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Blacks turned away from housing — again

Hope Inc. on April 1 filed suit against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments, alleging racial discrimination

The Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, otherwise known as HOPE Inc., has filed two federal lawsuits against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments alleging racial discrimination. HOPE is a Florida nonprofit corporation that engages in testing for fair housing law violations and fights against discriminatory housing practices. It is funded by the United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD). HOPE’s investigation of Creek Club Apartments, located at 1434 NW 19th Terr. in Allapattah, and Nile Gardens Apartments,

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Don’t make Overtown a political football

Overtown has been trying to recover from the extreme damage inflicted by the displacement of residents and businesses for the construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s and the subsequent I-395. For those who stayed, Overtown is an almost wasteland of dreams and hopes. But it is still their home, their community.

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Lecturer says lynching is white American history

The Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum hosts visiting professor, Dr. Doria Dee Johnson

The setting was the historic Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum in Miami’s Overtown. It was accommodating for a lecture on the history of lynching in America called “From Grandpa to Emmett to Trayvon: Lynching in America.” Dr. Doria Dee Johnson, a visiting professor and the granddaughter of an Abbeyville, S.C., lynching victim, spoke with an engaging embrace of some hidden atrocities in American History.

Pinder back in feds good graces

EPA said commissioner can vote on matters involving federal funds

Elected to office in November 2014, Commissioner Terence K. Pinder has been anticipating the day when he would be able to fully return to representing the City of Opa-locka without restriction over his head. That day finally arrived on March 30, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed a debarment which had prevented Commissioner Pinder from voting on matters involving federal funds. After recognizing Pinder’s community service, his record of achievement and his success as a commissioner, the EPA took the extraordinary steps to reinstate Pinder only 48 hours after he and his legal team visited the EPA in Washington, D.C., according to

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‘Communities In Schools’ of Miami offer support

“Communities In Schools is an affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, surrounding students with a community of support to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. Even though 80 percent of students in the U.S. graduate, that still leaves more than one million students —disproportionately poor, African American and Hispanic — with no cap, no gown and no opportunity.” — Elizabeth Mejia, executive director.

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Church uses replica of Ark of Covenant against violence

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church missionaries stage walk against violence

As the searing-hot sun shined its radiant rays over the streets of Liberty City on Good Friday afternoon, Friendship Missionary Baptist, under the leadership of the Deacon Charles Jackson, a faithful and long-time member of Friendship M.B. Church, dispatched a cadre of Christian soldiers. Their mission: In addition to spreading God’s word was a call to stop the violence in Black American communities.    Consequently, a symbolic effort focused on the Ark of the Covenant unfolded the literal act of moving the gospel from the pews to the pavement.    “We’re here to provide s

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Dwayne Bennett: “It takes those from the streets to relate”

In 2008, two men, Dwayne Bennett Sr., 42 and Linord Albury, 44, whose daily activities dealing in illegal drugs and sports bookings earned them the titles of being real hardcore street thugs. But something happened to them that “changed our lives forever,” Bennett said. “We accepted the Lord as our Savior and wanted to tell others about our experience. We knew we could not have such a great revelation and just keep it to ourselves,” Bennett added. Albury and Bennett said they went to several churches, on several different occasions, but never felt the love they heard that one should feel when they are among other Christians.

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Single pastor inspires others with ministry

Sabrina Johnson James leads Tag Team 4 Jesus Christ Outreach Ministries Inc.

Rev. Sabrina Johnson James, born Nov. 27, 1966 in Shellman, Ga., is the second oldest of seven children born to the late Christeen Perry Bartlet Johnson and James Johnson. James is also the mother of seven and has been attending church since birth. She started working in the church at age 3, when her grandmother, Fannie Mae Johnson and her mother, gave permission for her to serve as an usher. “I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 21, but I really came into an intimate relationship with him at age 29 when I had to have surgery on my left lung,” James said. “Through this experience, I drew closer to the father and that relationship has grown stronger ever day since.”

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Nurses host leadership convention, gala

 The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) Fourth Annual Leadership Convention in partnership with the Miami Dade College’s BSN Program Honor Society will be April 9-10. The goal of the convention is to empower nurses and allied health professionals to become transformative leaders and advocates to improve population health and global healthcare outcomes. The keynote speaker for the convention is Deidre Walton, president and CEO of the National Black Nurses Association.

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Miami Blacks come out for the art fund

Artists new works announced at PAMM reception

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced the acquisition of three new works by African American artists Terry Adkins, Ed Clark and Leslie Hewitt at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art. The reception was held at PAMM on April 1. Members of the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art and invited guests as well as Pérez Art Museum Miami Ambassador Co-Chairs Marilyn Holifield and Barron Channer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, PAMM donor Jorge M. Pérez, Miami-Dade County

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Hundreds attend funerals of two Black youths

Leaders: 'A change must come'

Hundreds packed the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church Saturday to attend back-to-back funerals of two youths whose tragic deaths has renewed calls to end gun violence in Miami’s Black communities. Some 1,000 mourners said good bye to 16-year-old Richard Hallman and 10-year-old Marlon Eason during a long Easter weekend that was filled with sorrow and frustrations over senseless shootings that continue to cut short the lives of residents in Miami’s Black communities.

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Orange Bowl donates shoes for youth

Baptist Health South Florida and TD Bank together with the Orange Bowl, handed out shoes to approximately 40-50 South Florida youth as part of the Orange Bowl “Kicks for Kids” program. The distribution took place on March 26 at the Carver Ranches Boys & Girls Club in Hollywood. The Orange Bowl donated the shoes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward and Miami-Dade

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Northwestern girls break GMAC track record

Miami Northwestern High School senior La’Kayla Harris broke a GMAC championship meet record, leading the girls’ track team to a seventh consecutive county team title at the GMAC Track and Field Championships at Southridge Park on March 17.

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No turning back on Liberty Square

HUD Director Michael Liu said elections will not disrupt rehabilitation plans

The Liberty Square development plan will go on even if Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez loses his job in 2016. That’s what the head of Miami-Dade’s Public Housing and Community Development Department (HUD) Michael Liu said in a recent meeting. “The county commission already unanimously approved this project,” said Liu. “Of course there can be political changes but I doubt it will affect this project. There are too many contracts. Legally it would be difficult to change course. Elections do have consequences but we believe the mayor will be back in 2016.”

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First Black to head Florida National Guard

FAMU grad to lead agency

Florida’s new head of the National Guard, Michael Calhoun, grew up in Riviera Beach and is a graduate of  Florida A & M University where he received the B.S. degree in pharmacy. In civilian life, he was a staff pharmacist at Costco Wholesale in Lantana. After graduation from FAMU,  he enlisted as a private in the National Guard in 1976. The 61 year-old  became Adjutant General on March 29. He and his wife

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Jesse Owens home at Overtown Youth Center

The finished product adorns the westernmost wall of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC). It is a mural of legendary track and field star Jesse Owens, who in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, made history on two fronts. He became the first African American to compete in the Olympics and the first Olympian to win four gold medals.

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More dead youth in Black community

Police, social organizations, families and neighbors seek answers in latest killings

Spring Break is usually a time for elementary, middle and high school students to unwind and listen to music, play with neighborhood friends and ride their bikes, among other child-like favorites. But last week ended in tragedy for Marlon Eason, 10, and Richard Hallman, 16; their lives ended on the second day of their Spring Break 2015.

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Convicted murderer urges students to avoid prison

For 27-and-a-half years, Michael Lee was known as No. 099227. Today, he is gainfully employed at a carpet and tile-cleaning company and is the public speaker known as “Motivational Mike.” “I may have been a number when I was in prison, but not anymore,” said Lee, 50, a resident of Fort Lauderdale. It has been four years since his release and every day he uses his story to deter young men in high schools, community programs and even jails from a life of crime.

No punishment for the death of Raymond

On March 17, 2015, the Miami-Dade State Attorneys’ Office published its decision not to prosecute any officers in the May 2011 shooting death of Raymond Herisse on Miami Beach. In the aftermath of the State Attorneys’ decision, there has not been unrest, such as the many nights of incidences in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown. But we cannot help but be struck by the similarities between Herisse, the unarmed motorist perforated by 16 of the more than 120 bullets that were fired at his car by officers, and the terrible tale of Brown, who may or may not have committed a petty crime, but is nonetheless dead because of it.

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Mentally ill subject of prosecutors’ conference

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosts discussion about gun violence that involves mentally ill

When Catherine Daniels called police to help take her mentally ill son Lavall Hall to the hospital she never imagined it would result in him being shot dead. This tragedy has raised concerns nationwide about law enforcement’s ability to interact with mentally ill subjects without the use of deadly force and the policy surrounding gun violence and mentally ill individuals. On March 24, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) held an all-day summit hosted by Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle at the Hilton Miami Downtown to discuss methods of dealing with the issue of gun violence concerning the mentally ill. “For all of us who are district attorneys, we are trying to understand how to better deal with this challenge of having more mentally ill offenders— more mentally ill individuals— on the streets [and how] to intervene more intelligently when police and prosecutors are confronted with their behavior,” said PAGV co-founder and New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. In Miami, the challenge of police intervening appropriately when faced with the mentally ill has recently come to light in the case of Lavall Hall.

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