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How a breast cancer diagnosis changed my life

While on a quest for my purpose in life, I received a breast cancer diagnosis. I never asked, “Why me?” Instead, I asked, “What for?” and soon realized that my experience was a vehicle to serve other women. Awareness about breast cancer and access to annual screenings were essential to my early diagnosis. Good treatment options, proper navigation, and skilled care were the keys to my successful outcome. But not all women are as fortunate – and I wanted to change that and make a difference in their lives.

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Faith Calendar

Living Word Christian Center Int’l is having their Women’s Conference Oct. 14-16 at 7 p.m. nightly. Call 305-624-0044. 93rd CDC is hosting author of “12 Steps to Bridge the Gap”, Sindy Eugene, at their Youth and Parent Empowerment Meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-0942 or email 93cdc@bellsouth.net. Christ the King A.O.C. Cathedral Inc. will have a gospel fest Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Call 305-621-6697. Greater St. James Baptist International Church will hold their “Unity Day Celebration” 11 a.m. Sunday and a family style dinner at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Call 305-693-2726.

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World-record holder brings hair-raising experience to Liberty City

Her hair is 55 feet long and Asha Mandela brought all 40 pounds of it to the Natural Styles hair salon at the Northside Flea Market in Miami. Dozens of onlookers were star-struck as they took photos with the famous woman who set the Guinness World Record in 2009 for the longest dreadlocks. “I was like wow. I wondered who that was until people told me,” said Larry Mitts, a shopper who was passing by. “I didn’t want to make it so obvious that I was so excited.”

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Excuse me old man, it's my turn

I saw the two elderly gentlemen walking toward me and my two female companions and I felt relieved. I don't mind the company of beautiful women, but my days of trying to pick up women at galas like this one where Florida Memorial University's new president was just honored are long gone. Standing there in the ballroom of downtown Miami's Intercontinental Hotel, I was just happy for some enlightened conversation amid great company. The food wasn't bad either. So when these two old-timers whom I wanted to engage in a conversation about Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis' ascension to FMU's first female head ignored me, I just shook my head.

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Chatter That Matters

Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, founder 5000 Role Models of Excellence, has patterned her three officers in delivering the message: Regional Tie Tying Ceremonies scheduled as follows: MDCKC: Wed, Oct. 15, Coral Gables High; Oct. 22 Miami Carol City High; and The Hilton Hotel (downtown Omni) Oct. 30.

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The Social Whirl

As October continues, we enjoy the blessings of autumn. On Sunday, October 5 members of the Black Nurses Association celebrated the birthdays of two of their members. First, they gathered at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in honor of the 103rd birthday of Mrs. Willie Pearl Porter. Later in the evening members gathered at Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown for the 90th birthday celebration of Mrs. Mizie Hanna. Both members were presented with congratulatory bouquets tied with much love from the association.

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Former foster care kids thrive at FIU

By the time she was 18 years old, Kenya Adeola had lived in nine different foster homes and attended five high schools. At 15, Kevin Love watched as every member of his immediate family – his mother, sister and two brothers – were locked up. He, too, ended up in foster care. Both went through periods of hopelessness and despair. “I was angry, I was upset, it was a lot to handle,’’ said Kenya, now 23 and a senior at Florida International University. “I went through a stage of depression. School became my only outlet.’’

Career fair held at Miami Northwestern

Miami Northwestern Senior High School last Tuesday hosted a unique career fair where students learned about jobs and careers with the National AFL-CIO union, which sponsored the event. The fair educated students on how to negotiate a contract with an employer. The event also counseled students on how to negotiate employee benefits, wages, workplace safety, retirement options, family leave and working hours.

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In fight for city’s future, Miami Gardens candidates square off

It’s a tough choice for voters in Miami Gardens. Andre Williams, a seasoned attorney, is known throughout the city for his tenacity and unpopular views toward Florida’s largest Black city. Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro is an educator and popular community activist who has been endorsed by the mayor and many of South Florida’s prominent Black politicians.

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Leaders push to boost early voter turnout

Voting set to begin; residents urged to go to the polls at town hall meeting

With voter apathy still a concern, Black community and religious leaders are stepping up efforts to boost voter turnout as early voting begins Oct. 20 for the midterm elections. At a town hall meeting Oct. 7 at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City, leaders urged frustrated residents in crime-ridden neighborhoods to take their concerns to the polls on Nov. 4.

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Miami's youngest commissioner making moves for District 5

The speakers that boomed happy music in the middle of Overtown beckoned residents to attend First Friday. Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon catches a beat and starts to move to “Good Kisser” by Usher. In between dance steps, he plants a few kisses on the ladies and shakes hands with gentlemen in the plaza near the Lyric Theater. “See all of this, we are going to repave this,” said Hardemon of the uneven bricks. “It’s still not finished,” he added about the recent renovation and reopening of the Lyric.

Bright Futures scholarship program under scrutiny

State is examining concerns raised by newer and tougher standards

Florida’s Board of Governors, the group that oversees all of the state’s universities, is set to review concerns created by tougher new academic requirements that left hundreds of Black high school students in Miami-Dade and other counties without Bright Futures scholarships. On Nov. 5, the group will hear arguments on how the new standards have dramatically reduced the amount of eligible minority students, whose socioeconomic backgrounds have placed them at a disadvantage as opposed to white, affluent students.

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Resident one of few to celebrate Halloween on grand scale in the Black community

It’s the bewitching hour. A death train with a corpse chugs along the driveway. Body parts fill a makeshift cemetery in the front lawn. It's an unusual scene at Victoria Washington’s house in West Little River where hundreds flock to the elaborately-decorated home filled with witches, ghosts, spiders, goblins and skeletons.

New Miami Times pop culture columnist introduces himself to the community

I always wanted to give a voice to the disenfranchised. However, in that pursuit I’ve found demons amid even the down-trodden and angels among those most-often labeled the oppressor.

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A message in the sky: Breast cancer survivor gains new purpose

Patricia Johnson shares journey in fight for a cure

A seasoned flight attendant, Patricia Johnson was rocked by the turbulence of a breast cancer diagnosis that later turned her into a flying foot soldier who took her message 30,000 feet into the air.

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Major redevelopment setback for SEOPW

A local redevelopment agency is trying to get disengaged residents on board with plans to renovate and beautify their dilapidated homes. Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) Director Clarence Woods said he is practically begging half of Town Park Plaza North to sign documents so that the $15 million repairs to their 169 units can begin. CRA needs to receive completed financial disclosures; approval to relocate residents while the repairs take place; and a formal applications for all the units before phase one of the revamp can begin.

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UPDATE: Treon Harris' lawyer says accuser withdrew sexual assault claim

Athletic status update expected for suspended quarterback

The lawyer for suspended Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris said on Friday that his accuser has withdrawn her sexual assault claim.

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New officers of Caribbean Bar Association installed

The 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet of the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) was held at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 4. Founded in 1994 and based in Miami, The CBA is a voluntary bar organization that has grown from about 25 lawyers at its inception, to more than 200 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida.

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Recovered people can still spread Ebola to sex partners

The virus poses threat through semen months after recovery

Ebola can survive in semen for months after a man recovers from the infection, posing an ongoing threat to sexual partners long after he is well.

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Denzel Washington plays ‘Equalizer’ with signature quiet intensity

Denzel Washington reteams with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua in the action thriller, The Equalizer.

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