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The Social Whirl

It was the late Clara Brown Knight who introduced the idea of St. Agne’s Chapter of Episcopal Church Women to initiate Feminine Emphasis Day in the parish. Clara was a lifelong member of the parish and the daughter of Harold E .and Winifred Brown. Of her siblings only her brother Fred Brown remains. Her vision for this day was to contribute to the

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Complex redevelopment program tries to address all stakeholders

How many units will be built in the new Liberty Square and whether community members will get jobs working on the project are the latest concerns to surface about the rebuilding of Liberty Square. While the Liberty City Resident Council is meeting with housing officials to sort out what type of housing should be built in Liberty Square, the Miami Workers Center formed its own group, with its representative saying the council doesn’t speak for all residents.

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Black officers are underrepresented on Florida streets

The majority of Florida police departments have significantly lower percentages of Blacks in their law enforcement ranks than they have Blacks in the populations they protect and serve. In some cities, the percentages of Black citizens are two to three times the percentages of Black officers patrolling the streets, a disparity that experts say contributes to racial tensions, increases the risk of excessive uses of force, and drains taxpayer dollars due to unnecessary arrests and incarcerations.

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No more combat-style gear

President Barack Obama restricts military equipment from police

CAMDEN, N.J. — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of the American criminal justice. Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and ammunition of .50-caliber or higher will no longer be provided to state and local police agencies by the federal government under Obama’s order. Ending the program is an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities.

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Despicable police conduct exposed on Miami Beach

The undesirable and despicable racist and sexist e-mails exchanged between Miami Beach police officers and exposed at a press conference last Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates still convey shock but they only amplify what Blacks have been saying all along about their encounters with police. Blacks have said, and it has been documented on cameras, police show them little, if any respect, and most times profile and harass them.

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North Miami District 4 election results in runoff

Alix Desulme and Carline Marie Paul will face off on June 2 for council seat

Three of five candidates for the North Miami District 4 City Council Seat were eliminated in last week’s election. Former City Clerk Alix Desulme and educator Carline Marie Paul ousted Jessica Alston, Beverly Hilton and Roseline J. Philippe. Desulme won 36 percent of the vote, while Paul won 31 percent of the votes cast. Desulme and Paul will meet June 2, to determine who will replace outgoing Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril, who announced in February she would not seek reelection.

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Proposal to rename Allapattah Middle after Georgia Ayers

Georgia Jones-Ayers was a civil rights and social advocate who impacted the lives of thousands of Black youth in South Florida. The late activist may be memorialized forever with the possible renaming of a Miami-Dade County school. A proposal has been made to rename Allapattah Middle School after Jones-Ayers. The school is the site where the infamous Dade County Railroad Shop Colored Addition incident took place in 1947. The ordeal on Aug. 1, 1947 uprooted 35 Black families from their homes to make way for a school for white children. Jones-Ayers was a witness to the incident at age 18. She died earlier this year in February.

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The Missing Link in Baltimore: Education and learning

On a recent episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg asked 16-year-old Michael Singleton why he was throwing rocks and rioting in the streets of Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray before being famously slapped and pulled from the rioters by his mother, Toya Graham. Within hours of the incident, Toya became an instant celebrity, and both she and young Michael appeared on the popular talk show to discuss Toya’s tough love approach seen by millions. In a soft spoken, shy voice, Michael replied, “I went because in the past a lot of my friends have been beaten and killed. I went down there just to fight for what I stand for … my Black people.” Singleton added that he was initially embarrassed by the public smack down at his mother’s hand, but eventually realized that she was looking out for him. Anyone watching the broadcast could tell that Michael Singleton was basically a good kid. Unfortunately, like many young African-American men and boys living in our cities, he is confused, lost and uninformed. And his mother, despite the best of intentions, also doesn’t know what she doesn’t know. So everyone in that environment lashes out viscerally with little direction, focus or context. A recipe for disaster. Such is the state of our cities.

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Remembering Arthur McDuffie

Days after police were acquitted in the beating-death of the salesman, Miami witnessed the 1980 McDuffie Riots

Thirty-five years ago on May 18 the McDuffie Riots showed the world that structural racism and systematic oppression of Black people still ran rampant in America, especially in Miami. In the past decade, local police forces have faced a litany of substantiated accusations of excessive force without any repercussions for the police officers involved. The recent deaths of Miami Garden's Lavall Hall and Coconut Creek's Calvon Andreleus Reid at the hands of local police forces are a stark reminder that not much has changed. Arthur McDuffie's life ended 35 years ago after his encounter with police.

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Wade in opens beaches in Miami-Dade

May 9 marked the 70th anniversary of historic protest at Haulover Beach

On May 9, 1945, a group of NAACP activists made history in Miami. At the time, there were no public beaches available to Blacks in Miami-Dade County. If you wanted to go to the beach and were Black, you either had to risk arrest for disorderly conduct or travel to Broward County. That day, five men and two women went in the water on the whites’ only Baker’s Haulover Beach while attorney, Lawson Thomas, remained on the shore with bail money in his pocket for the expected arrests. The protest occurred nearly a decade before such bold, courageous tactics would define the Civil Rights movement, following the U.S. Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

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P.U.L.S.E.'s new goal: Better housing

The organization founded after the McDuffie Riots celebrates 34 years, elects new officers

Reverend James Pacley said he is disappointed that his organization still sees issues in the Black community that were happening 34 years ago. “We’ve been fighting injustice and equality for 34 years,” said Pacley, pastor of New Born Faith Deliverance M.B. Church, and outgoing president of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (P.U.L.S.E). “We’re still fighting some of the same injustices today that we started out fighting 34 years ago. That says something is wrong. But we’re going to keep marching on. Marching on for families, marching for our children, marching for our grandchildren. We’re going to keep marching until we reach our goals.”

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Let not fear consume you

Fear no man, fear only the Lord

To be alive in 2015 could be a scary time for some. It is a time when too many individuals fear just getting out of bed each morning. For those of you who are not in this predicament, try to imagine how fear can hamper you from merely attempting: To walk from your home to your car without the fear of becoming the victim of a drive-by shooting; Blowing your horn at someone who cuts you off in traffic, without fearing that that person just might shoot you; Thinking that your young son, or teenage daughter, on their usual route to or from school, could be snatched up by a sex-offender and taken away from you;

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‘Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)’

Alicia F. Rooks now believes and says she knows that when two people go into the God-ordained institution of marriage, both individuals will have first taken the time to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. Rooks’ first book, “Marriage, It’s Not Physical, It’s Spiritual (Holy)” says in detail: “When we are united by God, we will have done our homework and know without a shadow of doubt that the common denominator, in the relationship, is their love for first, the Lord, and then for each other.”

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‘God has given me a unique way to connect’

Pastor of the Week

Cedon Saintil Jr. was born Nov. 15, 1976 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His family migrated to the U.S. in 1981. Saintil was enrolled for a short period of time at Miami Edison Senior High School, where his newly found friends gave him several nicknames, including Ced, CJ, and Don. He was then transferred to Miami Jackson Senior High, from which he graduated and went on to earn degrees in Medical Technology and Criminal Justice.

Five tips for Women’s Health Month

Try these to stay healthy, happy and strong in all of your every day roles

Women take on many roles – spouses, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, employees, employers, mentors and friends, to name a few. During National Women’s Health Month, observed in May, Broward College’s Employee Wellness Manager Brenda Bordogna is offering five tips for women to stay happy, healthy and strong in all their roles. Make time for yourself. There is a saying, “you can’t give what you don’t have,” and that can be applied to time, care, enthusiasm or energy. It is important to take part in activities that are enjoyable every day, whether that is reading a book, exercising, going to a movie or even taking a bath. This time is crucial in allowing you to have the energy, patience and

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

Get to know stroke and its new treatment

A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the number five cause of death in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It can happen to anyone, but minorities — especially African-Americans— have a higher stroke risk. African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other minority in the United States and they’re twice as like to die from stroke as Caucasians.

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Freedom Riders stage shows struggle

Bethel Apostolic temple hosts Charles Person, the youngest Freedom Rider at the time

All Aboard! "The Story Of The Freedom Riders" is returning to a South Florida stage and the youngest, original Freedom Rider is traveling to Miami for the first time to experience this captivating performance. Charles Person is the youngest member of the original 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride. He and his wife, Joetta, will attend Dedications Dance Academy's stage presentation of the Freedom Riders story at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Bethel Apostolic Temple in North Miami.

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Teenear hangs in Overtown

Miami native and recording artist Teenear launches tour with the students at the OYC

Music and positivity filled the Overtown Youth Center when Miami native and emerging pop artist Teenear launched her tour to share her debut single “Friday Night,” featuring Sage the Gemini. Teenear also spent time with a music class at the Overtown Youth Center sharing her experiences about her up-and-coming music career. The energetic group of students asked her some poignant questions, that she was happy to answer. By popular request, Teenear preformed for the eager students. The session ended with the students and Teenear singing the hook to her song, “Friday Night.” 

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Chatter that Matters

It was early Friday, May 8, when Dr. Enid C. Pinkney turned on her radio WMBM and listened to Bishop Victor T. Curry indicate how lovely was the morning in the sky and how happy he felt for a cloudless day developed by God so she could enjoy a splendid day she has been waiting for 15 years. Even though it was a long time coming, Link Construction employees were putting the finishing touches, including hanging signs that read “Historic Hampton House” while the project director distributed chairs for the Hampton House melodies. Special thanks go out to Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) staff Michael Liu, Clarence Brown and Maria Rodriguez-Porto. PHCD provided the gap financing, which allowed Hampton House to be completed.

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