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Little Red stands up to peer pressure

Local authors write book based on growing up in Opa-locka

A metropolitan spin on the classic childhood tale "Little Red Riding Hood," "Little Red in the Hood" takes readers on a journey in the city of Southhood with Little Red, an adorable, mahogany-colored little girl who has two massive Afro puffs and large, brown almond-shaped eyes who effortlessly dodges peer pressure from neighborhood teens on her way to dance practice. Her actual name is Rene, but her love for the color red, seen in the red bows that adorn her head, ushered in a name change. Written by Myron L. and Kristina R. Johnson, the book was inspired by their childhood in Opa-locka in Miami-Dade County were they faced similar challenges like Little Red. "Little Red" primes children on how to overcome peer pressure while expressing God's love to everyone.

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BMe: Funding everyday Black men

Did you know that there are more brothers in college than in prison?

There are 1.4 million Black men in college and there are about 840,000 Black men in prison, according to Ivory Toldson, an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Negro Education.” 

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Cultural attractions of Miami explored during free tours

Free tours showcase South Florida's best sights, sounds

Long after the Ferris wheels and art displays have disappeared, residents seeking tranquility and rejuvenation from Miami’s busy festival season can explore the lavish grounds where Michael Jordan was married or the exquisite gardens of Vizcaya. The sites are all part of free tours of popular parks and attractions in South Florida.

New study suggests preschool is a building block to educational disparities

A recent report by the The U.S. Department of Education has shed new light on some dismal statistics about America’s educational disparities and classroom disciplines among Black students.

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Tackling the Sun Life Stadium proposal

Miami Gardens has blossomed from humble beginnings into a bustling municipality of 111,000. Preliminary attendance numbers suggest larger crowds this year at the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens than in year’s past. Thousands beamed with pride as they welcomed tourists and locals to celebrate Black culture with Grammy-winning, multi-plantinum selling artists. They performed amid the revelry and unity at this predominately black festival that has already grown into one of the largest celebrations of its kind in The Southeast.

Miami Gardens schedules next bond meeting

Miami Gardens will hold a second town hall meeting for the proposed $60 million general obligation bond referendum on March 20th at 7 pm at the Pentecostal Tabernacle International Church located at 18415 NW 7th Avenue. Policy makers will hear residents’ input on the bond, which city leaders say is needed to renovate and construct the parks. They say the funds will also be used to purchase new technological equipment to fight crime in the second largest city in Miami-Dade.

Miami students driven to success

Three local students on the path to college

Vroom, vroom, vroom. What’s that sound? Two driven Miami high school students found themselves on the path to success after they were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants for Ford’s “What Drives Your Dream” essay contest.

Dunn sentencing delayed until May 5

JACKSONVILLE- Michael Dunn, who was found guilty on three counts of second degree murder in the criminal trial of the killing death of 17-year old Jordan Davis, will not be sentenced until a new trial. A judge has agreed to delay Dunn’s sentencing until May 5 when he is tried on first-degree murder charges. Those charges were left over when Jurors failed to convict him for the death of Davis, resulting in a deadlocked decision last February. Dunn was convicted last month for shooting 10 shots at Davis and his three friends even as they fled in their vehicle.

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Greater Bethel AME celebrates 118 years

Building a church in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination was planted in the minds and hearts of a small group of Black Christians early in 1896. A meeting was scheduled and held March 12. 1896, three months before the city was incorporated at the home of Alex Lightburn to organize themselves. Bethel A.M.E. was organized under the the leadership of Bishop James Crawford Embry and Presiding Elder L.T. Long.

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee celebrates her 101st birthday

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee, who was 101 on March, is a very blessed lady. She beat the odds predicted by the US Census. According to them, McPhee was not suppose to be alive today. It was predicted in 2005 by the US Census that there would be 114,000 centenarians in the US. They missed the count by more than one-half. Only 53,364 made it. McPhee is among that elite group of individuals, of which 82 percent are women.

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What you send out will return, it Boomerang

Galatians 6:7-(NKJV) says: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. When I read the text the first word that came to my mind was “boomerang.” A boomerang is thrown by an individual, but it does not stay out, it returns and falls near the thrower. We wonder at times why things happen in and around our lives, could it be a “boomerang” syndrome. ”Boomerang is defined in the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition as; 1) a bent or angular

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Rev. Willie Brown: Striving to preach and teach

Willie Brown, 43, is a music teacher at Linda Linton K-8 Center on 135 St. and Memorial Highway in North Miami. He is a well-disciplined instructor he said and in addition to being a mentor and an inspiration to his students, wants to also be a man that God can use to help his people.

Quick response results in rapid treatment

Speedy 9-1-1 call also helps with reversal of stroke paralysis

There were no signs it was going to be a fateful day when 78-year-old Graciella Perdomo woke up normally in her North Miami home. But within minutes, she became confused and weak on her right side. Noticing the warning signs, her son suspected that she might be having a stroke and immediately called 911. His quick action likely saved his mother’s life.

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Rehabilition therapy key to recovery after a stroke

Days before having a stroke, Gwendolyn Jackson felt that something was wrong. “I started having rapid heartbeats,” said Jackson, 42, a freelance journalist. “I would get dizzy when I stood up. I also started having shortness of breath.”

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Faith Calendar

Bethel Temple/Bethel Community Development Corporation invites the public to their Ultimate Yard Sale Sat., March 22nd from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Vendor spaces are available. Call 305-688-1612 Mt. Hermon AME Church invites the public, particularly those in need, to their furniture “Give Away Bazaar on March 22 starting at 9 a.m. Some items are new and some are used but all are in good condition. Call 954-614-0282.

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Jefferson Reaves hosts health fair in Overtown

The Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center, 1009 N.W. 5th Ave. in Overtown invites the community their Community Health Fair. The clinic is a comprehensive primary care clinic affiliated with Jackson Health System, for adults and children.

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Disney Dreamers Academy panelists share message of entrepreneurship

When you wish upon a radio show like KiAundra Kilpatrick, your dreams come true. Ask 17-year-old Kilpatrick, a Miami Gardens residents who was among dozens of students all over the country who shared an intimate and fun learning environment at Walt Disney World during an all expense paid trip for four days to the popular theme park with figures like TV host Steve Harvey, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and more acting as “educators.”

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Jazz in the Gardens draws thousands from South Florida, country

Hotel industry capitalizes on out of towners

Thousands of music lovers from South Florida and the country packed the grounds of Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens this past weekend to dance and sway to the soulful, relaxing sounds of top recording artists while feasting on various foods during the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens.

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Tour Black history through tapestry of Black artwork

Philanthropists link art and history in Kinsey collection

On one page, a graphic drawing shows how hundreds of Blacks from Africa were packed like sardines on a ship after being sold as slaves for work in America. The drawing of the oval deck shows how Blacks slept in tight quarters for hours before many died during the long journey to a new country.

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Chatter That Matters

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enjoyed an experience by having the opportunity to fly from Washington to Miami on Art Force, including a helicopter ride to Coral Reef High School last Friday. President Obama spoke on the importance of education in achieving the American Dream and expanding opportunities for the working class, while Congresswoman Wilson demonstrated the objectives of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.

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