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Tacolcy hosts Hoodweek Miami ’15

A weekend of activities to spark community interest in overcoming socio-economic obstacles and motivating involvement took center stage at Belafonte Tacolcy Center. A Meet and Greet session on Friday, Aug. 14, was the first activity, followed by Saturday’s two events - a forum during the day and a fundraiser at night. Dubbed Hoodweek Miami ’15, the special weekend concluded Sunday with a family day that saw kids enjoying themselves with games. Several nonprofit organizations, including Make The Homeless Smile, Our Community Staffing, Attachables and Occupy The Hood helped to facilitate community bond-building mission.

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News Brief

The office of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is hosting a “Second Chance One Stop” Sealing and Expungement event from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at St. John Bosco Church (St. Jose Parish Hall), 1349 W. Flagler St. If you were charged with a crime in Miami-Dade County and the case did not result in a conviction, you may be eligible to have a single record sealed or expunged through the Sealing and Expungement Program. Only cases that occurred in Miami-Dade County at the state level will be reviewed. For those who qualify, there is

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Arts and artistry finale for summer program

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City offered a fashion show, festival and recital to showcase the many disciplines in which more than 300 students ages 5-16 are trained. This year’s 32nd Annual Summer Arts Conservatory Fashion Show, Festival and Recital allowed the students to express their artistry in fine art, fashion design, music and theater. Held at the center, the fashion show and festival drew more than 300 audience members. The recital, performed this year at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, was hosted by Center alum and Black

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‘Fix My Life’ host gives insight

Iyanla Vanzant’s show will air again come September

MINNEAPOLIS — Iyanla Vanzant is a combination of very positive character traits: confident, strong and honest. She can be seen helping others on her television show, "Iyanla: Fix My Life" on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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What scouting did for me

Old Cub Scout recalls his youth camping trips

As a boy growing up in Overtown, we didn’t have great riches, but I dreamed and longed for many things. Raised by a single parent, our household consisted of three sisters and two brothers of which I am the youngest. Not having a male role model in the household, I finally met my father some 50 years later, but that’s a tale for another time.

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Local pastor inspired by Sunday School convention more than two decades ago

Roberts has served more than 20 years

In 1988, Cleveland “Cleve” Roberts III accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. “I was filled with the Holy Ghost and eagerly wanted to work in the ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Roberts. He began to serve faithfully under Elder Artie B. Smith and in 1990, Roberts was appointed to the Deacon Board.

Coffee With Charley at Sonesta Hotel

Local woman formed non profit to empower victims of abuse

Candid conversations about domestic violence, rape, relationship and family abuse, marriage and divorce issues can be expected from Charlene Bouie when she hosts Ladies Night. Bouie is hosting an evening to empower women at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, in the Panorama Restaurant at the Sonesta Hotel in Coconut Grove.

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Faith Calendar

South District WIM (Women In Ministry) SOS Revival at St. James AME Church August 20th and 21st at 7 pm. Call 305-635-4637 or 786-250-2611 Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. First Haitian Church of God hosts a food drive every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7140 North Miami Ave. Call 786-362-1804.

Eugenia Brooks Thomas, community icon, dies at 90

Eugenia Brooks Thomas was born on November 24, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Miami in 1929 where she was adopted by the Bell family. Mr. Bell was a horticulturist and a prominent Deacon in Dade County and Sarah Bell was his wife. Because of hard times, the Bells offered the home to Eugenia and raised her as their own. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940.

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The Lion King made in Miami

Overtown Youth Center students wow audience with Broadway-style production

Attendees said they got more than they imagined when they attended the Overtown Youth Center’s (OYC) end-of-summer, Broadway-styled production of “The Lion King” on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Miramar Cultural Center.

Celebrate African Culture

Concert, fundraising gala and festival Aug. 28 and 29 in Miami Gardens and Fort Lauderdale to showcase the continent

The City of Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro is leading an effort to establish the African Museum of Arts & Culture (AMAC) Center in Miami Gardens. An initiative of Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and the County Commission, the AMAC Center is a proposed $5 to $6 million project that is expected to house the largest collection of indigenous African art and artifacts outside of the African continent.

Book an inspiring story for kids

‘Marvelous Cornelius’ set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Pick up your toys! How boring is that? It’s much more exciting to get things out than it is to put them away, right? But guess what: when someone helps, cleaning your room isn’t a chore. If you make it a game, in fact, it’s actually fun. In the new book “Marvelous Cornelius” by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra, you’ll see how that works. In the French Quarter, everybody knew Cornelius Washington.

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Pig and all the fixings at Swine

The Coral Gables restaurant serves elevated Southern and soul food

Pork lovers rejoice! If you are tired of going to restaurants and finding none or maybe one pork offering on the menu, Swine Southern Table & Bar is the place for you. At Swine, you can have pig meat in your cornbread, dessert, breakfast and, of course, the main course.

The Social Whirl

My how time flies when you’re having fun” is probably what a great majority of students are thinking as they prepare to being the 2015-2016 school year. As I write this I also think ’2016’, almost another year is on the horizon, as the moving finger of time moves steadily.

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The Social Whirl

My how time flies when you’re having fun” is probably what a great majority of students are thinking as they prepare to being the 2015-2016 school year. As I write this I also think ’2016’, almost another year is on the horizon, as the moving finger of time moves steadily.

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Chatter that Matters

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney recently took a trip to Nassau, Bahamas as a part of cousin Alvin’s marriage to Gloria Clark in the New Covenant Baptist Church. More than 300 guests supported the wedding. Dr. Pinkney stole the show, dancing to the Electric Slide. She and Frank went a few rounds with their homemade steps. When the bridal party returned, the Soul Food was waiting, including lobster, shrimps, grouper and potato salad. The bride and groom danced to “I Love You Truly” and did a two-step waltz, while protecting the bride’s trailing

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Miramar at-risk youth celebrate summer

Camp sponsored by Sunbeam Properties for seventh year

Visits to the beach, field trips and an animal show were just a few of the activities enjoyed by more than 80 at-risk youth in Miramar who attended the “Hangin’ with 5-0” summer camp. The program was sponsored by the Miramar Police Athletic League, the City of Miramar, Sunbeam Properties and the Miramar Park of Commerce.

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Ready for Back to School

Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, School Board member for District 1, pictured center, joined Miami-Dade County

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Monestime gives out book bags at events

Hundreds of District 2 students received new book bags filled with school supplies at two events presented by Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department over the weekend.

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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. BTW Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the BTW Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. TSU Miami Alumni Chapter is hosting a fish fry on August 21 at The Omega Activity Center. Call 305-336-4287.

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