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Innovative STEM kids summer program takes over Soar Park

Little Haiti Optimist Club partner with Yul Allen

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors are on the rise and so are their popularity among children. The Little Haiti Optimist Club partnered with the creator of STEM Genius, Yul Allen to deliver an innovative summer program to the community.

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African scholars at FIU to join Obama’s Washington Fellowship

College program empowers young adults worldwide

In the next few weeks, 25 students from Africa will call Florida International University home. In conjunction with President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young Leaders, the visit will provide students with leadership training that will help them become better advocates for human rights. They will also learn how to access information on education and water sanitation.

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Kidd's power play backfired

Folks in NBA circles are shaking their heads in utter disbelief at the way Jason Kidd basically forced his way out of Brooklyn and traded himself to the Milwaukee Bucks. With friends like Kidd who needs enemies? Kidd went to Nets management in a power play not only to have him as head coach but also to give him control of basketball operations as well. There was no opening for that position as Billy King had not submitted a resignation letter.

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West Grove’s ACE theater gets a chance at redemption

Its closed doors may reopen after being named a historic site

The seats that once held movie-goers are now rusted. Cobwebs cover the entrance of the doors. The marquee that once attracted hundreds of moviegoers to sold-out shows has not lit up in decades. Rewind to the 1950s and ‘60s when the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove was humming with Blacks who had their own community theater during those segregated times. Along with Overtown’s Capitol,

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Blacks face stiff competition in North Miami elections

Former mayor faces two Haitian candidates in upcoming election

The Black vote in North Miami’s mayoral race will be tested next month when a formidable candidate will pose a major challenge to other candidates from the city’s large Haitian population. With scandals rocking city hall, many believe the political climate is ripe for former mayor Kevin Burns to win the special election and become mayor of North Miami for a third time.

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Are Blacks to blame for their lack of progress?

Poll: 63 percent of Americans believe Blacks are responsible for their own social and economic conditions

A new report by the prestigious Pew Research Center reveals that the majority of Americans say that, if Black people are struggling to advance in society, then it is primarily their fault and not because of discrimination. That's the majority view for some types of liberals but is far, far more common among conservatives. Over 80 percent of conservatives say they agree that "Blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own

Proposed bus route cuts include Liberty City

A proposal to eliminate two bus routes serving Liberty City and Overtown was deferred last week after drawing stiff opposition at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting. Bus routes 46 and 254 are two of several routes that may be eliminated as part of the county’s bi-annual ridership evaluation and service adjustment. The review is taken every summer and fall when transit officials propose service and schedule adjustments as a response to ridership trends.

Council candidates gear up for August 26 elections

Crime, education, business are issues

As the time shortens before Miami Gardens’s general elections, candidates vying for two seats on the city council are pushing hot issues hoping to connect to voters. Seats, 2 and 6, are open for election on Aug. 26.

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Miami Gardens sues county to gain control of stadium area

A legal battle is brewing between the Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County over the area around Sun Life Stadium. The dispute involves the Dolphin Center Development of Regional Impact, an area surrounding the Sun Life Stadium at NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. Though located in Miami Gardens, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the county.

Two killed, one injured in shooting in Liberty City

The long Fourth of July weekend ended Sunday night with two people dead and two injured during a shooting in Liberty City.

Man charged in drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens police have charged Antwone Jackson, 20, with two counts of first-degree murder suspect in the shooting death of Qualecia James, who was shot and killed in late March in a drive-by shooting. James, 21, was seven months pregnant and had a 3-year-old daughter. She was shot while sitting in the backseat of a car March 30, at the intersection of Northwest 182nd Street and 32nd Avenue.

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County should leave Miami Gardens’ property alone

Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami Dade County. With 110,000 residents, Miami Gardens is also the largest predominantly Black city in the state of Florida. Incorporated in 2003 after years of struggle, the city’s borders are 151st St. to County line Road. On the east side of the city, N.E. 2nd Ave., on the west side it is 47th Ave. south to 167 St., the border expands to 57th Ave. The city covers an area of over 20 square miles. We are the city that is home to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, State Sen. Oscar Braynon, State Rep. Barbara Watson, State Representative Sharon Pritchett, County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, School Board member

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 will have throwback night 8 p.m. July 11 at the Shantel Lounge. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. July 19 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. Destiny school of etiquette will hold a fashion, dance and academics camp for girls entering third through eighth grade from July 7 to Aug. 8. 2014. Call 305-527-6052.

Getting to know Lisa Frison

Expert in Black marketing and strategies insight

For many, it’s a dream to have your profession align with your personal passions and values. For Lisa Frison, vice president, Black segment manager at Wells Fargo, it’s a reality she truly appreciates and does not take for granted.  When it comes to understanding the segment, Lisa is keenly informed regarding what motivates and challenges Blacks as it relates to financial management. She is a zealous student of the segment, immersing herself in research, data and other literature to deepen her awareness and sharpen her acumen – making her a sought after subject matter expert on engaging Black consumers in impactful ways. 

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Heat rebuilding is under way

It has been a whirlwind of an off season so far for the Miami Heat and we are just getting started. If you wanted even further confirmation that the Heatles will be back new and improved, just look at the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all of whom have opted out of their contracts  along with Miami native Udonis Haslem. These guys are not exploring free agency with thoughts of chasing a huge pay day but rather they are working in concert to  provide the team with enough financial flexibility to upgrade the roster.

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The Links award scholarships to students

Jasmine Michaels is about to record her own album. Alana Starke wants to be an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Kaliyah Brown is going to college to become a doctor. The newly-minted high school graduates were among seven bright teenagers who were awarded scholarships last Saturday by the Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc. an international women’s organization dedicated to service. The group honored the students’ academic excellence and community service with a festive ceremony at the Kroma Gallery in West Coconut Grove.

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Even when times get tough in life, don’t give up

Throughout life, all of us at one time or another, have experienced some difficult or hard times. We’ve had times where our finances was so messed up, we wanted to cry, throw in the towel or just run away from it all. Do you remember when you were raising your kids the best you could, only to have them grow up and totally disrespect you or not even appreciate the things or sacrifices you have made over the years for them?

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Faith Calendar

Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have Vacation Bible School July 9-11 from 7-9 p.m. Call 786-208-1572. Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have a picnic, walk and health fair 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat Jul 12. Call 786-208-1572. God’s word, God’s Way Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-609-7513. Holy Cross M.B. Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 27 at 3 p.m. 305-609-7513

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Education takes center stage at major political forum

Democratic candidate for Governor Nan Rich stepped up her campaign on Monday as she joined Black leaders at New Birth Baptist Church to tout her experience as a solid, unwavering legislator during a major political forum where education, a key issue in the upcoming gubernatorial election, was a hot topic.

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