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Making beautiful music

Youth drum line in Miami Gardens open to children of all ages, levels

The Alliance for Musical Arts Youth Drum Line in Miami Gardens is involved with the community. The Youth Drum Line — held at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St. in Miami Gardens -- has kids ages 7 to 18 making beautiful noise.

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High school seniors win Carbonell scholarships

Three high school seniors from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are winners of the Carbonell Award scholarships. Each student was awarded $1,000 to pursue a degree in theater or journalism at a college or university. Although the Carbonell Awards is best known for hon

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JROTC holds military ball, teaches leadership, traditions, ceremony

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) recently held its annual Military Ball and Dining-In Ceremony at the Hilton Miami/Downtown. In honored military tradition, the program was attended by 325 cadets, their families and JROTC instructors from 13 of the 26 JROTC programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including Miami Central, Miami Northwestern and Miami Carol City high schools.

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Comm. Jordan takes flight with Captain Irving

Pilot encourages students to pursue STEM careers

Capt. Barrington Irving gave Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan a first-hand look of his business, Irving Ventures. He took her on a flight March 18. As a business located in Jordan's District 1, Ivring Ventures qualified for a Small Business Mom & Pop grant funded through several county agencies. The company received $5,000 total in two funding cycles through the Mom & Pop grant program, administered by Neighbors And Neighbors Association Inc. (NANA). As a District 1 business, Irving Ventures cannot apply in the next funding cycle.

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The Vailon Group to recruit workers

All Aboard Florida hires business team to give employment opportunities

All Aboard Florida has hired The Vailon Group to implement the company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-based consulting firm, well known for its advocacy on behalf of small businesses, will work with Suffolk Construction, the passenger-rail company’s general contractor that is building its MiamiCentral train station, to ensure that local subcontractors and area workers are included in the project’s construction. “The Vailon Group has a proven track record of advocacy supporting local workers and

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Black women in media honored by the SFBJA

Tales of riot coverage, ethics, Black self-image dominate discussion

Former Miami Herald editor Patricia Andrews remembered her early start as a reporter in Miami in 1979. Soon after, in 1980 the Arthur McDuffie riots sent Liberty City in chaos and Andrews was still fresh from Wisconsin, land of cheese, beer and the Packers. “Surely, they are not going to send the Black reporter just because I am Black? Andrews remembers thinking at the time when the story broke. “But they did send the Black reporter because I am Black.”

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Employ Miami-Dade offers job skills training to workers

On March 24, Miami-dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to debrief them on Employ Miami-Dade, an initiative to come up with ways to bridge the divide between industry and job seekers. Pastor Gary Johnson and others asked questions about the program and the desired outcomes.

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A night at the museum

Jorge M. Pérez, Alberto Ibargüen, and Ambassadors for African American Art host the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art April 1.

Art lovers will get a chance to see the new works acquired through the PAMM Fund for African American Art this Wednesday at the museum. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is hosting the second annual reception to show off contemporary works from the African Diaspora that it committed to buy through a fund, whose $1million seed money came from a $500,000 donation from PAMM trustee and Related Group of Florida chairman/CEO Jorge M. Pérez and a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year, the museum spent about $400,000 on art by famed civil rights artist Faith Ringgold, Al Loving and Xaviera Simmons. This year, the price tags are a bit more modest but the art not any less important, said the museum's Chief Curator Tobias Ostrande. About $180,000 was spent this year. "We wanted to start off the collection la

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Help on the way for struggling cemetery

Supporters seek assistance to clean up Lincoln Memorial Park

Jessica Williams knew she had a challenge on her hands when she assumed the reins of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery from her aunt, Ellen Johnson. In a packed meeting on March 18, Williams and other supporters for the cemetery met with members of the Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board to request assistance to clean up the private-owned graveyard, which has been unkempt for years.

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Tondreau goes to jail for five years

Former North Miami mayor punished for conviction of $11 million mortgage scheme

After an emotional two-hour hearing, a federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to 65 months in prison for her conviction in participating in an $11 million mortgage scheme that abruptly ended her political career.

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New Democratic Determination

Florida dems looking for ways to the state house and the White House

How to win big in the 2016 general election and to return the democrats to a majority in Florida and the country have taken center-stage on the chicken-dinner circuit. A number of listening sessions with high-ranking democratic officials have taken place in Florida in recent weeks, and Broward County Democratic Party Chair Mitch Ceasar and State Party Chairwoman Allison Tant will be at a meeting on Wednesday, March 25 in Pompano Beach, to discuss where democrats need to go in the future.

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The plight of gays in paradise

Church offers venue to discuss LGBT treatment in the Caribbean

“Boom bye-bye ina batty bwoy head. Rude boy naw promote di nasty man. Dem haffi dead.” The year was 1992. Dancehalls and nightclubs worldwide were packed with men and women winding and grinding to reggae superstar Buju Banton’s homophobic hit that loosely translates to: Shoot the homosexual men. Rude (or Gangster) boys won’t promote their behavior, so homosexual men have to die. Twenty-three years later, Jamaica’s boom bye bye mantra still threatens its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (or LGBT) community.

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Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers and school employees to carry guns on public school campuses. Last week, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed 6-3 legislation that

Churches wants to help in Liberty City

On behalf of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida Inc., we add our voices to those of the residents of Liberty City and Liberty Square. Some of their views and wishes were expressed in an article, “Project tenants make steep demands,” published in the Miami Herald on March 11, 2015. The CEG is an association of churches represented by their pastors and liaisons. We are the fifth chapter of a national organization, originally founded in 1995, in Prince Georges County, Maryland (as the Collective Banking Group Inc.).

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Several new housing projects coming to Overtown

Construction of a new affordable housing project is underway in Historic Overtown. On Wednesday, March 18, 2014, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, joined officials and representatives from Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes of Miami to break ground ceremonially on Island Living Apartments. CRA Board Chairman and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, CRA Vice-Chair Commissioner Wifredo Gort and Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson were in attendance.

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Christal Walker: ‘I am a biblical griot here to help win the lost to God’

Get started with what you are passionate about and your gift will find you

For the sixth year, Bible Out Loud Ministries brings to the community the production, “Love Equals An Empty Tomb.” On April 3rd at 6 p.m. — Good Friday for Christians and the beginning of Passover at sundown for Jews — the multi-sensory production will be staged at Ninety-third Street Community Baptist Church at 2330 NW 93rd St., Miami, where Reverend Carl Johnson is pastor.

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Women History Month

Weaving the designs of our ‘Miss. Virgie’

This week, the spotlight shines upon one of Miami’s most talented seamstresses and designers, Virginia Herout Smith-Haddock, who at the thriving age of 91, is still (secretly) designing her couture outfits, just to keep up with the latest fashions. Her parents, the late Rev. Phillip and Jane Herout, migrated to the United States in 1920 as missionaries from the Brethren Church in Georgetown British Guyana, South America.

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Dr. J. Curtis Eubanks is a pastor’s pastor

Military-man-turned-church-founder recommends a consistent prayer life

The Reverend Dr. James Curtis Eubanks of Fort Lauderdale is a pastor’s pastor. He has personally mentored and prepared four ministers to become pastors. Currently, he is the counseling pastor for the members of Northside Church of God at 2590 NW 103rd St. in Miami where Minister Paul Nicholson is the interim pastor. “Dr. Eubanks is a real example of what a true man of God and a pastor should be. He is truly a man of integrity,” Nicholson said.

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Changing the old face of health for mothers, babies

Literary Jazz Brunch raises funds to help women here and abroad

Late last year, a call came into the Footprints Foundation office from a woman who said she was a midwife in Florida City. She said she was happy that Footprints was working in Africa but that Florida City needed Footprints' attention. "Women and babies are having bad outcome down here and we need your help," she said. Florida City is largely populated by African American, Hispanic and some Caribbean folks, mainly Jamaicans. Most residents are agricultural workers. There  is a quaintness to this city but that quaintness belies the fact  that maternal and infant mortality is quite high here. "There are too many Cesarean section down here, " says Joni McCann, Florida City's lone midwife.

Reducing your risk of colon cancer: Making lifestyle steps

Colon cancer is not a common topic of conversation, but it is a fairly common type of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 102,480 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year. When coupled with rectal cancer, which accounts for about 40,340 new cases annually1a, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women, excluding skin cancers.

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