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FIU doctor calls for more help in fighting Ebola

FIU professor Dr. Aileen Marty has returned to Miami after 31 days in Nigeria, serving with the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s infectious diseases specialist called for sustained international attention on the Ebola outbreak and urged U.S. and European authorities to step up screening of travelers from countries where Ebola is present.

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Residents stuck in Liberty City slum

Damaged building to remain open as tenants have nowhere to go

The City of Miami decided not to shut down a Liberty City Apartment where dozens of residents have complained about unsanitary conditions. Miami Assistant City Attorney Brian Dombrowski reaffirmed the city’s decision at a meeting last week at the Overtown NET Center. The move has left 77 residents of the apartment with very few options and nowhere to go.

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Forum lights up debate on marijuana

South Florida divided on Amendment 2 as NAACP supports initiative

The medical marijuana debate fired up South Florida last week, with parties for and against Florida allowing patients access to the highly addictive substance. Voters will get a chance to have their say during the Nov. 4 General Election. On the ballot, the medical marijuana question is called Amendment 2. Proponents for legal medical marijuana say it is about compassionate care and alleviating pain and suffering for the sick. Opponents say medical marijuana is a staging ground for legalized recreational marijuana use and destroying neighborhoods, especially within the Black community.

Eufaula Frazier: 90th birthday to raise funds for students

“A servant to humanity, trailblazer, innovator and visionary,” are adjectives used by Akua Scott and others to describe Eufaula S. Frazier. Scott and Liz Collins are co-chair and chair respectively, of a committee preparing to celebrate this Frazier’s 90th birthday on Oct. 18 at the Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW 42nd Ave. from 7 to 11 p.m.

Judge Ok’s EEOC’s investigation of KB Staffing Inc. services

A federal court has ordered KB Staffing Inc., a staffing firm servicing Central Florida, to comply with an administrative subpoena issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The subpoena, issued in December 2013, seeks information pertaining to a charge filed with the agency alleging that KB Staffing discriminated against current and prospective job applicants and employees because of improper health questionnaires.

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Go Hard: Football teams to stay at Overtown practice field

A community football organization is free to continue its pursuits at an Overtown park, despite prior allegations that it would be forced out. Overtown Community Optimist Club has held team practices at Williams Park for 21 years and will not be relocated elsewhere, according to a Sept. 22 announcement by Nzeribe Ihekwaba, Miami assistant city manager.

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Medical marijuana: Stirring the pot

Everyone knows someone who experiences debilitating pain or suffers as the disease ravages their body. That you cannot relieve their condition brings a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Doctors have an arsenal of highly addictive drugs that they dispense for pain, some with severe side effects. Pill bottles are marked with labels telling people to be cautious when using these drugs.

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TSU beats CSU 30-16

The Texas Southern Tigers (TSU) remained undefeated after a 30-16 win over the Central State Marauders last Saturday in the inaugural HBCUX Classic at Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. Central State University (CSU) got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal from kicker John Adams. Later in the first- quarter, TSU quarterback Fred Plummer connected with Jamal Small for a 6-yard score to take a 7-3 first quarter lead. Wide receiver Malik Cross caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Plummer to give the Tigers a 13-3 lead heading into halftime. TSU scored an early touchdown in the second half when Daveonn Porter rushed for a 26-yard touchdown. He ran for 89 yards on 18 carries on the night.

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HBCUX Classic Bahamaian Style

Texas Southern and Central State clash in Nassau

Only in the Bahamas can you find a college football game with a splash of carnival. Blue skies, beautiful beaches and the crystal clear waters of Nassau provided a picturesque backdrop for the inaugural HBCUX Classic last Saturday between the Texas Southern University (TSU) Tigers of Houston, Tx. and the Central State University (CSU) Marauders of Wilberforce, Oh. at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Texas Southern defeated Central State 30-16 on the football field, but both teams won an experience that will be remembered for the rest of their lives.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW class of 1955 will meet on 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral. Call 305-637-6677.

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New PBS film unearths 'Birth of Miami Sound'

Deep City producers inspired by grit and soul of Overtown environment

With notebooks of musical compositions and business savvy, recent college graduates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall returned to the gritty, rhythmic neighborhoods of Black Miami inspired by the brassy beats of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Their mission: to create music.

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‘Lift Every Voice’ connects FMU to Black History

Inaugural jazz concert for new university President Roslyn Artis

It was over a century ago that a chorus of 500 children performed a song to be heralded by generations of Blacks. The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” indelibly connects Florida Memorial University (FMU) to the soundtrack of history. In an extension of that history, the university is hosting a jazz concert Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts to commemorate the new presidency of Roslyn Artis.

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Inventing the possible space

Bold new exhibit explores possibilities over hard times

A new era is set to begin at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art next week with the opening of an edgy new exhibit called Third Space: Inventing the Possible. The exhibit explores the challenges of the human condition, but it also illustrates the struggles of MOCA, an institution at a critical crossroad as it tries to redefine itself to re-connect to the art community.

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John Bunyan: ‘Simply call me a Christian,’ the greatest title

John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), who wrote the classic “Pilgrim’s Progress,” was imprisoned for twelve years for preaching without an official license from the king. He was viewed as a dissenter, who did not compromise in his beliefs or writings with the leading authorities of his time. Therefore, he was not ordained in the Church of England. He would endure years in prison and many personal sacrifices, rather than giving up his Godly calling to preach the gospel to the world.

L.O.V.E. raises violence awareness

L.O.V.E. (Love over Violence and Evil) and S.H.E.A.R., Inc. (Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction), both non-profit organizations, have teamed up with Lively Stones for Jesus Ministries and Apostle Dr. Thelma B. Knowles to host the 1st L.O.V.E. Field Day and Music Festival. The event will take place Sat., Nov. 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens.

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God doesn’t consider gender when his message is at stake

Born in 1953 in Cordele, GA., Emily Moore-Harris says “The next year, “my family relocated to Miami. “I was raised in this city and have lived here all of my life. I My husband James and I have three sons: Adrian, Alvin and Kori. After graduating from Miami Central High School in 1971 she later attended Miami Dade College where she graduated in 1994. She enrolled in Florida International University (FIU) before she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in psychology.

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Queen Mother Nana has 80th birthday and instooled three locals

Queen Mother Boatenma Constance Ekon (Nana) was recently given a grand birthday bash that was attended by several movers and shakers in Miami’s Black community. It was standing room only on Aug. 17 at The American Legion Post 29 at 6445 NE 7th Ave. where relatives, politicians, community leaders and citizens came to celebrate her 80th birthday and “instool” three selectees. To instool means to elevate a selected individual from the rank of great standing in their community, city or state, to that of African royalty; usually to the state of “Queen Mother.”

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Don't let sin hold you hostage

Too many individuals allow their past failures, sins that were purposely plotted, schemed and implemented, and the ones that “just happened” to hold them hostage and keep them from freely serving the Lord. Don’t let sin hold you hostage.

FIU students shocked by discrimination case

Engineering school inviting of all cultures, races

Florida International University (FIU) is headed to court Sept. 22 in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former professor who was fired after several attempts to teach in Haiti. Sylvan Jolibois was fired last December and is hoping to reclaim his job in the engineering school, but FIU students were largely unaware of him and his case against the university.

Hialeah names first Black female police sargeant

The City of Hialeah promoted its first Black female sergeant in the department’s 89-year history. At a ceremony last month, Karen Smith-Bonilla, 40, received the promotion after serving the department for 15 years. Smith-Bonilla is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Charles R. Drew Middle School and Comstock Elementary in Allapattah. She joined the Hialeah police department as an intern in 1999. Since then, Smith-Bonilla has worked her way up to patrol officer then detective.

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