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Protestors: ‘My skin color is not a crime, Fire Eric Casebolt’

March follows video of officer drawing gun on Black teens

McKINNEY, Texas — Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a Black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend. The protesters carried signs that included the phrases, "My skin color is not a crime" and "Fire Eric Casebolt."

Desulme wins North Miami District 4 seat

North Miami City Council members say they are ready to work harmoniously

North Miami residents no longer have to ponder the question, who will replace outgoing Councilwoman Erlande Steril. Alix Desulme convincingly defeated Carline Marie Paul in the run-off election for the North Miami City Council District 4 seat. He won 1,036 votes to Paul’s, 580 votes, or 64 percent to 36 percent, respectively.

Section 8 renters were harassed, complaint says

HUD settles alleged discrimination complaint with Aqua Vista Townhomes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced June 3 an agreement with a North Miami Beach condominium association settling allegations its board president harassed and made discriminatory remarks about Black and Hispanic residents and attempted to evict them. Aqua Vista Townhomes Condominium Association Inc. will establish a $109,000 compensation fund to pay damages to more than 20 residents and others harmed by condominium association’s board of directors, Daniella Adams’ alleged

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Slum tenants now have hope for improvement

Court case win is a victory for those residents in affected buildings

Residents living in deplorable conditions at a few Liberty City apartment buildings now have hope the conditions will improve. On Thursday, June 4, Circuit Court Judge Barbara Areces issued a final order in the City of Miami's lawsuit against Abraham and Denise Vaknin, the owners of several dilapidated residential properties in the City of Miami. The final order places all properties identified in the lawsuit into receivership.

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Training, youth programs topics at West Grove meeting

Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance hosts monthly meeting to hear residents’ concerns and queries

City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) attended a meeting of Coconut Grove ministers and a drug-free coalition to share news that funding for training to be Emergency Medical Technician training was available. Sarnoff said 18-25 year olds who accept the training program would then be qualified to become a firefighter or other medical professional. Sarnoff’s office has appropriated $70,000 to pay the tuition cost for those who qualify.

Miami-Dade ready to buy cops body cams

Commissioners voted 8-2 to send RFPs to vendors

Miami-Dade County Commissioners gave the green light to advertise to vendors that the county would like to buy body worn cameras for the police force. The 8-2 vote allows the next step in the process to acquire body worn cameras, which has the support of Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmondson and Dennis Moss.

Liberty City collaboration receives $75,000

BUILD Health Challenge selects community partnership as national leader in promoting good health

Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City was selected to receive a $75,000 grant for its efforts to improve community health, from the BUILD Health Challenge, a national awards program. Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City is a collaboration between the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI), the Miami Children’s Initiative, Catalyst Miami, Jackson Health Systems and the Miami-Dade County branch of the Florida Department of Health.

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Elijah Manley: Your presidential candidate

Fort Lauderdale High School sophomore is running for highest office in the Nation

Sixteen-year-old sophomore Elijah Manley does what any normal teenager does: attends Fort Lauderdale High School where he studies pre-law and public affairs, along with criminal justice. He has already thought about what he wants to do after he graduates and where he wants to college. He also is an Adobe certified associate, a pro in visual communications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. And he is running to be U.S. president in 2016.

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Graduate recognition Sunday at Incarnation church

The Episcopal Church Of The Incarnation of Miami held its Graduate Recognition Sunday on June 7. The guest speaker was

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Edmonson helps low-income seniors prepare for hurricanes season

Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Hattie Willis, executive director of Communities United, carried out their annual hurricane kit giveaway on June 3 throughout the District 3 communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti and Allapattah. Hurricane season started June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Edmonson delivered 15 kits which contained a cooler, radio/clock, telephone, light, flashlight, fan — all battery operated; bleach, wipes, paper towels, plastic ware, can opener, a seven-day supply of water, literature on hu

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Members proud of Pastor Leonard Shaw

'Committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere' are words used to describe this pastor

The leadership group at Miami Revival Tabernacle Assembly Church of God (RTAG) take seriously the responsibilities that have been given them by the members of the church. They work at keeping the respect and commitment those duties entail. RTAG’s leadership consist of: Elder Arnold Montgomery, Deacon Keith Coke, Elder Albert Cannon; Deaconesses Sabrina Wright Jones, Rosanna Johnson, Joy T. Talley and Jennifer Montgomery; they are very involved and dedicated individuals. Words used by the board to describe the senior pastor, Reverend Leonard Shaw, include: committed, dedicated, has integrity and sincere. “These are not just words to us,” said Montgomery, the chairman of the Board at RTAG and the

FDA panel backs the 'female' drug Viagra in vote

The libido pill gets a nod, but government has concerns

WASHINGTON — The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward last Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women. The first-of-a-kind endorsement came with safety reservations, however, due to the drug side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure and fainting.

June is Men's Health Month: Improve your life

FDOH urges men to eat smarter, move more and improve their lives

This Men's Health Month, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging men to take charge of their health. By making the daily choice to eat smarter and move more, men statewide can lower their risk of disease and improve life expectancy. "Men's Health Month is an opportunity for every man to step on a scale and do a gut check on his weight," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "By building healthy choices into everyday life, men can achieve and stay at healthy weight."

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Faith Calendar

Bethany SD Church’s educational series for the Brownsville community continues with Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday July 2, 9 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org.

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Blacks in Filmmaking

Film festivals, series and shows help showcase talents and efforts

Blacks have been advancing film for years. Below is a look at the path some have chosen to stake their claim in a field crowded with people who do not look like them. While this is a not an exhaustive group, the idea is to showcase some with ties to South Florida.

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Caitlyn Jenner is the perfect news headline for exploitation

Caitlyn Jenner now joins the long list of misunderstood heroic souls subjected to exploitation for media ratings. I hope that assertion won't lead into an accusation that I'm homophobic as we now exist in an age in which we would rather be heard than understood. After years of injustice and persecution, I'm overjoyed to see the gay community exhibit courage in their revelation of being.

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The Social Whirl

I want this column to be, for all of you readers, as Edith Humes Newbold told me, “Just like we’re sitting together having a conversation.” And sharing with you through many conversations our community connections. So our conversations continue and this week I’m talking about The Miami Jazz and Film Society and the director Keith Clarke. “Our mission is to enrich people’s lives and celebrate unity in diversity. We do this by providing select events that expose people to quality cultural-educational experiences and equality in ethnic-gender diversity. These events are a series that occur weekly, monthly or annually and include hospitality, films, live jazz and community-building education.” “We pride ourselves on celebrating diversity with balance, equal opportunity, service and joy for all people.”

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Chatter that Matters

Members of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc. and the Advisory Board held its 12th annual Fundraiser and fourth annual Homegrown Achievers Awards Luncheon, which honored Miami’s own “Home Grown Success Achievers.”  Namely, they are the Honorable Milton D. Vickers, public administrator; Dr. Kathryne W. Latimore, O. D. of Optometry; and Derrick W. Smith, architect. Dr. Enid Pinkney thanked everyone for taking the time to share this historic moment of honoring Miami’s own successful stories.

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Dancing their way to $10K

Holy Cross Lutheran School created best video to show safety

North Miami’s Holy Cross Lutheran School celebrated winning the KidSmartz Safety Dance Video Contest on May 29. Holy Cross won $10,000 for its creative video from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Honeywell Hometown Solutions.

FAMU graduate student named Gubernatorial Leadership Fellow

Nemmi Cole will represent the State of Florida and the Governor's office

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) student Nemmi Cole knows the value of persistence and hard work. Currently a doctoral student at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Cole recently concluded a stint as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow and was selected as the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program’s Washington D.C. Outstanding Leadership Fellow.

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