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The Children’s Trust Provider Profile

Read to Learn Books for Free

“We fill 40 community bookshelves in Miami-Dade County with free books for children to take home,” — Mary Slebodnik, assistant program coordinator. Read to Learn Books for Free is a nonprofit children’s literacy initiative of The Children’s Trust in partnership with Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College. Access to books is the first step for children to improve their reading skills, yet only one in 300 urban children owns a book. Nearly

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Senior housing building in Richmond Heights opens

Hundreds come out to support ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 6

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss; Pastor Alphonso Jackson Sr., Second Baptist Church and President of SBC Community Development Corp.; and Cornerstone Group on Wednesday, April 6, joined to host the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Reverend John & Anita Ferguson Residence Apartments. "We broke ground on February 7, 2015 and here we are approximately a year and two months later," said Mark Valentine, executive director of SBC Community Development Corp. (SBC CDC).

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Feeding the Pork n’ Beans

Several organizations joined together on Sunday to bring food and games to Liberty Square residents and children

On National Siblings Day, a consortium of people and organizations gathered to feed some residents of Liberty City. On the afternoon of April 10, the Roots Collective, Save the Kids, Probation Station, the Nation of Islam and Make The Homeless Smile gathered at Liberty Square and invited the community to eat as they promoted a message of peace in the community.

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Broderick Johnson is his Brother’s Keeper

He manages programs that aim to improve the lives of unemployed young Black men through task force

Broderick Johnson sees young Black men on America’s streets taking long drags off short smokes.  “It’s the idleness,” said Johnson, a Baltimore native and advisor to President Barack Obama. “No jobs — or summer jobs — for Black men. Kids are going to hang in the streets. We have to break this cycle. We have to create jobs and mentorships.”

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Pastor Avery Jones: Singer of praises and leader of many folks

“I want him to order my steps”

Avery L. Jones was born in Miami on Dec. 18, 1962. He is one of four children born to the late Alfonso Jones and Lillie Shephard. He attended school in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System. In April of 1984 Jones married “the beautiful” Albertha Ashley. From that union they had two beautiful daughters, Ashley and Adonnas Jones.

Walk for your health and a child

Community doctors targeting source of hypertension

The ninth annual Walk a Mile with a Child event will encourage South Florida kids and adults to live a healthy lifestyle through fun physical activity and community fellowship. The event will take place in the heart of Overtown, Saturday, April 16, where families can get active together while gaining useful tips about improved health and wellbeing.

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Know about pancreatic cancer signs, risks, symptoms

North Shore Medical Center will host presentation with Dr. Alia Abdulla

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a median survival time of only three and a half months if the cancer is found at an advanced stage and not treated. Even when the patient undergoes surgery or receives chemotherapy or radiation, that time may be extended by only two and a half months. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and about 40,000 will die from the disease.

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Church Elder celebrates 20 years of preaching, learning

Last Sunday, at The Church of Tabernacle in Liberty City was a day of remembrance and thanksgiving for Elder Oliver L. Gross and his wife, Janice. The worship service was in commemoration of Gross’ 20th preaching anniversary. I tell you there was hardly a dry eye in the sanctuary as Gross asked four key men in his life to stand and be recognized: Bishop Walter H. Richardson, Garth Reeves, T. Willard Fair and Al Townsel.

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North Dade students transform into poets

Opa-locka CDC and O' Miami team for Poetry Month

Within 10 weeks North Dade Middle School students were transformed into mini-poet laureates, after participating in a program that taught them the basics of writing poetry and expressing themselves through written word. The culmination of their work was displayed at the Opa-locka Rhythm and Arts Poetry Production co-sponsored by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation and O' Miami — an organization that advances literary culture. The event took place April 9 at The Arc in Opa-locka, and coincided with O’ Miami’s annual celebration of poetry — known as the Annual Poetry Festival.

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Youth win special spot to perform in PIANO SLAM 8

Concert to showcase live, classical-hip-hop-spoken word performance with Dranoff pianists at Adrienne Arsht April 13

PIANO SLAM 8, an annual competition for writing poetry inspired by music for Miami-Dade County’s middle and high school students, presents its 16 finalists for a live performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. PIANO SLAM aims to give youth a voice and develop creative writing skills through artistic expression.

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Got an art idea? Submit for a share of $2.5M

The deadline for the Knights Arts Challenge Miami is Monday, May 2

Big Night in Little Haiti, Delou Africa and Hattie Mae Williams are all winners of a Knight Arts Challenge, a grant awarded to any one with an idea that brings South Florida together through the arts. A project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Arts Challenge is accepting ideas through May 2.

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The Social Whirl

Congratulation to Torrian Wallace, who delivered the Youth Sunday message at The Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church on last Sunday. Youth Sunday is an annual church event sponsored by St. Scholastica’s Chapter of the Episcopal Church Women and this year marked the 38th observance of Youth Sunday with past speakers who are now adults with teenage and young adult children. We do the math well, so among some of the past Youth Sunday speakers like Davrye Gibson Smith, Diana Barry Frazier,

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Chatter that Matters

Introducing the 2016 King of Clubs Scholarship recipients in Chatter this week. Three young men received the Dr. T.S. Greer Memorial Scholarship: Richenet Lafluer - Miami Edison Senior. Besides participating in varsity sports, he is a member of College Summit, 5000 Role Models, National Honor Society, Take Stock in Children, and the President of Brothers Reaching Out and Sisters Influencing Sisters. His community service includes volunteering with the Urban Alliance, mentoring elementary students at the Dolphin All-Star Academy, and also with his church

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FMU partners with National Black MBA

Partnership to benefit School of Business students

Florida Memorial University and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) entered into a groundbreaking agreement that will develop and strengthen career pathways for undergraduate and graduate business students. The partnership aims to enhance the quality of the educational experiences, internship placements and job opportunities for deserving students enrolled at FMU.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters get big gift from Carnival

Scholarships worth $30,000 given to students

With the help of the Carnival Foundation, the Miami chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters received a new facility called Carnival Center for Excellence. “We want people to some how, some way get involved with Big Brother Big Sisters. On an annual basis, the cost of a one-to-one match with a child is $1,500. The cost of incarcerating one child is $80,000 annually. Do we involuntarily invest in a child behind bars or do we invest in a child getting a mentor?” said Gale Nelson, executive vice president of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami.

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Camp brings the peace

The Inner City Youth Enrichment Camp's third annual "Stop the Violence and Bring the Peace" event took place March 26 at Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st St. School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Teacher

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‘We Love You, Charlie Freeman’ tackles racism

Author Kaitlyn Greenidge examines race and language in new novel

Anything’s worth a try. Never done it before? Then give it a whirl, you have nothing to lose. You might actually like it. You might grow to love it. And then again – as in the new book “We Love You, Charlie Freeman” by Kaitlyn Greenidge, the experiment might go horribly awry. The shiny new car just didn’t seem right.

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Lifestyle Happenings

FAMU Rattlers invite you to come and fellowship on Sunday, April 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m at The Church of the Open Door. Call 305-370-9026. The Gold Coast Chapter of Florida A & M University meets every 3rd Saturday at The Urban League of Greater Miami McDuffie Center at 10 a.m. Call 305-370-9026. Miami Northwestern Alumni Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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Lady Red Raiders on a roll

Miami Edison High School girls’ flag football team eyeing state championship

The Miami Edison High School Lady Red Raiders have made an undefeated run in Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ inaugural flag football season. Four preseason tournament wins and six regular season victories thrust the Lady Red Raiders in a frontrunner’s role with two games left: Hialeah High Thoroughbreds and Miami Central Rockets on April 14.

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Cooking with Chef Sian

From home comes cake

Travelling back to Pennsylvania always unleashes a bag full of emotions for me. You see Pennsylvania, specifically the city of Harrisburg, is not only my second home, it is also the place where my career as you know it began. Back in 2008 when I first tried my hand at entrepreneurship I acted on a whim and encouragement from my sister Judi and entered the Pennsylvania Farm Show Pineapple Upside-Down Cake contest.  A 5th (of 85 entrants)

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