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Former gang member now a peacemaker

Ray Winans runs a program that helps turn around Black youth

Ray Winans, once affectionately known as “Killer Ray,” is helping reduce gun violence in Detroit — one gang member at a time. The 37-year-old former gang member is an unconventional activist who mediates among gangs, police and federal prosecutors while encouraging young Black men to end their lives of crime and hand their guns over to officials. Winans explained he has attended too many funerals for young Black men killed in violent confrontations. He has persuaded 10 young men to stop associating with Detroit’s gangs since 2014, according to Winans and police. “I never th

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John Lewis among speakers at youth summit

The annual event founded by the L.E.A.D. Nation starts Thursday 

Civil rights legend and Congressman John Lewis is among the prominent leaders scheduled to take part in a line-up, April 21-24 at the 4th Annual South Florida Youth Summit (SFYS). During the summit, South Florida students will take part in interactive seminars, workshops, and panel discussions and have the opportunity to become active participants in creating positive social change in their communities. Workshops will also be available for adults who attend.

There is always one child

Should parents be held accountable for the crimes that their minor children commit?

I was listening to a radio host on WINZ who ask the question, “Should parents be held accountable for the criminal actions of their minor children?” Well, to a point I would agree but, on the other hand, I would have to disagree. There are parents who really love, care and cherish their children. They understand the importance of instilling character, integrity, accountability, and values of good decision-making in their children. Now parents with multiple children know very well each child brings new challenges, things they have never experienced before. They know each child brings a new personality, a new behavior and individuality.

What was Jesus’ first miracle in the Bible?

With Mothers' Day just around the corner, you know what I have often wondered: What was Jesus’ first miracle? Oh sure, most people would say it was turning water into wine in John 2:1-10. And verse 11 even calls it, "the beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee." But just think about it for a minute. Jesus was at a wedding with His mother and disciples. Now somehow, everyone was made aware that the host had run out of wine at the wedding reception. Then Mother Mary

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A new life one year after transplant surgery

It’s hard to believe, but in early 2015, Bonnie Glover was in the fight of her life. She was perpetually exhausted as she struggled with kidney disease and dialysis treatments were a part of her regular routine. On April 9, 2015, Bonnie’s life took a dramatic turn for the better. She was given a new kidney during a transplant operation at Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She also made history as part of the first four-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida.

Primary care: Patient’s first line of defense

There is nothing more important than staying healthy – and one of the ways to do so is by having a primary care physician whom you see regularly. Primary care is a patient’s first line of defense, and an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider can result in significant health benefits. Your primary care provider – a family physician, an internist, a pediatrician, a physician assistant, or nurse practitioner – knows you and your medical history. They often notice changes in your health, treat common

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North Shore Medical honors physicians

National Doctor's Day Awards and luncheon held on March 30

In recognition of National Doctors’ Day on March 30, North Shore Medical Center honored its affiliated physicians for their service, skills and compassion. The dedicated group of physicians participated in a special awards ceremony and luncheon at North Shore Medical Center. Dr. Vincenzo Novara, a pulmonologist, was named “Most Responsive Physician;” Dr. Rehan A. Naqui, from internal medicine, was acknowledged for being the “Highest CPOE (computerized physician order entry) performer;” Dr. Christopher G. Vendryes, invasive pain management, was chosen as the doctor with the “Best Bedside Manner;” Dr. Vincent Patone, radiation oncologist, received the “Best Team Player” award; and Dr. Amy Jarvis, neurologist, was honored with the “Physician of the Year” award.

Coping with pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Seminar April 28 to discuss signs, symptoms, risk factors, side effects

A cancer diagnosis often comes as a shock. Pancreatic cancer, in particular, often has no symptoms in its early stages. By the time symptoms start to show, the cancer is likely to have spread outside the pancreas. The news can be devastating for patients and their loved ones – and with good reason. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers, and is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This is largely because there are currently no screening or detection tools available to diagnose the disease in its early stages. That doesn’t mean patients should stop living immediately after discovering that they have cancer.

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Apprentice contestants tell Trump, ‘You’re fired’

Little evidence that he cares about diversity, they say

Four former contestants on NBC’s reality show “The Apprentice” have joined forces to denounce their former mentor Donald Trump and his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. In a press conference on Friday, April 15 in New York – just four days before the New York presidential primary – Season 4 winner Dr. Randal Pinkett gathered a small cohort of former contestants who say they appreciated the opportunity and exposure that the TV show and employment with Trump afforded them, but they “strongly condemn Donald’s campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.” Former contestants in attendance included: Tara Dowdell of Season 3; Marshawn Evans Daniels of Season 4; and Kwame Jackson, Season 1 runner-up.

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My word on Ceviche

Being from a Caribbean background you often hear about conch salad. There is another way to prepare conch and it’s called ceviche. Ceviche is from the Latin culture. As I was preparing for a concert to cook for hundreds of fans, I decided to introduce them to ceviche. Normally, the further north of Florida you travel and different parts of the United States, many people are not familiar with ceviche.

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The Social Whirl

Audrey Edmonson took time from her hectic schedule as County Commissioner to enjoy a beautiful morning of friendship and fellowship when she hosted her JUST US Club friends last Saturday morning at Bahamian Connection Restaurant. Just being us with us, minus agendas, projects, deadlines, etc.

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Chatter that Matters

In this week’s edition of Chatter, we recap the friends and family tribute to Mr. Franklin Clark. The tribute was at the Church of the Incarnation, located at 1835 NW 54th St. in Miami. Mr. Clark, a longtime resident of Miami, has been married to the former Lola Jean Jarmon for 48 wonderful years. This union brought forth four beautiful children: Jeffrey, Darryl, Terrence and LaShandra. Franklin is also active in taking care of his lovely mother, Fannett Clark Lyons, who is 102 years young. The program began with the introduction of the Master of Ceremony, Father J. Kenneth Major by Alfred Jawanza Williams, Esq. The invocation was given by Minister Cecil Andrew Duffie, followed by Michael Bethel (nephew), who sang a beautiful solo. Linda Bethel

‘The Blackbirds’ is a wordy romance, not author’s best

Diehard fans of Dickey’s novels may still crow about his latest book

You and your girls are birds of a feather. You flock together, preen together, share your nest when needed and, while you happily sing one another’s praises, you’d never open your beak to spill their secrets. Then again, as in the new book “The Blackbirds” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you’d never crow about all the details of your own life, either. A mere birthday wasn’t good enough for Indigo Abdulrahaman. Oh, no - she got a birth month. She decreed it, planned it, and made her friends follow along with her wishes. A strong-willed woman born to Nigerian parents, Indigo was the tallest of the four women, dark-skinned, with a hunger for the finer things – including men, of which she had two. And when a woman caught Indigo’s eye, she wasn’t above giving that a go, too.

OneUnited Bank closes two California locations

Launches "Bank For The Future" technology strategy at branches

OneUnited Bank is reconfiguring its branch network including closing two Los Angeles branches — Ladera and Pasadena — and seeking a Boston, Mass. headquarters location. The bank says it is a move toward expansion of its online presence and usage of cutting-edge technology. OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, says it is now at the forefront of community banking by building the "Bank For The Future" or #BFF.

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Liberty Square Rising: A community divided

Residents meet developer; see project presentation

Amid protests and a call for an investigation of the procurement process, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Thursday introduced his choice developer to Liberty Square residents. About 300 people packed the Liberty Square Community center to watch presentations by the county and Related Urban, the developer who Gimenez is recommending to the Board of County Commissioners. Gimenez himself fielded questions from residents who wanted to know if their rents would change and whether they had to move to Lincoln Gardens during the transformation of Liberty Square. “No, you do not have to move to Lincoln Gardens,” said Gimenez. Related Urban’s plan is to rehab about 70 empty apartments at Liberty Square first, making them available for residents to move into, while their apartments are refurbished.

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Personnel matters plague City of Opa-locka

Opa-locka employees got a reprieve from layoffs – for now — after the union that represents hourly workers called for a review of the city manager’s procedures. Meanwhile, the city’s top legal officer, embroiled in a different type of personnel matter, said he did nothing to warrant complaints filed against him by two city employees. Those complaints are related to the release via email of names of employees who were subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in a corruption probe of the North Miami-Dade city. City Attorney Vincent Brown said that it was the FBI agents who disclosed the names when they conducted their early morning raid at City Hall. “The federal agents who served the warrant on March 10 made public names of every individual who received subpoenas for the grand jury,” Brown said. He added that any damage that was done occurred before his email mistake.

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Dorsainvil gets job with Miami city commission chair

Hardemon unsuccessfully tries to oust city manager Alonso

Despite numerous pleas from the community, Miami City Manager Daniel Alonso on Thursday refused to return Sandy Dorsainvil to her position as manager of the Little Haiti Cultural Center. That decision set off a stunning chain of events, with City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon walking off the dais after Alonso’s refusal. The chairman returned and called for Alonso’s ouster. That triggered another hour of debate that ended with Mayor Tomas Regalado threatening to veto a decision to oust the manager. That forced Hardemon to withdraw his motion. The action and intrigue took place at City Hall during the regular commission meeting. More than 100 Black men and women packed the chamber in support of Dorsainvil, who joined the staff of the center three years ago. Activists from both the Haitian-American and African-American communities lined to speak on her behalf. “We’re appealing to the manager to reinstate her and allow her to restore her good name,” said Gepsie Metellus, executive director of Sant La. Dorsainvil herself was absent. Miami commissioners took note of the outpouring of voices. Hardemon, whose commission district includes Little Haiti, announced he already offered Dorsainvil a job. She is slated to start that position on Monday.

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Mood 'terrible' at Opa-locka City Hall

Employees summoned before grand jury; lay off talks gets louder

Work at Opa-locka City Hall goes on, even while more than a dozen employees have caught the interest of a federal grand jury examining public corruption in that Northwest Miami-Dade city. Those employees are expected to testify before an ongoing investigation that reportedly targets Mayor Myra Taylor, Commissioner Luis Santiago, City Manager David Chiverton and lobbyist Dante Starks.

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Pastors allege cronyism in Liberty Square bid

Mayor Carlos Gimenez to meet with concerned residents Thursday

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Liberty Square Rising project is taking criticism from the Black community after he recommended Related Urban to demolish and reconstruct the run-down housing project and build new housing at Lincoln Gardens, a contract worth some $307 million. On Friday, April 1, the mayor sent a memo to the board of county commissioners asking that they approve Related Urban, the developer recommended by a selection committee in February.

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Children lack adult guidance, panelists say

Discussion of youth violence opens the county symposium

The problems of Miami’s Black youth aren’t the rap music or video games. It’s the lack of direction from parents and an absence of role models and mentors, say leaders of youth groups who work with young people. They spoke at the opening panel on the State of Black Miami, a symposium launched by Miami-Dade Chairman Jean Monestime that for the first time brought together members of the Diaspora to talk about what ails a fractured community. The event served as the initial conversation in bringing together the Black Diaspora on common issues that bridge the cultural divide.

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