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Final diagnosis on affordable healthcare

It’s the final stretch for millions of American citizens in need of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Plan. With five days to go before the deadline, politicians, community leaders and scores of volunteers are working long hours at enrollment drives across Miami-Dade county and the nation where residents are packing churches, parks and health centers to sign up to avoid paying a penalty fee.

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Save Miami Gardens from billionaires wanting tax breaks

Stephen Ross is worth $5.4 billion. He is willing to put up $350 million of his own money to renovate his own stadium. In return, he wants a $4 million per year tax break. Over 30 years, the tax break is worth $120 million, which is close to the $127 million that Ross wanted last year. Last year, Ross sought $127 million from a hotel tax increase that would pay between $7 million to $16 million per year toward the cost of

Miami-Dade should disqualify AECOM

Last week, the Miami Times reported on the controversy surrounding the procurement of program managers for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s system rehabilitation and repair program. The Miami-Dade Inspector General is investigating whether AECOM, one of the proposers, misled the County about its experience. AECOM employees are also under investigation for ethics violations concerning the county’s lobbyist registration provisions.

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Opa-locka joins final push for health care enrollments

With five days to go, residents all over Miami are scrambling in a last minute rush to sign up for President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan. The Opa-locka Community Development Corporations will hold a Health and Resource Fair on Saturday to help residents sign up for the insurance plan. The fair will be held at Sherbondy Village Community Center/Park from 1-4pm at 215 President Barak Obama or Perviz Avenue.

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Key Clubhouse offers holistic mental health services

Program targets individuals with substance abuse

Twenty-five. That’s the amount of individuals it took daily to push the small Key Clubhouse, that included five 1,200 feet oblong tables designated for employment, orientations and other tasks, to its capacity. Once the Clubhouse expanded its membership, it needed to relocate to bigger and better headquarters. On the ground floor of Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler Manor located at 1400 NW 54th Street, at least 50 individuals packed the Clubhouse’s new facility to celebrate its relocation on March 14th.

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Because of the love of family and friends, Thed beat the odds

Thed was empowered by family, defied the odds to live on

Theodore H. Smith was born and raised in Overtown to loving and caring parents, Blonevia and Carl Smith 80 years ago. Theodore’s birthday was March 23 and he celebrated with family, friends and his church members. “The love began for Thed (as he is affectionately called by family and friends) at birth and it has never stopped,” Courtney Johnson, Theodore’s loving cousin said. “He is my mother’s brother and they never considered casting him aside after. Real love was instilled in us when we were kids and it has never faded. Wherever they went, so went Thed. ”

In April bring mother, family and sing-along

In May come back and treat your mother special

The Miami Children’s Chorus invites the whole community to come and sing-along with them on April 12th at the North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72nd St. on Miami Beach. When asked why are they inviting the entire community, their reply was “We want to get everyone singing again.”

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Rev. Reginald Preston’s goal is to live the word

People must see and be taught the importance of Christian character

Rev. Reginald Preston was born in Miami to the parentage of Vera and Deacon Theodore Preston. He was reared in the Lemon City area (now referred to as Little Haiti). He was educated in the Miami-Dade County School System and graduated from Miami Edison Sr. High school in 1985. He continued his education at

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Chatter That Matters

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter is a National Business and Professional Women’s Sorority that celebrates National Business and Month every April with a program, which recognizes Outstanding Business Women, Men as well as outstanding community leaders and organizations that have greatly contributed to our community. Scholarships will also be awarded to students at this program.

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Hearty congratulations go out to Dr. Nelson L. Adams, a Miami native who has worked tirelessly across racial, ethnic and religious lines to improve his hometown. Perhaps the ultimate model of a leader, Nelson Adams is a fixture in a variety of areas of our community. Dr. Adams received the 2014 Silver Medallion and he truly exemplifies what it means to be the best as he inspires us to enrich our own lives. George Knox says his longtime friend and I am pretty sure that many of us can say the same. Hats off to you Dr. Adams. Your dad and mom would have been extremely proud of you. By the way Dr. Adams beloved mother and was a Miami native who was laid to rest in Tuskegee, Ala. with her beloved son giving her eulogy. Their father is buried in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

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BTW students boosted by The Education Effect

FIU and local high school team up for a big transformation

The Education Effect has taken off since it began at Miami Northwestern Senior High School campus three years ago. Now, The Education Effect in partnership with Florida International University has plans to serve one of the most historic high schools in the county — Booker T. Washington Senior High. 

Amber Robinson wins the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee

Miami-Dade County student dedicates achievement, success to loved ones

For Amber Robinson, preparing for the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee was like getting ready for the Super Bowl. So she had a game plan that was rather unique.

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FAMU inks historic deal

Black TV News Channel finds home at historical HBCU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Journalism recently made history after signing on to become the nation's only Black-owned cable news network. Partnering with the Black Television Network (BTNC),The achievement marks an unprecedented milestone in Black history. After the Black Entertainment Televison (BET) dropped news from its programming in 1996, there were no Black-owned and operated 24-news television news station in the country. 

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Walker cutting into Black market

New shaving line curbs razor bumps

Black men look no further. A new razor company claims to be a cut above the rest when it comes to those pesky ingrown hairs that Black men have been trying to rid themselves of for years as they seek a clean cut. Bevel, from Walker & Company Brands, is the first and only shaving system designed specifically to resolve skin care issues for men with coarse, curly hair, done at the click of button.

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Lifestyle Happenings

New Vision Gospel Community Choir (NVGCC) invites the public to the Eunice Watson Liberty Women’s Month Celebration luncheon at noon, March 29 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City. All proceeds benefit the EWL Foundation for children. Call 305-620-9582.

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And then there was darkness . . .

Pastor retaliates before being fired from church

Pastor Mark Gardner left his church members out in the dark. Last Wednesday, he filed an injunction and locked the church’s doors to shut out longtime, outspoken members and board members who ousted the pastor outside under evening skies on an empty lot the church owned just across the street. Suddenly, members discovered the property they were standing on was no longer theirs. The pastor sold it. To members that was Gardner’s

SEED plants outreach efforts in Black enclaves

Boarding school taps into community to boost enrollment

By 7 p.m. at least 30 seats remained empty in the community room, where an open house for the new SEED School of Miami, the first and only boarding school in Miami Gardens. At least 20 people including parents, children and SEED staffers mingled with Head of School Kara Locke, who spoke with each individual, answering their questions about South Florida’s alternative boarding school for at-risk youth located in the Miami Gardens Community Service Center on March 10th.

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The price to play

With a headset, Donald Young Jr. stood in the hallway of the stadium court waiting as Serena Williams battled her resilient opponent, Caroline Garcia from France. His match was next. So Young began stretching and exercising for his showdown against 10th seeded John Isner.

Little Red stands up to peer pressure

Local authors write book based on growing up in Opa-locka

A metropolitan spin on the classic childhood tale "Little Red Riding Hood," "Little Red in the Hood" takes readers on a journey in the city of Southhood with Little Red, an adorable, mahogany-colored little girl who has two massive Afro puffs and large, brown almond-shaped eyes who effortlessly dodges peer pressure from neighborhood teens on her way to dance practice. Her actual name is Rene, but her love for the color red, seen in the red bows that adorn her head, ushered in a name change. Written by Myron L. and Kristina R. Johnson, the book was inspired by their childhood in Opa-locka in Miami-Dade County were they faced similar challenges like Little Red. "Little Red" primes children on how to overcome peer pressure while expressing God's love to everyone.

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BMe: Funding everyday Black men

Did you know that there are more brothers in college than in prison?

There are 1.4 million Black men in college and there are about 840,000 Black men in prison, according to Ivory Toldson, an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Negro Education.” 

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