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Dominique Jackson, a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman University, is a member of the Marching Band Flag Corps. She is also great grand daughter of Helen Young, B-CU and a graduate of Miramar High School, class of 2013. Her grandparents are Donald and Gwen Jackson, loving aunt, Desiree Jackson.

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The Social Whirl

Hope that the Thanksgiving holiday was filled with the blessings of faith, family and friends. And for those brave enough to embrace the crowds and frenzy of Black Friday and the entire shopping weekend, hope you had happy trails. Warm get well wishes are sent to Priscilla Thompson, Fredericka Dean Wanza, Barbara Carnegie Harris, Helen Ward McCoy, Ivadell Bodie, Charles Stafford, Henry Mingo and others to just keep feeling better. Many others are thinking of you.

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Henry Lubin hopes to attend medical school

Henry Lubin, a senior at North Miami Senior High, has been selected as the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Student of the Month for December. Lubinplans to go to college and major in biology to prepare for medical school. He wants to be a urologist. Lubin recently won second place in a science competition sponsored by St. Thomas University School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Liberty Square Project Family and Friends Inc. will have their first banquet on Fri. Dec. 5 at the Church of the Incarnation. Call 305-333-8539 or 305-696-1819. The Egelloc Club, MEN OF TOMORROW Program invites 10th grade young men to their Dec. 7 workshop with various Professionals. If interested email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

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Black Chamber of Commerce turns the big 40

Community servants to be honored at celebration gala

One of Florida’s oldest Black business institutions is turning 40 years old — a milestone marked by celebration even as it faces the future with apprehension. The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) has been a resource to the Black community since it was founded in 1974 by five business people who were barred from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Employ Miami-Dade will help local talent find work

When I first took office, our community was still recovering from difficult economic times that resulted from the effects of the Great Recession. While we have done much to move our local economy forward, I am the mayor for all of Miami-Dade County and I want to make sure everyone in our community has a shot at a better life. This is why I have launched “Employ Miami-Dade”, an initiative that will help reduce joblessness by connecting those who need workers with workers who need jobs. Employ Miami-Dade will ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to benefit from our overall prosperity.

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Policy changes to help Black firms

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to resolving the economic disparity between Black and white subcontractors as work begins to upgrade and replace schools throughout the county. Carvalho met with Black leaders at a community meeting at Freedom Hall to give an update on his pledge to implement 12 policies aimed at helping more Black sub-contractors earn more contracts with the school system. The meeting was a followup to a promise Carvalho made in September to implement sweeping changes in response to a disparity study that was released by the Urban League of Greater Miami, the Florida chapter of the NAACP and the BAC Corporation.

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Barbara Hawkins raises $1,200 for breast cancer awareness

Barbara Hawkins Elementary School students, faculty and members of the Miami chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. presents

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Community reacts to Ferguson

On Tuesday, men and women who have fought and continue to fight for Black civil rights, politicians and educators shared their reaction to the grand jury declining to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Aug. 9.

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Michael Brown’s family outraged at Missouri prosecutor’s handling of the case

An attorney for Michael Brown’s family said Tuesday that the grand jury process to determine justice in the shooting of the unarmed teenager was flawed and tainted by a prosecutor who shares a close relationship with police. A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown. The decision touched of a night of unrest that saw buildings burned and stores looted throughout Ferguson. The grand jury’s decision means that Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many Black Americans and police.

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Prosecutor responsible for Ferguson unrest

Monday night, after months reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses, the decision came on whether to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown. The grand jury said no. Soon after, Ferguson erupted into a sea of flames, tear gas and despair. New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tempe, Oakland and San Francisco marched in solidarity. People lay in streets in Seattle. In Miami, the silence about the plight of Brown’s family and the citizens of Ferguson was so loud, it could be heard over high-volume TV sets.

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Monestime rises on Miami-Dade commission

Monday was a special day for District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime. By a unanimous vote, Monestime made history by becoming the first Haitian-American to serve as chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. The role caps a success story of a Haitian-American who has managed to avoid scandals and gain the respect of his constituents. Monestime was overwhelming elected during the Nov. 4 general election. After serving as a

Ferguson reminiscent of injustice in Miami

We are understandably disappointed with the decision of the St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. However, we are hopeful the United States’ Department of Justice continues its civil rights investigation and that Michael Brown’s family and the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri will find justice.

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Be thankful to God every day

Tomorrow, Nov. 27 is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and families across the nation will gather together to play games, watch games, and eat tons and tons of great tasting food. Some folks will travel miles just to be home with family, others just have to go across town, while some of us will walk into the dining areas of our homes and eat until our stomachs hurt.

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Miracle Workers Outreach feeds underprivileged families in Goulds

The Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry usually serves its Thanksgiving meals in front of Davis Grocery store on Southwest 120th Avenue in Goulds. Fear of the rain led the Miracle Workers to serve the meal on the lawn of Bishop Ernest B. Morrow’s church, Beautiful Zion Temple of God. It was only a few blocks away from the usual serving location, but it served the same purpose. On Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 12:30 p.m. Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry served a meal of turkey, ham, black beans and rice, corn, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, stuffing and collard greens to more than 250 Goulds residents. Under the leadership of Rev. Eric Lyons, this was the Miracle Workers Outreach Ministry’s ninth year of serving Thanksgiving dinner.

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Julius Green, 92, celebrates birthday 'no aches, no pain'

Julius Green has a remarkable outlook on life. Whether he is in pain or not, when anyone asks him how he is doing, Green’s reply, according to his niece Deborah Johnson, is always the same: “No aches, no pain.”

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Faith Calendar

New Christ Tabernacle MBC invites you to their musical 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Call 305-621-8126. Immanuel Temple AME Church will have their Love Out Loud and World AIDS Day Awareness Worship Service 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Florida Memorial University’s Chapel. Call 305-454-0540.

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We can’t throw down like NASCAR good ol' boys

Sometimes when I start thinking I’m reminded of the 1991 song called “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the rap group, the Geto Boys. Being from the South, I am like a lot of people that love watching NASCAR. I’m sure many of you know that in NASCAR it is just a bunch of Good ol’ boys racing around and around an oval track.

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Good doesn't have a limit

I must say I couldn't be prouder to be a Miamian after hearing the news of how much money was raised by the Miami Foundation's third annual Give Miami Day. More than $5 million. The whopping sum will be doled out to further the efforts of local charities ranging from those who serve the visually impaired to arts in education. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of the kind souls who contributed to the cause. Let me explain.

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For many years, Tampa Bay housed the annual Florida Classic until it found its way to Orlando with the rivalry game being played every September, while the fans grew closer together as a family. Therefore, winning the game became an option, while 70,000 people changed their mode of interest to families having fun in the hotels, enjoying quality restaurants in the city, and great entertainment, all within walking distance of Disney World. Back at the game, fans anticipate the performance of the FAMU Marching Band and the BCU exciting band with 12 dancing diamond girls. Both bands compete against each other and the families make their choice at home or on the way back home. Interestingly, the fraternal groups are still setting up outside the Citrus Bowl, where Omega Psi Phi tailgate parties serve hunks of ribs, hamburger, hot dogs, and music to their liking.

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