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Here comes ‘The Yard’

Creator of “Soul Food” shoots pilot for BET

Three-time NAACP Image Award® winner and Writers Guild of America nominee, Felicia D. Henderson (“Soul Food,” “Gossip Girl,” “Everybody Hates Chris”), has received a greenlight for her BET Networks two-hour drama pilot, “The Yard.” Henderson is the creator of Showtime’s “Soul Food,” television’s longest running African American-themed one-hour drama. Henderson co-created “The Yard” with Charles Holland (“CSI: Miami,” “Soul Food,” “New York Undercover”) for BET Networks. The pilot will be directed by Rob Hardy (“Power,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Vampire Diaries”), who also executive produced the feature film, “Stomp the Yard.”

‘Little Shaq Takes a Chance’ is definitely a fun read

Book offers kids a lesson in growing and trying plenty of new things

“Here, try this.” Ugh. That’s advice you almost never take because you hate new things. You know what you like, you know what you don’t – and there are plenty of things that fall into the last category. But, as in the new book “Little Shaq Takes a Chance” by Shaquille O’Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, unless you try something, how do you know for sure? Little Shaq loved his mother’s cooking, so when he and his cousin

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The Social Whirl

Blessings and congratulations to The Most Reverend George Walter Sands who was given a 15th Anniversary celebration by parishioners, of St. Peter’s African Orthodox Cathedral on April 16th at Shula’s Hotel in Miami Lakes. Parishioners, friends and family were on hand to celebrate with Bishop Sands. Their theme was taken from Jeremiah 3:15: “Honoring our Bishop’s Spiritual Knowledge and Earthly Understanding.” A well-planned program included a poetic reading tribute from Tiffany

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Chatter that Matters

In this week’s edition of Chatter, the music world mourns an icon. This past Thursday we lost Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson). He was 57 years young. The legend was found unconscious in an elevator at his Paisley Park Compound. CPR was performed but unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead. News of his death spread quickly and everyone that was a fan began to post their condolences on all of the social media outlets to the late singer. We have lost another one of

Black Archives celebrates reopening of collection to public

Reception, dedication ceremony for members, donors takes place Sunday  

The Black Archives announced the long-awaited reopening of its archival collection to the public since the relocation of the Archives from its previous home. For more than 30 years, the Archives were stored at the Joseph Caleb Center, but the collection has now been relocated to its home in Overtown at the new Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex. The organization is celebrating the occasion with a Wine & Cheese Reception & Dedication Ceremony for its members and donors from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave.

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Getting ready for college

$1,000 scholarships awarded to 117 Miami-Dade students by Youth Fair

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition announced the first round of Scholarship Program recipients at its annual awards ceremony dinner on April 19. “We saw by the large number of talented, intelligent and deserving high school seniors who applied to our Scholarship Program that there is a need for finding ways to make higher education reachable. We are proud to be able to help make college education a little more affordable for Miami-Dade students,” said Robert Hohenstein, president and chief executive officer.

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African-American achievers feted by JM

$40,000 to be donated on behalf of this year’s honorees

Four inspiring community leaders were honored for their contributions to South Florida at the 24th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 20 at the Broward County Convention Center.   In recognition of this year’s achievers and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, JM Family and subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus will make a contribution of $10,000 in each achiever’s name to the charity(ies) of his or her choice, totaling

Black people, stop bouncing your checks

Overdraft fees can translate to an interest rate of 17,000 percent

While African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. populations, they make up 19 percent of heavy overdrafters, says a recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts. Released last week, the study showed that African Americans were overrepresented as an ethnic group who are heavy overdrafters. The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned a survey of heavy overdrafters, those who incurred more than $100 in overdraft and nonsufficient funds fees — or roughly three $35 fees — in 2014. For these consumers,

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SunTrust promotes financial education

Safety Michael Thomas and SunTrust kick off partnership at Norland High last Friday

Miami Dolphin Safety Michael Thomas on Friday, April 22, teamed with SunTrust Bank’s South Florida President & CEO Margaret Callihan to teach 11th and 12th grade students at Norland Senior High School about the importance of making good financial decisions. As part of Financial Literacy month, Callihan and Thomas led the students through three topical discussions: setting financial goals, renting vs. buying and the pros and cons of homeownership. The one-hour exercise concluded with a game to challenge the students and a raffle for a Michael Thomas autographed Miami Dolphins helmet.

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‘The Art of Championship’

Exhibit marks 10th anniversary of Miami Heat’s NBA titles

The KROMA Art Gallery, located at 3628 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, will showcase the NBA “Legends of Basketball – We Made this Game,” a Miami Heat NBA collage series by Erika King, until May 13. King is also offering fans an opportunity to create personalized custom-made Miami Heat championship collages, which could include photos of family and friends and would be the ultimate Heat fan collage. The artwork in the exhibit is produced by Cash McMahon, Icon Art Images, Sam Battistone and Dreamstar and features the hand-signed autographs of 60 NBA greats.

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Lady Bulls district champs

Miami Northwestern track and field team heading to regional competition

The Miami Northwestern Lady Bulls corralled the competition to capture the District 15-4A Track and Field Championship at Tropical Park last Thursday. It was yet another District title in a string of championships for the Lady Bulls under Coach Carmen Jackson, who has also won 11 consecutive GMAC (Greater Miami Athletic Conference) titles and 12 state championships in 26 years as head coach.

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Publicist: Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released. The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist broke through in the late 1970s with the hits "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover," and soared over the following decade with such albums as "1999" and "Purple Rain." The title song from "1999" includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999." The Minneapolis native, born Prince Rogers Nelson, stood just 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: "Sign O' the Times," ''Graffiti Bridge" and "The Black Album."

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Tubman to be new face of $20 bill, Hamilton stays on $10

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin among the iconic faces of U.S. currency. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman's portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years. The leader of the Underground Railroad will replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, who will be pushed to the back of the bill. Lew also settled a backlash that had erupted after he had announced an initial plan to remove Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary, from the $10 bill in order to honor a woman on the bill.

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Too much secrecy around fired cultural center manager

On April 4, Sandy Dorsainvil was fired from her job as manager of the Little Haiti Cultural Center. As an at-will employee not represented by a union, her former employer, the city of Miami, could release her at any time, without cause. It seemingly did. With no reason for her firing given, the community at large has expressed concern and dismay about her dismissal. For those who don’t know her, she ran the Little Haiti Cultural Center. She started working there as a marketing specialist. Under her watch, the center has expanded programming that included Art Basel. The cultural center became a household name with Dorsainvil at the helm.

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Gaining respect with wins

Lady Red Raiders remain undefeated and head to GMAC Tournament

The Miami Edison High School Lady Red Raiders swept through Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ inaugural flag football season undefeated. A string of four preseason tournament wins and eight regular season victories led the Lady Red Raiders to the District 15-1A championship, since the boys’ soccer team won their District two years ago. “It’s a blessing,” said Coach Vincent Hall, who also is the receivers coach for the boys’ varsity football team. “The hard work these young ladies put paid off, especially since we have no seniors on the team. “Now, people will take notice. They won’t have frowns on their faces when Edison is mentioned. Now, it’s different. It motivates us, motivates the guys to work harder. Some even joke that we should put some of the girls on the varsity.”

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Team Warriors defeat the Bulls, 30-28

On March 31, the Miramar PAL 13 under Team Warriors coached by Jamal Williams defeated the Bulls with a 2 point victory of 30-28 at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, to remain undefeated with an 11-0

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American High School cheerleaders go to nationals

Patriots squad has been undefeated in four other cheer competitions

The American Senior High School Patriots 2016 Competition Cheerleading Squad is fired up and ready to go as they prepare for the Florida Cheer & Dance Association (FCDA) National Cheerleading Competition on Saturday, April 23, in Orlando. This year, the competition squad has been undefeated 4-0, taking home first place each competition. Competing for the first time as a team, they have earned the titles of Beach Bash Grand Slam Champions at the American Cheer & Dance Association (ACDA) competition at Nova South Eastern University; Grand Champions at the FCDA competition at Miami Norland Senior High School; Best Cheer Dance Champions a

Overtown open for business

Interested business owners can find out more April 21 at Historic Lyric Theatre

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency invites entrepreneurs and business owners interested in expanding, relocating or opening a business to Overtown’s Open for Business event. The event will be April 21 at 4 p.m. at the Historic Lyric Theatre, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami. The event will highlight the progress and development plans that are currently underway in Overtown. Among the most notable will be the opening of a new restaurant, supper club and lounge by award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson where Clyde Killens’ Pool Hall once was. Details concerning this project are still

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Easy, effortless ways to save money without sacrificing fun fun

Winter is the season for saving – at least the tail-end, anyway. We use all of January, February, and March to save up for the season coming. But in April, we want to spend. There are trips to take, vacations to book, festivals to attend, endless sunshine-loving outfits to buy. Spring and the upcoming summer are the seasons we splurge relentlessly and without apology; budgets are made to be broken under the beauty of sand, sun and surf.

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Summit targets entrepreneurs

“This ain't an expense; it's an investment,” said Alfred Edmond Jr.

Miami is growing into an entrepreneurial hub. South Florida has several companies and resources that are based here that promote starting your own business. Because of this growing ecosystem, the team behind Black Enterprise decided to bring its 2016 Black Enterprise Summit to Miami to help bring the next great business to fruition. “We don't talk about business we do business at the summit. If you're serious about entrepreneurship, this ain't an expense; it's an investment,” said Alfred Edmond Jr., senior vice president and editor at large of Black Enterprise.

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