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Miami Gardens Heritage Bowl celebrates Black History Month

The Miami Gardens second Black History Heritage Bowl ended Tuesday, culminating the activities celebrating Black History Month. The quiz-style theme is “A Celebration of Black History, Life, and Culture.” It was derived from ASALH’s theme, the national organization founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915 to bring awareness to Black history in order to promote the important roles Blacks have played in history.

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No Dancer Left Behind Inc. helps children get life skills

Youth get more than free dance training from NDLB scholarships

For the last three years, No Dancer Left Behind Inc. (NDLB) has provided free lessons to disadvantaged children and teenagers, ages 6 to 19. Since May 2012, the NDLB program has provided $10,000 in scholarships along with life skills to needy students at Diversity Dance Center, according to Cassie Maura-Rahming, assistant director. NDLB at 6823 Sunset Strip, in Sunrise is a not-for-profit agency founded by Artistic Director/Choreographer Terrica Maura and her mother, Maura-Rahming.

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Gospel recording encourages all to live without fear

Singer Jonathan Nelson and other Gospel greats worshipped God together

Gospel Artist Jonathan Nelson recorded an album live in front of thousands of worshipers at The Faith Center in Sunrise Friday night. "I'm fearless. Yes, I am brave," chimed about 3,000 people who sang along with Nelson. Nelson's recording of his new album "Fearless" stirred attendees and several Gospel greats to worship God. "I want the title to speak for itself," Nelson said. "I want [listeners] to walk away inspired, encouraged, and I want to ignite something in them to really go after their goals, their dreams, and their passion. I'm hoping all of that was ignited after [the recording]."

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Pastor Donald Henry’s passion is helping to save our youngsters

Pastor Donald Lee Henry is passionate about working with young people, particularly young men. In his work in the prison system, he has seen many young men incarcerated and knows if he can help just one of them stay out of prison, it will make a positive difference.

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All that Jazz

Mustafa family gears up for 18th annual jazz festival

Melton Mustafa, the director of jazz studies at Florida Memorial University, has done it all. An educator, producer, arranger, composer and trumpeter, he even has a jazz festival named after him. This weekend, Florida Memorial University holds the 18th annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival and Workshop at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts. The festival is designed to expose students in middle and high schools and college to jazz and the musicians who help preserve the bluesy-style of music.

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CARIBE FILM FEST

New festival to help Caribbean filmmakers

The stage is set for a weekend of cultural pride and empowerment for struggling Caribbean filmmakers who will learn how to succeed in a tough entertainment industry during the inaugural Caribe Film Fest on Feb 27-28 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter.

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To the activists: Don't make Lavall Hall your 15 minutes

Another Black man is dead at the hands of law enforcement and this time closer to home, here in Miami Gardens. Lavall Hall was killed in an altercation with Miami Gardens police, but let's not jump on the Ferguson bandwagon just yet before thinking clearly.

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Chatter that Matters

What a great time members of the African Committee of the Dade Heritage had at it’s recent 22nd  Annual Commemorative Service and the 7th Annual Youth Talent on Parade. The cool weather made it a perfect

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The Social Whirl

The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association wanted a change from the traditional Orange, Black and White Tea this year so they took the tea to the sea by traveling to Bimini during the weekend of February 7 and called it an Orange, Black and White Tea at Sea. Quite an innovative idea and, according to reports a good time was had by all who traveled “cross the water” on the trip. Enjoying “tea” and other activites were:

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FMU HOMECOMING

Greeks, Alsina stomp the FMU yard

There was love in the air at Florida Memorial University, Feb 13. It was a fitting prelude to Valentine's Day. Students and alumni patiently waited and watched performances during Greek Day of Homecoming, though the weather was a lot colder than normal.  

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Black Tech Week 2015

Tap into Africa and go global

Black Tech Week is bringing innovators of color and igniting conversation not only to inspire the community to have more of a presence in the field of technology and in business, but to also open discussions on technology and entrepreneurship beyond the local streets of Miami. Black Tech Week, which runs through Saturday, is the brainchild of Miami-based nonprofit, Code Fever. The event gives a platform to entrepreneurs, tech innovators, startup founders, venture capitalists, seasoned investors and other thought leaders.

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New Overtown Visitor Center opens

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism team (GMCVB) in partnership with the Black Archives & Research Foundation of South Florida held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday for the new Historic Overtown Visitor Center, located inside the Historic Lyric Theater. 

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Sportscaster discusses famous Black athletes at MDC

CBS sportscaster Jim Berry has met many Black athletes over the course of his 20-plus years of reporting. At a recent discussion held at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, he shared some stories with students on what he's learned from conducting interviews with sports stars of the day.

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It's goin' down for real

The time has finally come around. Like the rapper Flo Rida has said, "It's Goin Down For Real." No more disputes about gloves, steroids and all of that crap. We have finally got a fight. The boxing god's have heard our cries for far too long. We actually began to wonder if rapper Dr Dre's often joked-

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Opa-locka celebrated Black History Month

The City of Opa-locka and the city’s police department Community Empowerment Team (CET) held a “A Black History Month Extravaganza” on Friday at Sherbondy Village. With words in hand, families opened the program with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written in 1900, by former Florida Memorial University faculty John Rosamond Johnson and his brother James Weldon Johnson.

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Protests over shooting spread to Miami Gardens City Hall

Calls go out for outisde investigation as family prepares to bury Lavall Hall

Tempers flared at the Miami Gardens City Council Wednesday, as residents and protesters demanded city officials to release the videotapes of the shooting of the Lavall Hall, a mentally-ill 25-year old.

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Enrollment down at ‘Black’ public schools in Dade

Magnet programs give students and parents choices

Ja Marv Dunn, head principal at Miami Carol City High School, knows the reality that public schools are facing today. Student enrollment is down, and competition is fierce. "Students have so many more options and varied interests these days," Dunn said. "Parents are looking to enroll their children at schools that offer specific programs, magnets that are focusing on specific career fields. A student may be slated to attend a school based on where they live, but that school may not offer the courses or programs that best suits their needs."

Artist Everton Wright kicks off monthly series in Opa-locka

Opa-locka's launches its inaugural META series

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Culinary world seeks honor for Black chefs

The contributions of Jefferson Evans and Leah Chase have allowed so many chefs of color to turn their creativity and passion for food into meaningful and fulfilling careers. The Black Culinary Alliance has started a Change.org campaign to have the White House recognize Evans and Chase as Living Legends of Color in American Food History.

South Florida Black History Month events

Feb. 1-28, Kinad African American Exhibit, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St.: Exhibit runs 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Call 305-375-5730. Feb. 1-28, Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, 480 NW 11th St. Tours run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues-Sat. Cost is $10 per person. Call 305-329-2513 or visit www.historicalblackprecinct.org. Feb. 1-28, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Celebrates “Forty Years of Service,” African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.: Exhibits, performances and art. Call 305-638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmimai.org. Feb. 3-28, KROMA Artists Collective Exhibit: “The Beast: The Artist Confronting the Daily Call to Action,” 3670

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