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Jumbo’s restaurant closed its doors and according to Bobby Flam, owner, Ray Kovler, consultant, Greg Sparks, and Tisdale Rolle, manager they and may look for another locale. Flam’s family bought the diner in 1955.  He took over ownership from his father in 1967.  At that time, Jumbo’s was an all white establishment that only served Blacks from the kitchen.

Role Models receive full ride to B-CU

Program administrator, Dr. Theron Clark talks importance of HBCU’s

With the dwindling number of enrolled students and the rising cost of higher education, Historically Black Colleges Universities (HBCU’s) have been taking a substantial hit as of late. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that they will be awarding full scholarships totaling to $500,000 to deserving students from inner-city high schools.

Lifestyle Happenings

Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141. Destiny school of etiquette will hold a fashion, dance and academics camp for girls entering third through eighth grade through Aug. 8. Call 305-527-6052.

Americans in debt

Shocking report declares 77 million U.S. citizens in debt

It is no secret that Americans have some serious issues when it comes to debt. A recent report released by the Urban Institute titled, “Delinquent Debt in America,” examined non-mortgage debt with help from the Consumer Credit Research Institute. What is that you may ask? “It is any debt in collections that involves a non-mortgage bill — such as a credit card balance, medical or utility bill, child support payments and even parking tickets — that are more than 180 days past due and have been placed in collections,” according to the report.

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ESPN hypocritical for suspension

I hope that Stephen A Smith and every other analyst that works for sports giant ESPN today realizes what a hypocritical company they work for. Surely the nice paychecks make up for some of the inadequacies of said employer and Smith could be chilling on the beautiful beaches of St. Thomas right now, but I am disgusted by his suspension last week.

Overtown mentor sticks with group through senior year

Program began in 2004 with first graders

Eric Lewis, program director for a Miami mentoring program, is nostalgic. He recounts the moment he took on the role in 2004 for the I Have A Dream Foundation. “I remember the first day I received the list of 50 kids. They were six and seven years old and I looked around the room and asked myself ‘What have I got myself into?’”

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Jackson Hospital offers five-star treatment

Jackson Memorial stepped up efforts to boost revenue with the birth of its new maternity suites, part of a posh, luxurious center that aims to improve the reputation of the 94-year-old public institution. The suites are part of a $6 million renovation project to modernize Jackson’s aging facilities, which are losing paying patients to newer hospitals that offer better services and rooms. Jackson hopes the upgrades will make the hospital more competitive in the growing healthcare market.

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Jackson to offer 'VIP treatment' to new mothers

Hospital is looking to gain patients lost to competition

The suites are part of a $6 million renovation project to modernize Jackson’s aging facilities, which are losing paying patients to newer hospitals that offer better services and rooms.

Campaigns gear up for primaries

Candidates reach out to voters in the community amid elections

Candidates running for various political and judicial positions in Miami-Dade County stepped up their campaigns with speeches at various forums held throughout Miami’s Black communities in the past week.

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Charles R. Drew Middle closes

After decades of educating Liberty City youth, Charles R. Drew Middle School has closed. School officials plan to turn the school building into a community service center, where academic and community resources will be offered to residents.

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Arcola Lakes Park to open new senior center

A dedication ceremony will be held for the new Senior Center at Arcola Lakes Park, located at 1301 NW 83 St., Miami. The opening marks Miami-Dade County Parks’ first recreational facility specifically built for seniors. Senior residents of the Arcola Lakes community are invited to the park at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, for the dedication ceremony and a tour of the new facilities. 

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Mourning family foundation receives $1 million donation

The Miguel B. Fernandez Foundation has donated $1 million to the Mourning Family Foundation. This donation will be used to support the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) and its programs, Tracy Mourning’s mentoring program for girls, Honey Shine and the OYC endowment. The Mourning Family Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, provides a multitude of opportunities to enhance the lives of children and families in the South Florida community through advocacy, education and enrichment services. 

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Ceremony held to open Carver Apartments

Community and city leaders will be on hand Wednesday to open the mixed-use development complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The development will offer a affordable housing, including lofts for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses.

‘My Brothers Keeper’ initiative receives $100M

My Brother’s Keeper, a five-year, $200 million effort focused on improving opportunities for Black and Hispanic youth, recently received a $100 million from the private sector. Equally important is the decision by 60 of the nation’s largest school districts to join the effort by implementing evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes.

Jackson Hospital gains $12M from annual budget

The Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing board, unanimously approved the health system’s $1.6 billion budget Monday, July 28, during a public hearing. The budget, which now moves to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for consideration in September, includes leaves a surplus of approximately $12 million next year.

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Salters still love each other after 53 years of marriage

Robert, the son of Addie and Daniel Salter and Mildred, the daughter of Mary Lizzie and Willie Albert Thomas met at Oconee Junior/ Senior High school in Dublin, GA. Robert took Mildred to the Junior and Senior Prom in 1955 and 1957. They are both only children. They married on July 1, 1961 by Rev. Fields, the pastor of Faith Temple Apostolic Church. He was asked not to tell anyone about their marriage. At that time, Robert, 22, was still living at home but Robert had not told his parents about their plans to get married. Mildred was 21 years-old and she too remained at her parents’ home with their secret.

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Glory Temple Ministries’ aim: To address spiritual, physical needs of members

Former Pastor Franklyn and Reverend Ronae Cambridge organized the Glory Temple Ministries Church in the living room of their Miramar home in 2000. The following year, they moved the church to 7950 NW 22nd Ave. in Miami. In 2011, Cambridge retired, became pastor emeritus, and elevated Ronae to the senior pastor position. She is also the director of their Outreach Ministries, which includes: the soup kitchen, and food pantry which serves senior citizens, the disabled, those living with HIV/AIDS, children and families.

Freelance writer publishes book

“Promises of God for His Citizens” by Gigi Tinsley

I recently authored a book, Promises of God for His Citizens Part I and I am ecstatic about how it is is being received by those who have had the pleasure of reading it.. The Prelate Bishop Napoleon D. Rhodes of the Convention of Covenanting Churches (3-CCCs) of Cerritos, Calif. hosted my book signing at their 15th annual Holy Convocation held in Anaheim, Calif. July 16-20. The book is currently being considered as a resource book for religious schools and a text book for Bible studies.

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Service at new address for Mt. Tabor

Last Sunday was very hot and sweltering, but in spite of the heat, hundreds of individuals came, from far and near, gathered on the 7th Avenue Corridor, to dedicate Mount Tabor Baptist Church’s new sanctuary at 10500 NW 7th Ave. They all wanted to be a part of Miami-Dade County’s religious community’s history.

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Sound Doctrine: The belief of Christians committed in the faith

Denominations die, not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in II Timothy, verses two-four: preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

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