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Schools get mixed report card

Several schools where Black students attend in high numbers held steady or went down a letter grade

 When jokingly asked which movie actor he’d like to have portray him in a film about his life, Miami Northwestern High School Principal Wallace Aristide is undecided between two Hollywood studs. “Well, there’s the obvious choice, Denzel Washington,” laughs Aristide, “and then there’s Idris Elba. Either one will do.”

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No place to call home

It is most disappointing that in our community, residents are still faced with housing discrimination. With the Housing Opportunity for Project Excellence Inc. (HOPE) on the case, some of these rental complexes are exposed.

Developer helps graduates of Turner Tech find jobs

Nineteen students of William H. Turner Technical Arts Adult & Community Education Center graduated with certificates of completion in their chosen course of study recently with the help of Oleta Partners, a developer of North Miami’s Biscayne Landing community. The Oleta Partners scholarship program paid for the graduates’ tuition and books at a cost of over $4,500 per student. To date, Oleta Partners has disbursed approximately $400,000 to provide students with vocational training as required under their lease with the City of North Miami.   

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Jesus knows all pretenders

First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, so that the outside may be clean also.” (Matt. 23:25, 26)

In the early 1960s, there was a hit song called, “The Great Pretender.” The song, in essence, was about a man who was in love with a young lady. She did not reciprocate that love, so he pretended, when he was around other people that everything was copacetic. He only cried when he was alone, believing that no one knew that she didn’t love him as he loved her. He was a pretender.

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Christmas in the streets

Hundreds poured into the streets of Liberty City recently to celebrate the season with a holiday parade with community leaders and organizations. The event was held along Northwest 15th Avenue between 63rd and 68th Streets.

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Hell and back: Black chef crowned Hell's Kitchen winner

Chef La Tasha McCutchen wins title and $250K prize package

Chef La Tasha McCutchen performed well throughout Season 13 on Fox Network’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” So when she was selected from four chefs to face emotional chef Bryant Gallaher in the final two, she knew she could win. “Honestly, I was hoping the pressure would get to him,” McCutchen said. “I am cool, calm and collected and I was hoping he would shoot himself in the foot.”

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Chatter That Matters

The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. provided the community with a concert classic at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. The pews were filled with pews music lovers. The stars included guest artist Nicole Yarling, Jean Collahuazo, soprano soloist, Denise Anderson, alto soloist, Josef Spencer, tenor

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The Social Whirl

In the spirit of this season of giving, The Miami Alumni Chapter, Tennessee State University provided funding for one hundred dinners for the homeless for the third consecutive year during Thanksgiving. This is a priority project for the chapter. Santa Corrion & Claus Kennedy delivered gifts to the boys and girls at Zeta Community Center after school on December 18. 
While The Miami Times staff and guests enjoyed a patio brunch hosted and held at the home of Garth C.and Rachel Reeves on Saturday, Dec. 20. The weather, water

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12.  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. There is an essay contest for full-time college students with a grand prize of $200. Call 954-699-8444 or email troylfields@bellsouth.net.

Tony Crapp joins Ballard Partners’ firm in Miami

Lobbyists added to one of leading FL government affairs firm as a partner

Tony Crapp Jr. has joined Ballard Partners’ Miami office, the government affairs firm announced Dec. 19. Crapp, managing partner at PC & Associates of South Florida, will be a new partner with Ballard. Crapp brings years of experience in local government operations and public policy matters to the Florida-based lobbying firm, which has offices in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. “Tony will be a fantastic addition to Ballard Partners,” said Brian Ballard, president of Ballard Partners. “He is well-respected in the Miami-Dade community and his background in city government and public policy issues will make him a vital member of our team.”

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Winning streak

Booker T. Washington High School football team has not lost a game since Sept. 7, 2012

These days, offensive lineman Teaki Fuller is shaking off the haters. The Booker T. Washington High School sophomore and football player says he and his fellow teammates are being carefully watched by other schools, which are just wishing and waiting for the three-time state champion Tornadoes to slip up and cause a mistake that will cost them big.

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Kobe Bryant eclipses Michael Jordan

The Black Mamba has finally caught his idol at least in one category. Kobe Bryant this past weekend finally eclipsed Michael Jordan as the number three most prolific scorer in NBA history. He moved into third place behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Like most misunderstood and under

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12 songs of Black Christmas

The Miami Times recommends tunes for the holiday season

For decades, artists have headlined Christmas with songs about Black life, holiday traditions, lovers and dreams. Whether it's the 1970's "The Temptations Christmas Card" or saxophonist Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album," these records don't get played until this special time of year. After I received your input, listen to songs for hours and newsroom discussions, I put together this list. The list includes versions in head-to-head battles. Take a look, cut it out and pin it to the fridge. It is THE list of Black Christmas. Then let The Miami Times know your thoughts.

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Racism by design: 2nd lawsuit for Little Haiti apartments

For the second time, Design Place Apartments in Little Haiti has been sued for racial discrimination by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence Inc. (HOPE), a housing watchdog group. The latest suit filed Tuesday alleges that Design Place again turned away Blacks seeking apartments at the complex, located at 5175 NE 2nd Court. The complaint, filed in the 11th Judicial Circuit Court, names SPV

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In local deserts, no supermarket in sight

Access to food disparate health issue

HALLANDALE BEACH — A group of senior citizens shuffled their carts to let other shoppers through aisles at a Winn-Dixie in Hallandale Beach. Several of the elderly women had diet-related diseases like hypertension and diabetes, but they were not visiting the pharmacy for prescription pickups. They were on a grocery store tour. Marguerite Bryant, 70, listens from her mobile grocery cart. She has diabetes and thus must watch her sugar intake.

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The Buick Club of America builds community around the classic

Sponsored by Buick

Owners of all cars are proud, however, people who own a Buick are a unique and enthusiastic group indeed. They assemble as The Buick Club of America, but you don’t have to be a Buick owner to join the club; you just have to love Buick.

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All those times Buick LaCrosse made a cameo in film and you kind of gasped

Sponsored by Buick

The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?

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Women in STEM: 10 quotes by GM’s Alicia Boler-Davis

See how she got to the top and why she’s staying there

We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring. Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering; she wasn’t born a VP, you know.

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The perks of owning an American classic car

Sponsored by Buick

Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.

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10 auto-loving quotes from a man who devoted his life to car design

Sponsored by Buick

Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.

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