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Art expo showcases Haitian businesses

Tucked away in a small shopping center, a few weeks before Haiti celebrates its fifth flag day since the earthquake, a restaurant played host to an expo that commemorated the start of Haitian Cultural Month. David Brown, who provides tours of Little Haiti as director or Urban Tours, gathered the group of artists, artisans, chefs and performers to Kasa Champet, a Haitian restaurant at 7920 Pines Blvd., to display and possibly sell the small samplings of the Haitian culture they provided.

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Dolphins, City Year to benefit kids

The Miami Dolphins, through their educational pillar of their foundation, officially announced the public launch of a four-year $1 million partnership with City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.

Luncheon honors Miami-Dade student athletes

Dade School's Athletic Foundation honored high school student athletes across the county at its annual Miami-Dade County Public Schools Scholar-Athlete Luncheon. The event, held at the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel on April 27, honored the top male and female scholar-athletes from each of the Miami-Dade County public high schools. In addition, more than $75,000 in scholarships were awarded. "This is one of my favorite days of the school year," said Cheryl Golden, instructional supervisor of the Division of Athletics/Activities and

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Mayweather fight a snoozer

So today the world reacts. The epic $400 million dollar fight in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio turned out to be another snoozer. That is what many of Mayweather's fights have been like in my opinion. Boring. Lame. Much ado about nothing. Is it sheer brilliance from Mayweather? He manages to run, duck, grab, hold and frustrate his opponents. Or is it a case of a guy not allowing his foes to get into any kind of a flow? Floyd does not knock anybody out, he simply scores more and outpoints his opponents. Well that is the point, right ? What did Herman Edwards say? You play to win the game. It is not how you win the game, just win the game. The late Al Davis would be proud. Floyd has won the

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One race in North Miami

Five candidates seek the District 4 council seat

With North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph, Councilman Scott Galvin and City Clerk Michael Etienne running unopposed in the May 12 city election, that leaves one seat up for grabs. Five candidates are running for the District 4 seat, being vacated by Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril, who announced in February she would not seek re-election after serving four years on the city council. The candidates are: Alix Desulme, a former North Miami city clerk who ran unsuccessfully for the State House District 108 seat in 2010 and 2012; Roseline Philippe, a member of the Haitian-American Democratic Club of Greater Miami and the Haiti Cherie Heritage Foundation; Carline Marie Paul, a political consultant and commentator on Haitian radio; Beverly Hilton, a community activist who lost to Steril for the District 4 council seat in 2011 and lost a mayoral bid in 2009; and Jessica Alston, a retired dropout intervention specialist who was employed with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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Hampton House renewal complete

The restored former hotel that attracted Black celebrities in its hay day re-opens Friday

The hallowed halls of Historic Hampton House will come alive again with laughter and music after a 15-year effort to give the former hotel a facelift. It literally took a village to save what was left of the hotel that was a sanctuary for Blacks, especially performers who come from out of town to work white neighborhoods like Miami Beach but were not allowed to stay there. Thanks to pictures and videos many have gotten a peek into what it was like in the hotel’s hay day. But many in today’s Miami only knew the hotel as an eyesore on Northwest 27th Avenue, a dilapidated structure where vagrants lurked. It was so run down and had so many neighborhood

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Let's meet our new Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch

Loretta Lynch became Attorney General of the United States in April of 2015. She is the first Black woman ever to hold the position. Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother was a school librarian. She told a remarkable story about her ancestors in a 2012 speech at the Federal Bar Council Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon: "My father tells the story of my great great grandfather, the first generation of preachers we can identify in the family, who was a free Black man in antebellum North Carolina. While it is unclear how he came to have his freedom, it certainly gave him a life those enslaved did not have.

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Smith Joseph is still mayor

North Miami mayor, unopposed in Tuesday’s election, said he plans to beautify his city to look like Venice and Rome

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph said he never intended to just be in office for a mere six months. His vision was always long term. “When God opens a door, no man can close it. I was convinced that I would be the mayor of this city for a while. When what happened, happened, I just shrugged my shoulders and said that the show must continue,” said Joseph, concerning the incident at the city of North Miami that has left him unopposed on the election ballot on May 12.

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Pastor of the Week: Amarilis Rodriguez: Raised a family Christians

"By the grace of God I am here today"

Amarilis Rodriguez was raised in a family that practiced witchcraft. She says she was told that she “was born to be a psychic medium.” And that it “came to a standpoint in my life where I no longer wanted to live and I contemplated suicide.”  “In 1991, I walked into my bathroom determined to take my life. As I looked into the mirror, I no longer saw myself but a woman that told me to kill myself. That no one loved me. I proceeded to grab a blade with the intentions of cutting my veins. As I turned on the shower, instead of water

First Black female top attorney named in county

Abigail Price-Williams makes history

Abigail Price-Williams bursts into hearty laughter when reminded that her appointment as Miami-Dade County's top attorney came with a couple of firsts. Price Williams made history April 21 when she became the first Black and first woman to be named to the post at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. "I don't recall dreaming of being any 'first,"' she said. "But it is an honor to be in this position."

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Underwater exploration

Co-founder of a Black scuba diving group shows remnants of slave ship

A slave ship at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is brought to the surface metaphorically by Black retired Navy veteran, Ric Powell. Powell, co-founder of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), has visited the Henrietta Marie, an English slave ship that in 1700 sank 35 miles west of the Florida Keys, and shared his findings on April 23, at the African Heritage Cultural Center in Liberty City as part of its Talk Back series. “Ships like the Henrietta Marie carried people from the African Diaspora and dropped them off in different locations throughout the Caribbean. We need to understand the pain our ancestors endured for the freedoms we have today,” said Powell.

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Local Black Democrats push for new candidates to run for office

The Democratic African American Women Caucus offers training for people who are politically motivated

Black Democrats are gearing up for huge political fight for the White House in 2016. Their latest efforts: training locals on how to be political candidates and leaders and bringing in Black elected officials to motivate the base. The Democratic African American Women Caucus (DAAWC), founded by Leslie Wimes, held “Looking Towards the Future” Candidate and Leadership Training event on Saturday at Fort Lauderdale's Bahia Mar Hotel. The day culminated with speeches by Senators Lena Taylor and Nina Turner and Stuart attorney Willie Gary.

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Another American civil war on the horizon

A civil war is defined as a war between groups in the same country. Apply that definition to what is happening between some citizens and law enforcement and it seems the United States is heading for a civil war, if not already in one. As specious reasons for stopping, apprehending and causing the death of Black men in America by law enforcement continue to get exposure, the more reasons appear that eventually the oppressed group will react negatively. The discovery is an indictment on the entire justice system in America, from the federal level down.

Where is the outcry from the community?

It seems that some of our legislators have forgotten how strenuous the testing experience can be on a child. Some of them believe that months of class instruction and homework time must reflect in a single test score. A score that is intended to reflect the child’s aptitude — regardless of the resources available to them. Nevertheless, no matter the circumstance, a test only reflects a snapshot of that student’s capabilities and we do not help capture a student’s true potential by providing an unorganized testing experience. The state’s decision to implement a test that they were not prepared for will ultimately cause our students to suffer.

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Second Black woman in space speaks

NASA Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson interview to air on MDC-TV May 4

NASA Astronaut/Engineer Stephanie Wilson explained in details her role in her three spaceflights, in 2006, 2007 and 2010, during which she has logged more than 42 days in space. In a one-on-one interview for MDC-TV with Haitian American journalist James Pierre, Wilson talked about her responsibility to control the robotic arm and transfer more than 28,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the space station during her 2006 flight. During her second flight, Wilson assisted in the successful repair of the solar array panels and during her most recent trip, she was in charge of the robotics that control and manage spacewalking.

Family income should not determine a child’s future

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That place was a first-floor front studio near Central Park. The block was lovely, but I lived in the worst building on it. Sanitation workers used to wake me up when they threw the

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Hampton House through the years

Get ready for the grand unveiling of the restored Historic Hampton House,  May 8 at 11 a.m. at 4240 N W 27th Ave. Liberty City.  

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The three Cs of life: Choices, chances, changes

You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will not change. Christians serve the God that gives them free choice. They are allowed to take a chance on individuals and opportunities as they see fit to do so. His desire is that men, women and children will eventually come to the realization that he is the only one worth spending eternity with. Therefore, make your choice now. Take a chance guided by the evidence presented in his word. If you choose him, it will change your life, all for the best, for eternity.

Help fight childhood obesity

“Walk a Mile with a Child” in Historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2

Families are encouraged to join the annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk followed by a health fair. Put on by James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society, the walk begins at Gibson Park, located at 401 NW 12th St. The health fair, also held in Gibson Park, consists of numerous activities for all ages as well as free gifts and refreshments. Performing at this year’s event will be Booker T. Washington Marching Band, The Miami Gardens’ Steppers and others.

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Joanem F. Floreal is ‘Pastor Fanfan’ to all

Founder of Shalom Community Church

Joanem Frandy Floreal is known in the community as “Pastor Fanfan.” The church Floreal founded and serves as the senior pastor is called Shalom Community Church, a United Methodist denomination. It is said by many that “Shalom Community Church is one of the fastest-growing congregations in the Haitian community. Many people are attracted by the lively worship and the dynamic and relevant preaching of Pastor Fanfan.”

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