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New tourism center comes to Overtown

Black entrepreneur honored

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open the new Overtown Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. Second Ave. The center will be a stop on the Big Bus Tour Uptown Loop that takes tourists through Overtown. The visitor center will offer information and materials for tourists who are looking more about Miami’s ethnic neighborhoods.

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Wish kid to be honored at basketball game Saturday

Barry University and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida will host a reveal party on Saturday for a local wish kid. The reveal party will be the opening event in a year-long effort by Barry’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports and Exercise Science Department to continue funding the wishes of South Florida’s Wish Kids.

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Smith beyond the court

We lost a great man recently with the passing of iconic University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith. He was a man who was much more than a basketball coach. Many folks do not have an idea of how much Coach Smith have contributed to help Blacks achieve civil rights. Smith was an innovator and a motivator who was courageous and fearlessly fought against segregation. He fought for the people and causes he believed in throughout his life. He was that kind of a man.

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Funeral set for activist Georgia Jones-Ayers

In the family room downstairs, Georgia Jones-Ayers' children looked at their mother's numerous photos that covered the piano. Upstairs in the bedroom, the woman who worked much of her life helping Miami-Dade's troubled youth, finally took her rest.

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Agnew defends the dream without violence

Protests and marches for social justice have generally always been led by the youth of America. One of the most significant events of the modern Civil Rights movement was the youth-led Freedom Summer campaign of 1964 in Mississippi. The 10-week campaign sought to increase Black-voter registration and establish "Freedom Schools" for Black children, teaching them history, civics and other subjects Mississippi public schools avoided. Flash forward almost 50 years to the summer of 2013 when Phillip Agnew, co-founder of the activist group Dream Defenders, led a month-long sit-in protest at the Florida Capitol building in an effort to overturn the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

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After 110 years, pioneer's grave found and marked

Christopher Scott joins a list of forgotten Black incorporators to be honored

He was a Black pioneer whose remains were buried in an unmarked grave for 110 years in the historic but segregated City of Miami Cemetery. But on a cool Sunday afternoon, Christopher Scott joined a list of forgotten Black incorporators of the City of Miami to be celebrated with a ceremony and headstone at the 128-year-old cemetery, located at 1800 NE Second Ave. Scott was the latest Black pioneer to be honored during the 22nd Annual Commemorative Service under a tent next to the oldest cemetery in the Miami-Dade County. The dedication was one of two ceremonies that were held and sponsored by the African-American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust.

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Artworks from Nelson Mandela on display

The walls inside the Ansin Family Art Gallery at the Miramar Cultural Center gleam with images of history, pain and redemption. The space is the temporary home of works of art created by former South African president and late Noble Peace prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Group to spruce up Belafonte TACOLCY Center

The Belafonte TALCOLCY Center is about to get a whole new look this weekend and dozens of volunteers are set to spruce up the venerable Liberty City agency

Gospel concert kicks off Florida Memorial Homecoming Week

A spirit-filled concert kicked off an week of events celebrating homecoming week at Florida Memorial University

Safety a concern for New Liberty Square

Neighborhood will need more than new buildings to solve crime, residents say

When county officials recently announced plans for a New Liberty Square housing project, they did not mention that it would include two police mini-substations that were promised to the complex last year. Nor was there talk of keeping a special task force that has swept out several criminals in the area in the past several years. So far, officials from the Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development (HUD) don’t have a solid security plan in place for a $200 million redevelopment plan to change Miami’s most notorious neighborhood.

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Lipstick on a pig

Plans to raze and rebuild Liberty Square apartments have been received with mixed feelings from residents. Announced Feb. 2, Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development told the community a better Liberty City is on the way. While residents are ready for the change, some are worried they will be left without a home after the

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Jean Monestime helps kick-off Black History month Celebrations

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime kicked off the county’s month-long celebration of Black History Month Thursday at a musical and cultural extravaganza in the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami.  The event featured traditional African dress, a rousing performance by “The Singing

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‘Mother’ Rosa Shaw celebrates 106th birthday

Singer and radio personality “Mother” Rosa Shaw, who broadcasted live on WMBM 1490 for more than 50 years, will celebrate her 106th birthday on Feb. 21. Shaw has appeared in several concerts and programs, filling churches and auditoriums to capacity. She recorded with Decca Records, where she sang background on Rev. James Cleveland’s "I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired." Shaw also sang with Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cook, Mahalia Jackson and others at New York's Apollo Theater and Yankee Stadium.

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FMU starts off Homecoming week with gospel event

The holy spirit took over in Market Place Dining Hall on the Florida Memorial University campus Sunday. Dwight Moment and his group of singers raised the roof with upbeat praise songs, which had everyone shouting, clapping, jumping, and chanting “holy ghost.” All the joyful noise was the kick off of FMU's 2015 homecoming celebrations, which will continue until Sunday. Students, alumni, and faculty came together to celebrate the love of God. The gospel concert was hosted by former Miss FMU 2013-2014, Shanna-Lee Fletcher. More than 125 faculty, student and alumni attended the Gospel concert. Student Government president Jason Harris underscored the importance of having the gospel concert during homecoming week.

Being single can be a blessing

Recently, many of my single friends and acquaintances have been complaining about the “lack of single men in this town.” Some have gotten so desperate for a husband that they’ve sent resumes to cities like Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, and Oklahoma City. Yeah, Oklahoma! It seems that folk in the tourist department of these cities are running impressive advertisements about the large number of available men of every ethnicity and persuasion who have jobs.

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Pastor of the week

Apostle Sonja Carter: Evangelizing through local communities

Apostle Sonja Y. Carter, the pastor of Centurion Apostolic International Ministries (CAIM), has sent letters to all the churches on 17th Avenue from 40th Street to Miami Gardens, to Step Outside and Pray on Feb. 22nd at noon. “We are asking the pastors to lead all of their members out of the church, and have them line up on the sidewalk and pray, for 15 minutes for the community,” Carter said. “I believe if all these churches will step outside and evangelize for 15 minutes, a change will take place in all of our communities.”

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will hold its first annual Mardi Gras at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Theodore R. Gibson Chapter, Union of Black Episcopalians will host a luncheon on Saturday in the J. Kenneth Major Hall, Church of the Incarnation.

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Ankara Miami grows fashion show to a full week of ethnic pride

Evelyn Onyejuruwa has become a model for success. In just three years, her Ankara Fashion Show has become one of the hottest tickets in South Florida during Black History Month. With attendance and interest booming, the event has expanded this year to become Ankara Miami Fashion Week, a four-day extravaganza of events that will celebrate the culture of the African Diaspora from Feb. 19-22.

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Getting things done

Poinciana Park Elementary’s new head principal making waves after only six months on the job

The positive changes at Poinciana Park Elementary School ever since Dr. Amrita Prakash took over as the new head principal nearly six months ago can't be missed. She's implemented many new programs and hosted several events in an effort to build the morale and landscape of the school. That has been a tall task to accomplish in spite of a rash of crime and violence that have recently taken place in the Liberty City area.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657. Miami Northwestern Class of 1966 will have a Valentine’s dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Fighters Hall. Call 786-554-2130 or 786-953-8076. 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. The women’s friends group of Miami 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.

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