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New Black-owned planning firm in Miami Gardens

Company owner Elbert L. Waters collaborates with other firms provide services.

The city of Miami Gardens has found a planning and development firm that is very much local. E.L. Waters and Company LLC’s principal Elbert L. Waters said it has been hired to handle Miami Gardens planning and zoning operations.

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Dating Black? There's an app for that

MELD aimed at finding love for professional men and women

Once upon a time, if you wanted to date someone, you would bump into her at the local grocery store or church. Then there was “Girl's Night Out,” when you and your friends got all dolled up and headed down to the hottest bar or club. But at some point, the dating wind shifted and people no longer — as the seasoned generation would say — “courted.”

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Kidd Torri releases 'Now and Later'

New artist’s first single from Supa T Records

Miami has produced some great musical acts who have made their mark on the world. Artists like Jason Derulo and Pitbull continue to sell out arenas around the world and legends like Trick Daddy and Uncle Luke continue to be recognized for their brilliance and development of the Miami Sound.  

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Big things coming to 54th street

As The Miami Times marks 94 years, it plans to create a campus

The oldest and largest Black newspaper in South Florida marks 94 consecutive years that it has published a weekly edition and finds itself in the middle of a massive renovation. During the first week of September 1923, H.E. S. Reeves produced the first edition in Overtown to give a voice to the Black community, which was nearly silent because of racism and segregation. Since then, the paper has hired hundreds of Miamians, including writers and distributors, who have contributed to the news landscape in South Florida.

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Toast vodka maker local Black man in South Florida

Smooth-tasting vodka made from coconut water

In college I remember having my first alcoholic drink.  I hated the taste of alcohol.  Then I got a job at Shula’s Steakhouse and met Ms. Rhonda, an amazing bartender who taught me how and what to drink, among other things.  I was only 21, she was 35, and she introduced me to a whole new world that turned me into a lover of wine and spirits.

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Bank places Opa-locka City Hall in default

Stierheim tries to solve finances Opa-locka finances

A team of administrative veterans — led by longtime municipal leader Merrett Stierheim — worked over the weekend to untangle Opa-locka’s financial records to get a better picture of what cash the city actually has. They’re also trying to get done audits that City National Bank is demanding to avoid having to default on bank notes worth more than $8 million. The bank put the city on notice about two weeks ago. Bond notes to finance the building were issued May 2015 by City National Bank. A letter dated Aug. 11 from bank attorney Jeffrey DeCarlo, states that the city was in default under several provisions of the loan documents. The letter, DeCarlo wrote, constituted notice that the “lender hereby declares the entire

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FAMU students challenged to ‘Strike the Vote’

University initiative seeks to register every student on campus

With local primary elections coming to a close and voters turning out in large numbers, it is no surprise that many among that group were Florida A&M University students. In preparation for Election Day, President Elmira Mangum stopped by the first “Set Friday” of the year to encourage students to register to vote. Mangum announced that there will be voter registration tables at every “Set Friday” through November.

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Miami students awarded scholarships

American Senior High graduate Albert Copeland and Dr. Michael Krop Senior High graduate Jaylen Walker are among nine students statewide to be awarded scholarships by the Florida chapter of Women of AT&T (WOA-FL).

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Five newcomers step up to run in Opa-locka

They may give three veterans a run for their money

Eight people, including three incumbents, will be on the November ballot in Opa-locka to fill three commission seats. The incumbents — Joeseph Kelley, Luis Santiago and John Riley — hope for another chance. Challengers say they want to take the city in another direction. The seats held by Kelley and Santiago are four-year terms. Four opponents seek to move into those positions: Christine Banks, Alvin Burke, Diamos Demerritt and Matthew Pigatt. The top-two vote getters will join Mayor Myra Taylor and Vice Mayor Timothy Holmes on the dais.

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Black Tech Miami

Here’s a look at 18 founders making waves outside of Silicon Valley

South Florida is known for a lot of things: its beaches, close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin American, the birthplace of augmented reality company Magic Leap and the home of rapper Trick Daddy. In 2015, South Florida’s largest city, Miami, was listed as the No. 2 city for startup activity by the Kauffman Foundation. What’s not often talked about is its budding Black startup community.

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Justice for Jada Rally draws hundreds

Mother is trying to double reward amount

As the rain poured Monday afternoon, dozens of community activists gathered in Northwest Miami-Dade demanding justice for Jada Page, the 8-year-old shot Sunday, Aug. 28, in front of her grandmother’s home. She died Aug. 30, after being shot in the head. Her father, who was shot in the chest, is expected to recover. Organizers expressed concern that nine days after the shooting, there are little leads and no arrests. Crime Stoppers upped the reward for information regarding the shooting that took place near Northwest 101st Street and Northwest 25th Avenue to $23,000. Community activist Valencia Gunder and leader of the grassroots organization, L.I.F.E. Collective, put together the Labor Day rally for Jada.

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Are you ready for some football?!

Dolphins’ stadium has a new name, new look and new partner for 2016 season

With a new name and renovations, the football home of the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes will be a completely brand new experience this year — to even the most diehard of the teams' supporters.

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It’s Gimenez vs. Regalado, Holloway vs. Gallon on Nov. 8

Races head to runoff election

In a low-turnout primary with several high-profile races, Miami-Dade voters denied Carlos Gimenez an expected victory in the Aug. 30 mayoral race. Gimenez will face school board member Raquel Regalado in the Nov. 8 runoff to determine who will be the county’s strong mayor. Neither candidate received the needed 50 percent-plus-1 to win the race outright.

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For county mayor, you just endorsed the king

As founder of the Pets’ Trust, I wanted to write you regarding your endorsement of Carlos Gimenez since we were mentioned in that editorial.  You stated that…  “And her other personal finance issues, including a foreclosure and fines for reporting violations when she served as treasurer for her father’s campaign, makes her an unsuitable choice to handle Miami-Dade’s complex $7 billion budget. For these reasons, we recommend Gimenez for another term.”

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Plea for help: Crime and violence in Liberty City

An open letter to Mayors Carlos Gimenez and Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Keon Hardemon: I am writing to you on this Sunday evening while I watch dreadfully from my living room window as police sirens flash brightly through my curtains and police officers search for bullets in the street in what has been the third crime scene in my neighborhood within the last two weeks.  

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Slums in West Grove to be demolished

Residents forced into low-income areas after buildings deemed unsafe

The buildings were deemed unsafe by the Unsafe Structures Board since July, only two properties set for demolition among the 12 buildings owned by Julio Cesar Marrero and his associates. According to Russell, Marrero's in-fighting amongst share-holders and owners and alleged lack of funds does not excuse the deplorable conditions residents were forced to live in — including smelling the stench of hidden garbage, leaks, rat and termite infestations and even a cave-in in one resident's unit. “To say you don't have the ability to patch a roof or out a blue tarp over something is ridiculous,” Russell said. “It's your responsibility!”

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Who will I choose for county mayor? Gimenez or Regalado?

I’m quite sure that by that time someone at County Hall finishes reading this they will go and tell Mayor Carlos Gimenez that Brian Dennis has replaced the city of Opa-locka with the county mayor’s race as the featured topic for “Word On The Street.” In order to appear on Channel 10’s “This Week In South Florida” with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg, a candidate had to have 10 percent of the votes in a poll. That meant only Gimenez and Raquel Regalado could appear on the program to participate in the debate that was televised live on Sunday morning, Aug. 14.

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Fathers: Missing in action or involved and active

Hundreds come out for Walk for Peace from Miami Gardens

“The decisions of the boy determine the destiny of the man. Our men must step up so our community can be a better place,” said Gerald Hawkins, cofounder of Fathers M.I.A. This is the message Hawkins and the rest of the team at Fathers M.I.A. wanted to relay to the people who came to their Walk for Peace: Athletes Against Violence event Saturday, Sept. 3 in Miami Gardens. About 300 people walked from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church to Miramar High School to show the need fathers fulfill in the household and how their absences are connected to the violent behavior of young adults and older. Among the 300 were the cheerleaders and football teams of Miramar

Pastor Xavier Jones: “Has a gift and passion for serving the Lord”

He intends to be a vessel that God can use for his church parishoners

Pastor Xavier L. Jones is a successful and innovative man, with a dynamic gift to minister to God’s people. He has an incredible God-given ability to reach a diversified audience and never seems to fail in his deliverance of his message. His messages all seem to have that ability to inspire, provoke and motivate those listening to be empowered by the Word of God.

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NSMC participates in Breastfeeding Awareness Walk

North Shore Medical Center’s women’s health services department joined community health care advocates, peer counselors and certified lactation consultants at the fifth annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah on Saturday, Aug. 6. The walk was hosted by the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).

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