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Lifestyle Happenings

Early registration for Northside Panthers football and cheerleaders begins on Monday, May 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at West Little River Park. Also coaches are needed. Call 786-371-3779. South Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club will meet Saturday May 21st at 11:00 am at Lake Worth Community High School at 1701 South 1st Ave Lake Worth. Call 305-318-4286. Miami Northwestern class of 1956 is planning our 60th reunion. Call 786-273-2188. BTW Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, May 26 in the BTW cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet Saturday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the African American Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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Golden Krust to air on ‘Undercover Boss’ May 22

President and CEO Lowell Hawthorne conducts convert company mission

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill will be featured on the Emmy Award-winning series “Undercover Boss,” Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. on the CBS Television Network. Golden Krust is known for its signature patties and other Caribbean hot foods and bakery items

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Opa-locka ready to slash workforce

Questions raised over $40,000 payments to the city manager

Surviving an attempt to remove him from office, Opa-locka City Manager David Chiverton is ready to start layoffs to help dig the city out of a financial hole. Layoffs that would affect up to 40 employees under an approved financial plan are slated to start May 20. “We started some of the layoffs … on Friday,” he said. But the manager, already the subject of a federal public corruption investigation, faces new scrutiny over taking nearly $40,000 in accrued sick and leave payments. The Miami Herald reported that two checks were issued to Chiverton earlier this month. One check for annual leave was written for $14,160.36; the second check, for sick time was for $24,982.57.

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Jackson for sale?

Soul food owner says no; real estate agent says yes

For sale, restaurant in Overtown area for $20 million; offers accepted. The real estate listing shows Jackson Soul Food is up for sale. The owner, however, insists that neither she nor the popular Overtown eatery is going anywhere. “No, that’s a misprint,” said Shirlene Ingraham, longtime owner of Jackson Soul Food. “I think my realtor put my address on there when she was supposed to put my daughter’s address. I’m not trying to leave the area, no, ma’am.”

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Liberty City Project moves to the full commission

Related Urban’s proposal gets the Economic Prosperity Committee vote

Related Urban Development Group’s Vice President and Principal Albert Milo Jr. said Monday that the unanimous vote to send its proposal to rehab Liberty Square to the Board of County Commissioners is a win for the residents.

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Building a circle of support for mothers

Sybrina Fulton hosts Hillary Clinton at empowerment conference on Saturday

Sybrina Fulton has spent the last four years warning Americans around the country about the dangers of senseless gun violence. The past year she’s crisscrossed the country in support of a Democratic presidential candidate. But first and foremost Fulton is a mother. She wants to help other mothers navigate through the pain of losing a child to gun violence. This week, Fulton is bringing dozens of women from around the country to South Florida for a weekend of empowerment and, hopefully, healing.

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Minimum wage fight takes step in right direction

On May 11, Miami Beach made a bold move. Its commission voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.31 per hour, starting July 2017. A rate increase of $1 per year would raise the rate to $13.31 by 2020. The final vote is expected to be June 8.

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Feds bust vendors at flea market, Miami Gardens

$13 million in EBT payments stolen, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says

Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market, a mainstay for bargain shoppers in South Florida, has nearly two dozen fewer vendors after federal agents on May 11 shut down several businesses that are accused of illegally trading food stamps for cash. U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced that 22 businesses were targeted during a raid at the flea market. The indictments allege the retailers or store operators received more than $13 million in federal payments for transactions in which they did not provide any food. All but one of the retailers involved in the May 11 bust were based at Hialeah Opa-locka flea market. The individuals arrested operated or owned produce or seafood markets. One store is located in Miami Gardens.

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FMU opens wellness center

The university seeks a donor after which to name the center

Florida Memorial University recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Athletic and Wellness center. The 50,000-square-foot facility will not only provide place for students to exercise, it will also serve as a space to host events for students to enjoy. “We want to instill in our students to take care of themselves mind, body and soul. It was an herculean effort from everyone involved and now we have a new home of the Fighting Lions Athletics,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University. The center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 12 at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. Florida Memorial faculty, alumni and local community leaders were present to be the first few to see inside the center.

Lecture at the Historic Hampton House

On Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 1p.m. Florida International University African & African Diaspora Studies Program and the Historic Hampton House will present a free lecture and book signing to celebrate a homegrown achiever, Dr. Edda Fields-Black, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (2008).  Dr. Fields-Black will speak about her research into the history of West African rice production. Discussion follows:  How can we come together to

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Unwed dads fight for fathers’ rights

Fathers want to see their children who were given up for adoption years ago

U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Carlton is passionate about two areas of service in his life: his country and his family. But when the soldier shipped out for a tour of duty in the Middle East in early 2010, he had no idea his toughest — and most traumatic — battle would play out after he returned from the war. For the past six years, the 33-year-old veteran from Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been fighting what feels like is a losing battle for a father’s rights to his biological child, who was given up for adoption without his knowledge or consent.

Young man displays an attitude to achieve

As we go through life we are faced with many different challenges. Unfortunately, we don’t get to choose the challenges we face. Regardless of our family background, culture, religion, financial status, gender, or age, no matter which we are, challenges will come. However, it is important to know that regardless of the challenge we are dealt, we must learn how to work them to our favor.

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Taste of Haiti showcases art, food and culture

For some, Haitian Heritage Cultural Month is a time to expose native and traveling South Floridians to the wonders of Haiti's music, food, art and more. May provides an opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and culture of Haiti, through art and food shows and festivals. The Fourth Annual Taste of Haiti festival on Saturday, May 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Plaza was an opportunity to educate others about the Haitian Lawyers Association, especially on their legal and political rights as immigrants and citizens, said Haitian-American Ronald Surin.

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Pastor Jerry Taylor reaches across the many cultural lines

His work is reaching several souls

Elder Jerry Taylor is a life-long member of The House of God Church. He received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1961, while still in his youth. He has served as pastor of the Hallandale church for 12 years and has continued to be an active foot soldier and visionary leader.

Stroke: A preventable and treatable condition

May is National Stroke Awareness month. Why should we dedicate so much time to this condition? Stroke is a devastating disease, also called a brain attack, that touches many of us, directly or indirectly. Although stroke deaths and new stroke cases have declined in past decades in developed countries, it remains the fifth cause of death in the United States. Approximately 800,000 people suffer a new stroke each year, and it is estimated that nearly 3 percent of the adult population in the U.S. has experienced a stroke. That’s roughly 6.6 million of us.

Rehabilitation therapy for adults after stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability. You can’t prepare for it, as it comes on suddenly and unexpectedly. However knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life. The long-term effects of a stroke vary, depending on the severity of the stroke and the interventions and treatments used to reverse it. Stroke affects the brain by preventing blood flow into certain regions that control different physical and cognitive functions.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call (305) 693-1301. Persons interested in traveling to Tampa to attend the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education (NBCC) June 20-24 contact terrytravel@aol.com or call 305-858-4347.

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The Social Whirl

Last week I mentioned that Luvernice Croskey was the 13th President of the dade County Chapter of the Links, Inc. A correction, Croskey is the 16th and Tammy P. Reed was the 15th, Yes I do indeed, get by with a little help and corrections from my friends. Thank You1 The Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill of America had a fun and inspiring afternoon on Saturday, May 7 as they celebrated “Black Family Day” with the theme HBCU’s and The Black Family. The event was held at Miami Northwestern Senior High School on Saturday, May 7. Dr. Steve Gallon III was the speaker.

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Chatter that Matters

In this week’s edition of Chatter, veteran police officer and former City of Miami Police Major Delrish Moss was sworn in as the first Black Police Chief in Ferguson, Missouri. Delrish brings decades of experience to Ferguson and wishes to bring nobility back to police work. He would also like to eventually start a Police Athletic League and a mentoring program. After he was sworn in he told the crowd, “let’s get to work.” He also thanked the city’s elected officials for having “faith in me” and the people of Ferguson for “giving me this opportunity.” The good people are truly getting a gem of an individual and we wish Chief Moss nothing but the best and tons of success as he starts a new chapter in his life and career.

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Mock DUI exercise serves as a lesson

Event at Miami Jackson High shows students the dangers of drunk driving

For 17-year-old James Houston, watching his friends appear lifeless as a result of a head-on collision hit a little too close to home. He lost a cousin in a car crash not so long ago. Now seeing his friends bloodied and laying unconscious in an eerily similar scene brought bad memories to the Miami Jackson High School senior. "Life is fragile and you can be gone in the blink of an eye," James said. "A death like this can bring even the toughest person to tears. The message is clear: don't drink and drive; be safe on the road."

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