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DJ spins weekend to benefit kids

Irie Weekend raises money for programs like the Cultural Passport Program in the community

While giving a presentation to some youth at Miami Edison Senior High, in answer to a question DJ Irie said he lived on Miami Beach. "A boy asked, “Do you ever go to the beach?”' said the disc jockey, whose real name is Ian Grocher. “It was that moment that I realized that there are kids out there that needed not just mentoring but a cultural education,” said Irie. "Edison is about 12 minutes from the beach and he had never been. I realized that he probably had never been to a Heat game or to a play at the Arsht center. I wondered how he would feel after he does well in school and gets into say, an FSU, and meets a whole new group of people. Would he feel like he fit in?

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Meet Deja Mashack, she's exceptional

Student graduates from high school and technical college in the same week

Deja Mashack at age 14 had to leave all of her friends in Austell, Ga., (a suburb of Atlanta) where she was born and reared, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, with her parents, Baron and Denise Mashack. Her father had just become the new pastor of the Fifteenth Avenue Church of God in Fort Lauderdale. Being away from the friends she grew up with and finding herself in unfamiliar surroundings, Deja threw herself into her studies. After one year at Renaissance Middle School in Miramar, she went on to spend the next four years at Everglades High School. Making friends wasn't easy for Deja. She was a homebody and a bookworm. However, in the diverse landscape at Everglades High, Deja found acceptance and new friends.

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Controversial comments cost North Miami High School principal his post

Alberto Iber defended police officer involved in McKinney, Texas incident

The principal of North Miami High School, Alberto Iber, has been removed from his post at the school following a comment he made on social media. Iber defended McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt in a Facebook post linked to a Miami Herald article. Casebolt was caught on video pinning a Black teenage girl to the ground and pulling a gun on other teenagers at a pool party on Friday. He resigned on Tuesday. McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt's actions “indefensible.” Iber’s post said: “He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.”

Networking and Career Summit to take place Saturday

The Miami-Dade NAACP Young Adult Committee will hold its inaugural “Pathways to Success: Networking and Career Summit” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Miami Dade College, North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., in the Conference Center (Building 3). The summit will include a seminar that will bring diverse professionals, change makers, business and community leaders together to network and invest in themselves and the community. The free event will also feature breakout sessions facilitated by leading experts and a vendor exposition that will include networking opportunities. The following workshops are scheduled to take place: "How to Brand Yourself" - Jimmy Nickerson, JNICK Management Group, LLC; "How to 'Wow em' with your Resume" - Daniella Pierre, MSHRM; "The Onboarding Process, Interviewing/Salary/Negotiations/Job Relocation" - Shawn and Lakitsia Gaines, State Farm; "The Art of Networking" - Katrina S. Louis,communications manager, and Henri LaSane, youth advocate. The Miami-Dade NAACP Young Adult Committee is seeking sponsors. For more information, email miamidadeyac@gmail.com.

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Income gap and housing costs are burning issues

Chairman’s Council seeks to improve the quality of life for county residents

When Jean Monestime became Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman in January he created the Chairman’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives to keep track of progress commissioners make “to improve the quality of life for our citizens.” Last week, Monestime hosted a meeting as part of that initiative, to review affordable housing data and discuss inclusionary zoning. The conversation is a continuation of meetings in March and April, when the council met to discuss unaffordable housing and bridging the income inequality gap.

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Protestors: ‘My skin color is not a crime, Fire Eric Casebolt’

March follows video of officer drawing gun on Black teens

McKINNEY, Texas — Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a Black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend. The protesters carried signs that included the phrases, "My skin color is not a crime" and "Fire Eric Casebolt."

Desulme wins North Miami District 4 seat

North Miami City Council members say they are ready to work harmoniously

North Miami residents no longer have to ponder the question, who will replace outgoing Councilwoman Erlande Steril. Alix Desulme convincingly defeated Carline Marie Paul in the run-off election for the North Miami City Council District 4 seat. He won 1,036 votes to Paul’s, 580 votes, or 64 percent to 36 percent, respectively.

Section 8 renters were harassed, complaint says

HUD settles alleged discrimination complaint with Aqua Vista Townhomes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced June 3 an agreement with a North Miami Beach condominium association settling allegations its board president harassed and made discriminatory remarks about Black and Hispanic residents and attempted to evict them. Aqua Vista Townhomes Condominium Association Inc. will establish a $109,000 compensation fund to pay damages to more than 20 residents and others harmed by condominium association’s board of directors, Daniella Adams’ alleged

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Slum tenants now have hope for improvement

Court case win is a victory for those residents in affected buildings

Residents living in deplorable conditions at a few Liberty City apartment buildings now have hope the conditions will improve. On Thursday, June 4, Circuit Court Judge Barbara Areces issued a final order in the City of Miami's lawsuit against Abraham and Denise Vaknin, the owners of several dilapidated residential properties in the City of Miami. The final order places all properties identified in the lawsuit into receivership.

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Training, youth programs topics at West Grove meeting

Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance hosts monthly meeting to hear residents’ concerns and queries

City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) attended a meeting of Coconut Grove ministers and a drug-free coalition to share news that funding for training to be Emergency Medical Technician training was available. Sarnoff said 18-25 year olds who accept the training program would then be qualified to become a firefighter or other medical professional. Sarnoff’s office has appropriated $70,000 to pay the tuition cost for those who qualify.

Miami-Dade ready to buy cops body cams

Commissioners voted 8-2 to send RFPs to vendors

Miami-Dade County Commissioners gave the green light to advertise to vendors that the county would like to buy body worn cameras for the police force. The 8-2 vote allows the next step in the process to acquire body worn cameras, which has the support of Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmondson and Dennis Moss.

Liberty City collaboration receives $75,000

BUILD Health Challenge selects community partnership as national leader in promoting good health

Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City was selected to receive a $75,000 grant for its efforts to improve community health, from the BUILD Health Challenge, a national awards program. Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City is a collaboration between the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI), the Miami Children’s Initiative, Catalyst Miami, Jackson Health Systems and the Miami-Dade County branch of the Florida Department of Health.

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Elijah Manley: Your presidential candidate

Fort Lauderdale High School sophomore is running for highest office in the Nation

Sixteen-year-old sophomore Elijah Manley does what any normal teenager does: attends Fort Lauderdale High School where he studies pre-law and public affairs, along with criminal justice. He has already thought about what he wants to do after he graduates and where he wants to college. He also is an Adobe certified associate, a pro in visual communications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. And he is running to be U.S. president in 2016.

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Graduate recognition Sunday at Incarnation church

The Episcopal Church Of The Incarnation of Miami held its Graduate Recognition Sunday on June 7. The guest speaker was

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Edmonson helps low-income seniors prepare for hurricanes season

Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Hattie Willis, executive director of Communities United, carried out their annual hurricane kit giveaway on June 3 throughout the District 3 communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti and Allapattah. Hurricane season started June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Edmonson delivered 15 kits which contained a cooler, radio/clock, telephone, light, flashlight, fan — all battery operated; bleach, wipes, paper towels, plastic ware, can opener, a seven-day supply of water, literature on hu

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Members proud of Pastor Leonard Shaw

'Committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere' are words used to describe this pastor

The leadership group at Miami Revival Tabernacle Assembly Church of God (RTAG) take seriously the responsibilities that have been given them by the members of the church. They work at keeping the respect and commitment those duties entail. RTAG’s leadership consist of: Elder Arnold Montgomery, Deacon Keith Coke, Elder Albert Cannon; Deaconesses Sabrina Wright Jones, Rosanna Johnson, Joy T. Talley and Jennifer Montgomery; they are very involved and dedicated individuals. Words used by the board to describe the senior pastor, Reverend Leonard Shaw, include: committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere. “These are not just words to us,” said Montgomery, the chairman of the Board at RTAG and the

FDA panel backs the 'female' drug Viagra in vote

The libido pill gets a nod, but government has concerns

WASHINGTON — The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward last Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women. The first-of-a-kind endorsement came with safety reservations, however, due to the drug side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure and fainting.

June is Men's Health Month: Improve your life

FDOH urges men to eat smarter, move more and improve their lives

This Men's Health Month, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging men to take charge of their health. By making the daily choice to eat smarter and move more, men statewide can lower their risk of disease and improve life expectancy. "Men's Health Month is an opportunity for every man to step on a scale and do a gut check on his weight," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "By building healthy choices into everyday life, men can achieve and stay at healthy weight."

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Faith Calendar

Bethany SD Church’s educational series for the Brownsville community continues with Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday July 2, 9 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org.

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Blacks in Filmmaking

Film festivals, series and shows help showcase talents and efforts

Blacks have been advancing film for years. Below is a look at the path some have chosen to stake their claim in a field crowded with people who do not look like them. While this is a not an exhaustive group, the idea is to showcase some with ties to South Florida.

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