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What can I do to keep me and my family safe from serious burns?

Anyone who has suffered a burn knows that these types of injuries can be extremely painful. In many cases, however, burns can be avoided. From a lit burner on a stove to a hot cup of coffee to an iron accidentally mishandled or left on, there are numerous items in your home that are potential burn hazards that can cause debilitating injuries and pain. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 people were treated for burn injuries last year and nearly a third of them were children.

Skin color doesn't matter

Make disease prevention a priority this summer

Did you know that everyone can suffer from sunburn regardless of skin color? Every race and ethnicity is at risk for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Though skin cancer is more prevalent in Caucasians, African Americans can be diagnosed with the disease – and often it is at an advanced stage when there is less likelihood of a cure, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although the number of African Americans affected by skin cancer is small compared to other ethnicities, it is important to know that taking the proper precautions may help prevent this disease.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church is having a prayer breakfast on Sat. July 19. Call 954-258-8383. Wactor Temple AME Zion Church will have a yard sale July 19 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Call 786-262-8930. Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will like to invite the public to its “Spiritual head dress” luncheon to be held 11:30 a.m. Sat. July 19. at Piccadilly’s Restaurant in Hialeah. Call 786-277-4150

Entertainment Complex underway for City of Miramar

The City of Miramar, one of the fastest growing cities in America, is in the midst of exciting changes with new ventures that are about to get underway. In October 2014, the City will break ground on its new Entertainment Complex to be located at Miramar Regional Park. The complex will feature a 5,000-seat Amphitheater, Grande Promenade and Corporate Pavilion. The park, situated on 172 acres, has long been a major destination in Broward County. With the addition of the Entertainment Complex, the goal is to make the City of Miramar a global destination.

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Lights, camera, action!

New BOCA Black Film Festival opens in South Florida

The inaugural Boca Black Film Festival opens this weekend to showcase the talents of local professionals in film, TV and cinema arts. Held at Palm Beach State College, the festival will include panel discussions, film screenings and educational workshops. The festival is open to the entire South Florida community and neighboring areas. The three-day festival will be held July 17-19. It will provide an array of activities for youths seeking to gain knowledge, information and insight into the entertainment industry. In May, the festival held a scriptwriting competition for aspiring Black film makers.

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Chatter That Matters

Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Planning for The Second Century. Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson along with many community leaders including: Edward Harris, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Dr.

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Carvalho praises educators, students for top performance year

Grades show positive improvement

Miami-Dade's middle, elementary schools celebrated last Friday after scoring top grades on the state's assessment of academic achievement. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, as Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho praised the efforts and academic performance of educators and students in the nation's fourth largest public system. The Florida Department of Education released school performance grades that morning.

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Sonshine Communications partners with M-DEAT

Summer is here, and Sonshine Communications welcomes college-bound students for a summer experience to sparkle and shine! Interns Aniqua Hendricks and Jimmy Mentor have joined the team and are doing just that and so much more. Proud participants in Miami-Dade County’s Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Intern Partnership Initiative, the two have carved a niche of their own creativity and style and fit well with the Sonshine brand and corporate culture.

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Lifestyle Happenings

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. You are invited to attend the ninth annual summer luncheon 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Joseph Caleb Center’s event hall. The luncheon will feature candidates in upcoming state and local elections. Call 305-758-5966. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464.

The new normal: Black female executives

How Black women executives must go above and beyond

Black women are becoming owners of their own businesses, moving up the corporate and governmental ladder more than ever before, according to recent report by a renowned management firm. Called Journey to the Top: Developing African-American Executives, the report said the U.S. workforce has become more diverse over the last 50 years. The report was authored by Dr. Lawrence James Jr. a partner with RHS International, a management firm composed of psychologists and consultants who work closely with senior executives to accelerate individual, team and business

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LeBron couldn’t take the Heat

What a well orchestrated exit plan by LeBron James. The King ended his essay to America with the words "I'm Coming Home". After four glorious years in a Miami Heat uniform, LeBron James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland. Back to an owner in Dan Gilbert who very publicly ripped him after he left the Cavs in 2010. Let’s remember the mood in Black America at the time of Gilbert's scathing letter, many felt there was a tinge of racism in the letter and that Gilbert had viewed James somewhat as a runaway

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NAACP seeking to register one thousand to vote

Local chapter spearheads drive on 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer

Over 90,000 eligible voters in Miami-Dade County are not registered to vote, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is seeking to change that. On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, The Miami-Dade NAACP, dozens of faith organizations, elected officials, fraternities, sororities and volunteers joined together at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church to get those in the community registered before the November elections.

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Churches unite as a community mourns

The shooting of a popular Liberty City pastor last week has spurred Miami’s Black churches into the fight against crime as religious leaders urge residents to take action against random shootings that have gripped their neighborhoods with fear. Hundreds are expected to march through the streets of Liberty City this weekend to help strengthen a grassroots anti-crime movement that has been brewing in the past several months following the deaths of innocent victims of gun-violence.

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Black churches fighting more than just crime

In the past several months there have been rallies and marches against crime throughout Liberty City, a community that has seen numerous incidences of gun violence. Many lives have been cut short, leaving parents to face the loss of a child or children to lose a parent. Black churches are an integral part of the community and have always served as meeting places for rallies as warriors in the

Predatory lending lawsuit dismissed

Ruling may affect Miami Gardens’ similar suit against big banks

Miami Gardens’ lawsuit accusing major banks of predatory lending was dealt a potential blow last week when a federal judge dismissed similar complaints by the City of Miami, which accused Bank of America and Citigroup of causing the city’s tax base to plummet by creating a foreclosure crisis in minority communities.

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Programs, services in danger of being cut

Blacks impacted by county budget proposal

The first of several hearings on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget took place Tuesday as commissioners debated whether to raise property taxes to prevent cuts in libraries, programs and other critical services that impact the Black community.

‘Til The Well Runs Dry' quenches your thirst

The dress fits like a . . . well, like a glove. Its seams hug your curves in the right places as the neckline draws the eye upward. Its hem swishes around your legs and makes you feel fabulous. Whoever designed it had to be thinking of someone like you to wear it. Or, as in the novel “’Til the Well Runs Dry” by Lauren Francis-Sharma, she had other things on her mind. Keeping two boys fed and keeping up with her dressmaking clients.

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LeBron James Tells Sports Illustrated He Will Sign With the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. James told SI in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now."

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

Rapid Bus Transit proposed for NW 27th Ave.

A proposal to bring a rapid bus transit (RBT) service to NW 27th Avenue is picking up speed among members of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Board of Governors, who last week supported the plan to relived traffic congestion on the road.

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