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Urgent, Inc. interns create mobile app

Students take Dorsey Park murals off the wall and into your palms

With much guidance and hands-on participation, Urgent, Inc. interns were able to take murals for Dorsey Park in the historic Overtown off the wall and into the hands of many around the world. Last Tuesday at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, Urgent, Inc. Coding summer interns unveiled a unique mobile application. The app, titled Dorsey Detector, takes the artwork of the program’s Arts and Culture interns and mass produces it so that any and everyone outside of Overtown can view it. Commissioner Keon Hardemon; Felecia Hatcher, 2014 White House Champion of Chance for STEM

Broward schools adding an hour to school day

32 elementary schools will make change next year

What could only be considered a nightmare for some students has come to reality in Broward County — spending an extra hour in school. A total of 32 Broward elementary schools will be adding the hour of the school day due to low FCAT performance scores. Whether the hour will be added to the school day’s morning or afternoon is still in question. It was announced on Thursday, July 24, that all but two run by the district are on Florida’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementaries.

FAMU president seeks FCC waiver

Deal will help ensure news for underserved areas

Washington, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. traveled to the Capitol this week to help seek a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the new Black Television News Channel, which will be housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC).

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lifestyle happenings

The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a meeting to plan its 45th reunion, 10 a.m. on Sat., August 2, at Piccadilly’s restaurant in Hialeah. Call 305-620-4827. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141.

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Jumbos closes doors

Liberty City staple closes its doors after 59 years

Just on the brink of losing a fan-favorite Miami Heat Player, LeBron James — Miami takes yet another loss — Jumbo’s. As the old tried-and-true saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” On Wednesday, July 23, Jumbo’s restaurant served its last order of its famous fried shrimp. With a live band and plenty of hungry patrons to accompany him, owner, Bobby Flam, 69, went out with a smile.

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Dr. Venessa Walker opens chiropractic, wellness center

Community shows support at launch party

On the brink of a demographic and cultural shift around the nation, Dr. Venessa “V” Walker, DC makes her way into the chiropractic industry at a pivotal time in history. It is reported that many Blacks were unfamiliar of the benefits of chiropractic care but with women like Dr. V a change can affect many lives.

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Tolerance is a two-way street

Tolerance. By definition, it means "the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with." The last part of the definition is very telling “. . . behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Our tolerance of different social issues is constantly being tested. We saw a classic example of that this past week in the world of sports.

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UPDATED: Partial bond money released for Overtown CRA projects

The future of Overtown’s redevelopment efforts grew uncertain last week after a financial dispute between county and city leaders delayed funding to long overdue construction projects aimed at revitalizing the historic Black neighborhood.

Florida ACLU alleges Immigration violations by ACLU, other groups

A coalition of civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal groups has sent letters to officials in 62 Florida counties calling for an end to local law enforcement agencies detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Pastors lead march against crime in Liberty City

Dozens of religious leaders walked arm in arm and sang spiritual hymns as they led a chorus of weary residents through tough neighborhoods last Saturday in a demonstration reminiscent of those during the civil rights era.

TACOLCY CEO ousted, decision applauded by some

A group of residents known as The Concerned Citizens for the Preservation of TACOLCY, has been calling for Brown’s removal since a whistleblower complaint was filed last August.

Former N. Miami mayor business partner pleads guilty

Former North Miami mayor likely to serve several decades behind bars after business partner strikes plea deal.

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James Brown biopic hits home for one Miami daughter

Legendary performer and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown left to the world more than dance moves and music.

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Top Stories This Week

Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities.

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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

In 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people he would not let “congressional gridlock slowdown our economic growth.” On October 24, 2011, in his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, President Obama said, ‘Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs . . . we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional congress to do its job. Where they won’t, I will.’

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Hampton Village Apartments opens with ribbon cutting

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped to welcome the new Hampton Village Apartments complex in Brownsville to District 3 on June 26, 2014. The units took the place of old and dilapidated apartments located at 2800 N.W. 43 Terrace, Miami, directly adjacent to the Historic Hampton House, currently under reconstruction.  The Hampton Village Apartment Complex is composed of 100 affordable units.

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Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti set to reopen

Located in the heart of Little Haiti, the long awaited reopening of the Caribbean Market Place (CMP) will take place on July 18, 2014, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 – 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL. The commemorative event starts at 4:30pm. Special guests are scheduled to be in attendance. The re-establishment of this Marketplace is a collaborative effort of the City of Miami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon. 

Marla Wilson appointed executive director of mentoring program

Tracy Wilson-Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program welcomes Marla Wilson as its new Executive Director. Wilson, the past Senior Director of the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association and Executive Director for the Miami March of Dimes, will oversee Honey Shine’s programs and services as well as development structure for all operations.

District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the  future Twin Lakes Park. 

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Payday lender hit with $10M in penalties, refunds

ACE Cash Express, which has stores in Liberty City, Opa-locka and North Miami will pay $10 million in penalties and refunds for violations in its debt collection practices. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck a deal with the company, which was accused of forcing customers into taking out more loans by harassing them and threatening them with lawsuits and criminal prosecution. “This culture of coercion drained millions of dollars from cash-strapped consumers who had few options to fight back,” CFPB director Richard Cordray said in a statement.

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