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Faith Calendar

New 79th Street World Church Int’l invites you to experience “His Blood, Their Words” on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-778-3213. Women in Transition of South FL will hold it’s eighth annual “Women’s History Month” Spring Tea Party on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m.  Call 786-477-8548. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove hosts Friends and Family Day April 19 at 11 a.m. Call 305-443-8166.

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Another great year at 2015 Jazz in the Gardens

So another Jazz in the Gardens event is in the books. The pride of Miami Gardens held annually at Sun Life Stadium celebrated its 10th anniversary and a record number of concert goers attended. As a matter of fact, Saturday's show was completely sold out. That is a very good sign that Jazz in the Gardens has established itself as a marquee event around the country. It now ranks up there with the annual Essence festival, among others, and can be counted on to draw a huge amount of visitors to

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“Stealing the Game” in the words of a great player

Abdul-Jabbar's book is not just a basketball novel, it’s also a mystery

Oh, how you hate to lose! You hate it so much, in fact, that it’s not really an option: you’ll do anything and work hardest to make sure that you’re not finishing last. It’s all or nothing for you, and in the new book “Stealing the Game” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, it’s about more than how you play the game. Everyone at Orangetree Middle School knew that thirteen-year-old Chris Richards was someone they could trust, a decent-enough student, but kind of quiet. Even Chris himself would admit that, and he was okay with it. He always thought his observation skills were better than anything else he did, except maybe basketball.

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The Social Whirl

And where has this month gone? Hope you‘ve been inspired during this Women‘s History Month and each day hope that you enjoy the music of your spirit on the journey, share more of your stories „ around the table“, seize smiles to help you light and lighten your paths, cling to faith when the roads get rough and let God be your compass so you can dance more.

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Chatter that Matters

One of the great meetings of the Hampton House Trust was held last Tuesday with Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson in her seat as chairperson. Others present were Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder; Edwin T. Demeritee, treasurer; Isabella Rosete, secretary; Hugo Velasquez, project manager; guests, K. Name, A. Butler and J. Johnson; Dr. Edward Robinson, vice president; Dr. Larry Capp, organizational

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No degree necessary: Just a desire to code

LaunchCode teaches writing computer languages, much more

LaunchCode has set up shop in Miami but if you didn't know where it was you could miss it. But tucked in small office on the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, LaunchCode is doing big things. LaunchCode, which teaches people how to write computer languages and then helps with job

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Program helps mentor FMU students

Members of the Miami-Dade County Chapter, The Links, Incorporated Services to Youth Facet hosted a laptop distribution event for Florida Memorial University (FMU) students participating in the chapter’s Lean Forward with Mentoring (LFWM) initiative.

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Barry holds chemistry, physics tourney

More than 200 students from 13 South Florida high schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties competed in Barry’ University’s 14th Annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament on March 13.

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Mindingall honored in City of North Miami

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored for her public service at the City of North Miami’s Celebration of Women event held March 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami. The annual event is held in honor of National Women’s History Month, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women in our

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Dreaming Big

Young local filmmakers use their short films to inspire other youth

Elijah Wells didn't think much of having one of his videos showcased at the Second Annual White House Student Film Festival on March 20 in Washington, D.C. until he actually came face to face with President Barack Obama. The 17-year-old filmmaker was chosen from a pool of 1,500 high school students nationwide to screen his video, “Giving Back Through My Lens," which is about giving back to his community in Overtown by teaching youth about film production.

NFL players to help raise money for CHI

Fundraiser will assist 40-year medical facility

When celebrities like NFL professional athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on March 27, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice/Adewale Ogunleye Celebrity Golf Tournament raises funds for a variety of programs at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI).

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OneUnited Bank to become canvas for mural

A unique partnership to transform the OneUnited Bank building into a public work of art launched March 11 in Liberty City. The bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in conjunction with Liberty City Renaissance have partnered to present the OneUnited Mural Project, a community youth development and beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Sisters Empowerment Circle nvites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 305-9345122/.

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Public spaces challenge seeks ideas by April 1

The Miami Foundation's is seeking creative minds to submit ideas for its 2015 Public Space Challenge — just respond by April 1, no fooling. The foundation has a budget of $305,000 to fund your ideas about what you would do to create, improve and activate public gathering places like parks, libraries, plazas and playgrounds in Miami-Dade.  Anyone — individuals, groups, agencies, nonprofits or companies — can submit ideas at ourmiami.org/challenge.  

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Falcon player gives back to community

Devonta Freeman of Liberty City to mentor Brownsville Middle students students

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade School Board Member for District 2, recently organized a meeting with Brownsville Middle School students, administrators and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

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FMU track stars shine at the Hurricane Invitational meet

The Florida Memorial University track and field team had a strong showing at the Hurricane Invitational at Cobb Stadium on the campus of University of Miami in Coral Gables March 21. Brittany Starling ran an impressive performance in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of

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A dope boy's dream

As legend goes, Miami was built on dope money. Immortalized by filmmaker Billy Corben’s cult classic “Cocaine Boys,” the excess of these drug runners infused life into Miami’s stagnant economy, according to the film’s narrative. However, judging by the scarred low rises and dilapidated corner stores characterizing Miami’s inner-city, that outpouring never reached our urban enclaves.

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2015 Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday's lineup at Jazz in the Gardens

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Heat fighting for their lives

The NBA playoffs are coming soon and with our Miami Heat fighting for their playoff lives, they are desperately trying to get in because as Kevin Garnett would say anything is possible. All of these top tier playoff teams have their own kryptonite. All of them even the   seemingly unbeatable at times  Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. There are some teams that just have other team's numbers.

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Miami Gardens baseball clinics get funding

Children in Miami Gardens will now be able to take part in clinics and workshops to learn the game of baseball thanks to a $20,000 contribution from the Miami Marlins and the Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. The program, launched in 2009 by Major League Baseball, provides opportunities for children ages 5 to 12 in underserved communitie

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