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Get it together, Opa-locka

Opa-locka officials knew late last year that they needed a recovery plan in order to request help from Gov. Rick Scott. So it’s no surprise, that residents are angry by the memo from Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel demanding that City Manager David Chiverton submit the necessary paperwork.

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Miami remembers ex-Commissioner James C. Burke

Police investigation continues into untimely death

Friends of former Miami-Dade Commissioner James C. Burke are coming to grips with his untimely death. While they don’t have many details about what happened at his Waycross, Ga., home, they say he didn’t deserve to die this way. “He was a fine person. He was always pleasant, always ready to cooperate with you, and do the best for the community,” said former commission chairwoman Barbara Carey- Shuler. “He could get along with anybody. I don’t remember him having an argument or disagreeing with folks.” Carey-Shuler, who lives in Palm Beach County, said she received several phone calls Sunday while at Mother’s Day dinner. “I was shocked, totally shocked. You don’t expect people to go to their maker that way.”

State attorney and public defender win automatic re-election in posts

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle and Public Defender Carlos Martinez joined 18 judges who won automatic re-election Friday when no challengers came forward to run against the officials. The candidate filing deadline was noon Friday. There will be elections for 10 judicial positions in August. Fernández Rundle’s re-election marks her seventh term in office. First appointed in 1993, she has won four contested elections — the last in 2012 — when she defeated defense lawyer Rod Vereen in the Democratic primary.

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Senator Oscar Braynon hosts ‘Choice Challenge’ for youth

Five hundred of South Florida’s youth between the ages of 13 and 17 were encouraged to make the right choice at the fourth annual Choice Challenge, a free youth-only event aimed to equip middle and high school students with the knowledge and tools to make conscious decisions about their future.

Hillary Clinton to headline Circle of Mothers Conference and Retreat

The event on May 21 is presented by the Trayvon Martin Foundation

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton will keynote the third annual Circle of Mothers Weekend and Conference presented by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady of the United States will speak at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Embassy Suites, located at 1100 SE 17th St. Sybrina Fulton founded the Circle of Mothers as a means of offering healing, motivational and

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The Children’s Trust Provider Profile

Citi Church Miami

“Our mission statement is to ‘Awaken, Connect, Live.’” — Pastors Tony and Dianna Rivera Citi Church Miami is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its vision is to empower the people of Allapattah to awaken to new dreams and opportunities, connect individuals and families to services and benefits, and to live a life that includes safety, self-improvement and healthy relationships. WHERE: Citi Chur

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North Miami, Opa-locka join the nation in a Day of Prayer

“Sure fire way to change things,” says Pastor Lola Moore of life

Religious, state and local leaders called on God’s help to guide them, President Obama and others on Thursday morning as part of the 65th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. In Miami-Dade County, people joined in collective prayer with music and speeches at services in North Miami, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale and Opa-locka. Speakers offered calls for unity, peace in neighborhoods, and even a plea to bring prayer back to classrooms. Police officers in North Miami asked for prayers for law enforcement so “we have the wisdom to work together,” said assistant police chief Larry Juriga.

Click online for The Children’s Trust’s Summer Programs Guide

This year it is presented as a brand new mobile application

The Children’s Trust has released its annual, trilingual Summer Programs Guide as a mobile application for the first time. With just a few taps, this free resource offers parents and caregivers program descriptions and fees for hundreds of camp options, so they can make informed decisions about where to enroll their children this summer. The Children’s Trust Summer Programs Guide app is available for download at the App Store (IOS) and Google Play (Android) as well as online at www.thechildrenstrust.org. Information about available programs can also be obtained by calling the 211 helpline.

How would you explain Jesus to a non-Christian?

It's easy to talk about Jesus with another Christian, someone who was taught the same Bible stories you were taught, someone who was brought up in the same Christian church. But how would you explain Jesus to someone whose culture and upbringing does not include Bible study, Sunday school, Negro spirituals, Christmas toys and Easter baskets?

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Pastor impacts lives in the church and communities

He has been blessed to serve locally and nationally as an evangelist, teacher, and conference leader

The Rev. Baron C. Mashack is known for his passionate worship, no-nonsense approach to teaching and preaching the word of God and for his cutting-edge approach and strong desire to impact the culture for Christ. As Southern District Director of the Florida State Association of the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana/West Middlesex, PA, “I cordially invite all to come and worship with us during our 5th Sunday Unity Service on May 29th at the Northside Church of God in Miami at 2590 NW 103rd St. Representatives from all of the Indiana churches will be in attendance from Kendall to South Bay,” Mashack said.

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FMU opens multi-purpose arena, wellness center

Health Matters Movement launches to promote health and wellness

The African-American and Caribbean communities are shouldering an unequal burden when it comes to eliminating health disparities that disproportionately plague the South Florida community. Florida Memorial University (FMU) is keenly aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in helping its students and the surrounding community in preventing certain diseases and illnesses. In an effort to combat these disparities, FMU will celebrate the completion of its new, state of the art, multi-purpose athletic arena and wellness education center with a ribbon-cutting breakfast on Thursday, May 12, from 9-11a.m. The campus is located at15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens.

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Faith Calendar

Ann Abraham Ministries in Coconut Grove, will host a Prophesy Service on Thursday May 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will hold a bazaar on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 305-785-4367. St. John AME Church, South Miami, invites the community to it’s Ecumenical service on May 15, at 3pm. Call 305 665-1191.

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Bishop Victor T. Curry's eldest daughter to wed

Victoria T. Curry will marry John Hicks III Saturday at New Birth

Pastor Bishop Victor T. Curry and Elder Cynthia Curry celebrate the nuptials of their eldest daughter Victoria T. Curry to John Hicks, III son of Pastor Johnie Hicks Jr. and Glistine Hicks-Mooreon on Saturday, May 14. Bishop Curry is the internationally renowned founding senior pastor/teacher of New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, where the wedding will take place. The wedding theme is Old Hollywood Glam, along with a thematic red carpet. The decor is being planned, designed and produced by Design Group of Miami.

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10 years of Best of the Best

Reggae music festival kicks off Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend brings thousands of tourists to South Florida every year. A show that has been a staple during this holiday weekend has been the Best of the Best. This music concert brings some of the best artists from the Caribbean to Downtown Miami to entertain both tourists and locals. 2016 marks the show’s 10-year anniversary. The team behind the show learned from years past and they are ready to give South Florida great island vibes this month. “If you love the culture and want to see the best artists out of the Caribbean, you are in for a good, quality show,” said Jabba, co-founder of Best of the best and Radio Personality of Hot 97. Best of the Best is taking place Sunday May 29 at Bayfront Park. The show has a total of 15 acts performing, which includes: Sham, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas and Beres Hammond who is headlining this year’s show.

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Mothers celebrate their day at Jazz in the Bay concert

Inaugural concert sets a new tradition of celebration

Mothers gathered to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jazz music Sunday, April 8 at the inaugural Mother's Day Jazz in the Bay concert presented by SBC Community Development Corporation (SBC CDC). Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss brought greetings and welcomed the cabaret-styled seated guests to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Host, 88.9 FM WDNA Afternoon DJ, Michael Valentine, emceed the concert and entertainingly kept the show moving. Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, Jazz vocalist Brenda Alfred and the Richmond Heights Middle School Jazz Band gave lively performances. Headliner Bobby Watson All Star Quartet and Curtis Lundy received a standing ovation to close out the night.

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BTW alumni awards 32 scholarships at Legends Gala

In the midst of Booker T. Washington High School celebrating its 90th anniversary (1926-2016), the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association aligned itself with the anniversary celebration and presented the 12th annual Living Legends and Orange and Black Scholarship Gala. The Miami Biscayne Bay Marriott was the place to be on Saturday, April 23, as community leaders, politicians, parents, BTW alumni and faculty and staff of Booker T. Washington packed the ballroom to congratulate outstanding alumni and to witness the presentation of scholarships to 32 graduating seniors of Booker T. Washington Senior High.

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The Social Whirl

The Miami Chapter of Charmettes (Charm is the essence of a woman’s power), founded in 1955, held their annual scholarship breakfast on April 30 at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club at 10 a.m. It was a beautiful spring day to celebrate and fellowship with many women and gentlemen. The organization celebrated The Year of the Woman by honoring outstanding women in the South Florida community. Honorees were: Education, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, first female

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Chatter that Matters

In this week’s edition of Chatter, the Beehive was in formation and ready to slay as “Queen Bee” Beyoncé herself came to town to kick off her Formation Tour at Marlins Stadium in Miami. The show kicked off with Miami’s own DJ Khaled. Khaled got the crowd crunk and ready for the lady of the hour. He brought other artists like Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Kent Jones and 2Chainz. After the crowd was hyped up by the sounds of some of today’s hottest rap tunes, the lights went out and the crowd went crazy. It was time for Beyoncé and of course she started with her chart-topping hit “Formation.” From that moment on, it was hit after hit, two hours of nonstop dancing and singing. Beyoncé is a force to be reckoned with, a true entertainer and

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Actress Gabrielle Union talks life and goals

#LemonadeWithGWade was an intimate young women’s summit

Renowned actress and producer, Gabrielle Union Wade, May 6 convened an intimate Miami youth women’s summit, #LemonadeWithGWade, during which she shared life, leadership and inspirational advice to group of young women of color from the International Human Factor Youth Leadership Program (IHFYLP) and Breakthrough Miami. Kaela Makins, a 2015 IHFYLP Fellow, Breakthrough Miami Scholar, and junior at Carrollton School for the Sacred Heart, reflects:

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association kicks off a Reunion Weekend of activities starting May 19. Call 305-688-7072 on or before May 13. South Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club will meet Saturday May 21st at 11:00 am at Lake Worth Community High School at 1701 South 1st Ave Lake Worth. Call 305-318-4286. Miami Northwestern class of 1956 is planning our 60th reunion. Call 786-273-2188.

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