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Edmonson hosts eighth annual Fun Day Book Bag Giveaway and Health Fair at Olinda Park

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped 2,000 children get ready for the new school year at her 8th annual Fun Day Book Bag Giveaway & Health and Info Fair on Aug. 9 at Olinda Park.

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Campaigns turn dirty as election nears

The political race for Miami Gardens’ general election turned dirty last weekend after allegations of unethical campaigning swirled among candidates seeking seats on the city council. The seats are currently occupied by Lisa Davis and Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro who are stepping up their campaigns against a group of determined candidates who want to change the city with bold opinions and fresh ideas. Davis, who occupies Seat 2, seeks a second term against Charlene Butler, 65, a retired postal worker and Tamarah Lee, who has a law degree from the University of Florida.

Untold stories of Black men

Aspiring chef Courtney Kerr shares his tale of trials

Days after the devastating news traveled around the nation that Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old male was gunned by Darren Wilson, a seven-year police officer, in a suburb of Ferguson, Mo., communities protested with riots to express their frustrations of countless Black men dying by the same hands that were meant to protect them.

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Sybrina Fulton to family of Michael Brown: Your lives are forever changed

Mother of slain Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, writes to the family of Michael Brown, a teen recently executed by police in Black suburban Ferguson, Mo.

Miami Dade College North hosts Farm Share food distribution

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will hold a free, back-to-school food distribution for needy students and families, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16. More than 100 volunteers – including MDC students – will hand out food packages including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and other grocery items.

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Teachers attend rally to kick off school year

Over 600 teachers, education support professionals, and local and national business partners Monday converged on the Bank United Center at the University of Miami to hear from Union President Fedrick C. Ingram. 

Miami to host anti-hunger forum

September is Hunger Action Month. In response, Miami will host a summit to end hunger in South Florida, where 900,000 people go hungry. The event, “What Will it Take to End Hunger” will bring together business leaders, students, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and other

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Dr. Timothy Stewart elected First VP of Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.

The Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc’s (PNBC) 53rd Annual Session was recently held in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Visitors and Convention Center. The event attracted thousands of delegates. Dr. Timothy Stewart, Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Nassau led a Bahamas Delegation of 120 persons. Reverend Stewart who was elected to First Vice

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Bishop Burley and Pastor Linda Knowles: United, spiritual team

Couple express purpose in their ministry with the word of truth

The Breakthrough International Christian Center (BICC), 3790 NW 167th. is under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Burley and Pastor Linda Knowles. They said, “Our responsibilities are to first, “rightly divide the word of truth, and secondly, to help others tap into their purpose for being on this earth.”

Educator returning home with innovative program

Donna Grant brings Red Bear to her community after retirement

Donna Grant was born in Tampa and came to Miami with her parents when she was 3 years old. A graduate of Overtown’s historic Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1966, Grant obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1970. “I knew as a teenager that I wanted to be fully prepared to be the best I could be in the field of education. I went on to earn a Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Union Institute & University in 1998.”

Author is a young adult “hooked on Jesus”

Niger Alford was born in Miami to the late Ella Mae Tyler and Carlton Dixon. She was raised in Brownsville and attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Brownsville. After graduating from Miami Central Senior High School in 2001 she enrolled at Bethune Cookman College (now university) in Daytona Beach. After a year her pursuit of a degree in business administration was interrupted when Alford’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. She came back to Miami to be with her mother and enrolled at Florida Memorial University. Alford started

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Faith Calendar

Living Word Christian Center Intl. will be in their 11th Church Anniversary starting Wed., August 13 through Friday, August 15 at 7:30 pm and ending Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m.  Call 305 624-0044. The Golden Bells will celebrate their 36th singing anniversary 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Freewill Christian Center in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2678.

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Chatter That Matters

Congratulations to Alice Day founder of the Sunshine Jazz Club, for presenting the fifth annual Hall of Fame inductees, along with Keith Valles, president, and  “The Real” Tracy Fields, WLRN FM 91.3 (Mon – Fri. at 7 p.m.). Valles had the honor of presenting inductees:  Pete Minger, trumpet/flugelhorn, Nestor Torres, flute, Jimmy Crawford, piano/vocals, Panama Francis, drums, Dave Nuby, (Francis started out playing the saxophone until the drummer failed to show and he kicked off with drums in 1968, ) and Paquito D’Rivera, Alto Saxophone.

College graduates need to know about savings

Survey shows millennials need better financial education

When going into anything it is best to have a well thought out plan beforehand — well, that was so for generation Baby Boomers. The new-aged millennials (ages 18-34) have been doing things a bit differently and by differently that means not-so-well-thought-out. Nearly 70 percent of millennials have never received formal financial education, according to a recent TD Bank Financial Education survey.

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Charity for the 'sole': Kids get new 'kicks'

Students receive free shoes, uniforms as they prepare for back to school

It wasn’t your typical back-to-school giveaway. Backpacks, pens and notebooks were out. This back to school was all about the shoes. It was a charity for the “soles.” About 25 elementary school students in Miami Gardens received help Wednesday as they were given new footwear and free vouchers to purchase two new school uniforms as they head back to school next week.

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A letter to millennials: You must be the change

The execution of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager gunned down by Missouri police, is not the first example of deaths at the hands of those whose so-called mission is to “protect and serve.” Aggressors keep turning to a perceived threat as justification for the robbery of Black life, even though those

Fla. tech job market booming

State ranks second in growth

Florida has created nearly as many technology-related jobs in the past six months as it did for all of last year. The creation of these 4,100 tech jobs and the 90 percent growth they represent ranks the state as number two on a list of states with positive job inclines in the technology industry. Florida is second only to Texas, which according to a report from tech recruitment website Dice.com, produced 8,100 new jobs.

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Music school CEO looking to land Northside location

Executive aims to give all a chance to develop more than talent

We can recall the time where we’ve been asked over and over again, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now the time has come, Thomas Demerritte, CEO of the ADMIT program, is giving not just adolescents, but adults too the opportunity to advance in the music business. The ADMIT program provides music and entertainment industry career training while assisting them in writing, recording and distributing their own positive songs.

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Historic West Grove awaits trolley settlement

Residents in Miami’s oldest Black neighborhood are working on a settlement after a lawsuit was filed against a developer for illegally building a trolley garage in the Coconut Grove.

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Ward House gets $50,000 annual fund

Overtown’s historic Ward Rooming House gallery received a $50,000 annual commitment from the Southeast Overtown /Park West Redevelopment Agency. The agency voted last week to give the amount on a yearly basis to the building, located across from the Dorsey House at 249 NW Ninth Street in the Historic Overtown Folklife Village.

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