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Christmas in July welcomes hundreds

Event between Liberty City families and police comes after recent police violence

About 250 people from Liberty City enjoyed a fun, sunny day in Key Biscayne at the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) event, Christmas in July. Children played on inflatable water slides while parents enjoyed lounging on the beach. MCI partnered with the Key Biscayne Police Department to organize this year’s event. Christmas in July is not only an event to treat Liberty City residents, it’s also an opportunity to expose them to more police officers.

A discussion about the ghost of Samuel

Greg from Miami reasons with Pastor Charles Mitchell of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Miami's West Little River area on the topic: Did the real ghost of the Prophet Samuel appeared to King Saul in 1 Samuel, Chapter 28? More commonly known as, The Witch of En Zor story, was it really the ghost of Samuel, or was it something else? This week’s discussion covers verses 15 - 20.

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Pastor Davis: 'It started at the cradle and won’t end until the grave'

Church started in his parents’ room

The church, Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist that Reverend Mike Davis is the pastor of, did not start where it now is located, 11936 NW 19th Ave., Miami nor does it have the same name its founder, his mother, the late Reverend Mildred Davis Richardson named it. Originally, the church was called Morning Glory Missionary Baptist Church. Richardson died Jan. 7, 1999. Davis became the official senior pastor, after being the presiding pastor during her extended illness. Four years after her demise, the name was changed.

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Fitness guru's tour stops in Miami Gardens

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church offers members a variety of ways to exercise

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Lenell Wyatt lost her home, most of her possessions, and was forced to relocate to churches and shelters before moving to Dallas, Texas. But it was there she met fitness guru, Donna Richardson, who inspired and helped her get back on her feet when she was at her darkest hour.

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Yacht party, scholarships mark 30 year celebration for the Dade County Links

On Sunday, June 12, members of the Dade County Chapter of the Links, Inc. celebrated 30 years of serving the South Florida community. The group, along with family, friends, and supporters boarded the SeaFair Mega Yacht in downtown Miami to celebrate “30 Years of Friendship and Service on the High Seas.”  “It was an absolutely beautiful day to celebrate our 30th Chapter Anniversary,” said Chapter President Dr. Luvernice Croskey. “We had a great time reminiscing, celebrating and raising funds for student scholarships.”

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Black education group launches big challenge

Organization to award $500,000 for best approach to serve Black children

For 17 years, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) has been the leading voice for increased parental choice and high quality education options that support low-income and working-class Black families and their children.

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Black, old and locked up

America’s prisons are filled with older inmates, most of whom are Black

The research dates back more than a decade: Americans are aging in prison. But what has been done about reducing the elderly population in prison or what to do with the elderly once released is still being debated and studied. Blame the swelled prison rolls on minimum mandatory sentences, the three strikes rule or the elimination of federal parole, researchers speculate. What is sure, the numbers are telling. Black communities feel the effects of mass incarceration even more. One in three African-American men will serve time in prison, while only one in 17 white males will interact with prisons during their lifetime.

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Street Talk

After 13 seasons, how will the Heat franchise move forward after losing Dwyane Wade, who brought the team three championships?

The Miami Heat will struggle this year. With the lack of signing Kevin Durant, the Heat has now gone from being a championship contender to a playoff team that's clearly a piece or two away from being back in the championship hunt. With the determination and savvy of P

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Master all of your procurement plans with these few tips

Carnival head buyer gives insight

Securing procurements can be a complicated fete for small- to mid-size companies. Competing with larger companies is just one of the challenges they face, yet Julia M. Brown, Chief Procurement Officer for Carnival Corp. knows just what it takes to help them succeed.

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KidCare now available to 17,000 uninsured children

Enrollment drive launched Friday, July 1

With just hours before the start of the long holiday weekend commemorating U.S. independence, child advocates and families gathered for a news conference at The Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade to launch an enrollment drive on the day that legal immigrant children living in Florida gained equal access to health care. July 1 marked the first day low-cost KidCare health care coverage became available to legal immigrant children in Florida, ending a five-year waiting period that was struck down during the 2016 legislative session.

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County commissioners give go-ahead to Related Urban to redevelop Liberty Square

After more than one year, developer selection is over

County commissioners Wednesday unanimously selected developer Related Urban Development Group to demolish and develop Liberty Square Rising, but not before a spirited discussion that resulted in several amendments to the agreement.

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Family and friends fondly remember Daisy Black

Cause of death still undetermined, sister says; funeral services Saturday

It was Daisy Black who encouraged Roxanne Issacs to consider politics. At the time Issacs was a young mother with a young child. Elected office was not on her mind. “I wanted my child to get older before I did anything,” said Issacs, now an El Portal councilwoman. “She was a friend and mentor.” Family members and people around the county and state are remembering Black as a powerhouse in political and civic circles. Black, the former El Portal mayor and challenger to Audrey Edmonson for the District 3 county commission seat, died June 29 after collapsing earlier in the day at a local union hall. On Tuesday a family member said a cause of death still has not been determined.

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‘We Are Charleston’ looks back on tragedy, massacre

Authors weave AME history with some biographies of the murdered

The Word is what you crave. It’s where you find your comfort, strength, the peace you need to get through the day. Reading it is like hearing God’s voice; studying it is feeling His power, and in the new book “We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth, knowing it could mean offering forgiveness.

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Black Girls CODE workshop a big success

Participants were introduced to game design, other STEM concepts

The newly relaunched Miami chapter of Black Girls CODE hosted its first all-girls workshop on Saturday, June 25. The game development workshop was held at Florida Vocational Institute and was supported by AT&T as part of their AT&T Aspire initiative, the company’s effort to help students succeed in school and beyond.

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MDC hosts Future Bankers’ Camp

Program trained high schoolers at the college’s Wolfson Campus

Miami Dade College once again hosted the popular Future Bankers’ Camp, which provides hands-on experience for high school students interested in careers within the financial services industry. The educational component, coordinated by MDC’s School of Business, the Center for Financial Training at MDC, CareerSource of South Florida and Cuban American National Council, took place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. Internships took place June 17–30, followed by a graduation ceremony on June 30.

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The Social Whirl

Johnnie Mae Kerr, March for Babies Chairlady for Beta Tau Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Southeastern Region, has been campaigning 20 years for the March of Dimes, and has been chairlady of the March for Babies for 7 years. This year, with her tireless efforts, the chapter exceeded its goal, which was $5000, and raised $6,257.20! The chapter also received the March of Dimes ‘Order of the Battered Boot Award.’ According to chapter members, “Soror Kerr is a go-getter and should be recognized for her hard work. “And so it is. Congratulations to Beta Tau Zeta Chapter and their soror Johnnie Mae Kerr for their efforts and contributions through the years to the March of Dimes.

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‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’

Film looks back 80 years at US Olympic teams and its relevance today

The 2016 Olympics are less than one month away, and as all eyes turn to Brazil to see the world’s best athletes compete against each other, we look at how far African American men and women have come. But we cannot look ahead until we revisit the past. In 1936, track and field legend Jesse Owens took home four Olympic gold medals at the Berlin summer games, not only breaking records but also making history. Newspapers across the world praised Owens’ heroism and bravery for sticking it to Hitler and his Aryan supremacy campaign.

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Remembering Sherdavia

Crowd gathers at park on 10th anniversary of her death

The children and grownups gathered at the small park near Liberty Square to honor the life of a shy little girl who was cut down by a stray bullet 10 years ago while she played outside her family’s apartment. Minutes before the ceremony started, David Jenkins hobbled around with the aid of a cane to shake hands with some of the people who crowded into a postage-stamp-like space to remember his daughter, Sherdavia, who lost her life at age 9.

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County to vote on largest housing project

Related Urban seeks commission vote Wednesday for Liberty Square

Ahead of the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting to choose a developer for its largest housing project redevelopment to date, The Related Group’s founder Jorge M. Pérez for the first time released a public statement, saying the opportunity to change Liberty Square for the better has motivated him and his team through the bidding process.

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Week of terror

Attacks across the world by Islamic State draws fear, death

hree cities in separate countries hit by suspected Islamic State terrorists in the past week dealt a tumultuous blow to safety in those regions, heightening fears of the militants' capabilities and where they could strike next. The reign of terror includes Sunday's massive suicide bombing in Baghdad that killed at least 157 people, the weekend hostage-taking at a restaurant in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka that left 22 dead and Tuesday's bombing at the Istanbul airport that killed 44. The massacres demonstrate that the Islamic State has established cells around the world — and is still capable of heinous attacks despite its recent setbacks on the battlefield.

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