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Faith Calendar

The Substance Abuse Ministry at New Mount Pleasant Community Baptist Church will celebrate its first year anniversary on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 786-346-7438. Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. First Haitian Church of God hosts a food drive every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7140 North Miami Ave. Call 786-362-1804. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church invites you to the Male Chorus 8th anniversary on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m and Nov. 15th at 4:00 p.m. Call 786-277-6094.

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Workman begins career at hospital where he was born

Former NICU baby, administrative fellow at North Shore Medical Ctr. Medical Center

One of the most important decisions for healthcare administration graduate students at the University of Florida is choosing where they will start their careers. After all, it is a decision that could affect the rest of their lives. However, for Madison Workman, the choice was easy; he would return to where he was born and cared for as a premature triplet – North Shore Medical Center.

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Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Parker Playhouse

Grammy Award-winning ensemble also presents a special show to students

The sounds of South Africa come to South Florida with the Grammy Award–winning Soweto Gospel Choir on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Parker Playhouse. The 2015 North American Tour of Soweto Gospel Choir is sponsored by South African Airways. Twenty voices strong, the choir draws on the best talent from many churches around Soweto, then travels the world sharing the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. Combining African gospel with traditional hymns, American pop and spiritually themed secular songs, the Soweto Gospel Choir delivers a powerful expression of hope and joy full of gorgeous South African vocal harmonies.

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Joy-Ann Reid to speak at Miami Book Fair

Correspondent wrote ‘Fracture’ to explore Obama and the Clintons

If you are interested in politics but get lost when all the pundits start throwing out political jargon and sound bites, then you should read the book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide” by MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid. Reid, who, until recently was host of “The Reid Report” on MSNBC, is a former South Florida journalist at many South Florida news outlets and was the online news editor for WTVJ, the local NBC affiliate. Before joining MSNBC, Reid was the managing editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform that delivers stories and perspectives about Blacks.

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Carson needs Black votes

Ben Carson may be the most misunderstood candidate in this year's election, but the most authentic example of the American Dream. An American public now hungry for the anti-politician, craving unscripted speeches that speak simply to the soul of our need to be as Donald Trump puts it “great again.” Born into dire poverty to a single mother in Detroit, no other candidate lived the narrative of the economic disenfranchisement many Americans feel right now like Carson.

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The Social Whirl

With Thanksgiving literally just around the corner, members of Just Us will be hosted by Emma Burnside for their November meeting at Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Gardens on Saturday. Meetings are great times to enjoy, catch up and have good Just Us fun. With the holidays so fast approaching, members will assuredly pause in thanks and capture some friendship moments. Always grateful and thankful for the gift of friendship that is invaluable. It’s all about service on the journey. We all can serve in many ways. Several members of the Dade County Chapter of The Links, Inc. attested to this after returning from Nassau where they took chapter donations to The Link Safe House for Females in Crisis, a project that the Nassau Bahamas Chapter of the Links, Inc. determined it would finance and build and which they opened in 2003. They were able to “ burn the mortgage” on October 27, 2007. Chartered on May 20th, 1989, the Nassau Chapter is proud to have been the first International Chapter of the Links, Inc. At their Charter, then National President Link Regina Jollivette Frazier commented that “the dynamic and dedicated women who comprise your Chapter will form a strong link in our chain of friendship and service.”

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Chatter that Matters

People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality Inc. has been the driving force in teaching the youth their philosophy to success. The success of P.U.L.S.E. and members of the organization rest on five people who received awards for their contributions: Lydia Neasman for Community Leadership; Daphne Campbell for Political Empowerment; William Dozier for Outstanding Leadership; Gamrel Fleueantim for Youth Leadership; and Reverend Jeffrey Mack for Religious Leadership. According to Mr. Nathaniel Wilcox, Executive Director, the youth have grown remarkably in every task that confronted them, plus more. As a matter of fact, they have energy to burn. Furthermore, the entire group seeks a high altitude by maximizing unlimited complexity. They sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with much coordination and harmony. A special “thank you” goes out to the P.U.L.S.E. Executive Director, members of this church, the families of the Second Canaan M.B.C. and Reverend Olden Reese, Senior Pastor/Overseer, for taking and using the community for standing up and standing with the parents of this church. Please take our objective with you and may GOD bless you and keep it high.”

‘Wake Up Happy’ offers good direction for countless choices

Self-help book is inspiring and full of motivation and advice for readers

Every day, you make countless little choices. Get outta bed or go back to sleep? What’s for breakfast? Blue tie or black shirt? Which project first, what’s for lunch, dinner, after dinner, what to watch, read, discuss? All day long, you choose one thing over another; in fact, Michael Strahan says that “the average American will [make] thirty-five thousand decisions” before bedtime. In his book “Wake Up Happy” (with Veronica Chambers), he explains how one of them can be a life-changer. If you’ve ever seen Michael Strahan on-screen, you know how easy he makes his job look. He seems comfortable with stars and strangers alike, although he calls himself “a shy guy.” He says he gets nervous, but he knows how to handle himself because that’s the way he was raised.

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AMIkids helps rehabilitate troubled youth

Alternative education program serves boys and girls ages 13-18

Seventeen-year-old Nathaniel admits he has a short fuse that has gotten him in trouble with the law before. But he's learning to control his temper, thanks to anger management courses he's taking at AMIkids Miami-Dade North. "In the past, I've been a short-tempered person and quick to snap. That's led me to get in some trouble," said Nathaniel, who has been arrested for burglary and possession of a concealed firearm. "But this program has really helped me. I'm learning how to cope with my anger." AMIkids Miami-Dade is a combined day treatment program and alternative education school that works with boys and girls ages 13-18 who have been arrested, detained and court-ordered to carry out their probation through them. The agency's mission is to reduce juvenile delinquency working in partnerships with the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, United Way and the Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, among other organizations.

FMU president on Homeland Security council

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis to serve as an academic advisor for organization

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently announced the appointment of Florida Memorial University’s President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). Dr. Artis is one of six new members to the Council that consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security and the academic community. “I am honored to have been chosen by Secretary Johnson to serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council,” said Dr. Artis. “The Council affords me the opportunity to contribute to the conversation around our nation’s security and the important role higher education institutions play in preparing students to fill jobs that keep our nation safe now and into the future.”

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Children learn how to be health professionals

FIU NeighborhoodHELP program hosts conference in Little Haiti

Last week, 500 children of all ages not only found out what it’s like to do some cool things that health professionals get to do, they also learned the fancy names for those jobs: listening to heart and lung sounds is called cardiopulmonary auscultation; examining ears and eyes are respectively referred to as otoscopy and ophthalmoscopy; mixing powders to make drug compounds is known as pharmacology. The kids took part in the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Health Care Conference: How to be a Health Professional – a highly-interactive, annual learning experience sponsored by the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program.

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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. Sisters Empowerment Circle invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166.

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Yolanda Cash Jackson talks politics

Lawyer says engaging young people in the political process is key to getting their vote

According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research Census, the Hispanic population in Florida grew from about 17 percent in 2000, to 23 in 2010, and is expected to reach 27 percent in 2030. The past, present and future of Florida demographics is changing, creating new districts, boundaries and more importantly, changing politics. Yolanda Cash Jackson, a Becker & Poliakoff lawyer, notable political bridge builder, previous general counsel member of the NAACP and networking guru, expressed these issues and more in her lecture, “Strengthening Your Political Voice,” at the South Dade Democratic Black Caucus (SDDBC ) Ron Brown Chapter meeting. The meeting was held on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room at the Palmetto Bay Village Ludovici Park.

Women business owners recognized by Black men

Honorees reached annual revenues of at least $2 million for product-based businesses , or $1 million for service-based businesses

100 Black Men of South Florida Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), selected 24 leaders as the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Award recipients. The women will be honored at the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Awards cocktail reception on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Law Offices of Bilzin Sumberg.

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New playground courtesy of developers of Courtside Apartments

Topping off ceremony and ribbon cutting mark progress of affordable housing units development

County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and City Commissioner Keon Hardemon cut the ribbon Nov. 4 on the new children's playground for the Head Start program located at the Culmer Neighborhood Center in Overtown. They were joined by Marie Bell, Office of County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Clarence E. Woods, executive director of the Southeast Overtown Park West CRA; Cheree Gulley, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority; Father Richard Marquess-Barry, of St. Agnes Episcopal Church; Allen Furst, of the Mourning Family Foundation Board; and Matthew Rieger, president and CEO, Housing Trust Group. The playground was the result of a request made by the Overtown community to the foundation and Housing Trust Group to replace the former playground at the center. The foundation and the Housing Trust Group are building — in collaboration with the county, the city and the Housing Finance Authority — an affordable housing project, called Courtside Family Apartments, directly adjacent to the Culmer Center. Phase I will be completed in August 2016.

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Florida A&M University women’s cross country team shines again

Team wins fourth straight MEAC championship

The Florida A&M University women’s cross country team won their fourth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Oct. 31, becoming the third school in league history to do so. FAMU, which has now won the last four titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), joins Delaware State (1984-87) and Coppin (Md.) State (1991-94) as the only schools to win four consecutive titles. Dr. Darlene Moore’s Orange and Green team was led by senior Cynthia Chelelgo, who finished first overall with a time of 17:49.60, followed by sophomore Judith Kibii, who ran second in 17:53,90. An elated Moore said afterwards:

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Miami Northwestern and Miami Central High Schools

They go back a long way, both on the defensive side of the football. Miami Central High School Rockets Coach Roland “Paddy” Smith and Miami Northwestern High School Bulls Coach Max Edwards went into last weekend on two different paths. Smith’s Rockets completed the season 7-2 and District 16-6A runner up to the Carol City Chiefs (7-2). They prepared for a Region 4-6A battle against the Dillard Panthers (Ft. Lauderdale) at Traz Powell Stadium on Nov. 3. Edwards’ Bulls faced the Miami Jackson Generals in the Annual Soul Bowl.

Doubts emerge after Sarnoff concedes

Miami’s District 2 will have a runoff election

Miami’s runoff between Ken Russell and Teresa Sarnoff for the District 2 commission seat will be held on Nov. 17. That much is clear. But everything else associated with this race has voters scratching their heads. A pair of legal opinions from the Office of the City Attorney issued Monday and Tuesday may bring clarity. In the first, attorneys advise, the runoff election must be held. The second opinion says that any votes cast for Sarnoff will not be counted. The confusion surrounds Sarnoff’s announcement that she would suspend her campaign and concede to Russell, a businessman and civic activist. In a letter delivered to the city Nov. 9, Sarnoff said she would bow out to “spare residents and business owners from a pitched battle that can harm both winners and losers.”

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Beleaguered apartments push back at HOPE

Local developer hit with the fourth discrimination case said it is owed “a well-earned and deserved apology”

The team fighting federal discrimination complaints against the former Beverly Hills Apartments isn’t laying down to a housing bias lawsuit filed by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence Inc. (HOPE). The company has enlisted help from a New York publicist (think crisis manager Olivia Pope of the TV show “Scandal”) to help with its case. In a motion to dismiss filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, United Property Management’s attorneys say HOPE’s lawsuit is a “prohibited shotgun blast of false allegations,” and “strategically timed to undermine Miami-Dade County’s decision to name a street” after company founder, developer Jose Milton.

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Democratic candidates are adults; Republicans, kindergarteners

Speeches over the weekend address voting rights, criminal justice and economic disparity

The Florida Democratic Party held its annual state convention in Orlando, last weekend, Oct. 31 through Nov. 1, and in attendance was a large contingent from the tri-county area. Black elected leaders and candidates for office took on a range of topics including voting rights, the criminal justice system and economic disparities. On a Saturday afternoon panel about wages and economic fairness, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam said his city was doing its best to make sure that everyone working within the city’s borders had a job that paid a living wage and access to education. Messam spoke about the diverseness of the community, which has whites, Blacks and other minorities living within its borders. People who did not have a living wage could not move forward in their lives, and nor could their children.

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