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Historic Black police station shines in Overtown

In September of 1944, the Miami Police Department began hiring Black police officers. In May of 1950, a police precinct was established at 480 NW 11th St. to provide a station house for Black policemen and a courtroom for Blacks judges in which to adjudicate Blacks defendants. This building is unique as there is no other known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for Blacks. The precinct closed in 1963 and the police department was integrated at the main MPD police station.

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Hatcher dreams of closing tech divide for Black youth

Felecia Hatcher is a problem solver. When she noticed that Blacks were not actively participating in the burgeoning technology scene in Miami, she acted. To participate, there was a need for education. As a result, Hatcher founded Code Fever, an initiative that trains Black youth in technology and entrepreneurship. “My husband and I came from a tech background and we just didn’t see the same kind of innovation and access in Miami that we saw going on across America,” Hatcher said. “Being sort of self-taught, we knew how important it was to get youth involved.”

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From New Orleans to the Civil Rights movement to the White House

Donna Brazile said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be concerned about the happenings in the 21st century

Democratic strategist and one of the most influential Black women in politics Dr. Donna Brazile said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be disturbed by what was going on in the country today. She said King would be upset that 50 percent of American children still live in poverty, and he would want more to be done to bring peace to the Middle East. King would ask President Barack Obama to do more on race and crime, and he would have called out those who consider themselves "1 percenters." And King would also have been concerned about the high number of young Black and Hispanic men incarcerated in this country. She decried the recent shootings of Black men, saying Black Lives Matter.

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Hill connects to people through activism

Whether it's mobilizing Blacks to the polls or honoring leaders in the community, Attorney Marlon Hill is always out in Miami’s neighborhoods championing a cause. Since he arrived to Miami from Kingston, Jamaica in 1985, community service and politics have become a part of Hill’s life.

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Irving takes mentoring to new heights

What's a man to do after he becomes the first Black person and youngest pilot to fly a plane solo around the world? If you're Barrington Irving, you launch The Flying Classroom and make it your mission to mentor minority youth. Irving’s youth mentoring began long before he flew 30,000 miles in 97 days on a solo mission back in 2007. The Jamaican-born graduate of Miami Northwestern High School and Florida Memorial University developed an

Jobs still a concern at Worldcenter

Overtown residents, union workers criticize project that will get $88 million in public funds

The pleas and concerns from dozens of Overtown residents weren’t enough to persuade city officials who, for the second time last Thursday, voted in favor of a proposed $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter mall that will go up near the historic Black neighborhood.

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Guns in schools prompt dialogue

“On D Block, where everybody wants to be Pac and you can get popped over the new G-Unit Reeboks,” emcees rapper Eminem on “Welcome to D-Block.” The Jadakiss track was released in 2004, but 11 years later, there’s still blood on the sole.

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Dade County Deltas kickoff “Heritage Month Celebration” at soiree

Dade County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented its “Heritage Celebration Month” kickoff at the Masque Red Soiree on Feb. 7 at Brizia on the Bay. One of the purposes of the event was for members to meet and greet community supporters, civic/social organizations and public officials; and to raise funds for chapter programs/projects and scholarships for students.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491.

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Motown comes to South Florida

Broadway musical takes music lovers on soulful journey down memory lane

There’s Smokey, Diana and Stevie. Then there are those songs that still move the soul with simple messages and catchy tunes. It has been 50 years since Motown introduced the soulful rhythms to America’s mainstream society and the world. Many Motown songs like “My Girl” and “I Want You Back” sold millions of copies at a time when America was experiencing social upheaval during the Civil Rights movement.

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It's okay to be a little kinky

Miami website company sparks movement for curly-haired women

Starting from childhood, women with curly or kinky hair learn to harbor feelings of low self-esteem because of it – a new Dove global study says – but a Miami-based natural hair movement hopes to reinstate a woman’s love for her natural beauty. The movement has morphed into International Keep it Kinky Day, slated for Feb. 21, aligned with Black History Month. While it is being observed by women as far away as Sweden, it is the brain child of Miami-based website company BlackNaturalHairstyles.org.

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“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl'

Book provides insight on road to maturity

There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13 when hormone-driven teenagers roamed the halls with bad hair and mean girls. In “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, Jo-Issa Diop goes on a personal journey that’s familiar to many people trying to find their own identity.

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Sit-down with 'Selma' star

If you've been reading my columns thus far, you've noticed that I'm an avid pursuer of truth. Understanding is my drug of choice and I've just got to have it. It's why I'm inviting you back to "NiteCap Live" on Feb. 26 for a sit-down with “Selma” movie star Omar Dorsey, taking place at 7 p.m. inside the Little Haiti Cultural Center. A native of Atlanta, Dorsey has starred in "Django," Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and Fox's "Rake" before his breakout role as activist James Orange in the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic.

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Chatter that Matters

The King of Clubs of greater Miami demonstrated served its true purpose recently when it helped the family of Jerry Miller bury their loved one. Dr. Astrid Mack, president emeritus of the King of Clubs, led the effort to put together a great memorial service. James Fayson opened the service singing “Great is Thou Faithfulness”. Later in the service, Fayson uplifted the mourners with “Someone Greater Than You”. As President Richard J. Strachan played the keyboard, Reverend Harvey Lockhart, Chaplain, spoke of Miller’s spirituality and as a Godly man who always pursued righteousness.

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The Social Whirl

"The members of Just Us gathered at the Rusty Pelican to celebrate their 45th anniversary with brunch on February 14. More than a club, Just Us is a group of diverse women who have remained friends for forty-five years. The club founders, Camille Carroll-Perry, Carolyn Blake, Regina Frazier, Barbara C. Harris and Juanita Miller, along with members attending Patsy Graham, Annie Milbry, Emma Burnside, Shelaine Welters, Cecelia Hunter, Luretha Lucky, Vicki Roulhac, Lavonne

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Barry University's Bride Walk addresses domestic violence

Students walk in wedding dresses to raise awareness among young adults

Dozens of local high school and college students donned white wedding dresses and walked six miles from Barry University’s campus to Johnson & Wales University and back to help raise awareness about domestic and dating violence among teens and young adults. The Brides Walk took place Friday. The wedding gowns were worn in memory of Gladys Ricart, who was murdered in 1999 in Ridgefield, N.J. by her ex-boyfriend, Agustin Garcia. Garcia entered Ricart’s home and shot her five times in front of her son, nieces and nephews as she was preparing for her wedding.

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Growth through arts

Miami-Dade College students heal, grow, help others through literary arts

When Dalia St. Louis was 8 years old, she and her three other siblings entered foster care due to child abuse and molestation. Despite these challenges early in life, St. Louis, now a 21-year-old student at the Miami Dade College Kendall campus, turned lemon into lemonade by using poetry to express herself. “It's my way of coping with life struggles,” St. Louis said.  “Through the process, I developed the passion for poetry. My creative writing teachers have helped me turn an ugly experience into something beautiful.”

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Coconut Grove youth honored at Miami commission meeting

It may have seemed like politics as usual at the Miami City Commission meeting on Feb. 12 but for nearly 30 Coconut Grove area youth, it was an event like no other. At the start of the meeting, the Close Up Class of 2015 was presented with a memorable lapel pin by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2). The students came from such schools as Ponce and Coral Gables but their residency in Coconut Grove is shared amongst the bunch. For many of the students the educational trip to Washington, D.C. that the Close Up program provides, will be the first of any kind for them.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association will meet tomorrow 6 p.m. in BTW High School cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. 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.

New tourism center comes to Overtown

Black entrepreneur honored

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open the new Overtown Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. Second Ave. The center will be a stop on the Big Bus Tour Uptown Loop that takes tourists through Overtown. The visitor center will offer information and materials for tourists who are looking more about Miami’s ethnic neighborhoods.

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