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Worldcenter job fair draws 500 applicants

Construction workers sought for first phase of project

Worldcenter held its much-anticipated Job Fair at Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown. The July 7 event was the beginning stage of what is expected to result in up to 10,000 construction jobs and as many as 8,000 permanent jobs over the course of the one to four year project.

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Confederate flag harkens to a dark past

More than 50 years after the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama Church was bombed, killing four little girls, America woke up the morning of June 18 to learn that some things never change.

Comprehensive help needed for Pork ’n Beans

To this august body, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your demanding schedules to read this letter. In the spirit of optimism, I want to acknowledge the successes and strides this administration has been able to make throughout Miami-Dade County:

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Monestime condemns Dominican Republic for Haitian deportation

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on June 30 unanimously adopted Chairman Jean Monestime’s legislation condemning the Dominican Republic’s impending deportation of large numbers of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrant workers.

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Opa-locka celebrates Independence Day

City of Opa-locka Commissioner Luis B. Santiago hosted the Annual Fourth of July, Independence Day Celebration, on Saturday, July 4. Sponsored by the mayor and commission, the day featured hometown hip-hop recording artist Brisco, D.J. Frogie and a convoy of other local talented performers along with games, food and fun, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at Ingram Park,

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Grove church honors Charleston

St. Paul AME vigil for Emanuel Nine reveals shock, fear, unity

A full moon canopied Greater St. Paul AME Church this past Tuesday, where gospel-glittered voices cut through the drawl of public buses and angry, barking dogs. The historically black Coconut Grove church held a vigil in honor of the Emanuel Nine. There, a mixed group of locals, politicians and concerned visitors gathered and worshiped in a sticky, southern heat that recalled those burning Birmingham four, among other black

Anne Turner Herriott elected The Links’ new area director

Anne Turner Herriott was elected as the 19th Southern Area director for The Links Inc. Herriott became the third member of Greater Miami Chapter of The Links to serve as Southern Area Director. The late Maude K. Reid served as fit Southern Area Director (1965-1969) and Regina Jollivette Frazier served as ninth Area Director (1981-1984) as well as ninth National President (1986-1990).

Faith Calendar

Bethany SDA Church educational series for the Brownsville community continues with Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday, July 9th and 16th at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org. Warriors for Christ Bible Band We Care_Team Liberation presents “Ahhhhh Moments” on July 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Get to know works of Brahms, vibe, Afro-Cuban jazz

Classical and jazz music are part of the annual summer concert series

This summer, through Aug .13, in the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s historic Spanish-revival style setting, concert goers will be entertained by some of the music industry’s most-talented and revered classical and jazz figures.

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The Social Whirl

The Northwestern Class of 1960 is announcing their grand finale reunion event to be held at The Historic Elks Club. Members are looking forward to celebrating fifty-five years of togetherness. With the theme “ The West goes Western, ” class members are asking guests to don their denim attire for a night of fellowship, food, music, dance and fun. August 21 is the date from 6 p.m. until. (SMILE)

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Chatter that Matters

We thank the concert planning committee under the leadership of Mrs. Charlayne W. Thompkins for the time and effort devoted for the Miami Community Mass Choir We thank our sponsors, Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Chancel Choir of the Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ, Gershwin Blyden, M.D., Douglas Seeber, Landmark Corporation, Link Construction Co., and Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

‘Balm’ characters search for new life, forgiveness

Novel set in post-slavery times and after the Civil War

Music almost always does it for you. After a long day, nothing makes you feel better — especially when you pair soft tunes with a hot bath and solitude. You might even add a glass of something tasty and a novel you’ve been dying to read. But in the new book “Balm” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the only thing that soothes is forgiveness and restitution.

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Hollywood student to mentor others

Aisha Louis named spokesperson for Disney Dreamers Academy

Aisha Louis of Hollywood is one of five Disney Dreamers Academy alumni to be chosen as an ambassador and national spokesperson for the program. After already distinguishing themselves among thousands to be selected for the exclusive Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the five program alumni have further differentiated themselves by being chosen to serve as program ambassadors, also known as Champions, for the 2015-2016 year.

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Liberty City residents learn computers

Training program educates community members

A dozen residents from Liberty Square Public Housing recently graduated from a computer training program at Victory Tech Inc. The program, headed by director Van Williams, focuses on training citizens from Liberty City on how to access and use the computer. Williams partnered with Eric Thompson and Sara Smith, president of the Liberty Square Resident Council.

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Magical Cuba

A group of mostly FAMU alums enjoyed a five day out of this world visit

Cuba is not just a vacation destination. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s an eye opening, exhilarating experience to learn about the cultural of Cubans. Living in South Florida gives you one perspective of Cuba, its people, and the plight of the U.S.-Cuba relations over the past 50 years, but actually visiting it for yourself gives you a more balanced perspective. And now more than ever the fascination and curiosity with Cuba has made it among one of the hottest and fastest growing destinations to visit.

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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. The Miami Jackson Class of 1970 is having an All White Dance on Friday, July 17 at FCAA. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting for their 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, July 17 at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6 p. m.  Call 305-620-4827. Persons interested in a one-day trip to Immokalee, Florida on Saturday, July 18th, call (305) 687-0764.

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Multicultural tourism department head feted

Connie Kinnard recently started with Greater Miami’s visitors bureau

The board of directors of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a reception to introduce Connie Kinnard, the GMCVB’s new Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development.  More than 100 community partners and stakeholders were on hand Wednesday, July 1 to extend a warm welcome to Kinnard, who recently began her tenure at the GMCVB. 

County approves $1 million youth jobs program

CareerSource will administer the summer program in 10 zip codes

Although summer officially began June 21, kids still have a chance to find summer jobs. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has approved $1 million in funding for the Mayor's Youth Summer Job Program. During the June 30 commission meeting, the commissioners passed the item for funding 8-1, with Commissioner Juan Zapata voting against.

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Let seniors join the online discourse

My mother just recently finally agreed to using a smartphone and I’d liken her initial reaction to nothing short of horrific. She literally had a panic attack. After years of defending her five-year-old dinosaur of a phone saying, “It works just fine; I don’t see the fuss,” she joined the digital revolution. even going online to read my tweets. She's not alone. More folks like her in the twilight of their lives are beginning to log on, often finding amusement in the musings of their younger contemporaries.

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Mural artist Addonis Parker talks about his latest project

OneUnited Bank to unveil mural three months in the making

A mural created in secret will be undressed on Saturday, July 11 at the OneUnited Bank in Liberty City. Addonis Parker, the artist in charge of creating the massive artwork, partnered with the bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative to complete the project, which included an art class of 21 high school students from the area. The project launched March 11.

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