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Barry University hosts police community forum

Event addressed police brutality and possible solutions to the problem

Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) hosted a Town Hall meeting on Monday under the theme, “The Police and the Community: Who is Protected and Served?” As part of Barry’s Deliberative Dialogue Series, the event at Andres Hall addressed police brutality and possible solutions. A diverse audience engaged a distinguished panel in discussions moderated by Victory Romano, Ph.D., chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights and the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE).

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Mothers moved by murders at rally

Seven women shared the pain of losing their children on National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday

The Betty T. Ferguson Complex in Miami Gardens embraced a mood of intense emotion when the RJT Foundation joined the National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday. One by one, seven speakers shared the story of the depths of their emotions caused by untimely murders of their children and family members. Sharron Ladson, Queen Brown, Wanda Jones, Jacqueline Brown, Tangela Sears, Denise Brown, founder and CEO of RJT, and Miami Gardens City Councilman Rodney Harris delivered heartfelt accounts of first hand experiences of the aftermath of the murder of their loved ones.

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Pastor of the Week

Rev. Gregory D. Thompson Jr.: A servant according to the Lord’s description

Gregory D. Thompson Jr., born in Miami, is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. At an early age, Gregory said he “felt the call of God on his life, urging him to serve him,” but like most young people, he tried to evade God and “the pull” he had on his life. “I did not realize as a youngster, you could be young, serve the Lord, and be happy. I am happy that I gave the Lord charge of my life as a young man,” said Thompson. Being raised in the church, as was Thompson, made it very hard for him to escape the long arms of God. In fact, being taught who God was early in life, made it, said Thompson, “Very difficult to be disobedient to God’s word.” The promise made in Proverb 22:6 is very true. “Train up a child when he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Human rights commission looking at Miami-Dade

A stop on a five-city tour gathers testimony from those affected by police violence, racial discrimination

Miami-Dade residents who have been impacted by state violence and racial discrimination were able to testify as to their personal experiences before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a community forum on Monday, Sept. 21 at St. Thomas University School of Law. A delegation, led by Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine, organized visits to five U.S. cities to investigate the issue of police violence against the Black community and racial discrimination. IACHR is a part of the Organization of American States.

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Health, sex and love topic of wellness conversation

Jamaica Women of Florida hosted third event in Pembroke Pines

The Jamaican Women of Florida’s Third Annual “Health & Wellness Conversation-To Your Sexual Health, Love & Sex,” took place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Broward Regional Library at Broward College, 7300 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines. The event also included a partner massage demonstrations by Judy Wyatt of Samadhi Spa in Kendall and a Jamaican Marketplace with tons of vendors. “We are looking forward to a healthy discussion on love, sex and a healthy lifestyle. Sit back and enjoy, and ask questions,” said the group’s Vice President Cheryl Wynter. The team of Dr. Karen Carpenter, a clinical sexologist and psychologist, and Michael Anthony Cuffe, a communications consultant and motivational speaker, lead the discussion on love and sex that afternoon. Dr. Carpenter spoke a great deal about what happened during her workshops, focusing on the key components of romantic love and self-esteem. Carpenter noted that some people got into close relationships with their friends, which could lead to intimacy and commitment, but no passion. Such relationships could work, she said, but it was best to have passion combined with

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Broward Health to pay $69.5M on federal charges

Broward Health, the taxpayer-financed system of hospitals and health care facilities, will pay $69.5 million to settle federal charges that it made illegal payments to staff physicians, using a secret compensation system that rewarded doctors for patient referrals and penalized them for accepting charity cases. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Tuesday and said the case involved payments to nine highly paid doctors employed by Broward Health. “Our citizens deserve medical treatment uncorrupted by excessive salaries paid to physicians as a reward for the referral of business rather than the provision of the highest quality healthcare,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida. “This office will be steadfast in continuing to devote all necessary resources to ensure that anyone rendering medical care does so for the sole benefit of the patient and in compliance with the law.”

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Elyn Johnson, 85, Sexton dies

Elyn Johnson practically wrote her obituary because she wrote so much about her life on yellow legal sheets which were shared by her niece, Jessica Williams on Tuesday. Born on January 20, 1930, Johnson wrote, “ I was christened by Father John Culmer at St. Agnes. My godmother was Mildred Allen and my godfather was Dr. Kelsey L. Pharr. After nurse training I was married to William Johnson in Christ Episcopal Church by Father Theodore Gibson. After living in the Grove, we moved to Liberty City in the late 50’s and in the 60’s I began working in politics as a legislative aide to State

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Sylvia Rolle, B-C grad dies at 81

Sylvia Rolle, born Sylvia Reynolds, died at Claridge House on Thursday, Sept. 24. She was 81 years old. The daughter of Margaret and Forrest Reynolds Sr. of Miami, Sylvia attended Dorsey High School, where she was Miss Dorsey in 1950, won repeat oratorical contests, participated in student government and was a pianist for the chorus. She graduated with honors from Dorsey in 1950 and was awarded a scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman College, where she majored in music, was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and was a pianist for the college choir. During her lifetime, among other things, Sylvia was a music consultant and/or teacher in the public school systems of St. Lucie, Philadelphia and Dade counties; was active in the Urban League; owned and operated a national telemarketing firm based in Teaneck, New Jersey; was a founder of the Church of the Open Door; and co-produced and moderated her own daily TV show, “Shades of Black,” on Miami’s Channel 2 (PBS), the first of its kind in the nation.

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Are you ready for football? Learn head trauma signs

The best time of year for some of us is the fall. Whether it's the delight of seeing the leaves turn their rainbow of colors or the smell in the air of cooler days, fall is a beloved season. It is also the time of year for football and soccer, two highly watched sports. If you're a fan or someone who follows the news, you’ve heard about the lawsuits and concerns surrounding the highly debated disease of the brain, namely Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a very serious brain injury that occurs due to repetitive blows to the head or actions that can cause shaking of the head. CTE was originally identified in boxers but now is associated with any contact sport such as soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, football — any sport that could cause repetitive blows to the head. It is a diagnosis that can be made only postmortem. It is

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Collaborate to educate

Film showcases Julius Rosenwald, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build schools for Black students

A film about Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish man who worked with Booker T. Washington to build schools for Black students, will be screened in South Florida next week. Named “Rosenwald,” the film’s director, Aviva Kempner, will be on hand to answer questions at Booker T. Washington Senior High School Oct. 1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The school is also hosting a special field trip for students on the film’s opening day, Oct. 2, at the AMC Aventura Theater. Other screenings will be held throughout the week. It seems Rosenwald, who was president of the department store, Sears, had a huge imprint on the civil rights movement without realizing it. The Jewish philanthropist born

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Carnival is a Caribbean inspired event

The 2015 Miami Broward Jr. Carnival with young masqueraders is set for Sunday. Heritage TnT Jr. Band looks to keep title of Band of the Year

South Florida’s youth will have an opportunity to show off their wonderfully created and colorful costumes in celebration of their rich Caribbean culture this carnival season. More than 350 young children will participate in the Miami Broward, Jr. Carnival parade and competition on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Central Broward Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Parking fee is $1.50 per adult and admission into the event is $10. Kids under 10 years old are free. This annual Caribbean inspired family event to showcases a sea of color, pageantry and pride, featuring the Carnival Parade of Junior Mas Bands, Junior Kings and Queens, female and male individuals parade and competitions. The parade fosters artistic development and creative freedom, all while inspiring young people to take up the torch of Carnival tradition and carry it high.

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Zooman and the Sign’ opens October 2 at cultural center

The Obie award-winning play runs for two weekends only at the AHCAC

The latest presentation by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), “Zooman and the Sign” expresses the story of a murdering teenager in Philadelphia who senselessly terrorizes his community without regard to race. His most-recent crime is the killing of a 12-year-old Black girl on a street filled with witnesses, all of whom are afraid to talk. The dead girl's bereaved father posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever-escalating violence. The theater production is written by Obie award-winning playwright, Charles Fuller and directed by John Pryor. It runs for two weekends, starting Oct. 2.

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‘Me, My Hair and I’: Struggles, straightening combs and more

Collection of hair-raising essays that will resonate with you as you read

There once was a girl who had a little curl . . . Did you envy that nursery rhyme character? Or, like many women, have you had a love-hate relationship with your hair since you were old enough to hear nursery rhymes like that? Either way, you’re not alone, as you’ll see in “Me, My Hair and I,” a collection of hair-raising essays edited by Elizabeth Benedict. Is today a good hair day, a bad hair day – or a no-hair day? The bigger question: who’s happy with her hair? In this book, 27 women answer that, as they weigh in on their tresses (or lack thereof).

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The Social Whirl

Many conversations on a bus as TSU and FAMU fans traveled to Tallahassee last Friday for a great weekend in the capitol city supporting two HBCUs with a long-standing history of football rivalry. Hospitality was the name of the game and everyone commented about the positively wonderful students. “To be young, gifted and Black,“ indeed. I‘m sure this tone and air is exhibited at all HBCUs across the nation. These kids are coming to make it and to make a difference. Interesting that when you visit college campuses how wonderful it feels when you sit with, talk with and observe them. Their styles, confidence and respect. And to paraphrase the question Nathaniel asked Jesus: “Is there anything good come out of Nazareth?” When it comes to these schools. “Come and see.” #blacksrock.

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Chatter that Matters

Sylvia Williams-Garner celebrated her 70th birthday with a party with friends and a family reunion September 17th at Emerald Lake Estates featuring the Bahamas Junkanoo; Sept. 18th at the Pompano Beach Marriott Hotel and Sept. 19th beach day picnic - Pompano Beach Public Park. This was the most fantastic gathering I had ever attended. She chose the site and location because of the many family from Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach, FL, local family and friends and people she has grown to love in Miami, FL. according to emcee LaShon Lennon Toyer. At 4 p.m. the Psi Ohi Band started the music for the party as everyone awaited honoree presentation and her three children, Jimmie, Jr, Mitzi and Jamal Williams in the ballroom. The DJ played in the background while the tables filled up promptly with family and friends. She was escorted by her youngest grandson, Sylvester Sanders. Those coming in were Dr. and Mrs. James Bridges, Miami Northwestern Sr. High School classmates of 6t5, Real Estate Agents, Sorority Sisters, Lodge members, Alf Administrators, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church MOVERS org. and members.

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Students learn the importance of voting

National Voter Registration Day prompts focus in local high schools

On National Voter Registration Day, Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (District 2) toured four of the 15 high schools in her district to educate students on the importance of voting. Bendross-Mindingall began her tour at Miami Edison, then moved to Miami Northwestern, which is in the midst of a year-long 60th anniversary celebration, and on to Miami Jackson, before concluding at Booker T. Washington High School. Elections ballot boxes and voter applications have been distributed to these four schools because they have elections in their cities in November. “This is an opportunity to talk about voter registration, not just because of the historical aspect, but also to understand the importance and value of the vote,” said Booker T. principal William Aristide. “There were times when African Americans couldn’t vote, times when women couldn’t vote. The first time I voted I was a senior in high school. I was 18 years old then and I haven’t missed an election since.”

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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. • Sisters Empowerment Circle invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597. • The Booker T. Washington  1962 Alumni Class will meet Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305 691-1333. • Free Karate Classes at Range

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OneUnited launches $1M lending initiative

‘Yes! In Our Backyard’ to help first-time home buyers in Liberty City

OneUnited Bank members and partners have launched a new community-based initiative aimed to help Liberty City residents build wealth and secure homeownership. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the bank and trustees of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce hosted a private reception to celebrate the launch of “Yes! In Our Backyard.” The $1 million, 12-month project targets residents living in OneUnited Bank’s “backyard” community, which includes 79th Street corridor neighborhoods covering Northwest 62nd to 95th streets and Northwest Seventh to 37th avenues. The project began Sept. 1 and will provide up to 10 first-mortgage home loans under the UNITY Home Loan Program to first-time homebuyers with a household income at or below 80 percent AMI (area median income) or in census tracts at or below 80 percent AMI. The area median income for Miami-Dade County is $49,900. To qualify for “Yes! In Our Backyard,” a borrower’s income needs to be no more than $39,920.

Suffolk Co. expands its trades series series in Miami

Program to provide minority-owned firms insight on partnering

Suffolk Construction has expanded its Trades Partnership Series to Miami-Dade. The program will assist small, local, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned firms with training to qualify to be a trade partner with Suffolk. On the heels of success in Boston, Suffolk will be rolling out the series in Miami for the first time in November. Applicants from interested firms are now being accepted. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the Trades Partnership Series in Miami will be offered exclusively to trade partners that have been in business for a minimum of two years and are certified as one of the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB); and/or Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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‘Topping Off’ ceremony held for the John & Anita Senior Residence

The project is expected to have 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent by seniors over 55  

On Friday, Sept. 18, the John and Anita Ferguson Senior Residence "topped off." “This is a celebration of the completion of the structure. The building is not complete but the structure is,” said Mark Valentine, executive director for the SBC Community Development. This type of event takes place when the essential structure is put in place at a construction project. The Senior Residence is located adjacent to Second Baptist Church in the heart of the Richmond Heights community. It is named after the development founder, the late Reverend John A. Ferguson and his late wife.  “This is a vision that Pastor Ferguson started in 1973 and he

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