city manager and other employees named in a recent published report that alleges bribery and extortion by high-ranking officials. The city is already reeling from news of debt, pending layoffs and corruption investigations. Residents like Alvin Burke say allegations raised in a Miami Herald article heap more body blows on a mortally wounded opponent.
The civil rights activist talks youth, nonviolence and the elections
Congressman John Lewis was 16 years old when he tried to get his first library card. He went to a library in Troy, Alabama -- about 50 miles from Montgomery -- but was told the cards were for “whites only.” “I knew and had an understanding that this was a public library … my mother and father paid taxes. The library should have been open to everyone,” said Lewis. He eventually received the library card – in 1998 when he returned for his book signing.
The dozen or so children spoke with raised voices over the roar of rush-hour traffic along Northwest 27th Avenue near the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Gardens: “Hands up, guns down. Don’t shoot,” they repeated in unison. All of this took place under the watchful eye of a public school teacher who is turning a personal tragedy into a movement to reclaim communities and prevent senseless deaths.
ICARE says he was robbed; district stands behind the selection process
The runner-up for the Principal of the Year award is William Aristide, principal of Booker T. Washington Senior High, but the head of a group that represents inner-city schools is crying foul. William DC Clark, president of ICARE (Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education), has complained on social media and in statements that he believes Aristide was robbed of the top spot.
Jocelerme Privert, now serving as provisional president
When the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, was asked if he were keeping up with the presidential campaign here, he thought the question was about the election problems in his country. It wasn’t a big misunderstanding. Both countries are experiencing difficulties and controversy, though things appear to be worse in Haiti.
When I got saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, I got more involved in reading the word of God. I was sure it was happening to me and Deacon William James Canady made sure that God will get his best out of me. In July 2014, I was on my way to New Way Baptist Church when the spirit of God began to tug on me, pulling me to toward Fellowship Of Praise Church Of God By Faith under the direction of Elder Dr. Larry Lee. I ignored the spirit and continued on my way towards New Way Baptist Church to attend Sunday morning service. When service was over I left church and decided to take a short cut through the field when
Carol City High School Alumni event draws hundreds promoting non-violence
The theme this weekend in Miami Gardens was peace, love and unity through two events that garnered thousands of attendees. On Saturday, Miami Gardens Police sponsored Peace in the Gardens, a first time event where police officers – all dressed casually and out of uniform -- fellowshipped with the residents and businesses they protect and serve. Held at Rolling Oaks on April 16, residents came out for free food, music, games and activities for kids and a live performance R&B singer Ronnie VOP – a Miami Gardens native who recently performed at Jazz in the Gardens. The singer performed his news song title “Set me Free”, with a message of hope and anti-violence. Police Chief Antonio
No, it is not December 2016 or January 2017. And for those who find the word offensive, especially when used in mixed company, I did say “Nigger of the Year.” No misprint. Years ago, when I wrote weekly, under the byline, “Somebody Needs to Speak out,” the highlight of the year was, my annual “Nigger of the Year” award. This award was given to that person, who, in my judgment, deserved to be stripped of his/her identity with Black Miami, because of his/her public display of selfish behavior -- in the name of “Blackness.” My public use of this disparaging word was disturbing, embarrassing and upsetting to some, but understood and appreciated by many. It was
Now they must find the funds for the long-term project
State Rep. Kionne McGhee and five South Miami-Dade mayors were absolutely giddy April 21 after key county and local leaders unanimously voted for a plan that could bring rail lines to the southern reaches and elsewhere in the Greater Miami area. But the mood was even more jovial on the dais, where the decision makers hailed what some say is a significant and rare showing of unity around an issue that vexes drivers of every stripe — mass transit. “This has a lot of moving parts but, this is the first time where you have local elected officials, on the same page with state and federal officials. This is a first,” said McGhee.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. State Department as their backdrop, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday, April 20, gave the world a moving reminder that the 219 Chibok schoolgirls who are still missing after their abduction by Boko Haram deserve to be remembered every day, not just on tragic anniversaries. The fight for their safe return is a global one.
On Saturday, April 16, Miami’s youth gathered at the north side of the Ludlam Trail to participate in its largest cleanup project to date for Global Youth Service Day. HandsOn Miami, an organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes the community to take action in local volunteer efforts, chose the Trail as the official on-site event for this internationally recognized day.
People are tired of seeing so much violence
Black Christians shocked Hollywood last September. “War Room,” the mainstream, prayer-themed film starring unknown Black actors, dethroned the hit N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” at the box office over Labor Day weekend. But this was no fluke. Black Christian entertainment has been broadening its appeal for years. Veteran entertainment journalist Jawn Murray, who powers his own popular lifestyle website, AlwaysAList.com, credits Oprah Winfrey’s talk show for this new gateway of opportunity for Black entertainers.