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President Obama visits New Orleans to commemorate 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina left some 1,800 dead and a million people displaced

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, President Barack Obama will visit the city on Thursday, Aug. 27th

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From Jena 6 to law school: Theodore Shaw

A guy who was charged with attempted murder as part of the notorious 'Jena Six' got a full ride to law school

The Jena Six were initially charged with attempted second-degree murder for beating a student who had to go to the emergency room but who later attended a school event that same night.

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Drake and Serena Williams dating, R&B singer Kelis reveals baby bump, comedian Tracy Morgan ties knot and more!

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Allstate and Tom Joyner to Celebrate Family During Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend, September 3rd – September 7th, families from all over the country will join Joyner and his celebrity friends for a weekend filled with stellar concerts, interaction with celebrities and leaders, enlightening seminars, and endless activities for people of all ages inside the free expo which is open to the public.

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Viral Vybez

In today's Viral Vybez Dr. Dre apologizes to the women he assaulted, Huckabee feels MLK would be ‘appalled’ by Black Lives Matter movement and more!

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Town hall reveals united front against oil drilling

Miramar held meeting Tuesday; Pembroke Pines to meet Thursday

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and members of the Miramar City Commission hosted a town hall meeting to oppose oil drilling in Broward County on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The meeting came on the heels of a drilling application submitted July 2 by Kanter Real Estate, for property located six miles west of the city limits of Miramar in unincorporated Broward County. Kanter Real Estate had requested that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issue a permit that would allow Kanter or its related entities to conduct exploratory oil drilling operations to about 11,800 feet in depth.

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Watts still struggles 50 years after riot

Fifty years ago this week, Watts was ablaze. The citizens of this all-Black Los Angeles neighborhood had grown exasperated with that era’s racial inequities, and some lashed out with matches and gasoline. A half-century later, the once-thriving district exhibits little of the revitalization that had been promised and expected. The people and leaders of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore — cities that burned after the police-involved deaths of Black men —should take note. They also must rebuild after the incendiary reactions to Michael Brown’s and Freddie Gray’s controversial fatalities.

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Track star shines at Junior Olympics

Zatoria Thompson, 13, of Pembroke Pines recently finished first place in the high jump for 14-year-old girls at the 2015 AAU Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Va.

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Bond leaves lasting legacy

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness, according to a statement issued Sunday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group that he founded in 1971 and helped oversee for the rest of his life. President Barack Obama called Bond “a hero.”

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Where are the Black candidates?

Election season is going strong with the national and presidential candidates parading across the country. But the Black faces are scarce. Locally, mostly the same candidates are running for reelection, while the county’s top job, which is up for grabs in 2016, has drawn no Black candidates thus far.

St. John CDC celebrates 30 years

The late Edwin Demeritte among honorees at fundraiser Friday at Jungle Island

For 30 years, the St. John Community Development Corp. has dedicated itself to bringing affordable housing units to residents of Overtown. On Friday, Aug. 21, the nonprofit organization celebrates its 30th anniversary with its annual "Things are Cooking in Overtown" fundraiser at Jungle Island, where several community members will be honored. “We are honoring some fearless leaders that are making a difference in our community,” said Dr. Nelson Adams III, president of the St. John CDC, in a statement. “It is important to pay homage to people that are making strides in our community and to recognize them for their accomplishments.”

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Who’s really looking out for the children?

It is said that you should make sure that every I is dotted and every T is crossed. But we oftentimes forget that the small J in the alphabet has a dot (j) over it and not paying attention to that small detail cost me close to $11,000 in unpaid salary and put the Brothers Of The Same Mind organization in inactive status as a nonprofit and out of business.

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Tacolcy hosts Hoodweek Miami ’15

A weekend of activities to spark community interest in overcoming socio-economic obstacles and motivating involvement took center stage at Belafonte Tacolcy Center. A Meet and Greet session on Friday, Aug. 14, was the first activity, followed by Saturday’s two events - a forum during the day and a fundraiser at night. Dubbed Hoodweek Miami ’15, the special weekend concluded Sunday with a family day that saw kids enjoying themselves with games. Several nonprofit organizations, including Make The Homeless Smile, Our Community Staffing, Attachables and Occupy The Hood helped to facilitate community bond-building mission.

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News Brief

The office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is hosting a “Second Chance One Stop” Sealing and Expungement event from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at St. John Bosco Church (St. Jose Parish Hall), 1349 W. Flagler St. If you were charged with a crime in Miami-Dade County and the case did not result in a conviction, you may be eligible to have a single record sealed or expunged through the Sealing and Expungement Program. Only cases that occurred in Miami-Dade County at the state level will be reviewed. For those who qualify, there is

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Arts and artistry finale for summer program

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City offered a fashion show, festival and recital to showcase the many disciplines in which more than 300 students ages 5-16 are trained. This year’s 32nd Annual Summer Arts Conservatory Fashion Show, Festival and Recital allowed the students to express their artistry in fine art, fashion design, music and theater. Held at the center, the fashion show and festival drew more than 300 audience members. The recital, performed this year at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, was hosted by Center alum and Black

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‘Fix My Life’ host gives insight

Iyanla Vanzant’s show will air again come September

MINNEAPOLIS — Iyanla Vanzant is a combination of very positive character traits: confident, strong and honest. She can be seen helping others on her television show, "Iyanla: Fix My Life" on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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What scouting did for me

Old Cub Scout recalls his youth camping trips

As a boy growing up in Overtown, we didn’t have great riches, but I dreamed and longed for many things. Raised by a single parent, our household consisted of three sisters and two brothers of which I am the youngest. Not having a male role model in the household, I finally met my father some 50 years later, but that’s a tale for another time.

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Local pastor inspired by Sunday School convention more than two decades ago

Roberts has served more than 20 years

In 1988, Cleveland “Cleve” Roberts III accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. “I was filled with the Holy Ghost and eagerly wanted to work in the ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Roberts. He began to serve faithfully under Elder Artie B. Smith and in 1990, Roberts was appointed to the Deacon Board.

Coffee With Charley at Sonesta Hotel

Local woman formed non profit to empower victims of abuse

Candid conversations about domestic violence, rape, relationship and family abuse, marriage and divorce issues can be expected from Charlene Bouie when she hosts Ladies Night. Bouie is hosting an evening to empower women at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, in the Panorama Restaurant at the Sonesta Hotel in Coconut Grove.

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Faith Calendar

South District WIM (Women In Ministry) SOS Revival at St. James AME Church August 20th and 21st at 7 pm. Call 305-635-4637 or 786-250-2611 Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. First Haitian Church of God hosts a food drive every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7140 North Miami Ave. Call 786-362-1804.

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