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Selma is iconic despite snubbing by Oscars

Every year right around this time I get annoyed at what I like to call the Black validation blues. It's an all too familiar script that goes a little something like this: Fans of a Black art form are flabbergasted that the awards committee of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences and Grammys didn't honor their favorite artist.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Dade County Alumna Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites the community to a Masqured Soiree on February 7 at 9 p.m. at Briza on the Bay. Call 305-343-3332. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166. BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance on February 14 at 8 p.m. at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657.

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Sports Brothers

I was having a conversation the other day after someone asked, is there still racism in America? This may sound like an absurd question, but it is still pops up these days.  Especially since we have the first Black president in American history. It's as if the election of Barack Obama was supposed to douse the flames of 300+ years of racism in America. Unfortunately it doesn't and won't work that easily. When it came time for me to answer that question, I had a very simple reply. 

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South Florida celebrates MLK

Daniel and Felecia Townsend have never missed the MLK Commemorative Breakfast at Florida International University. In the last 24 years, FlU has hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a month-long series of events honoring the life and legacy of King. The breakfast is the signature event of the celebration.

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Liberty Square resident wins chance of a lifetime

Liberty Square resident wins chance of a lifetime

Three years ago, Denise Daniels was sitting in her home in the Liberty Square housing projects when someone slipped a paper in her door. It was a flier for a contest seeking the best idea for a business. The winner would receive a grant that would help turn their idea into a reality. Daniels tore up the flier. “I figure that I didn’t have a chance because I had bad credit,” she recalled.

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First new public housing in 25 years

Collins Park in Allapattah new home to former Three Round Towers residents

When 82-year-old Willie Mae Howard heard she was moving from Three Round Towers -- the Miami-Dade County public housing building she had lived in for the last 15 years -- into a new public housing development, she breathed a huge sigh of relief. "For so many years I lived on the 11th floor of this building, and it was hard for me to get around," she said. "The elevators didn't work properly. I couldn't go to the grocery store or church. Now, I'm happy in this new building. I can move around better. I'm as snug as a bug." The new building in question is Collins Park, a 124-unit public housing development for low-income seniors relocated from nearby Three Round Towers in Allapattah.

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Employment Equality

Jobs focus of countywide initiative, upcoming MLK breakfast

When Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez launched his Employ Miami-Dade initiative, the focus of his mission was clear. “Job creation and the development of our local talent are issues that are of the utmost importance to my administration,” he told The Miami Times last month. Jobs and employment equality, as well as race and social justice, will be the focus of award-winning author and journalist Farai Chideya’s keynote speech at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast to be held at 8 a.m. Friday at Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St.

The way forward for Black students

For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the south in the 1950’s and 1960’s, who have mixed feelings about their public school experiences they also remember the solid foundation that public education provided for college and a career. The system, even with its flaws, was good enough for our parents and, in some cases, for us. However, that nostalgic era must come to an end and African Americans need to remake public education for our kids.

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Students see 'Selma' film in Aventura

The Casting Couch Productions LLC exposed the youth of Miami-Dade County to acts of social justice by offering them a viewing of the film, “Selma.” Last Saturday, more than 50 youth were treated to a film that many critics are saying is Oscar-worthy and simply a moving experience of film making.

Good parents are key to peace and happy children

I have recently come to the realization that good parenting is the most important job of every human being. Children live what they learn and experience, especially from their parents and other care-givers in the early years of their lives. Unfortunately too many children are being taught the use of physical and mental abuse, prejudice and discrimination based on race, sex, culture, religion and class, and the greed for money, possessions and power. As a result, millions of children from poor disadvantaged families learn that crime and cruelty are the only means of survival in an unjust and uncaring world.

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Broward has the King

The stage show’s nearly all-Black cast gets standing ovation on opening night

So often popular cartoons are made into big-screen productions or books are recast for the big screen or the stage. Rarely are cartoons made into Broadway productions. The simple reason is that it is a huge feat. Think Spiderman, a comic-book hero, whose Broadway debut was fraught with problems.

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Let's start an NRA for Blacks

When I think about all the gun violence that’s taking place in our country I find totally amazing that we just cannot get a gun control bill passed in Washington, D.C. I guess it’s obvious that the Republicans don’t want to stand up against the Tea Party and those “Duck Dynasty” kind of folk. Now that the Republicans control Congress, I guess we will never get anything done when it comes to gun laws being passed on a national level. I think that when some people watch the news and see how much murder and mayhem is taking in our Black communities, they enjoy seeing it

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The curious case of Bill Cosby

Is Bill Cosby a low-down dirty rapist pig or is America's favorite dad the victim of a smear campaign? It's a debate that's echoing in Miami barbershops and nationwide. The embattled comedic icon's TV wife Phylicia Rashad further ignited the issue by coming to his defense in a recent interview. After being quoted as saying, "Forget these women," the former Claire Huxtable said she was misquoted:

The Social Whirl

January began with Founders Day celebrations and observances for several Greek-letter organizations. Happy Founders Day to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (January 5); Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (January 9). And to the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (January 13), My sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (January 15) and the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority ( January 16). Black Greek-lettered organizations have made invaluable contributions in our communities.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association will meet Thursday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in the BTW school cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305 527-2325. State Representative Cynthia Stafford and Commissioner Keon Hardemon will partner with Farm Share for a M.L. King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hadley Park.

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Abundance Group hosts MLK Youth Financial session

Firm wants to help children learn about economic resources

The Abundance Group (TAG) wants to help youth in Miami-Dade and surrounding areas get a head start in financial education. To do this the youth are invited to attend the Abundance Group’s Financial Planning Session. On Jan. 17, the group will host the “I Have a Dream-Young Entrepreneurship Camp” (YEC) in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The free community event will be at Myrtle Grove K-8 Center, 3125 NW 175 St., Miami Gardens.

Unemployment falls for Blacks

Unemployment rates fell for almost every major U.S. demographic group last year as employers added nearly 3 million jobs in the best annual gain since 1999. Still, the surge benefited some groups more than others.

Dwyane Wade, the Heat are under pressure

Chris Bosh scored 34 points, Hassan Whiteside had career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds off the bench and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-90 on Sunday to end a three-game road skid. With a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday night, Miami is feeling the heat as it struggles to reverse a disappointing season thus far.

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Sports Brothers

I was having a conversation the other day after someone asked, is there still racism in America? This may sound like an absurd question, but it is still pops up these days.  Especially since we have the first Black president in American history. It's as if the election of Barack Obama was supposed to douse the flames of 300+ years of racism in America. Unfortunately it doesn't and won't work that easily. When it came time for me to answer that question, I had a very simple reply. 

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New Birth Baptist Church honors victims five year after Haiti earthquake with special services

Praying, holding hands, praising the Lord through song and dance. It’s the usual pomp and circumstance that takes place at most Sunday services at New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International. But this past Sunday was different. Bishop Victor T. Curry, founding senior pastor at New Birth, devoted Sunday’s services — filled with sermons, speeches and musical tributes -- to the victims of the five-year-old Haiti earthquake which, on Jan. 12, 2010, killed more than 300,000 people, according to Haitian government estimates.

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