Citi Church Miami
“Our mission statement is to ‘Awaken, Connect, Live.’” — Pastors Tony and Dianna Rivera Citi Church Miami is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its vision is to empower the people of Allapattah to awaken to new dreams and opportunities, connect individuals and families to services and benefits, and to live a life that includes safety, self-improvement and healthy relationships. WHERE: Citi Chur
“Sure fire way to change things,” says Pastor Lola Moore of life
Religious, state and local leaders called on God’s help to guide them, President Obama and others on Thursday morning as part of the 65th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. In Miami-Dade County, people joined in collective prayer with music and speeches at services in North Miami, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale and Opa-locka. Speakers offered calls for unity, peace in neighborhoods, and even a plea to bring prayer back to classrooms. Police officers in North Miami asked for prayers for law enforcement so “we have the wisdom to work together,” said assistant police chief Larry Juriga.
This year it is presented as a brand new mobile application
The Children’s Trust has released its annual, trilingual Summer Programs Guide as a mobile application for the first time. With just a few taps, this free resource offers parents and caregivers program descriptions and fees for hundreds of camp options, so they can make informed decisions about where to enroll their children this summer. The Children’s Trust Summer Programs Guide app is available for download at the App Store (IOS) and Google Play (Android) as well as online at www.thechildrenstrust.org. Information about available programs can also be obtained by calling the 211 helpline.
It's easy to talk about Jesus with another Christian, someone who was taught the same Bible stories you were taught, someone who was brought up in the same Christian church. But how would you explain Jesus to someone whose culture and upbringing does not include Bible study, Sunday school, Negro spirituals, Christmas toys and Easter baskets?
He has been blessed to serve locally and nationally as an evangelist, teacher, and conference leader
The Rev. Baron C. Mashack is known for his passionate worship, no-nonsense approach to teaching and preaching the word of God and for his cutting-edge approach and strong desire to impact the culture for Christ. As Southern District Director of the Florida State Association of the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana/West Middlesex, PA, “I cordially invite all to come and worship with us during our 5th Sunday Unity Service on May 29th at the Northside Church of God in Miami at 2590 NW 103rd St. Representatives from all of the Indiana churches will be in attendance from Kendall to South Bay,” Mashack said.
Health Matters Movement launches to promote health and wellness
The African-American and Caribbean communities are shouldering an unequal burden when it comes to eliminating health disparities that disproportionately plague the South Florida community. Florida Memorial University (FMU) is keenly aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in helping its students and the surrounding community in preventing certain diseases and illnesses. In an effort to combat these disparities, FMU will celebrate the completion of its new, state of the art, multi-purpose athletic arena and wellness education center with a ribbon-cutting breakfast on Thursday, May 12, from 9-11a.m. The campus is located at15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens.
Ann Abraham Ministries in Coconut Grove, will host a Prophesy Service on Thursday May 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will hold a bazaar on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 305-785-4367. St. John AME Church, South Miami, invites the community to it’s Ecumenical service on May 15, at 3pm. Call 305 665-1191.
Victoria T. Curry will marry John Hicks III Saturday at New Birth
Pastor Bishop Victor T. Curry and Elder Cynthia Curry celebrate the nuptials of their eldest daughter Victoria T. Curry to John Hicks, III son of Pastor Johnie Hicks Jr. and Glistine Hicks-Mooreon on Saturday, May 14. Bishop Curry is the internationally renowned founding senior pastor/teacher of New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International, where the wedding will take place. The wedding theme is Old Hollywood Glam, along with a thematic red carpet. The decor is being planned, designed and produced by Design Group of Miami.
Reggae music festival kicks off Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day weekend brings thousands of tourists to South Florida every year. A show that has been a staple during this holiday weekend has been the Best of the Best. This music concert brings some of the best artists from the Caribbean to Downtown Miami to entertain both tourists and locals. 2016 marks the show’s 10-year anniversary. The team behind the show learned from years past and they are ready to give South Florida great island vibes this month. “If you love the culture and want to see the best artists out of the Caribbean, you are in for a good, quality show,” said Jabba, co-founder of Best of the best and Radio Personality of Hot 97. Best of the Best is taking place Sunday May 29 at Bayfront Park. The show has a total of 15 acts performing, which includes: Sham, Tarrus Riley, Mr. Vegas and Beres Hammond who is headlining this year’s show.
Inaugural concert sets a new tradition of celebration
Mothers gathered to enjoy the sights and sounds of Jazz music Sunday, April 8 at the inaugural Mother's Day Jazz in the Bay concert presented by SBC Community Development Corporation (SBC CDC). Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss brought greetings and welcomed the cabaret-styled seated guests to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Host, 88.9 FM WDNA Afternoon DJ, Michael Valentine, emceed the concert and entertainingly kept the show moving. Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, Jazz vocalist Brenda Alfred and the Richmond Heights Middle School Jazz Band gave lively performances. Headliner Bobby Watson All Star Quartet and Curtis Lundy received a standing ovation to close out the night.
In the midst of Booker T. Washington High School celebrating its 90th anniversary (1926-2016), the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association aligned itself with the anniversary celebration and presented the 12th annual Living Legends and Orange and Black Scholarship Gala. The Miami Biscayne Bay Marriott was the place to be on Saturday, April 23, as community leaders, politicians, parents, BTW alumni and faculty and staff of Booker T. Washington packed the ballroom to congratulate outstanding alumni and to witness the presentation of scholarships to 32 graduating seniors of Booker T. Washington Senior High.
The Miami Chapter of Charmettes (Charm is the essence of a woman’s power), founded in 1955, held their annual scholarship breakfast on April 30 at the Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club at 10 a.m. It was a beautiful spring day to celebrate and fellowship with many women and gentlemen. The organization celebrated The Year of the Woman by honoring outstanding women in the South Florida community. Honorees were: Education, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, first female
In this week’s edition of Chatter, the Beehive was in formation and ready to slay as “Queen Bee” Beyoncé herself came to town to kick off her Formation Tour at Marlins Stadium in Miami. The show kicked off with Miami’s own DJ Khaled. Khaled got the crowd crunk and ready for the lady of the hour. He brought other artists like Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Kent Jones and 2Chainz. After the crowd was hyped up by the sounds of some of today’s hottest rap tunes, the lights went out and the crowd went crazy. It was time for Beyoncé and of course she started with her chart-topping hit “Formation.” From that moment on, it was hit after hit, two hours of nonstop dancing and singing. Beyoncé is a force to be reckoned with, a true entertainer and
#LemonadeWithGWade was an intimate young women’s summit
Renowned actress and producer, Gabrielle Union Wade, May 6 convened an intimate Miami youth women’s summit, #LemonadeWithGWade, during which she shared life, leadership and inspirational advice to group of young women of color from the International Human Factor Youth Leadership Program (IHFYLP) and Breakthrough Miami. Kaela Makins, a 2015 IHFYLP Fellow, Breakthrough Miami Scholar, and junior at Carrollton School for the Sacred Heart, reflects:
BTW Alumni Association kicks off a Reunion Weekend of activities starting May 19. Call 305-688-7072 on or before May 13. South Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club will meet Saturday May 21st at 11:00 am at Lake Worth Community High School at 1701 South 1st Ave Lake Worth. Call 305-318-4286. Miami Northwestern class of 1956 is planning our 60th reunion. Call 786-273-2188.
Members of the Miami-Dade Economic Prosperity Committee starting at 2 p.m. Thursday will hear a resolution to select Related Urban Development Group as the developer of Liberty Square and Lincoln Gardens’ public housing sites. Dubbed Liberty Square Rising by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the $307 million project entails demolishing and rebuilding units for about 600 families at Liberty Square and building from the ground up at Lincoln Gardens. When finished, Liberty Square Rising will be a community of public housing, rentals, homes for sale, retail and office space. It will be built with Building Better Communities General Obligation Bonds of $32 million. Liberty Square Rising is the largest redevelopment of public housing in the county. Gimenez has said the project is unprecedented.
Taxi industry fighting new ordinance
Faced with growing public demand, Miami-Dade county commissioners have given the green light to popular ride-sharing services, despite opposition from the powerful taxicab industry. Commissioners voted 9-2 on Tuesday to legitimize two companies, Uber and Lyft. The companies operated illegally in the county since 2014. Since that time their drivers racked up $4 million in fines. Commissioners Esteban Bovo and Audrey M. Edmonson sponsored the legislation As part of an agreement, Uber and Lyft will pay off those fines.
Campaign raises awareness about the importance of organ donation
Though her son died more than four years ago, Renee E. Jones got a chance to hear his heartbeat one more time. Jones is a Miami mother who advocates for justice for parents of murdered children, partly because of the pain she endured after the shooting death of her son, Trevin Reddick, in 2011. But this year, Jones dove into another cause that grew out of the pain of her own loss: organ donation. Recently, Jones and her family met the Orlando man who received her son’s heart hours after his death. The visit by Donald “Papa Don” Anacker and his wife, “Mama” Maxine, to Miami was part of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, and also to celebrate the lives of donors and the recipients who are given a second chance at life.
Audrey M. Edmonson lauded for pushing through the controversial project
After enduring numerous protests, false starts and a skeptical public, Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson was set to celebrate the dedication of the long-awaited Seventh Avenue Transit Village and black box theater. But the development company responsible for the project had another surprise. “Audrey walked us through history, Liberty City’s and hers,” said Ken Naylor, president of Atlantic Pacific Companies, resulting in a “hub for transportation, arts and housing.” He then announced the multimillion-dollar project would be named after Edmonson in honor of her determination and persistence to ensure the developme
Memo from Tallahassee sparks leaders' outcry
Opa-locka residents and Gov. Rick Scott’s officials have waited for the beleaguered city to submit its recovery. Now, a letter from the state inspector general demanding a response has rattled city commissioners who fear they will miss out on state assistance. Melinda Miguel, Scott’s chief inspector general, sent an email message to City Manager David Chiverton late Friday asking about the status of the city’s request. Miguel also expressed concerns about a recent Miami Herald article in which a local businessman claimed the manager, Commissioner Luis Santiago, a lobbyist and other city officials extorted thousands of dollars over a two-year period.