County to vote whether to lease old Jackson maternity site at meeting
The likelihood that a healthcare facility will come to Opa-locka has increased after a county commission subcommittee gave its green light. On Wednesday, the full commission will weigh in with an up or down vote. If approved, an all-Black team of physicians, attorneys and managers will move forward with a long-awaited dream of bringing a full-service medical and wellness center to the northern reaches of Miami-Dade County.
Heart attack caused collapse, Sen. Dwight Bullard says
Daisy Black, the former El Portal mayor and challenger to Audrey Edmonson for the District 3 county commission seat, died Wednesday evening after collapsing at a local union hall. Black, 68, was wrapping up a candidate screening at the AFL-CIO building on Northwest 36th Street near Miami Springs when she suddenly collapsed. She died hours later at Hialeah Hospital. Information from first responders at the scene said Black initially collapsed after suffering an apparent heart attack, said Miami-Dade Democratic Party leader Sen. Dwight Bullard. Black’s death shocked the Miami-Dade political community and those who knew her in El Portal and with the local Democratic Party. Edmonson, the incumbent commissioner, released a statement Thursday afternoon.
Facility to be renamed “Muhammad Ali Boxing Center” on July 14
One Miami-Dade County park is paying tribute to Muhammad Ali, the late three-time heavy-weight boxing champion. The Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Dept. and County Commissioner Javier D. Souto will join members of the local boxing community to rename Tropical Park’s Boxing Center to the “Muhammad Ali Boxing Center” at a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at 7900 SW 40th St. Ali, born Cassius Clay, died on June 3 at the age of 74, following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
ProPops Foundation holds fifth annual event
Dwyane Wade Sr. recently hosted 500 kids at ProPops Foundation’s Fifth Annual Camp RED at North Miami Senior High School. The camp on June 17-19 allowed local children from underprivileged communities to participate in a co-ed basketball tournament, listen to motivational speeches and attend classes about boxing, music, film, community leadership, financial management and overcoming obstacles.
Concerned residents say they’re desperate for relief
With massive debt, a federal corruption probe that has residents and senior staff on edge and now inquiries by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Opa-locka hopes it can breathe with help from the state-appointed oversight panel. But some residents watching the ongoing horror show are wondering aloud if the county should take over, or worse, should the state dissolve the 90-year-old city.
Ron Frazier releases manifesto; treasurer concerned about chairman’s spending
The Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc.’s chairman resigned, saying the board is dysfunctional and non-transformational. But since his resignation June 14, Ron Frazier has released a question-and-answer manifesto that outlines details of the separation as well as a 1999 article that delves into the past business dealings of the treasurer of Hampton House Trust. Now treasurer Randolph Williams is saying Frazier violated basic accounting and organizational rules. Moreover, Frazier is chairman of BAC Funding Corp., a
Blacks compete in local, state and federal races
It took until the 11th hour for state Rep. Kionne McGhee to get the news that he will return to Tallahassee in the next legislative session. At noon on Thursday, June 24, he was among the political junkies refreshing the state Department of Elections website to see who qualified to run. The person who signed to run against him did not make the cut. That meant McGhee won a third time in the state House.
Lotus House heads back to Miami Commission on July 6
Lotus House, the Overtown-based facility that provides a haven for women in distress and their children, is a step closer to getting approval of an expansion project thanks to a vote by the Miami City Commission. The city approved two resolutions related to the facility at Thursday’s meeting. Lotus House staff and residents erupted in cheer at City Hall once the unanimous votes were announced.
Eight people in City Council race, some newcomers
Nearly a dozen people have qualified to run for office in this upcoming election in Miami Gardens. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Mayor Oliver Gilbert III faces two people. Eight people have qualified for city council seats including incumbent council members Lillie Odom, David Williams and Rodney Harris.
Elected officials take part in National HIV Testing Day
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and other community leaders traveled to several health care locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Monday to encourage the public to know their status and get tested for HIV.
Hurricane season began June 1 and already there has been some storm activity. A week after the season began, Tropical Storm Colin formed and doused parts of Florida. To help seniors of District 3 prepare for the season, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Communities United's Executive Director Hattie Willis delivered
A few weeks ago when I called into WMBM’s Tuesday Talk with Bishop Victor T. Curry after two former Opa-Locka Commissioners appeared on the show, Bishop Curry asked me what did my city really need? One of the reasons why my city is cash-strapped is because of the takers and users but here’s a small dose, but an important part of the remedy, that’s needed for my city. The city needs a plan to address all of the other areas apart from finance. There are problems in Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Human Resources to name a few troubling areas, along with employees making astronomical salaries that just don’t
Scalding shower leads to death of Darren Rainey four years ago
It has been four years since Darren Rainey died after he was locked in a 180-degree shower until the skin fell off his body, and members of the community want to know why there hasn’t been any arrests in the case.
With a No. 1 single, this crooner redefines Indie Artist
Singer and songwriter Guordan Banks (pronounced Jordan), is an independent artist who has achieved something no other indie artist has achieved. He has a No.1 single, “Keep You in Mind,” on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, surpassing the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell and fellow Philly native, Jill Scott.
Night In the Sky Senior Citizen Prom was a first for many
Many seniors who attended a prom last Friday night never had the opportunity to attend a prom before, because they never finished high school. Some had finished high school but could not afford to purchase outfits to attend their proms but it was on their bucket list. The closest many had come to attending a prom was purchasing outfits for their children to wear to theirs and to see how beautiful they looked when they dressed for their special evening. And now, they were able to dress up for their special occasion and have pictures to remember it.
Workshop helps equip those interested in industry
Have you ever felt depressed and turned to Gospel music for encouragement? Do you believe that there is power in songs by Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and other Gospel artists? The members of the Florida Gospel Announcers Guild can all agree that Gospel music is more than music, but it is a ministry. “Somebody can be contemplating committing suicide and they may play one Gospel song that may help and stop them from committing suicide,” Lynn Brown, the president of the Broward Chapter of The Florida Gospel Announcers Guild, said
Performers visiting from Cuba to share in a cultural exchange on stage
The show where local talent gets approval or booed from the audience is adding a twist. The next show, Friday July 1, will be a cultural exchange, with Afro-Cuban performers as well as South Florida artists. The traditional “Lyric Live” showcase is set for the first half, with local performers competing to win the audience’s approval and the $500 prize. The second half of the show, presented in partnership with the Afro-Cuban Forum is dubbed, “Lirica Libre.”
As a pastor and a principal, he is dedicated to his church and students
A Miami native and product of Miami-Dade public schools, Reverend Dr. Kevin N. Williams is also a beloved principal at Norwood Elementary School. His experience as a former math teacher at the school has helped him earn the trust and respect of the faculty. Students know him well, and teachers turn to him for advice. At this high-need, minority campus, students are thriving.
For centuries, men have argued, debated and screamed and yelled whether the real ghost of Samuel appeared to King Saul in the Bible. Starting this week, Greg from Miami reasons with Pastor Charles Mitchell of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Miami's West Little River area on the topic: Did the real ghost of the Prophet Samuel appears to King Saul in 1 Samuel, Chapter 28? More commonly known as, The Witch of En Zor story, was it really the ghost of Samuel, or was it something else?
The public art installation is created by Haitian Miami artist, Asser Saint-Val
Don’t miss the fourth installation of Art In the Sky project Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. As part of the FIU Haitian Mentorship Program at the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, this new, public art project features three-dimensional air sculptures created by Miami artist, Asser Saint-Val. It includes free art-making workshops for audiences of all ages throughout Miami-Dade County.