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The Social Whirl

Fall journeys over this past weekend included a bus trip to Nashville, Tenn. where longtime HBCU rivals Tennessee State University (TSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) met for a gridiron classic. Travelers joined for a trip filled with nostalgia, pride and simple appreciation for the fact that they had attended an HBCU. Serving as the consummate bus host and hostess were TSU Miami Alumni Chapter President Freddie Robinson and secretary, Dr. Susie Robinson. On the bus, when the question “Are there any Rattlers in the house” was asked, there were enough Rattlers to answer with a resounding “We represent FAMU!” Despite the majority TSU alumni

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Obamacare enrollment to reopen Nov. 15

Cost cuts available for Floridians who are still uninsured

Uninsured Floridians will soon get their chance to weigh the costs of health coverage during the second wave of open enrollment in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. Next month, those without health insurance can sign up to get coverage for 2015, and last weekend at North Shore Medical Center, representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida encouraged guests at a community health fair to spread the word.

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Job well done, Eric Holder

Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General, resigned last week. For six years, America had someone who revived and could affect civil rights issues. As America’s lawyer he held accountable those who trampled on the rights of those who couldn’t defend themselves.

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Leaders outraged by shooting at The Spot in Liberty City

Concern grows after teenagers were shot at The Spot, an illegal nightclub on NW Seventh Avenue

Code violations. Gambling. Gunfire. It was not the place for any teenager on a Saturday night. But the heavy bass and pulsating beats of rap artist Iceberg kept many youth in the dark confines of The Spot in Liberty City into the early hours of last Sunday morning. When it was over, 15 people were injured by gunshots, including a 15-year-old from Miami Norland Senior High who’s fighting for his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital. As of Tuesday nine of them were treated and released.

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South Florida housing costs create financial burden

MDEAT study says low-income, Black neighborhoods hit hardest

If you’ve ever felt you were paying too much for your home in South Florida, you probably were right, especially if you live in a Black neighborhood, according to a new report from Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). The report, called Annual Report Card and Scorecard, shows that low-income, Black people are dishing out more of their earnings on housing than they should, but the numbers point to a broader problem that has real estate analysts worried about the overall economy.

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Museum exhibit reveals shared struggle of Blacks, Jews in Jim Crow South

Enid Pinkney remembers the first time she was taught by a white person. She was a student at Talladega College in Alabama. She had graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in 1943, took the train to Alabama to a Black university in the Jim Crow South and saw white people as teachers. What Pinkney didn’t know at the time was that the white teachers were Jews from Austria and Germany, who fled Nazi Adolf Hitler’s war on anyone who wasn’t considered of the Aryan race. Many of the teachers found refuge and acceptance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Save our young generation

Another mass shooting in Liberty City, this time at a party held at The Spot where children as young as 12 years old experienced one of the most frightening moments of their lives. The shooting is one of many that have rocked this community. It was also a disturbing scene where young people have taken justice into their own hands by firing bullets into the crowd. While details have emerged about The Spot, the focus should turn toward the parents, who allowed their children to go to such a seedy and

Libraries expand hours of operation

Several libraries in Liberty City, Miami Gardens and Little Haiti will expand their operating schedule thanks to the new $54 million library budget that will go into effect Oct. 1.

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Commissioner Jordan holds certification workshops

Presidents and CEOs of small corporations ventured to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Small Business Certification Workshop recently in hopes of qualifying to receive hefty County contracts. The informative event, held at Florida Memorial University, was developed to attract companies that would not otherwise qualify to bid on contracts for vital county projects.

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White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder's departure later Thursday and that Holder planned to remain at the Justice Department until his successor was in place. White House officials said Obama had not made a final decision on a replacement for Holder, who was one of the most progressive voices in his Cabinet. A Justice Department official said Holder finalized his plans in a meeting with the president over the Labor Day weekend.

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Amendment 2 is about the rights of patients

I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for peoples’ rights. Florida’s Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights. While I wish that no individual would experience the suffering necessary to qualify for access to medical marijuana under this measure, someday that patient might be you or a family member or a close friend. From my tenure as president of the NAACP Florida State Conference, I’ve learned that Floridians are incredibly compassionate when they learn about the injustices around them. The notion that many sick and suffering individuals in our state must fear criminal punishment for seeking the doctor-recommended treatment that they need is one such injustice.

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Committed to being a servant of true God

Thelma B. Knowles was born in Miami, to the parentage of Willard and Jouselin Butler. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1959 and from Southern University in 1961. Knowles would later receive her Doctorate Degree in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1996. She has been in the gospel ministry for more than 40 years, and in the interim was ordained an apostle. She embraced Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1954.

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Critically acclaimed Gracias Choir performs in Miami

Group will present free Christmas Cantata

The Gracias Choir was introduced to me by Sarai Trinidad, a media coordinator, and Paul Black who works for International Youth Fellowship (IYF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world. Trinidad informed me that “the critically acclaimed Gracias Choir returns to Miami to provide a musical experience unlike any other. This year’s Grand prizewinner of the Riva del Garda international Choral Competition in Italy and the winner of the first prize at Montreaux Choral Competition in Switzerland,” will present the “Gracias Christmas Cantata.”

Breaking the silence about AIDS

Florida has been heavily impacted by the prevalence of the disease

Do you have HIV/AIDS and need help? Are you afraid to ask for help? Are you unsure of where to get help? The Florida Department of Health, Section of HIV/AIDS is here to help you improve the quality of your life. The state of Florida offers a variety of confidential HIV/AIDS services. New treatments, medications and support mean longer, healthier lives for people with HIV. The more you know about this chronic illness, the more you’ll be able to work

Longtime partner splits from Black accounting firm

Brunson to open new office

After a 30-year partnership, Anthony Brunson has ventured away from local accounting firm Sharpton, Brunson and Company to form his own professional team. Brunson announced the Sept. 15 split from the firm that used to bear his name in a press release. In it he mentioned the legacy of service Brunson and former partner, Darryl Sharpton, provided to clients in South Florida.

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The Sports Brothers

Mark D'Onofrio needs to go

I’m not sure how one goes about firing one of their most loyal and best friends, but Al Golden better figure it out faster than Mark D’Onofrio can figure out that Nebraska is going to keep running the ball. It is time for a change on the defensive side of the ball. D’Onofrio’s lack of adjustments, preparation and coaching has cost the Hurricanes another victory and now it has been one too many. For too long under Golden’s regime has the thorn in the Miami Hurricanes’ side been the defensive coaching and game planning. The Hurricanes need a change and Golden needs to fire D’Onofrio — now.

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Chatter That Matters

We proudly announce that the 2014-15 Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund have awarded $442,000 in scholarships to 11 applicants.  The 17-year partnership has allowed 399 master’s and doctoral business tuition awards to be granted to Blacks in South Florida from 12 different Florida universities.

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Would-be first Black city manager declines offer

One week after making history, Jim Beard is out as Coral Gables’ first Black city manager. Beard’s withdrawal was announced at the city commission meeting on Tuesday at the same time that reports surfaced that Beard had a domestic abuse charge and a bankruptcy case. The announcement came as city officials were set to approve Beard’s salary and start date. Beard was picked as Coral Gables’ city manager Sept. 16 over four other finalists. Beard did not attend the meeting.

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Young girl bakes her way to sweet success

A Miami youngster who has been nationally recognized for her personalized cupcake business is now raising funds to promote literacy in her grandfather's hometown. Eight-year-old Taylor Moxey, also known by the title printed across her business cards Taylor the Chef, created her pastry company after her parents challenged her to buy her own toys. “This all started as a Sunday afternoon trek to Target. She would ask for a toy every Sunday. Then she would have these dolls all over her tub,” said Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad.

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Community Fest celebrates Haitian culture

Event aims to bring more exposure to Little Haiti's cultural center

It’s the perfect place for a big party. A colorful mural of Haitian culture serves as a dramatic backdrop to an outdoor stage where artists and musicians can entertain spectators as they mingle in a grand courtyard surrounded by palm trees and sculptures.

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