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‘I’ll Be Missing You:’ Bad Boy for life excites fans

Reunion concert lives up to hype and expectation at American Airlines Arena

For two hours fans stood, danced, rapped and sang along at the Miami stop of the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. Many Bad Boy Records artists such as Puff Daddy, Mase, 112, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, French Montana and others graced the stage Saturday and performed hit after hit to a sold-out crowd at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

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Thick racial line thick in ‘Darktown'

Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. Good, if it’s a cafeteria, supermarket queue, electronics store, or conga line; better, if free samples are involved. Bad, in experiments, taste-testing, first-on-last-off and, as in the new novel “Darktown” by Thomas Mullen, first in a dangerous new job.

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No new taxes in North Miami

City budget includes salary and cost of living increases for employees

North Miami residents could see a reduction in taxes, and several improvements throughout the city including additional money to support housing rehabilitation and $2 million in funds for street and sidewalk repairs in the new fiscal year. And, the best part for Mayor Smith Joseph, the property tax reduction is the first in about six years. “I told the manager that I would not vote on a budget that would keep taxes the same or increase,” Joseph said. “I stood my ground.”

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Riley is disqualified from Opa-locka ballot

Former mayor hoped to fulfill Pinder’s term

Opa-locka Commissioner John Riley, who was appointed to replace Terence Pinder on that city’s dais in June, will not appear on the ballot this November to fulfill the remainder of that unexpired term. The problem? The check used to pay his candidate fee bounced. That means Anna M. Alvarado, the first-time candidate who was challenging Riley, will run unopposed in the Nov. 8 special election. Riley was notified Sept. 7 by City Clerk Joanna Flores that the $316 check he submitted with his qualifying documents was unpaid by the bank. The city’s qualifying period is from Aug. 1-12. Because the qualifying period ended, the commissioner does not have time to resubmit.

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Too many initiatives, too little solutions

In March 2016, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the Youth and Community Safety Initiative. The unveiling came shortly after two high-profile deaths of children under 10 years old: Amiere Castro and King Carter. The program’s goal, the mayor said at the time, is to keep children safe. He called it innovate touting that the program was not only community-based, but also home based. The Youth and Community Safety Initiative, under the direction of the Miami-Dade Police Department, was to provide 25 police officers who would mentor at-risk juveniles, identified in targeted zip codes. Families would get connected to job placement and drug treatment programs.

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Sorority and longshoremen recognized by school board

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall said the groups support scholarships

The Miami-Dade School Board, at last Wednesday’s meeting, honored exemplary community organizations: International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local No.1416 and Nu Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall proposed the recognition.

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Dade schools reduce testing

Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho says it’s the “right and necessary move”

Officials from Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced last week that the District would further reduce the number of tests students have been required to take in previous years.

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Bill Clinton visits Miramar

Meets with clergy and community leaders

Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday held a meeting to address clergy and community leaders from Broward and Miami-Dade counties at the Miramar Cultural Center. Clinton spoke on a number of issues regarding the upcoming elections -- the importance of registering voters, getting the community out to vote, Supreme Court nominations and more.

Miami closer to buying Grove trolley garage

Residents offer competing suggestions for the building

The Village West residents can cheer that the much-hated trolley garage will be put to another use, after Miami commissioners voted unanimously to purchase the building at its Sept. 7 meeting. The commissioners, by a 5-0 vote, gave City Attorney Daniel Alfonso permission to begin negotiations with developer Henry Torres to purchase the garage for an estimated $3 million. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will belong to the city later this fall. Alfonso said the funds to purchase the building, which has sat vacant for years because of a successful civil rights litigation, are in the proposed 2017 budget. He said the funds for the deal would be available once commissioners vote to approve it.

ICARE and Holloway at odds

Group questions his school board votes; state ethics rules don’t point to violations

The leaders of a group that advocates for improvements at inner-city schools is calling for School Board Member Wilbert “Tee” Holloway to step down immediately, saying that he voted to award contracts to two companies that donated to his re-election campaign. The allegation is being made by ICARE — Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education. Group members issued an announcement on Monday with the allegations. They say the infractions occurred at the Sept. 7 school board meeting. However, state campaign finance rules suggest Holloway was within his rights to vote on the items. At the school board meeting, Holloway voted in favor on two separate items to award contracts to two companies: BDI Construction and Graduate Service of Miami, also known as Herff Jones. Both companies appear on Holloway’s July 30 and Aug. 26 campaign finance reports. Each company contributed $1,000.

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The Cigar Bar Business

Miami Gardens entrepreneur owns one of nation's largest in the nation

The city of Miami Gardens has the largest Black population in the state along with being the third-largest municipality in Miami-Dade County, boasting more than 115,000 residents. Due to efforts of the city’s mayor and council, the 27th Avenue corridor is a beehive of activity with new businesses and residential housing popping up everywhere. One new business in the area is Signature Cigar Bar and Lounge, which is owned and operated by Marcus Thomas.

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You get what you pay for

This election season has to be one of the most trifling and disappointing ones that I’ve seen in a long time. There are quite a few people who make money off of selling out the Black community’s vote to candidates who don’t mean our community any good. Some of those candidates got their feelings hurt during the primary because those paid political consultants have fooled a lot of candidates. You can best believe that some of the candidates who lost are seething at the sight of some these paid consultants.

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FMU women’s volleyball peaks

Team plays first home game in new multipurpose arena

Wednesday, Sept. 7, marked a historic day for Florida Memorial University and its women’s volleyball team. The Lady Lions took the court against Florida National University (FNU) to be the first team to have a game in the new FMU Wellness Center.

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Miami youth learn etiquette through mentoring program

More than dozen young men who participate in the DCS Young Men Mentoring Group learned about etiquette Sept. 3. Taught by Zakiyyah Shakir from Zakiyyah International: The Image & Etiquette Institute, the etiquette program gives youth a global perspective on manners and social skills. “I have found that it isn’t enough to teach them the basics of please and thank you, and how to hold a knife and fork, or how to write a thank you note, most parents have already covered that at home. I challenge teens to be a success

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Faith-based group pushes millennials, minorities to vote

A national religious denomination banded together to get their members to the voting booth. Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship started Fellowship Unite, a PAC aiming to register and turnout millennial and minority voters in the 2016 election and beyond. The organization aims to unite church congregations with a common goal: energize 100,000 unengaged voters to get out to the voting booth. Starting with an online video, Fellowship Unite aims to turn community outrage into action.

Jesus had many ‘first’ miracles, reader says

This week, Greg from Miami features readers’ response to his recent columns. On the topic - What was Jesus’ first miracle in the Bible? Nancy Vega said: As I waited in the front office of school, I saw a large stack of newspapers that everyone just passed on by and it caught my attention -- The Miami Times. As I read through every single page I must say, that two articles struck my attention, one being, "What was Jesus’ first miracle in the Bible?"

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Rev. Rudolph Daniels: The singing, preaching and caring pastor

Rev. Daniels is always ready to sing unto the people a new song daily

Pastor Rudolph Daniels was born in Florence, South Carolina to the parentage of Lillie Bell and Leroy Daniels Sr. The family moved to Coconut Grove in 1941. They attended St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and eventually began to worship at St. Mary’s Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend W.F. Tanner. There he joined the choir and sung with the Sons of Thunder. Daniels matriculated at Carver Elementary and Carver Senior High schools.

‘To Your Mental Health’

Jamaican Women of Florida stage health forum Sept. 17

Mental health will be the focus of the Jamaica Women of Florida’s fourth annual Health and Wellness Forum on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event, titled “To Your Mental Health,” will begin at 2 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines. The three-hour conversation will look at mental health — a subject that has long been a taboo topic for public consumption.  A team of four panelists will look at the emotional, psychological, physical and clinical effects of the disease. Information will also be provided on the legal aspects of guardianship, estate planning and elder care.

Prostate cancer in Blacks

Have your doctor perform an annual medical screening

There is a relatively quiet health crisis in America that has flown below the national radar for decades and it disproportionately affects African-American men more than any other group. Statistics from the Prostate Cancer Foundation clearly reveal a disparity. • Prostate cancer strikes one-in-seven men. • African-American men are 60-percent more likely to be afflicted. • African-American men are 2.4-times more likely to die as a result of prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities.

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ARTSLAUNCH2016 is this Saturday

Event in partnership with the local arts community and DWNTWN Art Days

The Adrienne Arsht Center will hold it free all-day community event, ARTSLAUNCH2016, This Saturday. From Food Truck Invasion, live chef demos and tastings, an Annie-themed pet adoption truck, to the official Bad Boy Family Reunion Concert pre-party, the event has something for everyone.

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