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Lifestyle Happenings

Progressive Officers Club offers academic scholarships to 2016 high school graduates residing in Dade or Broward County. Request an application by mail no later than April 23 to Progressive Officers Club, P.O. Box 680398, Miami, FL, 33168. Attention: Education Assistance Award Program. BTW Class of 61 will meet Saturday, April 23rd at 2p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church to plan their 55th reunion. Call 305 606 0882.

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South Carolina artists to invade South Florida

Visual, performing arts showcase Gullah Geechee

The First Mende International Film & Cultural Arts Festival is coming to South Florida. A unique combination of on-screen and on-stage formats will showcase local, regional, national, international performing and visual artists, musicians and storytellers. Movies submitted by independent filmmakers from across the world and from right here in Florida also will be featured. South Carolina is home to African descendants known as “Gull-ah (seagull) Gee-chee” (geek). The weekend festival will be April 30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22d Ave., Miami.

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South Floridians among awardees at charity gala

The American Friends of Jamaica Inc. honors Marlon Hill and Robert Runcie, as well as Lascelles Chin

The American Friends of Jamaica Inc. (AFJ) will recognize two South Floridians at its 2016 Jamaica Charity Gala Saturday, April 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way. The Honorable Lascelles Chin, executive chairman of LASCO Group of Affiliated Companies, will be presented with the AFJ Peacock International Achievement Award. This year, the AFJ inaugurates the Lignum Vitae Vanguard Award, which recognizes excellence and community service. The inaugural recipients of the Lignum Vitae Vanguard Award are Miami attorney Marlon Hill and Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.

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Fun Fest at Brownsville

Brownsville Middle School hosted the Falcon Fun Fest on April 9 as a reward for students’ participation at Saturday Academy for additional academic support in preparation for the Florida Standards Assessments tests. Students enjoyed free food, books, music, balloon animals, laser tag, rock climbing, slides, bounce

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HBCU scholarships awarded

Carol City High School student Victoria Allen had a huge smile on her face when she was formally presented with a scholarship for $1,000 and a jumbo check from organizers of the HBCU/Greek Walk and Run. Allen, who will attend Florida Memorial University in the fall, was one of three students awarded. Sierra Perry and Allergia Vanreil, both seniors at Norland Senior High School, each received $500 scholarships. Perry will attend Bethune-Cookman University. Vanreil will attend Florida A&M University.

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HBCU presidents share their stories

Florida A&M university hosts Extraordinary Reach discussion

The power of exceptional women nearly lifted the roof off of Lee Hall Auditorium at Florida A&M University on March 22, as six leading college presidents shared professional challenges, life experiences and inspirational stories. The Extraordinary Reach discussion was part of the FAMU Women's History Month celebration and brought together a crowd of more than 200 Florida A&M University students, professors, alumni and local citizens. “It was an awesome event to see such a high level of leadership with so many women college presidents in

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South Dade residents:'Give us the rail'

Rep. McGhee, others want county to fulfill 2002 promise

Pastor Michael Stiles had a great spring break with his school age son who was visiting from another state. The visit was great until Stiles drove from his Homestead home to the Amtrak station in Miami where the boy would board a train. The two left Stiles’ home at 5 a.m. to make an 8 a.m. departure. The confluence of routine gridlock and motorists gawking at accidents made for a hellish commute. The trip almost ended in complete disaster. “When I got there they were boarding. It was very stressful,” Stiles said. Commuters from Richmond Heights, Florida City, Cutler Bay and Perrine have had enough with traffic, and are demanding the county deliver on a promise of light-rail service in South Miami-Dade. Expanded rail service was a key selling point in the approval of a half-cent sales tax in 2002.

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Emily’s D+Evolution Project

Esperanza Spalding will perform all new material April 24 at the adrienne Arsht Center

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and bassist returns to the Arsht Center with an all-new project combining pop songs with poetry, narrative and performance art. Part of the 2015-2016 Live at Knight Series, the show will be April 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, the Arsht Center is proud to present the return of Esperanza Spalding and her newest project Emily’s D-Evolution.

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Pleas for Dorsainvil didn’t move city manager

Hardemon unsuccessfully tries to oust Alfonso from post

Though their pleas to reinstate Sandy Dorsainvil as manager of Little Haiti Culture Center fell on deaf ears, activists vow to continue their campaign to “restore her good name” and force changes at Miami City Hall. “This action is one the Haitian community will not tolerate,” said Gepsie Metellus, after more than 100 Black leaders and regular people packed the Coconut Grove chamber to share their outrage. Metellus, who is executive director of Sant La, vowed they would push for a meeting with City Manager Daniel Alfonso, “and get some things done.”

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Fighting for best Liberty Square Rising

Liberty City is not just a community I serve, but a community where I was born and raised. I am no stranger to Liberty City, it is my home. I emphatically want to see Liberty Square and the surrounding community redeveloped and thriving. I, along with residents of this County, desire the very best for Liberty City as it is part of this County’s most vibrant fabric and it well deserves our immediate attention, concern and resources. Residents have felt over-looked, slighted and at times, deserted.

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State park renamed for Broward Black pioneers

Miami-Dade civic leaders say Range, Dorsey, others deserve such honor

South Floridians cheered recently at the news that a Broward state park would be renamed for two Black civil rights pioneers. And with the announcement, some Black Miami-Dade residents said it’s time to bestow a similar honor on Miami’s pioneers. Among the names offered to The Miami Times: M. Athalie Range, a former city of Miami commissioner and the first Black person to serve in the Florida Cabinet; Carrie P. Meek, former U.S. representative; Theodore Gibson, Miami’s first Black commissioner; and D.A. Dorsey, Miami’s first Black millionaire. On April 6, Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that renamed John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach as the Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park. Mizell’s family said this marks the first time a state park was renamed for a Black person in Florida.

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Black police say ‘not all cops are bad’

Police officers take a sworn oath to protect those around them. Unfortunately, recent events have made the general public question that oath. With several unarmed Black men being killed in the last three years, the relationship between the cops and the community it protects has never been in a worst condition. Communication may be the root of the problem since most people’s opinions of cops are different. The National Black Police Association recently held a forum at its regional convention to discuss how to bridge the gap between civilians and law enforcement.

The raping of Liberty City

When we normally hear the word "Rape," we think of a crime associated with another person forcing another person to submit to a sex act, against their will. However, if one looks at the multiplicity of ways the American Heritage College Dictionary defines "rape," my describing the action of the mayor and the inaction of some who look like me, to say, Liberty City is being "raped" may be a grossly understated description. If the psychodynamics of the stated and the understated are allowed to reach their full fruition, Liberty City will "Not Rise," as the mayor states, 'The Buildings will Rise,’ but the 'Spirit" and the 'Will' of the community will not. They will be destroyed. "rape."

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Contracts, change orders and Opa-locka

Had George Howard agreed to pay the $150,000 that Steve Shiver asked him to supposedly pay to the mayor, do you think that we would have heard anything about it? The things that were and are happening in the city have come to light and must be dealt with in order to improve the quality of life for us as citizens of the great city of Opa-locka. The question has to be asked because as time goes on there are going to be other findings that come out and put the city and its leaders in a bad light. When the selection committee and city managers make recommendations that are true and correct, members of the commission continue to show disregarded for some odd reason.

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Former gang member now a peacemaker

Ray Winans runs a program that helps turn around Black youth

Ray Winans, once affectionately known as “Killer Ray,” is helping reduce gun violence in Detroit — one gang member at a time. The 37-year-old former gang member is an unconventional activist who mediates among gangs, police and federal prosecutors while encouraging young Black men to end their lives of crime and hand their guns over to officials. Winans explained he has attended too many funerals for young Black men killed in violent confrontations. He has persuaded 10 young men to stop associating with Detroit’s gangs since 2014, according to Winans and police. “I never th

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John Lewis among speakers at youth summit

The annual event founded by the L.E.A.D. Nation starts Thursday 

Civil rights legend and Congressman John Lewis is among the prominent leaders scheduled to take part in a line-up, April 21-24 at the 4th Annual South Florida Youth Summit (SFYS). During the summit, South Florida students will take part in interactive seminars, workshops, and panel discussions and have the opportunity to become active participants in creating positive social change in their communities. Workshops will also be available for adults who attend.

There is always one child

Should parents be held accountable for the crimes that their minor children commit?

I was listening to a radio host on WINZ who ask the question, “Should parents be held accountable for the criminal actions of their minor children?” Well, to a point I would agree but, on the other hand, I would have to disagree. There are parents who really love, care and cherish their children. They understand the importance of instilling character, integrity, accountability, and values of good decision-making in their children. Now parents with multiple children know very well each child brings new challenges, things they have never experienced before. They know each child brings a new personality, a new behavior and individuality.

What was Jesus’ first miracle in the Bible?

With Mothers' Day just around the corner, you know what I have often wondered: What was Jesus’ first miracle? Oh sure, most people would say it was turning water into wine in John 2:1-10. And verse 11 even calls it, "the beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee." But just think about it for a minute. Jesus was at a wedding with His mother and disciples. Now somehow, everyone was made aware that the host had run out of wine at the wedding reception. Then Mother Mary

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A new life one year after transplant surgery

It’s hard to believe, but in early 2015, Bonnie Glover was in the fight of her life. She was perpetually exhausted as she struggled with kidney disease and dialysis treatments were a part of her regular routine. On April 9, 2015, Bonnie’s life took a dramatic turn for the better. She was given a new kidney during a transplant operation at Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She also made history as part of the first four-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida.

Primary care: Patient’s first line of defense

There is nothing more important than staying healthy – and one of the ways to do so is by having a primary care physician whom you see regularly. Primary care is a patient’s first line of defense, and an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider can result in significant health benefits. Your primary care provider – a family physician, an internist, a pediatrician, a physician assistant, or nurse practitioner – knows you and your medical history. They often notice changes in your health, treat common

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