Earl Lloyd is the first Black to play in an NBA game; he died in 2015
Some men live, and some men live to make history. Earl Lloyd made history. Born April 3, 1928 in Alexandra, Virginia, Earl Lloyd, a ninth round selection out of West Virginia State College, was drafted by the Washington Capitols in 1950. On Oct. 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first African American to play in a National Basketball Association (NBA) game, where he scored six points against the Rochester Royals. The Royals would later leave the city of New York for California, now known as the Sacramento Kings.
Henry Apaloo to take similar post at Florida Gulf Coast University
Barry University assistant men's soccer coach Henry Apaloo is leaving the program to take a similar position at NCAA Division I Florida Gulf Coast University.
Launch of ‘Signature’ experience will take place on Tuesday, June 21
Summer marks the start of the food and wine season in Miami Gardens and once again Councilwoman Lisa Davis is bringing star power to kick it off. To launch the second annual Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience on Tuesday, June 21, is critically acclaimed actor Lamman Rucker, who will screen his new series set to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Nearly 130 golfers from politics and business participated on Friday
The second annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic was held at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club on Friday, where nearly 130 golfers came to participate in the event benefiting the Minority Builders Coalition Inc (MBC). This year’s Honorary Chair, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and other notables such as State Sen. Chris Smith, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, City of Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Robert McKinzie and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie were on hand to show off their golf swings.
Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott are the first two honorees announced
After six years away, VH1 Hip Hop Honors is set to return. The live event will celebrate all-female trailblazers and pioneers who have made their mark in the male-dominated genre. So far, two legends have been announced as this years honorees- Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott.
Black actors win all four musical acting awards
This years Tony Awards was an historic night in in Broadway history. Black performers won all four musical acting categories at the Tonys for the first time in the show’s history. Hamilton predictably collected a slew of trophies, winning 11 of its 16 nominations, including three for its leads: Leslie Odom Jr. (best actor in a leading role in a musical), Daveed Diggs (best actor in a featured role in a musical) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (best actress in a featured role in a musical). The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo completed the historic night with a win for best actress in a leading role in a musical for her stunning role as Celie.
Former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja was charged in connection with the death of the slain musician
Attorney Benjamin Crump and other attorneys, and family members of Corey Jones June 2 spoke outside the courthouse in West Palm Beach where, that morning, former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja was charged in connection with the death of the slain musician. The charges included a $250,000 bond, house arrest, revocation of his passport and no contact with the Jones family or members of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. On Wednesday, June 1, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg released results of the recent meeting of the grand jury in Jones’ case. Raja fired his weapon at Jones several times, before killing the young man. A tape recording of the interaction between Raja and Jones contradicted how Raja had explained what happened that night. The incident took place in October 2015, almost seven months before charges were brought before Raja. John Kazanjian, president of the Police Benevolent Association, has disputed the grand jury report, and has promised the agency will help fight the charges and come to Raja’s defense.
Veteran legislator under fire for comment about “those three Haitians”
Sen. Gwen Margolis, the veteran legislator from South Florida, abandoned her re-election bid on Thursday, following criticisms that she made racially tinged remarks criticizing her rivals as “those three Haitians, some teacher and some attorney.” Reached Thursday afternoon, Margolis, 81, told The Miami Times that in her 40-year political career she had never encountered such problems, and thought it best to step aside.
As graduations continue, I’m sharing news about Miami native, Chantel Reeves Styles, who earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), during their May 2016 Commencement exercises held in Norfolk, VA. During her tenure at EVMS, Chantel was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship and served as a student ambassador and former vice-president of the EVMS chapter of the Student National Medical Association, an organization that addresses and supports the needs of underrepresented minority medical students.
Early registration for Northside Panthers football and cheerleaders began on Monday, May 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at West Little River Park. Also coaches are needed. Call 786-371-3779. The Miami Alumni Chapter, Tennessee State University is planning a bus trip for the TSU vs BCU game in Daytona on September 17. Call 305-336-4287.
Proceeds will support local minority contractors and affordable housing initiatives
Minority Builders Coalition Inc. will host its second annual E. Pat Larkins Golf Classic: Crazy Pants Edition on June 10 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. The golf tournament serves as one of the organization’s signature fundraisers. The tournament is named after E. Pat Larkins, who grew up in a segregated Pompano Beach, fought for equal rights and was the city’s first African-American mayor. In addition, he was a federally certified housing-development specialist who created the Broward County Minority Builders Coalition in 1971. Minority Builders Coalition invites golfers, corporate and business professionals, community members and anyone who wants to “dig out their most outrageous golf attire and have some fun” to the event.
Graduation brings tears, applause for BTW student
By the sheer number of television news cameras, you could tell that the graduation ceremony for the 2016 class of Miami's Booker T. Washington High School was going to be something special. Counted among the dignitaries in attendance were Miami-Dade County School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho served as guest speaker.
Zoning and permitting will be shared jointly with Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously agreed to settle a lawsuit Miami Gardens filed against it relating to land use and permitting jurisdiction over the New Dolphins Stadium and surrounding properties. On Tuesday, June 7, at their regular meeting, commissioners voted 13-0 to accept the terms to settle the lawsuit filed July 2014. The agreement is between Miami Gardens, the county, the owners of certain properties surrounding the stadium and the operator of the stadium, South Florida Stadium LLC; County Line South Properties LLC; and Dolphin Center Properties LLC.
Grief turns to celebration of life Friday
Muhammad Ali, a three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, will be laid to rest on Friday, June 10, in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Bob Gunnell, Ali’s spokesman, held a press conference Monday morning where he discussed plans for the late boxer’s memorial services and ceremonies. Ali, easily the most charismatic boxer to ever walk the planet, was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. last Friday, June 4. He was born Jan. 17, 1942 and named Cassius Clay. He changed his “slave” name when he converted to Islam.
Friends, family members remember happier times of Opa-locka official
Terence Pinder craved the political spotlight and the power that came with elected life. In the end, however, it was those who knew him best — family members and friends — who spoke in remembrance at funeral services for the Opa-locka commissioner. More than 400 people turned out at New Birth Baptist Cathedral of Faith International on the morning of June 4 to pay last respects to Pinder, 43. The two-hour service, described by friends, was an old-fashioned home going
Another shooting in Miami Gardens on June 6 killed 38-year-old Bered Pierre
On June 5, just before the beginning of Sunday school, Pastor Paul Nicholson gave the teachers of Northside Church of God (NCOG) news not even strangers want to hear about. The news was that someone trying to shoot someone else had shot Alexandra Jon’ette Dean, 23, dead at a party. Alexandra, the daughter of Pauline and Raymond E. Dean, was shot June 4 around 10:46 p.m.
On Thursday, May 26, Miami City Commissioners designated the boundaries of Little Haiti. For the Haitians, it was the culmination of 16 years of waiting to have a slice of Miami. For the historic preservationists and descendants of Miami’s pioneers, it was a loss and a slap in the face. Both groups had valid arguments. The Haitians wanted to create an enclave that they could call home, much like the Cubans did in Little Havana. And they did. The new immigrants say they built up a blighted area and made it livable. Miami natives say, no such thing.
Magic City Kids
Magic City Kids was established on March 8, 2008 by its founder, Tamika R. Robinson. Since its inception, the community-based organization has been fortunate enough to employ some of the county’s experts in youth programming. Magic City Kids’ signature program is the Out-of-School Academy, which offers year-round enrichment services to South Florida’s youth.
A lot of reports throughout the years have highlighted the poverty issues that affect Opa-locka. In summer 1997, a good friend of mine named Miss Evelyn LaRock gave me a report that was done by a reporter by the name of Jack Hayes that was published by The City News Bureau on September 17, 1987 entitled “The Poorest Suburb in America.” Even as recent as May, a report by Roosevelt University urbanologist Pierre De Vise, listed Opa-locka as the No. 8 poorest city nationally.
Many concerned residents attended Tuesday at 93rd Street Baptist Church
More than 60 upset residents of Miami-Dade County came to the 93rd Street Baptist Church Tuesday evening to express anger and ask for answers on the gun violence happening around their homes. Pastor Calvin Johnson and his ministry brought eight community and civic leaders to hear complaints and provide solutions for this ongoing problem at the Gun Violence summit. “There is hope in our city now