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'Deuce' is a young track star on the horizon

Correyon Thomas, 12, to compete in USATF Youth Nationals in Illinois

Correyon "Deuce" Thomas, 12, has qualified to compete in the USATF Youth Nationals in Lisle, Ill. from June 30 to July 5. Correyon placed first in every track meet locally and out of state in the 2015 track season. He has been running track for three years with the Miami Northwest Express Track Club under the leadership of Coach Jesse Holt.

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Miami Dolphins give back to the community

Football team participated in different service projects

The Miami Dolphins players, coaches and staff recently worked together to beautify Mae M. Walters Elementary School in Hialeah. More than 300 members of the Dolphins participated in painting, landscaping and providing various improvements to the school. "We're going into our 50th season and since 1966 — since the inception of the Miami Dolphins organization being a part of the community —w having a positive impact on other people has been a huge tradition,” said Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. “We're just delighted to be able to participate and in a small way help out beautifying this school."

Workshops to empower young men start Monday at FMU

The Victorious Boys Symposium (VBS) Coalition will present a three-night empowerment workshop for boys ages 11-19 from 6-9 p.m. June 22-24 at Florida Memorial University, Lou Rawls Auditorium, 15800 NW 42nd Ave., in Miami Gardens. The aim of the summit, featuring breakout sessions and guest speakers, is to impact the way young men think, contribute and interact with their community and the world in which they live. Workshop topics include "Fatherlessness," "Complications & Contradictions of the Criminal Justice System" and "Violence and the Impact on Home and School." Guest speakers are: Eugene Schneeberg, director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Justice; Edward Keyton, minister emeritus at Church of Christ at Bouldercrest in Atlanta; Bill Diggs, president of the Mourning Family Foundation; Morris Copeland, director of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Dept.; Sean Horne, detective for the City of Miami Gardens Police Dept.; and Torri Stuckey, author, publisher and public speaker. For more information, call 786-305-8160 or visit www.vbsmiami.com.

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Remembering the Middle Passage

Local celebration will be Sunday at Virginia Key Beach Park

"We are Africans, and we happen to be in America. We are not Americans. We are a people who formerly were Africans who were kidnapped and brought to America. Our forefathers weren't the Pilgrims. We didn't land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us.” This famous Malcolm X quote refers to the Middle Passage, the portion of a common triangular trade route between Europe, North and South America and Africa.  During the height of the slave trade, between the 16th and 18th centuries, an estimated 20-30 million African natives were kidnapped and forced to travel to European forts on Africa’s coasts while they waited in shackles to be boarded on a ship. Nearly half of those kidnapped succumbed to

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Rose’s Café opens in downtown Miami

Keith 'Chef Rose' Rose will serve healthy hot food and salads

The ribbon cutting ceremony played with music in the background to officially open the doors of Rose’s Café in busy downtown Miami. Located at 200 NW Second Ave., facing the Stephen P. Clark Government Center building, Rose’s Café will serve hot meals for breakfast and lunch, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. It marked the conclusion of a tense, three months for Keith “Chef Rose” Rose, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, who, at the age of 10, migrated to America with his family and settled in Hollywood, Fla.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Better Prisons/Better Inmates/Better Citizens, Committee are committed to inmates receiving just treatment in Florida’s D.O.Cs. “If you have a love one, or know someone who does, let’s get together and talk about it.” Call 786-470-7334 or email: gigitinsley812@yahoo.com. 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. Miami Northwestern Alumni Association is inviting clergy who are Northwestern alumni to participate in the 60th anniversary memorial service. Call 305-733-6299.

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High school graduates off to college

Greater Miami Chapter of The Links awards $15,000 in scholarships

The Greater Miami Chapter of The Links Inc. hosted a reception on May 31 for its 2015 scholarship recipients and their parents at KROMA art gallery in Coconut Grove. The chapter awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to graduating high school students from Miami-Dade County. The scholarship recipients were required to submit an application, which included an essay, recommendations from school officials, GPA and information on the student's academic and extracurricular achievements.

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5000 Role Models graduates earn scholarships

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosted “Academic Signing Day” for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s graduating class of 2015 on Monday, June 8. Eighty-four graduating seniors signed scholarship letters to the colleges or universities of their choice at the ceremony, which took place in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island. The event also marked the unveiling of newly-designed 5000 Role Models signature tie and custom-made suits, which were donated by the Sean John Collection at Macy’s.

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The Social Whirl

“The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.” —William Temple I certainly aspire to have these four ingredients in the conversations we have through this column. Last week, a fellow band member and schoolmate, James Miller contacted me to give me a correction of truth. He said, “Vennda-Rei, Frances Tucker was the first Black woman principal of a senior high school in Dade County. She was principal of George Washington Carver Senior High in Coconut Grove.” I have found out that on the journey, we should place everything that we have learned in a box, and say “Thank You.” I am very grateful for James Miller’s call.

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Rachel Dolezal can be my soul sister on any day of the week

Rachel Dolezal can cook me a plate of soul food any day of the week. The homely native Montanan just set off a nationwide firestorm after her parents revealed Rachel posed as a Black woman, even going so far to lead her local NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash. There's even a picture of a scantily glad, post-blonde Rachel on a stage with hair-braided in Afro-centric tribal wear smiling with two hulk-like Black men in equally Afro-centric costumes. I'm sure that pic sent a legion of Black women already enraged by the much-publicized white woman's craving for blackness into a frenzy. So what?

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The many faces of Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal’s 15 minutes of fame isn’t up just yet. Since news first broke last week that the now former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter in Washington portrayed herself as Black — even though she was born white — people have not stopped talking about her. And she has not stopped talking about herself. Amid a social media firestorm and a barrage of criticism, Dolezal stepped down from her NAACP post on Monday after five short months, according to her statement published to the Spokane NAACP Facebook page.

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Worldcenter district vote draws outrage

Coalition wants better jobs, training and living wages

A community coalition comprised of churches, unions and nonprofit organizations refuse to let the underserved communities in Miami-Dade County be left out of economic gains from the development of the $1.7 billion Miami Worldcenter, a project which plans to break ground later this year. They want to meet with developers before the second reading of the item that will approve a Community Development District for the center. However, planning an agreeable meeting time that works for all parties has been tough.

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Fathers on being fathers

Modern-day fathers deal with being single parents, no fathers and death of their children

Father’s Day marks the occasion to celebrate the contribution of fathers. The designation came about on the heels of widespread recognition of the Mother’s Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th Century. It was also influenced by a 1908 memorial service for a large group of men who

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New truancy pilot program launched by school district

The program would identify children at risk for delinquency and intervene

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has put in place a pilot program to combat truancy. The Elementary School Truancy Court Pilot program received a test run when it was implemented in eight elementary schools, near the end of the school year. "We did not start until April to work out some kinks before the '15-16 school year," said Mark Zaher, director of district operations. "It's intended  to start at the beginning of the year so that we are providing interventions before the absences get out of hand."

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150 years of freedom

South Florida celebrates Juneteenth this weekend

June 19th is a day of exploration and celebration of African-American heritage. On this day in 1865, Union Maj. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the civil war had ended and the last of the enslaved, estimated at 250,000 in Texas, were free. Granger read General Order 3 aloud: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."

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Miami-Dade residents need a raise

A recent meeting of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives reiterated what everyone already knew: wages are too low in the county for many. Monestime identified through the American Community Survey that Miami-Dade ranked dead last on income relative to the cost of living. A University of Miami researcher concluded that meeting the cost of housing in the county required an hourly wage of $17.50 per hour, about $37,000 annually for a full-time worker.

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Don’t let the summer turn into a blood bath

The fear heard among community leaders is now that school is out, the temperatures rise and time stretches, children will be at risk for gun violence. Already, there are signs that the summer could be a bloody one. Last summer started with a mass shooting in Liberty City when, on June 23, two men opened fire on a crowd outside a Liberty City apartment building in the 6500 block of Northwest 12th Avenue. Two people were killed and seven people were injured in the shooting. The summer culminated in a shooting at The Spot nightclub with injured victims age 12-25. While children played a game of basketball June 3, a boy was shot in the leg. He survived his injury.

African art museum voted down by council

An international arts bazaar slated for October gets a nod

Black art in Miami Gardens was the question facing the city council in not one, but two different resolutions. Both created a stir as the council voted 4-1 against a grant match of $125,000 toward funding the African Museum of Arts and Cultural Center and voted 6-0 for the city to partner with The International Black Arts Bazaar to host an art fair Oct. 9-11. A resolution to seeking a match grant for an African Museum of Arts and Cultural was brought by City Manager Cameron Benson. The proposed museum, which would have been located at Northwest 32nd Avenue and 207th Street didn't get support by the majority of the council and it died a swift death. The defeat means that Miami Gardens will not get $500,000 toward the museum.

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Ready, Set, Work

Commissioner Xavier Suarez sponsors summer youth

Summer will be a boon for the 25 youths participating in the Miami-Dade County Commission District 7 Building Futures Summer Internship program. The nine-week program began with a three-day orientation program at the Frankie S. Rolle Neighborhood Service Center in Coconut Grove. Miami Dade

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A revolution through spoken word

Poets speak change in their lives and hopes to change others

Spoken Revolution Weekend, a faith-based spoken word and musical experience featuring some of the nation's biggest poets, will take place from June 18-20 in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Performers include: Janette...ikz, Jackie Hill-Perry, Ezekiel, Preston Perry, Joseph Solomon, Chris Webb, Annette Vivid, Will Fonch, Stephen Gaskins and Giel.

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