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Life after prison

The South Florida Reentry Center Hub will hold a workshop March 12 for former offenders

Fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Black men in communities like Miami-Dade’s Liberty City are among the 32 percent of incarcerated Blacks in the state of Florida.

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Who will be the next police chief of Miami Gardens?

Turnover has been high lately in the police chief slot of the City of Miami Gardens Police Department. The search for a new police chief for Florida’s largest Black city is set to begin. Applicants must have strong leaderships skills to head a 221-member police force. The chief must also be exceptional in community relations and dealing with the public and the media. Applicants must also pass a background check and possess integrity. Experience in law enforcement is highly desired. The salary for the position is at least $165,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

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Fifty years later, Selma’s struggle is not over

The Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. Neither the demonstrators in that march nor the police who beat them could have imagined that in 2015, a Black president would be leading commemorative ceremonies memorializing the moment. On Saturday, President Obama’s speech honoring Selma’s 50th anniversary may have

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Miami Gardens civil unrest troubling

At a time when people of all walks of life have joined together to say Black Lives Matter, Florida’s largest predominately Black city has diluted the message. Weeks after Miami Gardens police officers had a confrontation with mentally-ill Lavall Hall that left the young man dead, conversations continue, a wrongful death law suit has been filed, and a State Attorney investigation has been opened.

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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile


“Each day, I am thankful that at least 28 young adults and children have a roof over their heads and place to call home. I am so grateful to everyone in the community and at Casa Valentina for reaching out and making this possible!” — Deborah Korge, executive director. Casa Valentina is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supp

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Selma anniversary unites Miami

In memory of “Bloody Sunday” on March 7 in Selma, Ala., a huge contingent of people gathered at the Torch of Friendship right outside the stores of Bayside and the towers and condos on the Miami waterfront to march through the streets of Miami to nearby Overtown. All races and ages, Black, white and Hispanic, gathered to honor those who put their lives on the line 50 years ago at Selma and to renew their own commitment to democracy.

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Bishop Curry inducted into North Miami Hall of Fame

Moments before North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph unveiled the Hall of Fame plaque to Curry and to the attendees, Joseph expressed his gratitude to Bishop Victor Tyrone Curry. “The hall of fame is the highest recognition for a citizen. If we have better we would’ve given it to you,” said Joseph.

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Weaving the stories of women’s lives: Dr. Venita B. Timpson

As we weave the life stories of women of the African Diaspora in Miami, we’ll never be able to stop . . . because each story is unique, humorous, creditable and noteworthy for all to read. These women are mothers, artists, entertainers, athletes, writers, political and social activists, pioneers, observers, reporters, educators, physicians, attorneys, judges, and most of all common women who are striving to make life a better place for others. These women are all “phenomenal” women within their own right.

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Pastor of the week

The scripture, taken from Isaiah 55:4 that says “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people,” describes the character of Elder Clifford Sanders. Elder Clifford is the senior pastor at JHV Shiloh Ministries (JSM) at 11936 NW 19th Ave., a Not-for-Profit 501(C) 3, Faith-based, community organization. He wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. He says he is committed to leading himself and others in performances and in making changes.

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A decade of Jazz in the Gardens

Popular event is a boost for city's local hotels and gives more positive image

The popular El Palacio Hotel in Miami Gardens is fully booked. Not too far away, few rooms remain available at another hotel where tourists are keeping the phones busy as they prepare to attend this year’s 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens, March 21-22 at Sun Life Stadium. While thousands are expected to pack the festival, another annual frenzy takes place inside area hotels, where visitors are rushing to reserve rooms that are going fast. Hotels attribute the heavy demand to

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"Dear, Stephen Johnson: I'm upset you proved me right"

Stephen Johnson could have made us believers. He carried the arm of the law in Florida's largest Black city. His story could have been the kind that legends are made of. Like Caesar brought Rome to glory, he could have cemented Miami Gardens into the national psyche as an example of justice reform. At a time when we don't believe in lawmen -- because too often the corpses of our sons and brother

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The Social Whirl

Springing forward this past weekend caused some biological clocks to be thrown off, and mechanical clocks also caused some to be late to church. Congratulations to the eight men who were initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity through the Pi Nu Chapter in South Dade on March 1. These new members are: Don Darbeau, Mervin Jean-Baptise, Kraig Johnson, Michael Lewis, State Representative Kionne McGhee, Michel Reynolds and Shawn Skinner. Following the initiation, a reception was held at the home of K

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Chatter that Matters

Miami Norland stood tall among Blanche Ely, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal, and Lake Center. Norland became the first Miami-Dade County school to win four consecutive state titles as the Vikings won their sixth title in a decade with a 54-46 win over Gainsville in the Class 6A final. With their teams’ respective wins, Norland coach Lawton Williams, III and Blanche Ely Coach Melvin Randall each have six state titles during their illustrious careers.

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Code of the future

South Dade students and community youth converge every Wednesday at Richmond Heights Neighborhood Resource Center

Stop by the Richmond Heights Neighborhood Resource Center on a Wednesday evening and you will see a small room packed with students in front of laptops. They are not doing homework. They are learning a new language — CSS, HTML and JAVA. Since Jan. 14, Code Fever founders Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson have come to the center at 11225 SW 152nd St., to teach computer coding to about 30 children for eight weeks. At the end of the program, the students will present their projects and the winner gets a $200 prize.

Florida Memorial University Founder's Day is March 12

High honors to Paul Joseph, Norma Ely-Jones and Brenda Jackson

Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University and oldest university will conduct the 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation on Thursday, March 12. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Susie C. Holley Religious Center, followed by a 136th birthday party at the Smith Conference Center. Alumni, students, faculty, administrators and staff will gather for a cake-cutting ceremony, and party activities.

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Edmonson joins President Clinton at Liberty City Day of Action

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined former President Bill Clinton, MCI executive director Cecilia Gutierrez and volunteers at a Day of Action community service project in Liberty City on March 8.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Miami Northwestern Class of 1959 will meet Saturday, March 21 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12. Call 786-897-2646

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Honey Bug 5K empowers young girls to run

Jaylyn Hawes has been a proud “Honey Bug” of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program for four years. On Saturday, the 14-year-old was one of more than 150 young girls who participated in the first Honey Bug Run/Walk in honor of Women’s History Month.

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Peebles to speak at chamber's business leaders luncheon

Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce event will focus on the Black economy and communities

Real estate entrepreneur, author and political activist R. Donahue Peebles says while there are opportunities in the tourism and real estate industries for minorities, access to capital is still limited. Peebles will discuss this and more at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce's Annual Symposium and Business Leaders Luncheon at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13.

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Business workshop assists owners

“To play the game, you’ve got to get in the game” reasoned Stephanie Clark, president & CEO of Milestones Marketing LLC and the moderator of “Open for Business: Small Business Workshop." To operate a business, “you’ve got to ‘show-up, to go-up,’” continued Clark as she, along with an eight-member panel and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Minority and Small Business

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