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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. The Miami Jackson Class of 1970 is having an All White Dance on Friday, July 17 at FCAA. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting for their 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, July 17 at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6p. m.  Call 305-620-4827.

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Conference to draw hundreds of minority hotel owners

NABHOOD hosts its 19th annual hotel summit and trade show July 15-17

The 19th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show begins July 15-17 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami. The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group will host the conference themed “Moving Forward With Our Partners.”

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Making a difference

5000 Role Models hold training session for optimist football coaches

Dozens of volunteer optimist football coaches listened to inspiring words from veteran coaches of the community at an induction ceremony for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence on Saturday, July 11. High school football coaches from Booker T. Washington, Miami Central and Miami Carol City high schools spoke to a room full of coaches at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. The men focused on their roles as coaches and the impact they have on the lives of youth who participate in optimist football in Miami Gardens.

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Flat out of heels owner wins $25K grand prize

Young Miami entrepreneur wins $25K grand prize

Miami-based entrepreneur Dawn Dickson just got 25,000 reasons to keep pursuing her dream. The Flat Out of Heels startup-business owner won the $25,000 cash prize at the PowerMoves.Nola pitch competition at its annual conference in New Orleans on July 3.

First Black female police officer in the county dies at 88

Thelma Gaitor Harris was a law enforcement pioneer in Miami-Dade

Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was widely recognized as a pioneer and trailblazer during a 25-year career in law enforcement. Harris made history in 1962 as the first Black female police officer in the Miami-Dade County Police Department. She died July 4 at age 88. A 1944 graduate of Dorsey High School, Harris enrolled in Florida A&M University, where she met Walter Freeman, a seaman. They later married and had one child, Brenda Freeman.

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First Black female police officer in county dies at 88

Thelma Gaitor Harris was a law enforcement pioneer in Miami-Dade

Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was widely recognized as a pioneer and trailblazer during a 25-year career in law enforcement. Harris made history in 1962 as the first Black female police officer in the Miami-Dade County Police Department. She died July 4 at age 88. A 1944 graduate of Dorsey High School, Harris enrolled in Florida A&M University, where she met Walter Freeman, a seaman. They later married and had one child, Brenda Freeman.

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Francena Bruton Thomas, a community activist, dies

Miami native Francena Bruton Thomas, an educator, former The Miami Times columnist, and community activist, died Saturday, July 11 at University of Miami Hospital. Her younger sister, Charlotte Bruton Griggs says, “We grew up in the James E. Scott projects, which is now known as Liberty Square. It was during a time when everyone knew each other and our parents, Andrew and Lou Ella Bruton taught us to have pride and dignity in everything that we did. We all looked forward to going to college and pursuing a career.”

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Are Riley and Gilbert the same?

This has been one interesting NBA offseason so far. The dust has not even settled on the Golden State Warriors’ parade after celebrating their championship glory. Every team in the league is looking to overhaul and dissect their organizations from top to bottom. It was during one of these many conversations involving the Miami Heat that I discovered a disturbing reality among some Heat and non-Heat fans. The Heat failed to make the playoffs after four consecutive trips to the finals. The primary reason, obviously, is they had just lost the game's best player, LeBron James. Understandable, right? Maybe, maybe not.

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FIU basketball girls help feed the hungry

The women's basketball team at Florida International University recently spent a weekend volunteering with Feeding South Florida, sorting and packing food for the hungry. The FIU team broke a record, producing 61,042 pounds of food in an hour and a half which is equivalent to about 50,000 meals.

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Elected officials raise money for Virrick Park

Swim relay race collects $5,000 for summer youth program

Three elected officials and a celebrated filmmaker took part in a swim relay race at Elizabeth Virrick Park in Coconut Grove, July 3, to raise money for a summer youth program. Miami-Dade County Commissioner (District 7) Xavier Suarez, his son, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (District 3) and City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) were joined by Billy Corben, who directed the “Cocaine Cowboys" documentary.

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Alonzo Mourning's Courtside apartments break ground

Courtside Apartments for low-income residents in Overtown backed by Alonzo Mourning and partners

More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking of Phase I of Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown, a $22.8 million 84-unit affordable housing development by AM Affordable Housing (Alonzo Mourning) and Housing Trust Group of Miami. Mourning spoke specifically about the tremendous need for affordable housing in Overtown.

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City and county in long-standing dispute over safety of Liberty Square residents

Miami-Dade Police Maj. Hector Llevat considers the patrolling of Liberty Square the duties of the city of Miami Police department. “The day-to-day patrolling of the area is for Miami police, is how I understand it,” said Llevat. What Llevat said is true in a sense, but according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle, it is not clear-cut as to which department is responsible for safety of residents in Liberty Square. She cites a dispute over whether the state, county or city has primary responsibility for the health and safety of “residents of public and private minimum housing complexes,” in a June 22 memo to Public Housing and Community Development Director Michael Liu.

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Police convictions difficult to come by

A partnership between the local NAACP and Miami-Dade State Attorney highlights a lack of police prosecution

Attendees to a NAACP Justice For All Forum at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens last week heard how difficult it is to prosecute a police officer by law enforcement officials. “We see the need for healing in our community. There has not been a prosecution of a police since 1989 - city of Miami police officer William Lozano. Why is that?" said Ruben Carter, a member of Antioch and chairman of the local NAACP Criminal Justice

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Pot ordinance allows $100 fine

Officers will have the choice to arrest or write a ticket for 20 grams of marijuana

In a 10-3 vote Miami-Dade has adopted an ordinance that gives police officers the choice to fine someone who possesses 20 grams of marijuana or less $100 and a civil citation or make an arrest for possession.

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Worldcenter job fair draws 500 applicants

Construction workers sought for first phase of project

Worldcenter held its much-anticipated Job Fair at Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown. The July 7 event was the beginning stage of what is expected to result in up to 10,000 construction jobs and as many as 8,000 permanent jobs over the course of the one to four year project.

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Confederate flag harkens to a dark past

More than 50 years after the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama Church was bombed, killing four little girls, America woke up the morning of June 18 to learn that some things never change.

Comprehensive help needed for Pork ’n Beans

To this august body, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your demanding schedules to read this letter. In the spirit of optimism, I want to acknowledge the successes and strides this administration has been able to make throughout Miami-Dade County:

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Monestime condemns Dominican Republic for Haitian deportation

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on June 30 unanimously adopted Chairman Jean Monestime’s legislation condemning the Dominican Republic’s impending deportation of large numbers of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrant workers.

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Opa-locka celebrates Independence Day

City of Opa-locka Commissioner Luis B. Santiago hosted the Annual Fourth of July, Independence Day Celebration, on Saturday, July 4. Sponsored by the mayor and commission, the day featured hometown hip-hop recording artist Brisco, D.J. Frogie and a convoy of other local talented performers along with games, food and fun, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at Ingram Park,

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Grove church honors Charleston

St. Paul AME vigil for Emanuel Nine reveals shock, fear, unity

A full moon canopied Greater St. Paul AME Church this past Tuesday, where gospel-glittered voices cut through the drawl of public buses and angry, barking dogs. The historically black Coconut Grove church held a vigil in honor of the Emanuel Nine. There, a mixed group of locals, politicians and concerned visitors gathered and worshiped in a sticky, southern heat that recalled those burning Birmingham four, among other black

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