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Miami Gardens deserves control over Dolphins Stadium

Last week, Miami Gardens made a giant leap toward having control related to land use and permitting at the new Dolphins Stadium. It is about time. It should have happened sooner so that Miami Gardens could have had some say in the ongoing $450 million renovation to the stadium. However, in future, Miami Gardens will issue zoning permits with the county able to hear appeals from developers if needed.

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Carib Style Week fuses fashion, food and music

Several events featuring some designers and chefs planned

Immediately following Colors of the Caribbean festival is the annual Westfield Carib Style Week, June 19-26. The weeklong series of events will showcase Caribbean style, creativity, fashion and food offerings. “As one of the most diverse multi-ethnic urban areas in the country, second only to Queens, NY, Greater Fort Lauderdale is thrilled to host the annual Caribbean Style Week this year,” said Albert Tucker, vice president of Multicultural Business Development at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our Caribbean heritage knows no bounds — from our rich history to our vibrant food, fashion and music offerings, Greater Fort Lauderdale overflows with endless Caribbean culture.”

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Silence a conspirator to gun violence

The ominous clouds that hovered over the “See Something Say Something Rally” organized by anti-gun violence activist Tangela Sears last week in Miami Gardens served as a constant reminder of the pervasive threat families live with daily in nearby housing projects on 183rd Street we could see in the distance. The rally was organized as a call to action to try and break the code of silence that keeps law enforcement from cracking cases and seeking justice for grieving families who have lost precious loved ones to gun violence.

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FIU brings police, teenagers together with chats

Program created to discuss their differences, promote understanding

FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts has teamed up with the Miami-Dade Police Department to coordinate a series of dialogues between high school students and police officers, aimed at de-escalating tensions and promoting positive relationships between officers and the teens, some of whom have had negative experiences with police.

Force unjustified in Corey Jones case, jury says

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

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Crime Stoppers Kids combat crimes against all children through initiative

Public encouraged to make donations to the new fund for youth violence

They are banking on money being a motivator. In hopes to break the silence concerning crimes against children, Miami-Dade County government, Crime Stoppers Miami-Dade, The Children’s Trust and United Way have joined together to create a fund to give rewards for tips that lead to the arrest of anyone who commits a violent crime against children. When children are killed or injured in violent crimes, the fund will add up to $17,000 to the reward already offered by Crime Stoppers.

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Who is really being bullied in Opa-locka?

When the late Commissioner Terence Pinder crashed his vehicle into a Banyan tree at Opa-locka Airport it caught everyone completely by surprise. There were several city employees who knew the pressure that Opa-locka City Manager David Chiverton was under by Mayor Myra Taylor, Commissioner Luis Santiago, Dante Starks and Pinder. It even got to a point that wagers were being made by city employees that Chiverton would be the one to take the route that Pinder took. 

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Street Talk

What do you think should be done about police violence toward African-Americans?

In my opinion, they should be punished just like civilians are punished. They shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind their badges. Right is right; wrong is wrong. If it is not justifiable, then they should be held accountable and maybe they will stop feeling like they have so much power over people of color or

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Certified Platinum: Black music artists easily achieve

Beyonce’s “Lemonade” reached the status six weeks after release

There are times where you have an artist who can bridge great, meaningful music and hit singles to make successful magic. Those artists who found that magic go on to become global superstars. Artists like Mariah Carey and Rihanna have earned numerous awards and sold more than 200 million records, making them two of the best-selling female artists of all time.

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Film screenings during American Black Film Festival

Directors Malik Yoba and Tommy Ford scheduled to speak

Giving back to the community provides the perfect context for the finale of the 20th anniversary celebration of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami Beach and the Miami area, June 15-19. As part of Miami Film Month, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with the ABFF to host “ABFF Community Day,” a film-screening event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, at the Lyric Theater, located at 819 NW Second Ave., in Historic Overtown. The host for the festivities is singer and actress Brave Williams (TV One’s “R&B Divas,” “Bad Dad Rehab”).

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Miami BMe leaders announced

The men have pooled together their awards in an effort to raise funds

About 100 Black men from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to bond and share ideas of change at the BMe Convention this past May. Each one of them is a previous or current recipient of a $10,000 grant as part of the BMe Community Awards in their local city. Ten of the 100 men who came from Miami

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Stop the Violence motorcade, rally on Sunday

The Florida Morticians Association Inc. presents “Stop the Violence,” a silent motorcade, rally and press conference, throughout Miami-Dade and Broward on Sunday, June 19. The event addresses gun violence and the killing of our youth.

Miami-Dade County Vice Mayor Russell Benford to lead boys summit

The event is presented by Victorious Boys Symposium in Miami Gardens

A symposium dedicated to empowering young men will take place June 18 in Miami Gardens. The Victorious Boys Symposium (VBS) Coalition presents a daylong workshop for boys ages 11-19 at Florida Memorial University’s FIU-FMU Auditorium, located at 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens. Miami-Dade County Vice Mayor Russell Benford will kick off the workshop with a welcome address and Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson will offer a proclamation.

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Pastor Marc Cooper: Guiding souls to Christ

Upper Room Ministries has experienced growth under his dedicated leadership

Marc Cooper, as a child, wanted to be a musician so badly that he asked his father, the late Elder Lenwood Cooper, to anoint his hands to help him play the piano. It is reported that since a child, Marc has always had a passion for ministry and God's people. As a mandate from God, to this date, Cooper obediently fulfills his calling as Pastor of Upper Room Ministries of Miami

Zika precautions: What you need to know

Plan for summer vacation, activities during mosquito season, travel

With mosquito season and summer travel now under way, we all need to take precaution to prevent a potential Zika infection. Over the last several months, the mosquito-borne virus has spread throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean, Pacific, and Cape Verde Islands, and Mexico bringing with it a number travel-associated cases being reported throughout Florida.

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Beautiful Dreamers

At first glance, it looked much like any other high school graduation. Packed with proud students and even prouder parents and caregivers, the conference space at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus buzzed with laughter and excitement as red, white and blue stars – a nod to the evening’s “Reach for the Stars” theme – twinkled around the room. But as snippets of the conversations that filled the room became more distinct, it was clear that “I Have a Dream” Overtown’s class of 2016 was something very different

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Smith studied without home, electricity

Carol City teen graduates third in her class, then joins the U.S. Navy

At graduation, students wear the cap and gown in honor of their academic achievements, whether it is their commitment to education; their performance in class; their test scores; or even their class attendance. But seldom does the cap and gown tell the whole story, the real story, of the battles fought through, the barriers overcame, the hidden tears, or the physical, emotional and mental toughness it took to walk across that stage to receive a high school diploma.

Staying hydrated in the summer

Summertime is always the best time of the year to enjoy being outdoors; whether it is going to the beach, ball games and parks, or doing other kinds of activities outside. However, before we start enjoying summer, keep in mind the importance of staying properly hydrated.

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Tacolcy honor roll students recognized at ceremony

more than 20 students honored

The Miami Tacolcy Academy Center had more than 20 students on the Honor Roll all school year. For the end of the school year, NFL Super Bowl 2016 Denver Champ and Miami native Kayvon Webster and award-winning writer Jasmine Dee Thomas through her non-profit  organization, The Jasmine DEE Thomas Foundation, dedicated a special ceremony to the valedictorians.

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‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser nets $125K

The MCI’s event raised awareness and money for programs in Liberty City

Liberty City-based Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) exceeded its donation goal by 25 percent for the 4th Annual “Over The Edge,” raising $125,000. The fundraiser took place on June 3 and 4, as local community, civic and business leaders, elected officials, philanthropists, university presidents, members of the general public and more rappelled down 19 stories (200 feet) at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. The event raised money, awareness and supported programs for children ages 3-18 years old residing in Liberty City.

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