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Affordable Care Act in the spotlight at event

Black Chamber of Commerce brought in experts to talk about Obamacare

The Marketplace has benefits ranging from ambulatory service, emergency services, hospitalization, newborn care, mental health care, prescription drug coverage, wellness services and pediatric services.

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Activists: New Pork 'n Beans force fed

Mayor’s second visit to Liberty Square a surprise to many

Survey shows residents don’t know of Liberty Square Rising

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American Black Film Festival returns

The ABFF partners with Miami’s visitors bureau to celebrate 20 years in Miami next June

2016 Black Film Festival in Miami

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Justice for Marlon Eason

Teenagers charged in the March murder of Overtown 10-year-old

Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of 10-year-old Marlon Eason

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Jordan funds Learn to Swim program for kids

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan provided two municipalities with a total of $5,000 to teach children how to swim

The council will work with staff to identify children to who will participate in the Learn to Swim program.

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Recruitment starts early

High School football season gets underway

Many of the teams have players already committed to colleges or on recruiting lists for Division I schools.

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Miramar Patriots give back to homeless

Players fed while local Gospel artists performed for mission residents

Throughout the year, the team will focus on serving the homeless and helping children with special needs

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Miramar hosts local Black elected officials

Nearly 200 elected officials from across the country participated in the conference

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials President Mayor James Walls and committee coordinated an impressive host of plenary sessions and keynote speakers

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Viral Vybez

The American Black Film Festival Returns to Miami in June 2016

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Free Back to School events this weekend

Back to School season is officially underway with some cities and organizations doing giveaways for children and their parents. Below is a list of giveaways to take advantage of. Overtown: City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commission Vice-Chair Keon Hardemon, in conjunction with the City of Miami Overtown N.E.T. Office and WEDR-99 Jamz, will provide free book bags and school supplies to Overtown residents from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Dorsey Park, 1701 NW First Ave. The free event will include food, games, live entertainment and giveaways. It will also serve as a resource fair with on-site mobile Division of Motor Vehicle services, voter's registration and HIV/AIDS testing.

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Viral Vybez

It's the perfect time for some press leading up to the August 14th movie opening of the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" and in good business man Dr. Dre fashion, he says he will donate royalties from his new album to the city of Compton. The "Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be release today and the royalties will go towards a new performing arts facility in Compton. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio,

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South Florida kids encouraged to play

More than 2,000 kids who took part in The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge received a surprise visit by sponsor Nickelodeon TV

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than one third of children in the United States are considered obese. Children today are more connected to their phones and technology than outdoors and activity. Locally, the city of Miami Gardens has partnered with a national nonprofit called Up2Us sports to combat the problem with the second annual Mayor's Fitness Day Challenge. “Last year’s fitness challenge focused on adults and we are expanding it to children this year. We want to encourage our children to be physically fit,” said Mayor Oliver Gilbert III.

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A victory for all in Africa

Basketball Without Borders celebrates its 13th year

Leading up to the NBA’s first game in Africa, NBA players and coaches participated in the 13th edition of Basketball Without Borders. The players competed in the game on Aug. 1.

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Miami Football Festival

More than 500 kids competed in Mayor’s Cup tournament

On Saturday, July 25, the second annual “Miami Football Festival” at Tropical Park wrapped up an exciting day of all things “football.” The free community event is part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. The featured activity was the “Mayor’s Cup Flag Football Tournament” for boys and girls ages 14 and under. There were 500 children who

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Bahamian Pot finds new home in the Liberty City neighborhood

Trudy Ellis has been the owner for 27 years

Bahamian Pot Restaurant, a fixture in Liberty City, has moved a bit east to 6301 NW Sixth Ave., behind the McDonalds, near the I-95 overpass at Northwest 62nd Street. Owner Trudy Ellis said she is happy with the new location. One recent Wednesday, most of her offerings had sold out a little past 5 p.m.

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Pathway to middle class dangerous, expensive

U.S. transportation secretary said 90 percent of former welfare recipients do not have access to a car

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx provided some startling statistics about pedestrian deaths in Black neighborhoods to attendees at the National Urban League's Business Luncheon. "The pedestrian death rate in Black communities is 73 percent higher than those in white communities,” said Foxx. “Someone is walking in the community where there are no sidewalks. A car hits them and a tragedy occurs."

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Students enroll in Police Explorers Academy

The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department held its Summer Police Explorers Academy for high school students at Miami Dade College North Campus.

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Chatter that Matters

It is very sad that this has happened to such a great man as former Director Robert “Bobby” Parker. Parker worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of residents in our county for more than 30 years and made history by becoming the first African-American director of that police department. Parker, widely known as “Bobby,” modestly downplayed his history-making rise within the department after he replaced Carlos Alvarez, who had resigned from the post to run for Miami-Dade Mayor.

Summer 2015 Reading Guide

Here are some suggestions of books to read as summer winds down

There’s too much stuff in your house. Too much stuff leads to frustration. Frustration leads to cleaning. Cleaning leads to finding (more) stuff you forgot you had… like the bookstore gift certificate you got seven months ago. Uh oh.

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Marvel reboots ‘Fantastic Four’

New film, directed by Josh Trank, hits theaters on Friday, Aug. 7

It's been 10 years since the first “Fantastic Four” movie hit theaters. The first entry was strong enough to spawn a sequel in 2007, but that was the last time we saw a live-action rendition of this super hero team. Flash forward to 2015: Marvel decides to reboot the franchise and put the movie in the hands of director Josh Trank (Chronicle, 2012). With a younger cast and a new spin on the origin story, 20th Century Fox is set to deliver a strong super hero movie to close out the summer. “This movie is more about overcoming obstacles than just having super powers. Josh Trank was real specific about that,” said actress Kate Mara, who plays Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four.”

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