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‘Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)’

Alicia F. Rooks now believes and says she knows that when two people go into the God-ordained institution of marriage, both individuals will have first taken the time to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. Rooks’ first book, “Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)” says in detail: “When we are united by God, we will have done our homework and know without a shadow of doubt that the common denominator, in the relationship, is their love for first, the Lord, and then for each other.”

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‘God has given me a unique way to connect’

Pastor of the Week

Cedon Saintil Jr. was born Nov. 15, 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His family migrated to the U.S. in 1981. Saintil was enrolled for a short period of time at Miami Edison Senior High School, where his newly found friends gave him several nicknames, including Ced, CJ, and Don. He was then transferred to Miami Jackson Senior High, from which he graduated and went on to earn degrees in Medical Technology and Criminal Justice.

Five tips for Women’s Health Month

Try these to stay healthy, happy and strong in all of your every day roles

Women take on many roles – spouses, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, employees, employers, mentors and friends, to name a few. During National Women’s Health Month, observed in May, Broward College’s Employee Wellness Manager Brenda Bordogna is offering five tips for women to stay happy, healthy and strong in all their roles. Make time for yourself. There is a saying, “you can’t give what you don’t have,” and that can be applied to time, care, enthusiasm or energy. It is important to take part in activities that are enjoyable every day, whether that is reading a book, exercising, going to a movie or even taking a bath. This time is crucial in allowing you to have the energy, patience and

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

Get to know stroke and its new treatment

A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the number five cause of death in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It can happen to anyone, but minorities — especially African-Americans— have a higher stroke risk. African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other minority in the United States and they’re twice as like to die from stroke as Caucasians.

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Freedom Riders stage shows struggle

Bethel Apostolic temple hosts Charles Person, the youngest Freedom Rider at the time

All Aboard! "The Story Of The Freedom Riders" is returning to a South Florida stage and the youngest, original Freedom Rider is traveling to Miami for the first time to experience this captivating performance. Charles Person is the youngest member of the original 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride. He and his wife, Joetta, will attend Dedications Dance Academy's stage presentation of the Freedom Riders story at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Bethel Apostolic Temple in North Miami.

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Teenear hangs in Overtown

Miami native and recording artist Teenear launches tour with the students at the OYC

Music and positivity filled the Overtown Youth Center when Miami native and emerging pop artist Teenear launched her tour to share her debut single “Friday Night,” featuring Sage the Gemini. Teenear also spent time with a music class at the Overtown Youth Center sharing her experiences about her up-and-coming music career. The energetic group of students asked her some poignant questions, that she was happy to answer. By popular request, Teenear preformed for the eager students. The session ended with the students and Teenear singing the hook to her song, “Friday Night.” 

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Chatter that Matters

It was early Friday, May 8, when Dr. Enid C. Pinkney turned on her radio WMBM and listened to Bishop Victor T. Curry indicate how lovely was the morning in the sky and how happy he felt for a cloudless day developed by God so she could enjoy a splendid day she has been waiting for 15 years. Even though it was a long time coming, Link Construction employees were putting the finishing touches, including hanging signs that read “Historic Hampton House” while the project director distributed chairs for the Hampton House melodies. Special thanks go out to Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) staff Michael Liu, Clarence Brown and Maria Rodriguez-Porto. PHCD provided the gap financing, which allowed Hampton House to be completed.

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Don't drink and drive

Mock DUI showed BTW students the dangers of underage drinking and driving by reenacting a car accident

Daniella Joseph said the image of her classmates laying unconscious from a car accident was too much for her to take. She watched friends bloodied behind the wheel of a crushed car. Others were laying on the floor, with torn clothing and shards of glass in their bodies. One classmate was pronounced dead on the scene. This wasn't real life but it sure looked like it. It was only a reenactment — an exercise coordinated by the Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition, Gang Alternative and members of the City of Miami police and fire departments —to show students at Booker T. Washington High School the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Alumni Picture Day will be May 23rd at 8 am. Contact 305-755-2558 to schedule your appointment times. Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Miami will host a spring luncheon on May 23, from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at Quality Inn South. Call 305-992-3332. FAMU Alumni Gold Coast Chapter will celebrate alumni from the class of 1940

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$13.5 billion to be spent on water and sewer

The capital improvement plan is expected to be ongoing for 15 to 20 years, should provide more than 16,000 jobs

Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department Director Lester Sola has literally taken his show on the road. Sola embarked on his daunting task of explaining the complexities involved in the $13.5 billion Capital Improvement Program, which will be ongoing for the next 15 to 20 years. It is the largest Water and Sewer Department program in the history of Miami-Dade County. Experts project some 16,470 jobs will be created and an economic impact of about $25 billion.

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Saving the environment

Exchange students from Miami and Jamaica work together to restore part of their community

Last Saturday, students who participate in a program called JaMuve had a workday engaged in environmental restoration activities in the morning and a Skype chat at noon about their experiences. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum’s volunteer-based restoration project called MUVE formed a partnership with the Museum of Natural History in Kingston, Jamaica in Fall 2014. The program was branded JaMuve and is unlike any other exchange program that exists between a museum in the Caribbean and a U.S. museum.

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Cheating, ultimate betrayal

So it seems that the NFL finally nailed the New England Patriots. It was only four months ago that the Pats raised another Lombardi trophy and triumphantly gave all of the league’s other envious franchises a big middle finger. Well, this time the NFL dropped the hammer on the champs. The four-game suspension of iconic quarterback Tom Brady, the stripping of two New England draft picks and a $1 million fine by commissioner Roger Goodell finally showed the doubters that no, the Patriots do not get away with everything. Truth is you couldn’t blame anyone for raising an

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Miami-Dade seeks track stars

USATF meet will take place in June for aspiring young athletes

Kids around Miami-Dade will have an opportunity to show off their running, jumping and throwing skills during the county’s inaugural “USATF Future Stars” Track and Field Meet. The event is being presented by USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Dade Christian School, 6601 NW 167th St. in Hialeah. The youth sporting event is a new addition to the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics.

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Baltimore Raven gives back to community

Elvis Dumervil wants to contribute to Opa-Locka, city's park programs

Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil, who spent seven years with the Denver Broncos and for the past two years has been the outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, returned to his hometown in the City of Opa-locka on Thursday, May 7, to revisit his old training ground. This is a precursor to the city's big 89th birthday celebration he plans to attend on Thursday, May 14, at Sherbondy Village Park. Recently arriving from Baltimore, Maryland, Dumervil agreed that the riots in that city, resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, have had a

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Alumni Picture Day will be May 23rd at 8 am. Contact 305-755-2558 to schedule your appointment times. FAMU Alumni Gold Coast Chapter will celebrate alumni from the class of 1940 on Tues. May 26 at the Church of the Open Door. Please RSVP by May 15. Call 305-370-9026 or email snowgdraner56@yahoo.com.

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Riots and police shootings not just a national problem

While America and the rest of the world watch with shock and dismay as Black citizens are gunned down one after the other by rouge police officers, Miami-Dade County has remained almost silent. Bobby Worthy, president of Justice League United, staged a rally against police brutality May 7 in front of the Miami-Dade County Richard Gerstein Justice Building and it produced more media than participants and spectators. Michael “Black Jesus” of the Black Man’s Movement and four spectators on a blistering hot afternoon joined Worthy.

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Poverty war lost

Poor people persists in Miami-Dade while unemployment falls in the county

America has 99 problems, and poverty is one. At the National Youth Summit’s war on poverty discussion, experts rapped about poverty’s causes and solutions in a numbers battle. At the discussion’s center was President Lyndon Johnson 1964 declaration “to not only relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Many of President Johnson’s programs including food stamps, job corps, Medicaid, Medicare and Head Start existing today. 51 years later, the question is: Do we need a new war on poverty? The panelists at this summit said yes, but differed how to execute the war and what it would entail.

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My Brother’s Keeper should be Obama’s legacy

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance announced by President Barack Obama May 4 aims to give young, Black men a chance to improve their lives. An outgrowth of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched more than a year ago, the nationwide alliance is made up of business leaders, politicians, celebrities and other community leaders.

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Miami Gardens is a city of purpose

In 2003, the City of Miami Gardens was incorporated and instantly became the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Twelve years later, the city continues to stretch its imagination to attain greater achievements for our residents and our children. Project developments are imminent in relation to the city’s general obligation bond. Innovations in policing have resulted in a decrease in crime and increased community safety. Transformative measures in commercial and economic development are in motion and aggressively changing the landscape of the city, both literally and figuratively. Miami Gardens remains an environment that nurtures and cultivates the spirit of entrepreneurship. It is a landscape where the American dream of success is grafted into the fabric of who we are, where we are going, and how we will get there. In short, we are a city with purpose, steadily moving forward with outstretched arms ever-grasping at higher ideals of communal living.

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