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Dylann Roof's hate is now marketable in the media

The images pitting Blacks against whites are constant. A deluge of sensationalized stories about Black men committing crimes and in prison, featured on popular shows like "Cops" and MSNBC's "Lock Up" set the scene that my kind is Public Enemy No. 1. Emanating from our TV screens, blared across newspaper headlines, the depictions showcase just how much we hate each other. The media's obsession with race hold us in a trance, forcing us however subconsciously, to choose love or hate. Dylann Roof chose the latter.

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Carol City wins Dolphins football tournament

Miami Carol City defeated Dillard, 31-28, in a thrilling game that featured two of the area’s premier teams to win the eighth annual Miami Dolphins Academy 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament. The tournament was presented by Under Armour at Plantation Central Park. This marks the second time in the past three years that Carol City has won the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7. In 2013, they defeated Miami Jackson, 28-21, to advance to the national tournament. “Every year we put this event on our calendar,” Carol City coach Aubrey Hill said. "We're so excited to be part of this tournament and compete against the best high schools in the area.”

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Body cam comments spark protest

Dade County Police Benevolent Association president said Blacks are behind the push for body cameras

At a little after 11 a.m. last Thursday, temperatures rose into the high 90s but the voices of protest was even higher. “Cams on cops; apologize, John; cams on cops; apologize, John,” chanted about 30 protesters across from the Dade County Police Benevolent Association headquarters in Doral. The “John” in the chant makes reference to long-time PBA president John Rivera, who drew the ire of community activists after what they call “insensitive remarks” made on Esta Semana con Raquel, a talk show hosted by Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado on Mira TV, a Spanish-language station.

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Forgiveness for many, a difficult choice

The loved ones of the Charleston church massacre forgive but some just aren’t ready

Forgiveness is a strong “f” word in the Black community right now. It is also the media’s fan favorite in the advent of the Charleston church massacre. While the victims’ loved ones advocate forgiveness, not all parishioners or members of the Black community are ready to forgive. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson gathered with officials to pray at The New Birth Baptist Church Father’s Day service this past Sunday where the “f” word shared the stage with words like “outrage” and “too silent.”

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Opa-locka facing $2M budget deficit

A task force found excessive expenditures from the general fund and little to no safeguards

The Opa-locka city commission convened a special meeting to consider a resolution to direct the city manager to implement the Mayor’s Task Force recommendations in connection with the city’s finances. Mayor Myra Taylor created the task force to review the city’s troubled finances and make recommendations to remedy a mounting budget deficit. The city is projecting a nearly $2 million budget deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. Taylor pointed out that a budget deficit in three consecutive years is cause for Governor Rick Scott to order state intervention by assuming control of the city’s finances, or through advisory oversight. Former Commissioner Steven Barrett, chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force, which includes former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Roosevelt Bradley, accountant Anthony Brunson and Miami Lakes Town Manager Alex Rey, said the city has financial problems.

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Local Haitians protest Dominican deportation law

Saint-Soi Souverin sat on a bench resting and thinking about his plight after being uprooted from his longtime home on the other side of the border in the Dominican Republic, far from the Haitian shelter where he is staying. Dominican authorities deported the 35-year-old farm worker along with his wife and four children last week, leaving Souverin to ponder what he will do in Haiti - a deeply poor country that he left at age 17 to find work in the relatively more prosperous Dominican Republic. "I'm not taking this well," he told The Associated Press in Spanish as his small daughter fell asleep on the shelter's concrete floor last Thursday. "They sent me here with two empty hands. Everything I own was left behind."

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Insensitive comments show lack of character

Kurtis Cook, a former volunteer who had belonged to the Mabank Fire Department in Texas, said last Thursday on a newspaper website that Dylann Roof “needs to be praised for the good deed he has done.” Roof is accused of gunning down nine people in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week. By Friday, the MaBank Fire Department had fired Cook for his post. A Miami-Dade high school principal writes comments on a newspaper website sympathizing with a Texas police officer who is seen in a video with his gun drawn on Black teenagers at a pool party North Miami High School former principal Alberto Iber said of the police officer, who resigned: “He did

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Curb juvenile delinquency

The astounding reminder that violent crimes in our community are being committed by children as young as 13 years old, should give pause. Identified as early as 1991 by a grand jury, the problem with juvenile delinquency persists. Only last week, a 13-year-old juvenile carjacked a vehicle with a 6-month-old baby in the back seat. He later apologized to his mother. But an apology is not enough when you commit a crime, cause pain and suffering and waste taxpayers’ money. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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Civil rights activist honored with school renaming

Allapattah Middle to be renamed after the late Georgia Jones-Ayers

In 1947, the Miami-Dade County School Board bought land in the area now known as Allapattah to make way for a school for white children. The purchase of the land, then known as Railroad Shop Colored Addition, eventually led to the eviction of 35 Black families from their homes on a rainy night on Aug. 1, 1947. Among those uprooted were the late civil rights activist Georgia Jones-Ayers and her family. The school that was built at 1331 NW 46th St. became Allapattah Middle School.

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Democrats trying to buck history in 2016

Speakers at the Leadership Blue Gala say they are ready for Hillary Clinton

Democrats at the Leadership Blue Gala spoke about how important it was to retain a majority in the 2016 election cycle and to retain the presidency, both difficult things to do with the incumbent party in power. History has shown that the party in power loses seats in the midterm elections and also has a hard time retaining the presidency. Florida Democrats lost by a small percentage in the November 2014 elections when Governor Rick Scott took the governor’s mansion for the second time over former Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist. The Leadership Blue Gala was June 13, at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, and included speeches from Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Elijah Cummings, among others. Formerly known as the Jefferson Jackson dinner, the event is an annual one

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100 years of Pearl City

The town in Boca Raton was home to Black workers employed in service and construction jobs

A Centennial Celebration for historic Pearl City, located in Boca Raton near Mizner Park and the City’s downtown, was held on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The neighborhood was originally platted on May 30, 1915 for blue-collar Blacks employed at the Boca Raton Resort and similar establishments, on area farms, in construction, and various other jobs. The activities took place at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and concluded with a barbecue and events for children at Hughes Park.

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Christian performers minister to homeless

Monthly event anticipated, gives home to residents at Miami Rescue Mission

Local Christian performers ministered to hundreds of homeless men at S.H.E.A.R. Inc.’s (Sharing Hope Empowerment And Reaction) monthly “Giving Back Love Through Entertainment” event on June 14 at Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Homeless Men.   The performances made attendees dance, smile and brought some to tears. A couple of men had asked for prayer while a few others had decided to join Miami Rescue Mission’s discipleship program and make a change in their lives.

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Life after two aneurysms

After surgeries, teen regains sight and tumors have shrunk

Last October, then-18-year-old Jean Cine woke up with a pounding headache. The senior at North Miami Senior High school thought taking medicine, resting his head in cold water and sleep would simply make the pain in his head disappear. “When I first got the symptoms, I was just thinking of several ways to get rid of them. I tried everything, but my No. 1 plan was to go to sleep and hope it would just disappear,” said Cine, who recently turned 19.

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Pastor Marshall: There is no distance with God

From Miami to Naples, God is there

The Redeemed Community Church of Naples (RCCON), now at 512 11th St. N., in Naples, Fla. was founded and organized in Liberty City 19 years ago by Reverend Sterling Kevin Marshall. He was led to the Lord as a child by Pastor Katrina Forbes in central Miami at Now Faith Deliverance Tabernacle (NFDT). At the age 19, Marshall was ordained and licensed, by Pastor Forbes, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and certified to perform all homiletical ceremonies “that pastors in the Christian religion were licensed to do,” Marshall said.

Law named after man who died in police custody

Governor Scott signs bill for law officers to improve response to those suffering a diabetic emergency

Last week, Diabetes Awareness Training for Law Enforcement Officers was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The law — HB 201, also known as the Arthur Green Jr. Act -— will require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to create online continuing education training to help officers better recognize when someone is having a diabetic emergency. HB 201 is the first bill in the nation to address the continuing education of law enforcement officers in diabetic emergencies, according to lawmakers. The law will go into effect July 1.

Living will can speak for you when you can't for yourself

Healthcare staff will know your wishes in the case of catastrophe disability

No one likes to think about suffering from a terrible accident or having a debilitating disease that renders them unable to communicate. However, many people who are in those situations have not taken precautions to inform medical staff and their loved ones about what to do if something tragic happens. The simple process of creating advanced directives through a living will or assigning a healthcare surrogate allows making the tough medical decision whether to keep you alive using artificial methods or to allow you to pass on an easier process. People can express their treatment preferences before they actually need such care. It also takes the pressure and responsibility off of your family and friends who may not know for sure what are your desires. As part of their senior lecture series, North Shore Medical Center hosted an event on June 16 to share information on how living wills work. It was hosted by the Director of Risk Management Estelle L. Tuthill, and more than 30 people packed the auditorium to learn more how to protect themselves and

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Film review: ‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’

Documentary film gives insight into paths crossed by Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn in Jacksonville

Jordan Davis was born Feb 16, 1995. Contrary to his belief, he was not named after the basketball legend Michael Jordan.  His mom, Lucia McBath, insists she named him after the crossing over of the Jordan River, symbolizing a new beginning. For his mom and dad, Ron Davis, Jordan was their new beginning. Their lives were changed forever November 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, when shots were fired at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. Ten bullets hit a car full of teenage boys. When the violence is over, 17-year-old Jorda

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The Social Whirl

Exciting news and announcements are on the horizon. Firstly, save the date cards are circulating regarding the dedication of a United States Post Office (Miami Norland Branch) in honor of the life and community service and dedication shown by Reverend Richard L. Marquess Barry on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. The Barry family, like so many other families, has a rich and memorable history in this community. Who can remember dapper Mr. Albert Barry, and his beloved brown and white spectator shoes? The youngsters in the neighborhood loved the church socials at the African Orthodox Church where he would dance and dance and dance and

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Chatter that Matters

Raymond “Ray” Thornton, Sr. (April 15, 1928- June 2, 2015) was eulogized on Friday June 12, at 10 in the morning from Mt. Herman A.M.E Church, Miami Gardens. “The true measure of a man is the impact he has had on the world he left behind.” A loving host of family and friends, and community shaped by his presence is proof that Ray lived a life worth living. Raymond was born in Dawson, Georgia to Homer and Idella Thornton and was the youngest of eight children, growing up in a bustling household of five sisters and two brothers. After the passing of his mother, Raymond’s family moved to Jacksonville where he attended Stanton High School. It was there that he was able to showcase his natural athletic abilities. He gravitated toward football and immediately drew attention on the gridiron due to his uncanny skills as a quarterback. After

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Scholarships given to tech colleges

The Miami Bayside Foundation awarded $70,000 to City of Miami students attending Miami-Dade technical colleges. The presentation was made at a Miami-Dade County School Board meeting on Wednesday, June 17. Baptist Health South Florida partnered with the Bayside Foundation for $20,000 out of the $70,000 awarded.

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