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Kamp Kizzy teaches children

I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also shows up through my nonprofit Kamp Kizzy. Kamp Kizzy gives young people the opportunity to learn, share, explore and expand their horizons through workshops, candid discussions and the opportunity to meet and “pick” the brains of some of the top individuals in their given professions. Now that we have been doing Kamp Kizzy for nearly a decade now, there are some undeniable Truths that have been reinforced through this work.

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President in Palm City

Obama visits for weekend of golf with Alonzo Mourning

President Barack Obama arrived in the Treasure Coast on Saturday, March 28 with Air Force One landing at St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce. He was not on official business, here to take part in a golf weekend at the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City. Playing with the president on Saturday were Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning; broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, a former NFL wide receiver; and Cy Walker, an attorney and a close friend of the president. Joining Obama on the course Sunday were Floridian owner Jim Crane, an energy executive who also owns the Houston Astros; private equity mogul Glenn Hu

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Incarnation marks the start of Holy Week

The Church of the Incarnation, an Episcopal church in Liberty City, held its annual Palm Sunday celebration with a processional walk and service. On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and

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What it really means and how to do it

In Matthew 6:12, Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray. He said, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” In verse 14, He told them, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Verse 15 says it emphatically: “But, if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Isn’t it ironic that we almost always think very narrow-minded. We have two or more sets of rules for the same thing and want folk to go along with that kind of silly thinking.

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Councilman Pastor Jimmie L. Williams III: Servant of God and the people

“I serve today, to make things better for tomorrow” for all the people

The Rev. Jimmie L. Williams III has made numerous accomplishments both in his community and as a servant of God. Williams is a Homestead councilman. He was first elected to the council in 2009 and was re-elected to a four-year term in November 2013 to serve Council Seat 4, which includes the southwest area of the city.

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Annual candlelight memorial service and gospel concert is Saturday at Mt. Calvary

The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. will host the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Memorial Service and Gospel Concert on Saturday, April 4 from 6:01-8 p.m.. This is the 47th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

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Lyric Live returns

Arsimmer McCoy kicks off show on Friday

Get ready, amateurs. A second season of Lyric Live is coming to the Historic Lyric Theater starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3. The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida will present the amateur talent show, hosted by comedian Chello Davis, on the first Friday of every month at the theater, 819 NW Second Ave., in Overtown.

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Bigots know that Black tragedy is accepted


I wonder if George Zimmerman thinks Marlon Easton's murder was God's plan too. He already got away with murdering Trayvon Martin so that's not a far stretch for Zimmerman who was quoted as saying: “I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous."

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The Social Whirl

I am very grateful for so many people who have touched my life on the journey. Unforgettable!  There are so many of you that have been just that and I cherish the memories and the times. You see, our connections may have come from our families. You know me and vice-versa through my mama, aunts, uncles. My mama, Millicent Spicer Harris Wilson, undoubtedly touched many lives at Dorsey and Northwestern. So many of you, readers of this column, have shared fond memories of her, with me. Thank you.

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Chatter that Matters

Congratulations go out to the Dade Heritage Trust for presenting the community with its 17th Annual Luncheon event renamed for the late Leome S. Culmer, whose ingenious ideas created an exciting historical skit entitled Voices From The Grave. The voices were biographical sketches of persons buried in the Miami City Cemetery. The luncheon took place last Monday at Moore Park. A special salute goes out to Maud P. Newbold, writer and coordinator for the program.  

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Making beautiful music

Youth drum line in Miami Gardens open to children of all ages, levels

The Alliance for Musical Arts Youth Drum Line in Miami Gardens is involved with the community. The Youth Drum Line — held at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St. in Miami Gardens -- has kids ages 7 to 18 making beautiful noise.

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High school seniors win Carbonell scholarships

Three high school seniors from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are winners of the Carbonell Award scholarships. Each student was awarded $1,000 to pursue a degree in theater or journalism at a college or university. Although the Carbonell Awards is best known for hon

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JROTC holds military ball, teaches leadership, traditions, ceremony

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) recently held its annual Military Ball and Dining-In Ceremony at the Hilton Miami/Downtown. In honored military tradition, the program was attended by 325 cadets, their families and JROTC instructors from 13 of the 26 JROTC programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including Miami Central, Miami Northwestern and Miami Carol City high schools.

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Comm. Jordan takes flight with Captain Irving

Pilot encourages students to pursue STEM careers

Capt. Barrington Irving gave Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan a first-hand look of his business, Irving Ventures. He took her on a flight March 18. As a business located in Jordan's District 1, Ivring Ventures qualified for a Small Business Mom & Pop grant funded through several county agencies. The company received $5,000 total in two funding cycles through the Mom & Pop grant program, administered by Neighbors And Neighbors Association Inc. (NANA). As a District 1 business, Irving Ventures cannot apply in the next funding cycle.

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The Vailon Group to recruit workers

All Aboard Florida hires business team to give employment opportunities

All Aboard Florida has hired The Vailon Group to implement the company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-based consulting firm, well known for its advocacy on behalf of small businesses, will work with Suffolk Construction, the passenger-rail company’s general contractor that is building its MiamiCentral train station, to ensure that local subcontractors and area workers are included in the project’s construction. “The Vailon Group has a proven track record of advocacy supporting local workers and

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Black women in media honored by the SFBJA

Tales of riot coverage, ethics, Black self-image dominate discussion

Former Miami Herald editor Patricia Andrews remembered her early start as a reporter in Miami in 1979. Soon after, in 1980 the Arthur McDuffie riots sent Liberty City in chaos and Andrews was still fresh from Wisconsin, land of cheese, beer and the Packers. “Surely, they are not going to send the Black reporter just because I am Black? Andrews remembers thinking at the time when the story broke. “But they did send the Black reporter because I am Black.”

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Employ Miami-Dade offers job skills training to workers

On March 24, Miami-dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to debrief them on Employ Miami-Dade, an initiative to come up with ways to bridge the divide between industry and job seekers. Pastor Gary Johnson and others asked questions about the program and the desired outcomes.

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Experiencing new music first with Goldplay app

Goldplay, a free new music app that allows people to discover new music quicker from big commercial artists to unsigned artists, is changing the tech music culture. GoldPlay is a music discovery mobile app focused on delivering trending new music daily. GoldPlay’s emphasis is on promotional music and pre-licensed content, curated from across the Internet. Music is presented without genre in an endless feed that refreshes every 30 days.

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A night at the museum

Jorge M. Pérez, Alberto Ibargüen, and Ambassadors for African American Art host the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art April 1.

Art lovers will get a chance to see the new works acquired through the PAMM Fund for African American Art this Wednesday at the museum. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is hosting the second annual reception to show off contemporary works from the African Diaspora that it committed to buy through a fund, whose $1million seed money came from a $500,000 donation from PAMM trustee and Related Group of Florida chairman/CEO Jorge M. Pérez and a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year, the museum spent about $400,000 on art by famed civil rights artist Faith Ringgold, Al Loving and Xaviera Simmons. This year, the price tags are a bit more modest but the art not any less important, said the museum's Chief Curator Tobias Ostrande. About $180,000 was spent this year. "We wanted to start off the collection la

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Help on the way for struggling cemetery

Supporters seek assistance to clean up Lincoln Memorial Park

Jessica Williams knew she had a challenge on her hands when she assumed the reins of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery from her aunt, Ellen Johnson. In a packed meeting on March 18, Williams and other supporters for the cemetery met with members of the Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board to request assistance to clean up the private-owned graveyard, which has been unkempt for years.

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