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The MLK Parade Committee thanks Miami-Dade

More than 500,000 came out to support the late Dr. Preston Marshall’s parade

On Monday, Jan. 18th, the current MLK Parade and Festivities Committee Inc., a State of Florida non-profit 501 © (3), continued the work and legacy of founder the late Dr. Preston W. Marshall, Jr., with the assistance of The Miami Times, Miami-Dade County, city of Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Humana, WLRN TV Station, Cox Media and McDonald’s Corp. The committee celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (MLK) and presented the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade that traveled east down 54th Street from 11th to 32nd Avenues. The MLK parade is the largest in the United States. More than 500,000 people of all ethnic backgrounds, young and old alike, prayed together, laughed and danced together, and demonstrated pride in their community, as they lined the barricaded streets for eight miles.

Dirt bikes detract from positive MLK Day in Miami

Imagine my surprise upon stumbling over news coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Liberty City that painted a picture of dirt bikes running wild in the streets. Dozens of people were arrested and even more bikes and ATVs were impounded, but I saw none of it. I’ll tell you what I did see. I saw parade grand marshal and singer-songwriter Timmy Thomas perform “Why Can’t We Live Together,” and the equally talented R&B singer Betty Wright talk to the crowd about keeping children on the right path. You see, Betty knows all too well the perils of raising kids in the inner city – she lost her son to gun violence. Before singing the song she wrote in his memory, she counseled the crowd: “How many of you have lost sons, daughters, brothers, fathers or aunties to gun violence?” Too many raised their hands. “We have to stop trying to be our children’s friends and be their parents,” she admonished. “They are not your homies; they are your children and you have to keep them in the right lane.”

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Pastor wears many hats and shepherds the flock at church

Peace Missionary Baptist Church, located at 11500 NW 17th Ave., will celebrate the church’s 37th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St., in Miami Gardens. The public is cordially invited to attend this historical event and share this experience with the excited members. For ticket information contact Sis. Denise Larmond at 786-457-1058.  The anniversary celebration will culminate on Sunday, Feb.14th at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Woodrow Jenkins and the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church family. The anniversary colors are shades of purple and the theme is “God’s Church Through Peace, Faith, Love and Salvation.”

Options: What the uninsured need to know now

Hurry, health care enrollment ends on Jan. 31

Did you know that in Florida, the number of those without health insurance is more than 16 percent? As a trusted healthcare resource to our patients, North Shore Medical Center is dedicated to offering the best possible care and increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage for the communities we serve through our educational Path to Health campaign. About 17 million previously uninsured Americans are now getting coverage either through the marketplace, Medicaid or other sources and North Shore Medical Center is eager to help those without insurance in our community learn about the many benefits of health insurance coverage. Those with insurance: • Are almost twice as likely to have had a checkup or received preventive care in comparison to those without insurance, according to Enroll America.

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Peace Rally in Richmond Heights hopes to unify youth

Second Baptist Church hosts to inspire and discuss community issues

With a church turned night-club using fog machines, laser lights and inspirational hip-hop music, the Second Baptist Church (SBC) blended the old and the new, bringing together parents, teachers, church leaders and youths of their community for a creative and positive alternative to violence. SBC and its Community Development Corp. in Richmond Heights held a Peace Rally Jam on Friday, Jan. 22, as a call to unify the community in light of a recent rise in youth violence and shootings. The event, hosted by Devontae “TP Miller” and Lateshia “Mrs. Tee” McFarland-Brown, saw more thanr 200 attendees including church leaders, pastors, children and their families and local musicians, like DJ Smoove, Sean Olivera and King Edward, as well as speakers from SBC and Christ Fellowship in Palmetto Bay.

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Celebrating the good life with Patti LaBelle and Ashleigh Smith

The legendary Patti LaBelle will take the stage 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County as part of its Black History Month celebrations. The Larry Rosen Jazz Roots Series brings LaBelle and special guest Ashleigh Smith to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall for a single performance. “As we celebrate Black History Month and our 10th anniversary season, we are thrilled to be presenting the iconic Patti La Belle ‘celebrating the good life’ on our Knight Concert Hall Stage. Not only does she embody the spirit of our JAZZ ROOTS program, she is truly one of the greatest artists of our time,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center in a prepared statement. Having sold more than 50 million records, LaBelle has enjoyed one of the longest and most lauded careers in entertainment as a recording artist, actress and best-selling author. Starting her career as the lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, she

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Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards honor TV’s best

13th annual event took place Jan. 20 at Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach

Steve Harvey, host of “Family Feud,” and Quincy Jones, multi-media entrepreneur, were two of this year’s honorees at the NATPE’s 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards reception. The award ceremony took place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference. NATPE, the National Association of Television Program Executives, is the first content market of the year. It’s an opportunity for local producers, writers, creators and talent to come and pitch their new ideas to international media executives.

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Students learn how to be accountable for success

MDCPS Success Centers still working out kinks

Shanteria Johnson headed to the office to get paperwork that would free her from a five-day suspension at the 500 Role Models’ Success Center site and back to her regular classroom and friends. “This place is okay, but I’m ready to return to my school,” said Shanteria, a 17-year-old junior at William H. Turner Technical High School where she mostly gets As and Bs in classes. Her crime? Fighting with a classmate. She collected her things as her mother, Alicia Johnson, arrived.

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The Social Whirl

Relaxing and enjoying fellowship after the holiday “hectics”, members of Just Us were hosted by Cynthia Mitchell Clarke at Shula’s in Miami Lakes with Happy New Year toasts, conversation and laughter. Enjoying the meeting were: LaVon Moore, Juanita Miller, Emma Burnside, Virla Barry, Carolyn Blake, Camille Carroll-Perry, Regina Frazier, Priscilla Adams Dobbs (president), Luretha Lucky, Geneva Knowles Woodard, Cecilia Hunter, Mercita Wimberly, Shelaine Davis Welters, and Darlene Gay. Blessings and birthday wishes to Dorothy Edwards as she celebrated her 102nd birthday. Last year, several members of the Dorsey High Alumni Association visited with her to celebrate her 101st. Several members also visited this year with Mrs. Edwards according to Baljean Smith along with neighbors and friends. Dorothy Edwards was a physical education teacher at Dorsey and later became Dean of Girls. She was also a counselor and Dean of Girls at Northwestern Senior High serving under Mrs. Ida Taylor Ratcliffe and Mr. Samuel O. Cohen. Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority also did a card shower at the chapter meeting and sang happy birthday. After the meeting they cut a special birthday cake and gave her nearly two dozen pink roses as a tribute to her and this milestone. Soror Dorothy Edwards, is a Charter Member, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was so pretty proudly wearing her pink.

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Chatter that Matters

A unique story about an exhibit Club Room rental agreement at 2800 NW 43 Terrace along with a form making the program for usage under HHH-Hampton. Historical House name, address, organizational and signatures. For those who can handle the opportunity between 9AM and 8PM. A security must be cleaned a deposit charged to all groups and be returned and found in good condition. Claims against the HHH for thefts or damage will be responsible for damages not precluding the rental. Ironically, Ron Frazier charged his batters when the opportunity presented itself when he put all of his eggs in a basket and landed visitation of the internationally known Temptations to the Historic Hampton House they were in South Florida leading the Dr. Martin L. King parade for their fans for a short stay. Going on that same time was the King of Clubs of Greater Miami Black & White Gala in the same area at the Parrot Jungle at Deep Tree Ballroom.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Women in Transition of South Florida resumes its Basic Computer Skills class for women ages 18 and up.  Registration and Orientation is Tuesday, February 2, call 786-477-8548.  ASCENT: Black Women’s Expressions Art Exhibition, Feb. 4 – March 4 at Cotilla Gallery: Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Call 954-262-4637. The Embrace Girls Foundation announces Embrace Girls High Tea Events on Tuesday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. and Friday, February 12 at 2 p.m. to be held at Arcola Lake Elementary. Call 305- 779-3780 or email www.embracegirlpower.org.

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Registration open for second Black Tech Week

The program lineup includes, coding, pitch competitions and a women’s brunch

Black Tech Week Co-Founder Felecia Hatcher and the team are on a mission to increase the number of startup founders, technology executives and engineers of color. Black Tech Week, in its second year, is charting that path with a lineup of impactful programming. The conference, held during Black History Month, also celebrates innovators of color. “The entire week of events aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology that stretches the trajectory of our community,” said Hatcher. “Black Tech Week’s focus is thinking beyond today and tomorrow in order to build a diverse and connected organization for the Diaspora. Black Tech Week will serve as the platform to acknowledge, celebrate, and support innovative, thought-provoking conversations and content by people of color.”

New name for Florida supplier council

Name to reflect expanded service area of the entire state of Florida

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is the new name for the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), to reflect an expanded service area that now includes Central and Northern Florida. Beatrice Louissaint leads the FSMSDC, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida. The organization is set to roll out a variety of new services and programs to its corporate members and MBEs statewide. FSMSDC, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. (NMSDC), will be headquartered in Miami with regional offices and staff in Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee.

B-CU’s Quentin Williams signs professional contract

Senior quarterback to play with the Canadian Football League's Bombers

Redshirt senior quarterback Quentin Williams from Bethune-Cookman University capped off a successful week on Friday, Jan. 22, signing a professional contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Williams recently competed in the inaugural Tropic Bowl in North Miami Beach. The Tampa native was named most valuable player for the National Team after producing stellar numbers in the game. The best FBS College football players from around the country met at the Inaugural “Tropic Bowl” college all-star game played at North Miami Stadium on Jan. 17. The new FBS all-star game created an exciting scouting opportunity for top level talent from the NCAA’s Division 1 FBS levels top seniors who are looking to go pro. The Tropic Bowl was scouted by 26 NFL teams and four CFL teams, who flew in for the event.

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Mayor throws out bids

New proposals requested from developers by Feb. 5

Tired of waiting to hear from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez regarding who would be the recommended developer for Liberty Square Rising, a group of “concerned citizens” collected enough money to take out an ad and buy T-shirts to wear to the commission chambers. That was last Wednesday. Two days later, Indira Rajkumar-Futch from the Procurement Division of Public Housing and Community Development put out a statement asking the two top vote-getters from a nine-member selection team to present their “best and final offer” to redevelop Liberty Square. Atlantic Pacific Communities LLC received the top score from the committee and Related Urban (RUDG) received the second-highest votes.

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Peace Rally Jam to take place Friday

SBC Community Development Corp. and Second Baptist Church collaborate for youth

SBC Community Development Corp. and Second Baptist Church are pleased to present the 2016 Peace Rally Jam: Our Youth Can Save the World from 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, on the campus of Second Baptist Church, 11111 Pinkston Dr., in Miami. The free event will include a meet & greet mixer, food, drinks and a concert.

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and Miami City Commissioner Willy Gort to sponsor “Allapattah Service Day”

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Miami City Commissioner Wilfredo “Willy” Gort are sponsoring an “Allapattah Service Day” on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gwen Cherry Housing Complex, 2099 NW 23rd St. in Allapattah.

Will Beckham name team to honor community?

Major League Soccer may come to Miami's Black community, thanks to David Beckham, one of the most famous players in soccer history. Right in the heart of Overtown, Miami's historic beacon for Black history and culture, a soccer stadium may rise, bringing both the hope of victories and jobs. But now the question also arises, what will be the name of the team? And will the team's name honor the heritage of the new stadium's surrounding community? In sports, we honor everything from peoples and cultures, to jobs and worms, and even the supernatural. Everything you can possibly imagine is honored in sports, except one category of people, Black people to be exact. For example, great cultures throughout human history have been honored by naming sports teams after them: The Vikings, the Spartans, the Celtics, the Trojans, the Dutchmen, the Irish and the Yankees.

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PowerMoves to expand to Miami in February 2016

Initiative seeks to increase companies led by Black entrepreneurs

Miami will be the first city outside of New Orleans to have a bricks and mortar office for PowerMoves, a national initiative to increase the number of Blacks, who own high-tech, venture-capital backed companies. PowerMoves will bring its pitch competition, boot camps, networking events and fellowships, as well as provide space for entrepreneurs to grow ideas and collaborate.

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Jacksons, Chef Creole eye shops at MIA

It could happen under a proposal that passed its first hurdle before a Miami-Dade County committee

Jackson Soul Food and Chef Creole at Miami International Airport? It could happen under a proposal that passed its first hurdle before a Miami-Dade County committee. The resolution, sponsored by Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan, calls for Mayor Carlos Gimenez or his staff to negotiate future space agreements for the two local Black-owned eateries, Chef Creole and Jackson Soul Food, for future locations at the airport. The Economic Prosperity Committee approved the item in a 5-1 vote during a meeting on Thursday. Commissioner Daniella Levine was the sole dissenter. Jordan said she sponsored the resolution to ensure that MIA contained restaurants that featured other cuisines that show the diversity of the area’s cultural palate so as to give travelers a better “sense of the destination.” The companies would forego the regular bid process and negotiate terms with airport administration.

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