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Grove church honors Charleston

St. Paul AME vigil for Emanuel Nine reveals shock, fear, unity

A full moon canopied Greater St. Paul AME Church this past Tuesday, where gospel-glittered voices cut through the drawl of public buses and angry, barking dogs. The historically black Coconut Grove church held a vigil in honor of the Emanuel Nine. There, a mixed group of locals, politicians and concerned visitors gathered and worshiped in a sticky, southern heat that recalled those burning Birmingham four, among other black

Anne Turner Herriott elected The Links’ new area director

Anne Turner Herriott was elected as the 19th Southern Area director for The Links Inc. Herriott became the third member of Greater Miami Chapter of The Links to serve as Southern Area Director. The late Maude K. Reid served as fit Southern Area Director (1965-1969) and Regina Jollivette Frazier served as ninth Area Director (1981-1984) as well as ninth National President (1986-1990).

Faith Calendar

Bethany SDA Church educational series for the Brownsville community continues with Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday, July 9th and 16th at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org. Warriors for Christ Bible Band We Care_Team Liberation presents “Ahhhhh Moments” on July 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Get to know works of Brahms, vibe, Afro-Cuban jazz

Classical and jazz music are part of the annual summer concert series

This summer, through Aug .13, in the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s historic Spanish-revival style setting, concert goers will be entertained by some of the music industry’s most-talented and revered classical and jazz figures.

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The Social Whirl

The Northwestern Class of 1960 is announcing their grand finale reunion event to be held at The Historic Elks Club. Members are looking forward to celebrating fifty-five years of togetherness. With the theme “ The West goes Western, ” class members are asking guests to don their denim attire for a night of fellowship, food, music, dance and fun. August 21 is the date from 6 p.m. until. (SMILE)

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Chatter that Matters

We thank the concert planning committee under the leadership of Mrs. Charlayne W. Thompkins for the time and effort devoted for the Miami Community Mass Choir We thank our sponsors, Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Chancel Choir of the Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ, Gershwin Blyden, M.D., Douglas Seeber, Landmark Corporation, Link Construction Co., and Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

‘Balm’ characters search for new life, forgiveness

Novel set in post-slavery times and after the Civil War

Music almost always does it for you. After a long day, nothing makes you feel better — especially when you pair soft tunes with a hot bath and solitude. You might even add a glass of something tasty and a novel you’ve been dying to read. But in the new book “Balm” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the only thing that soothes is forgiveness and restitution.

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Hollywood student to mentor others

Aisha Louis named spokesperson for Disney Dreamers Academy

Aisha Louis of Hollywood is one of five Disney Dreamers Academy alumni to be chosen as an ambassador and national spokesperson for the program. After already distinguishing themselves among thousands to be selected for the exclusive Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the five program alumni have further differentiated themselves by being chosen to serve as program ambassadors, also known as Champions, for the 2015-2016 year.

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Liberty City residents learn computers

Training program educates community members

A dozen residents from Liberty Square Public Housing recently graduated from a computer training program at Victory Tech Inc. The program, headed by director Van Williams, focuses on training citizens from Liberty City on how to access and use the computer. Williams partnered with Eric Thompson and Sara Smith, president of the Liberty Square Resident Council.

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Magical Cuba

A group of mostly FAMU alums enjoyed a five day out of this world visit

Cuba is not just a vacation destination. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s an eye opening, exhilarating experience to learn about the cultural of Cubans. Living in South Florida gives you one perspective of Cuba, its people, and the plight of the U.S.-Cuba relations over the past 50 years, but actually visiting it for yourself gives you a more balanced perspective. And now more than ever the fascination and curiosity with Cuba has made it among one of the hottest and fastest growing destinations to visit.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The Miami Jackson Class of 1970 is having an All White Dance on Friday, July 17 at FCAA. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting for their 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, July 17 at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6 p. m.  Call 305-620-4827. Persons interested in a one-day trip to Immokalee, Florida on Saturday, July 18th, call (305) 687-0764.

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Multicultural tourism department head feted

Connie Kinnard recently started with Greater Miami’s visitors bureau

The board of directors of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a reception to introduce Connie Kinnard, the GMCVB’s new Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development.  More than 100 community partners and stakeholders were on hand Wednesday, July 1 to extend a warm welcome to Kinnard, who recently began her tenure at the GMCVB. 

County approves $1 million youth jobs program

CareerSource will administer the summer program in 10 zip codes

Although summer officially began June 21, kids still have a chance to find summer jobs. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has approved $1 million in funding for the Mayor's Youth Summer Job Program. During the June 30 commission meeting, the commissioners passed the item for funding 8-1, with Commissioner Juan Zapata voting against.

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Let seniors join the online discourse

My mother just recently finally agreed to using a smartphone and I’d liken her initial reaction to nothing short of horrific. She literally had a panic attack. After years of defending her five-year-old dinosaur of a phone saying, “It works just fine; I don’t see the fuss,” she joined the digital revolution. even going online to read my tweets. She's not alone. More folks like her in the twilight of their lives are beginning to log on, often finding amusement in the musings of their younger contemporaries.

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Mural artist Addonis Parker talks about his latest project

OneUnited Bank to unveil mural three months in the making

A mural created in secret will be undressed on Saturday, July 11 at the OneUnited Bank in Liberty City. Addonis Parker, the artist in charge of creating the massive artwork, partnered with the bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative to complete the project, which included an art class of 21 high school students from the area. The project launched March 11.

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Lincoln cemetery is brought back to life

Miami-Dade County will perform one-time clean up of historic Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

The historic Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Brownsville is getting a facelift through a clean-up effort led by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. On Wednesday morning, Edmonson and a crowd of 30, including the clean-up crew and community members, gathered to discuss the plans for the cemetery that houses the remains of some of Miami’s Black elite and pioneers.

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Honored at the end of his life

Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Eldridge F. Williams gets military bedside salute

Just a few weeks ago, first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and their contribution to American history. Right here in Miami, on June 15, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Eldridge F. Williams, 97, received a military bedside salute at the VITAS hospice inpatient unit at University of Miami Hospital. Among the attendees were Tuskegee Airmen Miami Chapter members, Tuskegee Airman Inc. Treasurer Albert E. Dotson Sr., Rosa L. White and VITAS Community Liaison Deborah Mizell.   “Thank you so much. It’s a grand way to go out,” said Williams. During the heartfelt military bedside salute, a chaplain sang patriotic songs like “God Bless America” and “I Shall Not Be Moved.” A pinning ceremony took place and Williams was presented with a certificate of appreciation and gifted a festive, red, white and blue blanket, hand knitted by a hospice volunteer. “Veterans account for 25 percent of deaths every year,” said VITAS Veteran Liaison Nancy Auster, who is a registered nurse. “With more than 1,000 veterans dying in the U.S. every day, it is critical for hospice providers to offer specialized care to veterans and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made for our country.” Williams, a documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) and veteran of the Korean War, dedicated more than 20 years to serving the U.S. Army Air Corps. A longtime Miami resident, Williams was born in 1917 and grew up picking cotton on plantations in Texas and Kansas. In addition to fighting for his country, he also fought for racial equality -- a cause he’s battled strongly for since childhood. After retiring from the military, Williams served Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the U.S., where he held several roles, including director of Desegregation. The Tuskegee Airmen, also known as the Red Tails, fought in World War II and were the first African-American combat pilots in U.S. history. According to Tuskegee Airmen Inc., there are about 200 documented members in their local chapters who are still living. As of Thursday, June 25, Williams was still alive. VITAS, a provider of end-of-life care, understands that prior military service can have a profound impact on veterans as they approach the end of life, and the company has developed programs to provide them with the care and support they need.

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Job fair Tuesday for Miami Worldcenter construction jobs

Overtown residents to get priority hiring at massive development

Miami Worldcenter will host a construction job fair in Overtown on Tuesday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church located at 1750 NW Third Ave., Miami. Miami Worldcenter is a private real estate development that will include retail, hospitality and residential uses on 27 acres of vacant land in the center of Downtown Miami’s urban core. The job fair for the construction development phase of the project will give priority to residents living within the Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Community Redevelopment Areas, the Overtown community, and then priority zip codes within the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. All told, phase one of Miami Worldcenter is expected to yield about 18,000 direct jobs and $1 billion in new economic impact, according to a study by Fishkind & Associates. The Miami Worldcenter development team will be seeking to hire for positions that include plumbing, carpentry, concrete, painting, general labor and more. The job fair will be coordinated by The Relocation & Development Firm Inc. in partnership with the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the Miami-Dade Chamber, Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Olivette MBC, St. Johns MBC, Temple MBC and Greater Israel Bethel PBC. “We are excited about coordinating a job fair for Overtown residents, as this is a significant construction development in their neighborhood. Employment opportunities will renew a sense of pride among the residents of Overtown,” says Henry Crespo, senior president of The Relocation & Development Firm in a statement. 

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Jehovah's Witnesses 2015 summer conventions begin

More than 14,000 went to the first event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise

A three-day seminar June 19-21 discussed, by means of videos, interviews and re-enactments, how the Bible and the example and teachings of Jesus give parents and children the tools to build stronger and more united families. The program opened each day at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The theme of this year’s program is “Imitate Jesus!” Mario Beltrami, a Jehovah's Witness convention spokesman, states: “Jesus, the founder of Christianity, is widely considered as one of the most influential and significant men who ever lived. As Christians, a core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus lived his life as a model for us to follow. The “Imitate Jesus!” conventions examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasize how all—regardless of their background, lifestyle or religion—can benefit in practical ways from his example and teachings. A highlight of the program was the keynote address on Friday morning, entitled “Concealed in Him Are All the Treasures of Wisdom.” Hans Simon Foster, who has been attending conventions since he was a toddler, was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was baptized in in 1996 and attends the West Miramar English for more than 11 years.

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Charleston church filled with signs of good and evil

World supports the survivors with money and service, while stories of how the massacre happened emerge

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Tributes pour into Mother Emanuel, the site of where alleged mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof shot and killed nine people as they studied the Bible together. Church officials said they already had received more than a thousand e-mails from around the world and as many telephone calls. Numerous callers — men and women— cried shamelessly into their phones, according to a volunteer who spoke with these well-wishers. “One lady read a nice poem she had written and wanted to send copies to the families,” she said. A woman from Sierra Leone, west Africa, called and said that she and members of her Kono tribe wanted to donate money to Mother Emanuel. Others pledged generously: Boeing Corp, which has a local airline assembly plant, contributed $100,000.

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