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The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a meeting to plan its 45th reunion, 10 a.m. on Sat., August 2, at Piccadilly’s restaurant in Hialeah. Call 305-620-4827. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141.

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Jumbos closes doors

Liberty City staple closes its doors after 59 years

Just on the brink of losing a fan-favorite Miami Heat Player, LeBron James — Miami takes yet another loss — Jumbo’s. As the old tried-and-true saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” On Wednesday, July 23, Jumbo’s restaurant served its last order of its famous fried shrimp. With a live band and plenty of hungry patrons to accompany him, owner, Bobby Flam, 69, went out with a smile.

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Dr. Venessa Walker opens chiropractic, wellness center

Community shows support at launch party

On the brink of a demographic and cultural shift around the nation, Dr. Venessa “V” Walker, DC makes her way into the chiropractic industry at a pivotal time in history. It is reported that many Blacks were unfamiliar of the benefits of chiropractic care but with women like Dr. V a change can affect many lives.

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Tolerance is a two-way street

Tolerance. By definition, it means "the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with." The last part of the definition is very telling “. . . behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Our tolerance of different social issues is constantly being tested. We saw a classic example of that this past week in the world of sports.

Pastors lead march against crime in Liberty City

Dozens of religious leaders walked arm in arm and sang spiritual hymns as they led a chorus of weary residents through tough neighborhoods last Saturday in a demonstration reminiscent of those during the civil rights era.

TACOLCY CEO ousted, decision applauded by some

A group of residents known as The Concerned Citizens for the Preservation of TACOLCY, has been calling for Brown’s removal since a whistleblower complaint was filed last August.

Former N. Miami mayor business partner pleads guilty

Former North Miami mayor likely to serve several decades behind bars after business partner strikes plea deal.

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James Brown biopic hits home for one Miami daughter

Legendary performer and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown left to the world more than dance moves and music.

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

In 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people he would not let “congressional gridlock slowdown our economic growth.” On October 24, 2011, in his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, President Obama said, ‘Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs . . . we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional congress to do its job. Where they won’t, I will.’

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Hampton Village Apartments opens with ribbon cutting

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped to welcome the new Hampton Village Apartments complex in Brownsville to District 3 on June 26, 2014. The units took the place of old and dilapidated apartments located at 2800 N.W. 43 Terrace, Miami, directly adjacent to the Historic Hampton House, currently under reconstruction.  The Hampton Village Apartment Complex is composed of 100 affordable units.

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Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti set to reopen

Located in the heart of Little Haiti, the long awaited reopening of the Caribbean Market Place (CMP) will take place on July 18, 2014, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 – 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL. The commemorative event starts at 4:30pm. Special guests are scheduled to be in attendance. The re-establishment of this Marketplace is a collaborative effort of the City of Miami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon. 

Marla Wilson appointed executive director of mentoring program

Tracy Wilson-Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program welcomes Marla Wilson as its new Executive Director. Wilson, the past Senior Director of the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association and Executive Director for the Miami March of Dimes, will oversee Honey Shine’s programs and services as well as development structure for all operations.

District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the  future Twin Lakes Park. 

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Payday lender hit with $10M in penalties, refunds

ACE Cash Express, which has stores in Liberty City, Opa-locka and North Miami will pay $10 million in penalties and refunds for violations in its debt collection practices. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck a deal with the company, which was accused of forcing customers into taking out more loans by harassing them and threatening them with lawsuits and criminal prosecution. “This culture of coercion drained millions of dollars from cash-strapped consumers who had few options to fight back,” CFPB director Richard Cordray said in a statement.

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Suspects in death of Liberty City pastor had criminal past

Last week’s shooting death of pastor Kenneth Johnson wasn’t the first time suspects Larry Flowers and Tyreke Desire committed felonies that involved serious robberies. The two have been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Johnson who was gunned down during a violent robbery at City Market in Liberty City last week.

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Pitfalls that pastors should avoid

Five rules that are helpful for religious leaders

Christian pastors are known for being kind and caring to their congregations while uplifting them with inspiring messages. But while goodness and compassion are standard among the clergy, controversy and scandal are not infrequent in the lives of religious leaders.

Book Review: By Rochelle’s Bedside

Rochelle’s Bedside is a book written by a young lady, Levita Lynn Jones. She is a wife, mother and an ordained minister of the gospel, who sincerely believes that she is to do what God instructs her to do, without reservations. She was instructed by God to “go and pray for Rochelle.” A young lady she had never met before and she did as instructed, more than 10 years ago.

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Sound Doctrine: The belief of many Christians

Denomination does not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in 2 Timothy 2:4, “Preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patient. Correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

What can I do to keep me and my family safe from serious burns?

Anyone who has suffered a burn knows that these types of injuries can be extremely painful. In many cases, however, burns can be avoided. From a lit burner on a stove to a hot cup of coffee to an iron accidentally mishandled or left on, there are numerous items in your home that are potential burn hazards that can cause debilitating injuries and pain. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people were treated for burn injuries last year and nearly a third of them were children.

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