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MOCA begins new era with board, art reception

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opened a new era last Thursday with a splashy art reception attended by 200 guests who viewed the museum's first exhibit since the organization's board of directors left to form their own museum. The exhibit, Third Space: Inventing the Possible, drew guests from all walks the life who perused 60 artworks from 18 artists in a

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Miami Worldcenter gets the go-ahead from commissioners

The Miami City Commission’s unanimously voted in favor of zoning changes and a development agreement for Miami Worldcenter that will allow it to proceed with the $1.5 billion project. Commission Chairman Wifredo “Willy” Gort was absent.

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Instructive words for us to live by

Christians should incorporate the counsel of God in every facet of their lives. Just as there are “fair-weather friends,” there are “Sunday Christians,” who proclaim to be sanctified on Sunday and maybe on Wednesday night at Bible study. On all the other days, they live like disciples of the devil.

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Autistic man’s ‘Green Flamingo’ produced by Cirque du Soleil

David Pedemonte-Forte, a 29-year-old autistic young man, has written a children’s book entitled “The Green Flamingo,” that has caught the eye of a major production company in Las Vegas. The book deals with bullying and how it can devastate the victim and loved ones.

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church will have a weeklong dedication service Oct. 13-17 at 7 p.m. nightly. There will be a culminating activity Sun. Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Call 305-756-2583.

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Miami broward Carnival

Massive festival gives South Florida a taste of the islands

The Caribbean culture in South Florida will be on full display when the Miami Broward Carnival celebrates its 30th anniversary with celebrations in two counties, culminating with a grand festival at the Miami-Dade County Youth Expo Center on Oct.12. In recent years, the carnival has attracted spectators from all over the country, who enjoy South Florida's balmy climate as its tourism season swings into high gear.

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South Florida photographer, educator debut works

Local Fine Arts photographer David I. Muir and professor Dr. Susan Lycett “Dr. Sue” Davis premiered their books in New York last week. Muir’s “Pieces Of Jamaica: Real Rock Edition” coffee table book and Lycett’s “Dr. Sue and You: Ode to Miss Lou” sold out in multiple locations in New York Sept. 25-26. Davis and Muir have collaborated on several events which they refer to as “Celebrating Jamaica.”

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Lifestyle Happenings

Florene Nichols Inner City Dance Company will hold three free introductory classical ballet technique workshops for Girls Ages 6-14 at Hadley Park. Classes will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. October 1. Pre-registration required. Call 305-758-1577. childrendance@yahoo.com.

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The Social Whirl

Fall journeys over this past weekend included a bus trip to Nashville, Tenn. where longtime HBCU rivals Tennessee State University (TSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) met for a gridiron classic. Travelers joined for a trip filled with nostalgia, pride and simple appreciation for the fact that they had attended an HBCU. Serving as the consummate bus host and hostess were TSU Miami Alumni Chapter President Freddie Robinson and secretary, Dr. Susie Robinson. On the bus, when the question “Are there any Rattlers in the house” was asked, there were enough Rattlers to answer with a resounding “We represent FAMU!” Despite the majority TSU alumni

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Obamacare enrollment to reopen Nov. 15

Cost cuts available for Floridians who are still uninsured

Uninsured Floridians will soon get their chance to weigh the costs of health coverage during the second wave of open enrollment in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. Next month, those without health insurance can sign up to get coverage for 2015, and last weekend at North Shore Medical Center, representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida encouraged guests at a community health fair to spread the word.

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Job well done, Eric Holder

Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General, resigned last week. For six years, America had someone who revived and could affect civil rights issues. As America’s lawyer he held accountable those who trampled on the rights of those who couldn’t defend themselves.

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Leaders outraged by shooting at The Spot in Liberty City

Concern grows after teenagers were shot at The Spot, an illegal nightclub on NW Seventh Avenue

Code violations. Gambling. Gunfire. It was not the place for any teenager on a Saturday night. But the heavy bass and pulsating beats of rap artist Iceberg kept many youth in the dark confines of The Spot in Liberty City into the early hours of last Sunday morning. When it was over, 15 people were injured by gunshots, including a 15-year-old from Miami Norland Senior High who’s fighting for his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital. As of Tuesday nine of them were treated and released.

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South Florida housing costs create financial burden

MDEAT study says low-income, Black neighborhoods hit hardest

If you’ve ever felt you were paying too much for your home in South Florida, you probably were right, especially if you live in a Black neighborhood, according to a new report from Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). The report, called Annual Report Card and Scorecard, shows that low-income, Black people are dishing out more of their earnings on housing than they should, but the numbers point to a broader problem that has real estate analysts worried about the overall economy.

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Museum exhibit reveals shared struggle of Blacks, Jews in Jim Crow South

Enid Pinkney remembers the first time she was taught by a white person. She was a student at Talladega College in Alabama. She had graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in 1943, took the train to Alabama to a Black university in the Jim Crow South and saw white people as teachers. What Pinkney didn’t know at the time was that the white teachers were Jews from Austria and Germany, who fled Nazi Adolf Hitler’s war on anyone who wasn’t considered of the Aryan race. Many of the teachers found refuge and acceptance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Save our young generation

Another mass shooting in Liberty City, this time at a party held at The Spot where children as young as 12 years old experienced one of the most frightening moments of their lives. The shooting is one of many that have rocked this community. It was also a disturbing scene where young people have taken justice into their own hands by firing bullets into the crowd. While details have emerged about The Spot, the focus should turn toward the parents, who allowed their children to go to such a seedy and

Libraries expand hours of operation

Several libraries in Liberty City, Miami Gardens and Little Haiti will expand their operating schedule thanks to the new $54 million library budget that will go into effect Oct. 1.

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Commissioner Jordan holds certification workshops

Presidents and CEOs of small corporations ventured to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Small Business Certification Workshop recently in hopes of qualifying to receive hefty County contracts. The informative event, held at Florida Memorial University, was developed to attract companies that would not otherwise qualify to bid on contracts for vital county projects.

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White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder's departure later Thursday and that Holder planned to remain at the Justice Department until his successor was in place. White House officials said Obama had not made a final decision on a replacement for Holder, who was one of the most progressive voices in his Cabinet. A Justice Department official said Holder finalized his plans in a meeting with the president over the Labor Day weekend.

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Amendment 2 is about the rights of patients

I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for peoples’ rights. Florida’s Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights. While I wish that no individual would experience the suffering necessary to qualify for access to medical marijuana under this measure, someday that patient might be you or a family member or a close friend. From my tenure as president of the NAACP Florida State Conference, I’ve learned that Floridians are incredibly compassionate when they learn about the injustices around them. The notion that many sick and suffering individuals in our state must fear criminal punishment for seeking the doctor-recommended treatment that they need is one such injustice.

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Committed to being a servant of true God

Thelma B. Knowles was born in Miami, to the parentage of Willard and Jouselin Butler. She graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1959 and from Southern University in 1961. Knowles would later receive her Doctorate Degree in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1996. She has been in the gospel ministry for more than 40 years, and in the interim was ordained an apostle. She embraced Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1954.

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