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Agent MX-401: A fierce, sassy secret agent under the guise of Goldilocks

If there’s one thing you’ve learned in life, it’s that the Boy Scouts were right: Always be prepared. Look ahead and get ready for what’s next. Don’t leave your guard down. Cover all bases and expect the unexpected. Still, as you’ll see in the new novel “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey, there are some things you simply can’t foresee.

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Jazz spurs teen's musical career

Classical music and jazz mix for a funky combo

It's rare that a young girl born in this generation would enjoy jazz music more than pop music, but that's the case when it comes to 18 year old Ft. Lauderdale native Carla Robinson.

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Chatter That Matters

The Sigma Alpha Chapter’s Anniversary Journal demonstrates the most comprehensive, historical and retentive eras of snapshots of the community recorded. The men responsible for such an endeavor are: Bro. Anthony E. Simons III, Chairman, Bro Astrid Mack, Co-Chairman, Aldin L. Everette, Michael McCloud, Gerald Jones, Brandon

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Artist's exhibit 'Fantastic Journey' makes its way to South Florida

Wangechi Mutu’s exhibit debuts at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art

It’s called ‘Suspended play time.’ Dozens of paper balls covered with recycled plastic are tied to rope as they hang at various levels above the floor. Captivating, the artistic display represents the aesthetic talents of Kenya native Wangechi Mutu, who brings the display along with her extensive exhibit, ‘Fantastic Journey’ to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through July 6. An opening reception will be held at 7p.m. at the museum, located at 770 NE 125th Street.

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Highway construction forces last man standing out of his Overtown home

Benjamin Brown loses family home of nearly 100 years to FDOT's I-395 expansion project

Benjamin Brown has lived in his Overtown home since The Great Depression. At 80 years old, his home has been in the family Since World War I. It’s the only home Brown has lived in. But next week, the blue and white structure that has hosted many family traditions will be cleared out by a wrecking ball. Brown will be the last of some 15 residents and neighbors who have long left their homes after the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), by the power of eminent domain, decided to demolish their buildings to renovate and expand the I-395 expressway.

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No clemency hearing for Giles or Alexander

Two Black Florida residents who are in separate self-defense trials will have to wait longer to have their clemency cases reviewed by state officials. Despite Senator Dwight Bullard's ongoing efforts to obtain pardons for Michael Giles and Marissa Alexander, neither parties are mentioned as topics on the agenda for the Executive Board of Clemency's June 18 meeting.

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Firehouse Subs donation heats up Opa-locka Police Department

More than $39,000 worth of life-saving tools donated

Nearly nine years ago, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and education responders and public safety organizations.

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Shooting at Liberty City store kills one and injures two

Unidentified woman dead after gunmen runs away

One woman was killed and two others injured Monday when a man opened fire on customers at the King Brother’s Market in Liberty City before fleeing the store. Two of the victims were men who were shot in the arm and in the back. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where they were expected to survive the injuries.

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Wheel of Misfortune: College student's game show debut goes terribly wrong

When Indiana University sent student Julian Batts off to Wheel of Fortune with well wishes, this was probably not what they expected.

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Overtown street renamed for Clarence Pittman, Jr.

Community leaders, politicians and residents gathered yesterday in Overtown to celebrate the life and legacy of longshoreman leader Clarence Pittman, Jr., who died last December of heart disease. At the Longshorman Union Hall across from the historic Lyric Theatre, relatives, colleagues and friends remembered Pittman with speeches, musical tributes and heartfelt testimonies.

Congresswoman travels to Haiti

U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (teal)

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Hands 2 Help: Helping communities and lives

The Hands 2 Help, Inc. organization was founded in 2003 by Ms. Camille Jones, the executive director. H2H is a 501 (c) 3 org. “committed to involving individuals and agencies to lend helping hands to build a better community in the south Florida areas.

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Dr. L.G. Anderson’s aim is to serve God

Larry Gene Anderson was born on April 7, 1951 in Ocilla, Ga. to the parentage of Lessie Mae Glasper and Damon Davies. In 1954, his mother married James Anderson, a classmate. There was a real love connection between Anderson and Larry that resulted in Anderson adopting the 3-year-old as his own.

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Put all your trust, faith in the Lord

Louis Armstrong also known as “Satchmo,” was born into a poverty-stricken environment. Rising from a humble beginning, he became a great trumpet player who was eventually known all over the world. Born to teenagers, he went to live with his grandmother who also took him to church. At the age of 11, he quit school to make money selling stuff on the streets of New Orleans and singing with numerous groups.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church invites the public to their Spring Revival on April 29th-May 1st at 7:30 nightly. Call 954-258-8383. Holy Ghost Faith Deliverance Ministries, Inc. will hold a gospel concert 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12. Call 786-337-5939.

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Bon Appetit!

Black celebrity chef offers tastes from the lives of the rich and famous

So this is how the other half eats. In an elegant dining room, a four-course dinner was about to be served. It started with heirloom tomato and a caprese salad that featured watermelons soaked in a apple cider, vinaigrette, honey and mint. It was simply divine.

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'Fatal Assistance' sheds light on Haiti’s slow relief efforts

In one scene, a motley crew of Haitians, frustrated by the slow effort of the humanitarian community's rebuilding efforts, remove sediment with their bare hands, digging out mounds of debris from pot holes. The next clip shows a woman driving a trailer to pick up slabs of concrete and building remains. This scene is just one of many in director Raoul Peck's vexing documentary, Fatal Assistance, that depicts the complexity of rebuilding Haiti. It focuses on the international community's snail pace toil to disperse development aid at the malaise of Haitians.

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Chatter That Matters

PACT (People Acting for Community Together) held its Nehemian Action Assembly, March 31 at New Birth Baptist Church before a packed church of members featuring Notre Dame d’Haiti Youth Choir, Anointed Men of Prophecy, Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,

A tuition-free school opening in Liberty City

Beacon College Prep enrolling students for next school year

By 2020, an estimated 123 million American jobs will require a college education, but only 50 million Americans are projected to have college degrees. Beacon College Prep (BCP) is preparing to put college on the forefront for the youth in Miami-Dade County. The tuition-free, not-for-profit public charter school will be opening in the Liberty City community in August. “We believe that preparation for college must begin in elementary school, and hold all of our students to exceptionally high behavioral and academic standards,” their mission states.

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