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Making entrepreneurial and culinary waves

Chef DP finds success cooking conch fritters and conch salad

No. His story is not about a Black kid from a single parent household in an impoverished inner city neighborhood who reaped riches as a professional athlete. The storyline is also quite different from the rags to riches story frequently told about Black athletes, entertainers or professionals. Darryl “Chef DP” Johnson is a culinary success story constructed on a leap of faith. A story of business lessons learned at Miami Northwestern High School and applied in the real world.

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Black lawyers name Pollard as president

Jonathan Pollard, a trial lawyer and business litigation attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, has been appointed as president of the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The appointment was based on peer nominations and third-party research and endorsed by the National Black Leaders Top 100 executive committee, led by president and Judge William “Billy” Murphy. Membership in the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

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Big sporting event in the Bahamas

Track and field teams from around the world are scheduled to compete in the IAFF World Relays on May 2-3 in Nassau, Bahamas. The international biennial track and field sporting event will be held at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, which holds a capacity of 15,000 people. More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from 50 countries are expected to attend, including most of the sprint and middle distance medalists from the 2012 Olympics and 2014 IAAF World Championships.

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Stanton boosts Marlins’ chances

The $325 million dollar man, known as Giancarlo Stanton, is ready to lead the Miami Marlins into the next phase in their pursuit of greatness. The Marlins’ super slugger has accomplished a lot in his young career. However, this offseason he did something that most South Florida baseball fans thought would never ever happen. He helped to convince the normally cheap owner, Jeffrey Loria, to put this baseball team in a position to compete for a championship.

SBA competition to award $4 million to startups

The U.S Small Business Association (SBA ) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition in which startups can compete for prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $4 million. The application period is from April 10-June 1 and information about the application process can be found at: www.sba.gov.

Business Expo celebrates 30th anniversary at Broward Expo

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) will partner with Enterprise Florida (EFI) during the 30th Annual Business Expo, April 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Business Expo brings together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies in a series of workshops and networking events to create business opportunities and discuss industry trends.

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Overtown Shopping Plaza gets a facelift

Residents and Miami city officials celebrated the grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Arnette Brown lives in Overtown and sometimes finds it hard to get around. With no transportation, even the simplest task like grocery shopping can take its toll on her. But soon that won’t be a problem for Brown. On April 1, residents and Miami city officials celebrated the grand re-opening of the Overtown Shopping Plaza with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The plaza underwent a $1.5 million renovation to bring in new tenants to the center, including a supermarket opening later in the summer.

Aurelia Crews a leader at Rokk3r

The Rokk3r Labs office has the atmosphere of being a science lab. What seems to be math formulas are written on the transparent office walls. Minus the lab coats, the office space is filled with problem-solving staff using their laptops. Rokk3r (pronounced like rocker) Labs is a unique platform where entrepreneurs partner with strategists, creative types and engineers to co-build and launch companies. It assists startup companies by turning great ideas into successful businesses. Rokk3r Labs was established on Miami Beach March 2012 by co-founder and chief executive Nabyl Charania. The company's goal is to “harness global collective genius to co-build companies that change the world."

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Chatter that Matters

Mary Ann Thomas, president, Ms. Baxter-Akman, Cora Johnson, Mary Dunn, club members, parents and young lady escorts all have been preparing for the Egelloc Civic and Social Club’s presentation of the 2015 Men of Tomorrow. The final rehearsal will be held at the Omega Psi Phi Center, April 23 and the presentation on Saturday, April 25, at Jungle Island at 12.

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The Social Whirl

The Miami Chapter of the Holidays Inc. will be hosting The National Holidays Inc. 45th Annual Concourse meeting in Miami at the Biscayne Bay Marriott September 3-6. The Holidays are a social bridge group. The Miami Chapter consists of 14 members. On March 27-29th some of the National Officers were here to discuss and review the plans for the Annual Concourse meeting where they were entertained on Friday at the home of local member Vandra Woolfolk with dinner and, of course, bridge. Present were National President Jackie Bontemps, from Hampton, Virginia, Vice President Brenda Baker from Baltimore, Carmelita Williams, Recording Sec. from Virginia

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Rebellions, work slowdowns and sabotage tools

Author Charles E. Cobb Jr. talks at FMU about his book, 'This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed' last week

Charles E. Cobb Jr., author and a former member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, has a new book out called “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed.” His book is about how nonviolent activists and their allies kept the civil rights movement alive by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms. Cobbs, a former journalist and one of the founders of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), did the book-signing circuit in South Florida and made stops at Books and Books in Coral Gables and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. On March 30, Cobb talked about his book in front of an intimate crowd at Books and Books. The title of the book comes from a statement made by Hartman Turnbow, a farmer in Holmes County, Mississippi, to Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. “This nonviolent stuff ain't no good. It’ll get ya killed,” Turnbow reportedly said.

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Will you spend your rent on weave?

With the low-income levels of Black women living in Miami’s Upper East Side and the rise of the Black natural hair movement, some question the viability of the new, luxury hair extension boutique Indique that opened in the Miami Modern district last month. Over the past five years, Black women in Miami have joined a national trend in wearing their hair free of chemicals and have reverted to afros, twists and braids.

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Tri-Rail needs money, looks to Overtown CRA

Residents are skeptical of helping fund a train when quality of life is low

Tri-Rail wants to piggy back on the already approved, privately-funded All Aboard Florida project, slated for the edge of downtown. But the public rail program is short of money, and is seeking the help of any agency willing to help it extend its rail program to adjoin All Aboard's plans for a downtown station. Tri-Rail executives consider the new station a real central station for Miami-Dade. The service would bring 26 direct trains on weekdays between downtown Miami and points north to Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County. All Aboard plans to run from downtown Miami, stop in downtown Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and then head to Orlando.

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Blacks turned away from housing — again

Hope Inc. on April 1 filed suit against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments, alleging racial discrimination

The Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, otherwise known as HOPE Inc., has filed two federal lawsuits against Creek Club and Nile Gardens apartments alleging racial discrimination. HOPE is a Florida nonprofit corporation that engages in testing for fair housing law violations and fights against discriminatory housing practices. It is funded by the United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD). HOPE’s investigation of Creek Club Apartments, located at 1434 NW 19th Terr. in Allapattah, and Nile Gardens Apartments,

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Don’t make Overtown a political football

Overtown has been trying to recover from the extreme damage inflicted by the displacement of residents and businesses for the construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s and the subsequent I-395. For those who stayed, Overtown is an almost wasteland of dreams and hopes. But it is still their home, their community.

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Lecturer says lynching is white American history

The Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum hosts visiting professor, Dr. Doria Dee Johnson

The setting was the historic Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum in Miami’s Overtown. It was accommodating for a lecture on the history of lynching in America called “From Grandpa to Emmett to Trayvon: Lynching in America.” Dr. Doria Dee Johnson, a visiting professor and the granddaughter of an Abbeyville, S.C., lynching victim, spoke with an engaging embrace of some hidden atrocities in American History.

Pinder back in feds good graces

EPA said commissioner can vote on matters involving federal funds

Elected to office in November 2014, Commissioner Terence K. Pinder has been anticipating the day when he would be able to fully return to representing the City of Opa-locka without restriction over his head. That day finally arrived on March 30, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed a debarment which had prevented Commissioner Pinder from voting on matters involving federal funds. After recognizing Pinder’s community service, his record of achievement and his success as a commissioner, the EPA took the extraordinary steps to reinstate Pinder only 48 hours after he and his legal team visited the EPA in Washington, D.C., according to

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‘Communities In Schools’ of Miami offer support

“Communities In Schools is an affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, surrounding students with a community of support to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. Even though 80 percent of students in the U.S. graduate, that still leaves more than one million students —disproportionately poor, African American and Hispanic — with no cap, no gown and no opportunity.” — Elizabeth Mejia, executive director.

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Church uses replica of Ark of Covenant against violence

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church missionaries stage walk against violence

As the searing-hot sun shined its radiant rays over the streets of Liberty City on Good Friday afternoon, Friendship Missionary Baptist, under the leadership of the Deacon Charles Jackson, a faithful and long-time member of Friendship M.B. Church, dispatched a cadre of Christian soldiers. Their mission: In addition to spreading God’s word was a call to stop the violence in Black American communities.    Consequently, a symbolic effort focused on the Ark of the Covenant unfolded the literal act of moving the gospel from the pews to the pavement.    “We’re here to provide s

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Dwayne Bennett: “It takes those from the streets to relate”

In 2008, two men, Dwayne Bennett Sr., 42 and Linord Albury, 44, whose daily activities dealing in illegal drugs and sports bookings earned them the titles of being real hardcore street thugs. But something happened to them that “changed our lives forever,” Bennett said. “We accepted the Lord as our Savior and wanted to tell others about our experience. We knew we could not have such a great revelation and just keep it to ourselves,” Bennett added. Albury and Bennett said they went to several churches, on several different occasions, but never felt the love they heard that one should feel when they are among other Christians.

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