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Jones’ family seeking answers

Vigil highlights slain musician and Jermaine McBean, both killed by police

Broward and Dade Stand With Corey Jones, an interfaith prayer vigil and panel discussion on community policing and constitutional rights, was held on Nov. 8, at the Ambassador Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Lauderdale Lakes. Members of the Jones family were in attendance, and people said they supported the family in its quests for answers. A lot of the discussion that afternoon also focused on the unsolved case of Jermaine McBean, who was killed in an interaction with police in July of 2013. A town hall meeting related to that case will be on Nov. 21, at the Church of Fort Lauderdale, located at 3970 NW Second Ave. Panelists included Florida International University College of Law student Chanelle Artiles; Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel; Attorney Josiah Graham; West Palm Beach advocate Trinnette Morris; Minister Ronald Muhammad of the Nation of Islam; Community Policing Expert Edwin Ferguson; State Reps. Shevrin Jones and Hazelle Rogers; Jones family attorneys Skinner Louis and Kweku Darfoor, and Scheril Murray Powell. The panel was moderated by FIU law students Terrod Terrence and Jeremy McLymont.

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News Briefs

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph’s Welcome Reception for the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) National Conference will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Kovens Center at Florida University Biscayne Bay Campus. The event will include power networking with professionals, special guests and community leaders, music, food by Chef Ivan, cocktails and fun. RSVP for the event is required for non-conference attendees. For more information, visit www.nahpconference.org.

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Dr. Ben Carson under fire for biography statements

Speaker at a South Florida Republican event said he had to run for president

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has moved up in political polls, on Friday blasted the media at a press conference before keynoting his party’s local fundraiser. Carson was in South Florida to attend the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida’s Diamonds and Ice Scholarship Gala, at the PGA National Resort and Spa on Friday, Nov. 6. Dr. Carson said that he, and his wife, Candy, were delighted to be there that evening before the large crowd. After 36 years of working, said Carson, he thought he was going to retire, play golf and read the books he wanted to read, but “sometimes the Lord has other plans for you.” So many people had asked him to run for public office, he could not disappoint them. Carson catapulted to national attention when, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. in 2013, he criticized Obamacare and other policies while the president was in the room.

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Liberty Square residents the focus at conference

They say media dropped the ball on Scott-Carver projects coverage

Ask the residents of Liberty Square how they would describe their community, and you’ll hear things like “resilient,” “neighborly,” and “a home for generations of families.” But a simple search on Google News reveals a starkly different narrative about Liberty Square, yielding stories of mass shootings, violence and a community in limbo as county plans to raze and redevelop Liberty Square loom nearer each day. “If it bleeds, it leads,” said Mallary Tenore, executive director of the nonprofit organization Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh), referring to a phrase commonly used in newsrooms to decide what makes the headlines, based on the idea that topics like war, violence, and poverty tend to draw a reader’s attention. “But does it have to?” Tenore asked attendees of a conference hosted by ivoh and the FIU Office of Engagement last week that sparked a heated discussion between journalists and community members concerning the way the media portray marginalized communities. The “Storytelling to Change the World” conference spotlighted restorative narrative: stories that focus on community resilience, restoration and hope.

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Biscayne Gardens gets welcome sign

Biscayne Gardens is welcoming residents and visitors with a brand new entrance sign. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime joined Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department officials and residents on Nov. 4 as the 5-by-4-foot “Welcome to Biscayne Gardens” monument sign was unveiled at the corner of Northwest 148th Street and North Miami Avenue.

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Coalition seeks to involve DOJ in Corey Jones investigation

Contingent headed to D.C. to seek new law on case

The city of Boynton Beach’s Coalition of Clergy recognized Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeff Katz Tuesday night at the commission meeting for law enforcement’s role in Corey Jones’ funeral Saturday. Katz and his officers helped escort the Jones family to the cemetery in Boynton Beach. Members of the clergy include Reverend Rae Whitely, of Healing Hands Ministry; Reverend Richard Dames and Reverend Keith Moore of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church; and Apostle Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center. The Coalition comprises 40 religious leaders in Boynton Beach.

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Men of Honor area recognition

Event recognizes men from tri-county area who do positive acts for Black lives

Signature on the World (S.O.W.) Network held its Speech Contest and Men of Honor event at Christ Fellowship, located at 8900 SW 168 St. in Palmetto Bay. Held Saturday, Oct. 24, the event was sponsored by the Florida Department of Health — Miami Dade County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Pre-Engineering Society 4 Youth. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Gamma Zeta Omega ASCEND hosted the event. The emcee for the event was Sharon Grant. Students competed in the categories such as: Why is smoking hazardous to young people? What can be done to stop the high crime rates in our nation? Who is your hero and why?

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Bishop Billy Baskin says: “40 years, A Legacy of Faith”

New Way Baptist Fellowship Church celebrates four decades

New Way Fellowship Baptist Church’s officers and members, under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Billy Baskin and his wife, Bishop Catherine P. Baskin, are in the final stage of celebrating their fourth decade of existence. The excitement has rapidly started to spread and they invite the community to share this historical celebration with them. “We celebrate 40 years on November 15 and prayerfully embrace the future,” Bishops Billy and Catherine P. Baskin said. Leola Adams, a Charter Member said, “Forty years ago, our pastors launched out on faith and trusted God for His faithfulness. Today, we thank God for the journey. We can look back and say ‘Look where He brought us from.’”

Herschel L. Haynes steps down as Chairman of HPHA

Community servant resigns after more than 25 years of serving

Just before closing the Oct. 27th monthly meeting of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association’s (HPHA), Chairman Herschel L. Haynes informed the homeowners, renters, School Board Member of District 2, school Board Staff members, speakers and guests, “As of tonight, I am stepping down as chairman of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association. I pray that I have done well for the almost-30 years I have served you. I can truly say I did it from my heart. Let us stand.” “It’s been a long time and I am tired,” Haynes said, after the meeting. “It is not like I am leaving town, it’s just that I need some time to do some personal things that I am unable to get done with the responsibilities I have for the residents as their chairman. With those demands and needs placed in the hands of others, I can focus on myself and other things I need and want to get

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Faith Calendar

The Substance Abuse Ministry at New Mount Pleasant Community Baptist Church will celebrate its first year anniversary on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 786-346-7438. Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. First Haitian Church of God hosts a food drive every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7140 North Miami Ave. Call 786-362-1804. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church invites you to the Male Chorus 8th anniversary on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m and Nov. 15th at 4:00 p.m. Call 786-277-6094.

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Workman begins career at hospital where he was born

Former NICU baby, administrative fellow at North Shore Medical Ctr. Medical Center

One of the most important decisions for healthcare administration graduate students at the University of Florida is choosing where they will start their careers. After all, it is a decision that could affect the rest of their lives. However, for Madison Workman, the choice was easy; he would return to where he was born and cared for as a premature triplet – North Shore Medical Center.

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Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Parker Playhouse

Grammy Award-winning ensemble also presents a special show to students

The sounds of South Africa come to South Florida with the Grammy Award–winning Soweto Gospel Choir on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Parker Playhouse. The 2015 North American Tour of Soweto Gospel Choir is sponsored by South African Airways. Twenty voices strong, the choir draws on the best talent from many churches around Soweto, then travels the world sharing the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. Combining African gospel with traditional hymns, American pop and spiritually themed secular songs, the Soweto Gospel Choir delivers a powerful expression of hope and joy full of gorgeous South African vocal harmonies.

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Joy-Ann Reid to speak at Miami Book Fair

Correspondent wrote ‘Fracture’ to explore Obama and the Clintons

If you are interested in politics but get lost when all the pundits start throwing out political jargon and sound bites, then you should read the book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide” by MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid. Reid, who, until recently was host of “The Reid Report” on MSNBC, is a former South Florida journalist at many South Florida news outlets and was the online news editor for WTVJ, the local NBC affiliate. Before joining MSNBC, Reid was the managing editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform that delivers stories and perspectives about Blacks.

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Carson needs Black votes

Ben Carson may be the most misunderstood candidate in this year's election, but the most authentic example of the American Dream. An American public now hungry for the anti-politician, craving unscripted speeches that speak simply to the soul of our need to be as Donald Trump puts it “great again.” Born into dire poverty to a single mother in Detroit, no other candidate lived the narrative of the economic disenfranchisement many Americans feel right now like Carson.

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The Social Whirl

With Thanksgiving literally just around the corner, members of Just Us will be hosted by Emma Burnside for their November meeting at Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Gardens on Saturday. Meetings are great times to enjoy, catch up and have good Just Us fun. With the holidays so fast approaching, members will assuredly pause in thanks and capture some friendship moments. Always grateful and thankful for the gift of friendship that is invaluable. It’s all about service on the journey. We all can serve in many ways. Several members of the Dade County Chapter of The Links, Inc. attested to this after returning from Nassau where they took chapter donations to The Link Safe House for Females in Crisis, a project that the Nassau Bahamas Chapter of the Links, Inc. determined it would finance and build and which they opened in 2003. They were able to “ burn the mortgage” on October 27, 2007. Chartered on May 20th, 1989, the Nassau Chapter is proud to have been the first International Chapter of the Links, Inc. At their Charter, then National President Link Regina Jollivette Frazier commented that “the dynamic and dedicated women who comprise your Chapter will form a strong link in our chain of friendship and service.”

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Chatter that Matters

People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality Inc. has been the driving force in teaching the youth their philosophy to success. The success of P.U.L.S.E. and members of the organization rest on five people who received awards for their contributions: Lydia Neasman for Community Leadership; Daphne Campbell for Political Empowerment; William Dozier for Outstanding Leadership; Gamrel Fleueantim for Youth Leadership; and Reverend Jeffrey Mack for Religious Leadership. According to Mr. Nathaniel Wilcox, Executive Director, the youth have grown remarkably in every task that confronted them, plus more. As a matter of fact, they have energy to burn. Furthermore, the entire group seeks a high altitude by maximizing unlimited complexity. They sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with much coordination and harmony. A special “thank you” goes out to the P.U.L.S.E. Executive Director, members of this church, the families of the Second Canaan M.B.C. and Reverend Olden Reese, Senior Pastor/Overseer, for taking and using the community for standing up and standing with the parents of this church. Please take our objective with you and may GOD bless you and keep it high.”

‘Wake Up Happy’ offers good direction for countless choices

Self-help book is inspiring and full of motivation and advice for readers

Every day, you make countless little choices. Get outta bed or go back to sleep? What’s for breakfast? Blue tie or black shirt? Which project first, what’s for lunch, dinner, after dinner, what to watch, read, discuss? All day long, you choose one thing over another; in fact, Michael Strahan says that “the average American will [make] thirty-five thousand decisions” before bedtime. In his book “Wake Up Happy” (with Veronica Chambers), he explains how one of them can be a life-changer. If you’ve ever seen Michael Strahan on-screen, you know how easy he makes his job look. He seems comfortable with stars and strangers alike, although he calls himself “a shy guy.” He says he gets nervous, but he knows how to handle himself because that’s the way he was raised.

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AMIkids helps rehabilitate troubled youth

Alternative education program serves boys and girls ages 13-18

Seventeen-year-old Nathaniel admits he has a short fuse that has gotten him in trouble with the law before. But he's learning to control his temper, thanks to anger management courses he's taking at AMIkids Miami-Dade North. "In the past, I've been a short-tempered person and quick to snap. That's led me to get in some trouble," said Nathaniel, who has been arrested for burglary and possession of a concealed firearm. "But this program has really helped me. I'm learning how to cope with my anger." AMIkids Miami-Dade is a combined day treatment program and alternative education school that works with boys and girls ages 13-18 who have been arrested, detained and court-ordered to carry out their probation through them. The agency's mission is to reduce juvenile delinquency working in partnerships with the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, United Way and the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, among other organizations.

FMU president on Homeland Security council

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis to serve as an academic advisor for organization

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently announced the appointment of Florida Memorial University’s President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). Dr. Artis is one of six new members to the Council that consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security and the academic community. “I am honored to have been chosen by Secretary Johnson to serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council,” said Dr. Artis. “The Council affords me the opportunity to contribute to the conversation around our nation’s security and the important role higher education institutions play in preparing students to fill jobs that keep our nation safe now and into the future.”

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Children learn how to be health professionals

FIU NeighborhoodHELP program hosts conference in Little Haiti

Last week, 500 children of all ages not only found out what it’s like to do some cool things that health professionals get to do, they also learned the fancy names for those jobs: listening to heart and lung sounds is called cardiopulmonary auscultation; examining ears and eyes are respectively referred to as otoscopy and ophthalmoscopy; mixing powders to make drug compounds is known as pharmacology. The kids took part in the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Health Care Conference: How to be a Health Professional – a highly-interactive, annual learning experience sponsored by the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program.

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