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Barry University's Bride Walk addresses domestic violence

Students walk in wedding dresses to raise awareness among young adults

Dozens of local high school and college students donned white wedding dresses and walked six miles from Barry University’s campus to Johnson & Wales University and back to help raise awareness about domestic and dating violence among teens and young adults. The Brides Walk took place Friday. The wedding gowns were worn in memory of Gladys Ricart, who was murdered in 1999 in Ridgefield, N.J. by her ex-boyfriend, Agustin Garcia. Garcia entered Ricart’s home and shot her five times in front of her son, nieces and nephews as she was preparing for her wedding.

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Growth through arts

Miami-Dade College students heal, grow, help others through literary arts

When Dalia St. Louis was 8 years old, she and her three other siblings entered foster care due to child abuse and molestation. Despite these challenges early in life, St. Louis, now a 21-year-old student at the Miami Dade College Kendall campus, turned lemon into lemonade by using poetry to express herself. “It's my way of coping with life struggles,” St. Louis said.  “Through the process, I developed the passion for poetry. My creative writing teachers have helped me turn an ugly experience into something beautiful.”

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Coconut Grove youth honored at Miami commission meeting

It may have seemed like politics as usual at the Miami City Commission meeting on Feb. 12 but for nearly 30 Coconut Grove area youth, it was an event like no other. At the start of the meeting, the Close Up Class of 2015 was presented with a memorable lapel pin by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2). The students came from such schools as Ponce and Coral Gables but their residency in Coconut Grove is shared amongst the bunch. For many of the students the educational trip to Washington, D.C. that the Close Up program provides, will be the first of any kind for them.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association will meet tomorrow 6 p.m. in BTW High School cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. 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.

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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