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Faith Calendar

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in South Miami will be having a Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 8 at 10:15 after service. Call 305-667-7791. New Way Fellowship Praise and Worship Church will have an evening of praise Sat. Nov. 15. Call 305-625-7246. Second Canaan MB Church invites you to attend their Pastor’s Care Brunch 10:30 a.m. Sat. Nov. 15. in the Fellowship Hall. Call 305-620-1276. 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.

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Chatter That Matters

Dr. Bradford and wife, Mabel, attended the 80th birthday celebration of John Due, an internationally known civil rights attorney. Bradford joined a group of 100 people, including Due’s daughter, Tananarive, and attorneys Jonneta and Lydia and family at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Tallahassee on October 25. Judge Leah Sims and Bob Sims, First Director of the Community Relations Board, FAMU College of Law Dean Leroy Pernell, Gadsden County Sheriff, Morris A. Young and many more.

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The Social Whirl

As October ended last week, the time fell back over the weekend, souls went to the polls, Election Day came and we whirled into November with a touch of crisp, cool weather. Surely, it’s “Beginning to look at lot like . . . the holidays.” Many are focusing and planning for The Florida Classic, the age-old rivalry between the FAMU Rattlers and the B-CU Wildcats and quite a few roads will be leading to Orlando. It’s not all about the game – it’s about meeting old friends, sharing memories of college days, bragging rights and being stirred by the sound of the bands and halftime show. Check out the Lifestyle Calendar in The Miami Times for a few groups sponsoring bus rides to Orlando.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Seniors Veterans Day annual picnic 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park "Colored Only". Bus leaves Sylvia's Retirement Home, LLC at 11 a.m. Call 786-423-0429. Miami Jackson’s Alumni Association will hold their Soul Bowl Pep Rally on Thu., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Miami Jackson’s gym and their annual Soul Bowl Tailgate Party 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 7 at Traz Powell Stadium. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 70 will meet 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge in Miami. Call 305 653-5326. NSPDK/Alpha Delta Chapter will host its 10th Annual Star Educators’ Awards Luncheon at Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Hialeah Gardens at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 8. Call 305-810-9689.

Sharpton Group P.A. changes name, shifts focus

Firm gains ground in accounting field

As South Florida gains ground as a top target for business and investors from around the world, one of the region’s leading and longest-standing accounting and consulting firm is broadening its focus on advising real estate, construction and infrastructure clients. The Sharpton Group, P.A. (TSG) – formerly Sharpton, Brunson & Company, P.A. – will expand its emphasis on consultancy services including business advisory services, infrastructure, consulting and forensic and valuation services, under the leadership of president and CEO Darryl K. Sharpton, CPA/ABV. The name change follows the recent departure of former member Anthony Brunson.

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Sports Brothers

Bad move, Kellen Winslow, Sr.

Before I wrote this column, I sought advice from other journalist about the fine line between being objective and being emotional when writing. I was a journalism major for a short while when I decided that the classes were too boring so I gravitated towards radio where it was much more fun. I've always had a "gift" when writing, I just never wanted to have it refined. My friend who writes for the Florida Times Union said her college professor taught that you always start with the facts, and build your story from there in hopes of bringing on emotions. Well here goes.

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CRA designates 7th Avenue economic 'priority'

Agency launches campaign for new name

A group of Black business owners filled the pews of the sanctuary at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Kevin Greiner stood in front of the audience. They quietly stared back at him.

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Kem kicks off Promise to Love tour in Ft. Lauderdale

For the one-name singer-songwriter known as Kem, one song off his new album is especially personal. "Promise to Love" is about dealing with the guilt of losing the one thing he wanted the most. "There was a time in my life when I was in a relationship with someone who probably was 'the one' and I blew it. "Promise to love" speaks to the hope that we all have to be loved. It’s the greatest feeling that I’ve ever known," he said. The song is featured on Kem's la test album, Promise to Love: Album IV, and is the name of his upcoming eight-city tour, which he is kicking off at Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 14.

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The Grand Finale Lyric Live

They’re back for the biggest battle of the year. They have earned their title of champion by dethroning another with dazzling performances at the Lyric Live amateur competition at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater. One of them Maylin Cuadra, the talented two-time winner who belts out Whitney Houston’s best love ballads, will bring her A-game against a pool of champions.They include a singing group who was struck with tragedy. It will be an epic spectacle when the contestants face off at L

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Rick Scott, Black candidates win in close races

Florida Governor Rick Scott once again pulled out a narrow victory in his re-election bid in Tuesday's general elections where tight political races provided a wild finish for candidates running for offices in Miami's predominately Black cities. Those close races produced a handful of winners. They include Dr. Smith Joseph, who ran for mayor of North Miami, and incumbent Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro who kept the at-large seat 6 on the Miami Gardens City Council. In Opa-locka, incumbent Mayor Myra Taylor was re-elected after taking 44 percent of the vote. So was incumbent Commissioner Timothy Homes. Newcomer Terence Pinder was chosen as the other city commissioner.

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Questions raised over whether another school needed for rich kids

Booker T. Washington excels in academics, struggles with low enrollment

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs at Overtown’s iconic historic Booker T. Washington High School could solve the problem for affluent families living in the Brickell area and at the same time increase enrollment at the half-empty school. But at least one Miami-Dade Public Schools board member said the district can’t afford to apply for another IB program, leaving Booker T. lacking a core tool to meet the needs of international families living in the downtown area.

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Jackson’s expands brand, to open Overtown bed and breakfast

Restaurant owner Shirley Ingraham was serving customers one day when two men walked in and made her an offer to buy two old abandoned buildings just within walking distance of her famous Jackson’s Soul Food restaurant in Overtown. The men offered to sell her the old structures for $125,000. She bought them without knowing what she would do with them or how she was going to pay to refurbish the old spaces.

‘Soul Basel’ to kick off Miami art season

Events pay homage to Black artists before Art Basel weekend

Hoping to capitalize on the mega success of Art Basel on Miami Beach, South Florida's Miami's Black community is holding several early events as the city prepares to take the spotlight on the international stage. But it will take more than just an early start to reap a good harvest from the world-renowned festival, according to Ludlow Bailey, a curator consultant for the University of Miami.

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CAC Florida opens in Kendall

CAC-Florida Medical Centers, celebrated its 50 years in business, by opening a one-stop, multi-service location on Saturday, Nov. 1 More than 1,000 Miami-area seniors and community and business leaders attended the opening at 15516 SW 88th St., Kendall. To mark the opening of the almost 15,000-square-foot facility, CAC-Florida executives cut the ribbon at a little past 11 a.m.

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Let's find answers at NiteCap

It's about time we had a chat in person. I've shared NiteCap conversations with the likes of Mike Tyson, 50 Cent and Fantasia, but always in private locations closed off from you, the people. Each week my inbox is flooded with emails from supporters who ask to share in the experience, one many say has changed their lives. Enter NiteCap Live.

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The Miami Times Recommends

Congress District 24 Frederica S. Wilson (Dem) Congresswoman Wilson has been tireless supporters of children, starting from when she was an Elementary school teacher to now that she has the ear of high echelons of the federal government. In 1993, she started the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a program that is in more than 110 Miami-Dade county public schools. since its inception, the program has awarded more than $5 million to minority boys. Most recently, she has championed the #Bring Back Our Girls

Know Your Ballot - Part II

The Miami Times continues its candidate recommendations for election to public office on Nov. 4

Helping to make the transition from incarceration

Nonprofit service agency provides job training and placement

Walking through Overtown is like walking through a cell block, the moving stagnancy of poverty and unemployment defaces the city’s potential. It’s a scene that hardly prepares you for the powerful transitions happening in a community center room on Northwest 15 Street and Third Avenue. “I killed somebody, and I’m not ashamed to say I killed somebody,” says John Robert Reed III, the speaker of the day. “I carry that load with me. The weight will forever be there.”

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Economic progress on the brink again

On the brink of a long-awaited go ahead for a major economic development project with jobs, training and business opportunities for area residents, supporters of the Carrie Meek Foundation are preparing for the type of smear campaign that has become the norm in this community whenever historically underserved people are promised a piece of the pie. Whenever organizers in Miami-Dade’s underserved communities are on the brink of some important success, a campaign to discredit is launched and our community is kept from flourishing.

A tearful goodbye to Arthur Woodard

The jokes and tributes helped Vanessa Woodard Byers keep her composure at the funeral of her prominent father, Dr. Arthur Woodard. But at the cemetery, Byers was overwhelmed with emotion as her father’s casket was placed in the same mausoleum where her late mother was entombed four years ago. Byers openly wept as she placed one hand on the headstone just before Woodard was finally laid to rest.

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