Bentley's SUV takes luxury to a new level
Thursday night, Oct. 1, Bentley Motors officially revealed its new SUV to South Florida at the grand opening of Braman motors newest show room to a crowd of about 200 spectators and potential purchasers. The Bentley Bentayga is a new territory that Bentley is entering as a market and as a brand. With the Bentayga, Bentley is entering and creating a new segment into the SUV marketplace as the first ultra-luxury vehicle of its class.
First Black little sister and Miss Congeniality join this year’s royal court
On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater, located at 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee held its 66th Annual Royal Court Pageant — and history was made. Takiyah Belfort, 10, competed in the Little Sister category and won the prize. She is the first Black Junior Orange Bowl Little Sister crowned by the organization in its 66 years of existence. Takiyah is a fifth grade student at Citrus Grove Elementary and the daughter of LaQuoya and Tony Belfort.
The OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series in Miami is designed to educate small business owners on the benefits of selling to the federal government. The free full day program will cover a variety of government contracting topics and provide attendees with resources, insights and networking opportunities with government officials and like-minded small business owners.
Several departments and salaries were cut to trim expenses
New City Manager Steve Shiver balanced Opa-Locka’s budget for the first time in four years, but it didn’t happen without some cuts and sacrifices. Shiver’s proposed budget eliminates the CRA and its executive director, Ed Brown, reducing the city’s workforce from 226 employees -- 12 positions are currently vacant -- to 174. The budget calls for reduced overtime, an outsourced Public Works deparment and eliminates the purchase of 30 new vehicles.
Commissioner hosts every third Friday
At 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the City of Opa-locka, in partnership with Feeding South Florida held its monthly food distribution, hosted by Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka. Each month, on the third Friday, an 18-wheeler truck arrives at Segal Park, packed with non-perishable groceries such as can goods, fresh vegetables, meat, sweets and a variety of other nourishments. The food is distributed — while supplies lasted — to local citizens of the community, who can fill bags, boxes and carts. The only requirement to get assistance is proof of
Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam to roll out opportunities for residents to get involved in the community
Miramar’s Wayne Messam will deliver a State of the City address at the Miramar Cultural Center, on Thursday, Oct. 1. “What we will be doing is giving the key data points in terms of the city’s accomplishments over the last couple of years, and also highlighting the initiatives of the city, and the direction the city will be taking,” said Messam. “We also will be identifying the challenges we will be facing and how we will be working together. We’re inviting city staff, residents, the business community and all of our community organizations to the event at the Miramar Cultural Center.” What he, and his fellow Commissioners, also hope is to get more residents and more businesses involved in the community. The mayor’s office will highlight some additional initiatives, he said, so people could be partners in solving many of the challenges in the future.
City leaders take note of a bold move by Miami Gardens. It had been warning companies with which it does business to add diversity to their teams. Wells Fargo and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) failed to heed their customer, Miami Gardens,’ request. And they were summarily fired. And rightfully so. Wells Fargo held most of Miami Gardens’ $60-million bond fund but it did not show any sensitivity or business acumen. Miami Gardens is the largest city in Florida with a majority of Black residents. The mayor, Oliver Gilbert III, is Black and the council is diverse. Wells Fargo and FMIT got complacent since they were not listening to the council’s requests when they put in their bids and the council was complicit. But not anymore.
Community reminisces about 1995 event
It was about 20 years ago that more than a million men gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C to declare their right to justice, to atone for their failures as men and to accept responsibility as the family head. Also known as The Holy Day of Atonement, the Million Man March saw the largest gathering of Black men in America and created an atmosphere that many have called a glimpse of heaven. Twenty years later the national convener, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, calls for another gathering. This time the theme is “Justice or Else,” and it will take place on the National Mall 10/10/15. Twenty years later the Million Man March is open to men, women, Latinos, Native Americans and all who are seeking justice, according to Farrakhan.
Now we know what all those tears were about. Not 24 hours after Speaker Boehner fought tears during the entire visit of Pope Francis to the Capitol on Thursday, the 13-term congressman from Ohio announced his resignation from Congress. His last day will be Oct. 30. In a town that had written his political obituary almost from the moment he took the gavel from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in January 2011, Boehner’s announcement took the Capitol by surprise. Even though storm clouds had been building again recently, no one thought he would just walk away and so quickly. Although a terrific piece by The Post’s Robert Costa about an encounter with Boehner last night shows that the end was nigh.
Dear editor For the last couple of months in the inner-cities in Miami it has been horrible. Young people are dying or being shot in such regularity it makes me feel the battle is being lost. Residents are in perpetual fear because guns shots, police helicopters, and police sirens are becoming realities of daily living. Parents are more inclined to keep their children and teenagers at home rather than have them play on the park for fear some impending gang turf shoot out.
Event addressed police brutality and possible solutions to the problem
Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) hosted a Town Hall meeting on Monday under the theme, “The Police and the Community: Who is Protected and Served?” As part of Barry’s Deliberative Dialogue Series, the event at Andres Hall addressed police brutality and possible solutions. A diverse audience engaged a distinguished panel in discussions moderated by Victory Romano, Ph.D., chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights and the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE).
Seven women shared the pain of losing their children on National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday
The Betty T. Ferguson Complex in Miami Gardens embraced a mood of intense emotion when the RJT Foundation joined the National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims last Friday. One by one, seven speakers shared the story of the depths of their emotions caused by untimely murders of their children and family members. Sharron Ladson, Queen Brown, Wanda Jones, Jacqueline Brown, Tangela Sears, Denise Brown, founder and CEO of RJT, and Miami Gardens City Councilman Rodney Harris delivered heartfelt accounts of first hand experiences of the aftermath of the murder of their loved ones.
Rev. Gregory D. Thompson Jr.: A servant according to the Lord’s description
Gregory D. Thompson Jr., born in Miami, is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High School. At an early age, Gregory said he “felt the call of God on his life, urging him to serve him,” but like most young people, he tried to evade God and “the pull” he had on his life. “I did not realize as a youngster, you could be young, serve the Lord, and be happy. I am happy that I gave the Lord charge of my life as a young man,” said Thompson. Being raised in the church, as was Thompson, made it very hard for him to escape the long arms of God. In fact, being taught who God was early in life, made it, said Thompson, “Very difficult to be disobedient to God’s word.” The promise made in Proverb 22:6 is very true. “Train up a child when he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
A stop on a five-city tour gathers testimony from those affected by police violence, racial discrimination
Miami-Dade residents who have been impacted by state violence and racial discrimination were able to testify as to their personal experiences before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a community forum on Monday, Sept. 21 at St. Thomas University School of Law. A delegation, led by Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine, organized visits to five U.S. cities to investigate the issue of police violence against the Black community and racial discrimination. IACHR is a part of the Organization of American States.
Jamaica Women of Florida hosted third event in Pembroke Pines
The Jamaican Women of Florida’s Third Annual “Health & Wellness Conversation-To Your Sexual Health, Love & Sex,” took place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Broward Regional Library at Broward College, 7300 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines. The event also included a partner massage demonstrations by Judy Wyatt of Samadhi Spa in Kendall and a Jamaican Marketplace with tons of vendors. “We are looking forward to a healthy discussion on love, sex and a healthy lifestyle. Sit back and enjoy, and ask questions,” said the group’s Vice President Cheryl Wynter. The team of Dr. Karen Carpenter, a clinical sexologist and psychologist, and Michael Anthony Cuffe, a communications consultant and motivational speaker, lead the discussion on love and sex that afternoon. Dr. Carpenter spoke a great deal about what happened during her workshops, focusing on the key components of romantic love and self-esteem. Carpenter noted that some people got into close relationships with their friends, which could lead to intimacy and commitment, but no passion. Such relationships could work, she said, but it was best to have passion combined with
Broward Health, the taxpayer-financed system of hospitals and health care facilities, will pay $69.5 million to settle federal charges that it made illegal payments to staff physicians, using a secret compensation system that rewarded doctors for patient referrals and penalized them for accepting charity cases. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Tuesday and said the case involved payments to nine highly paid doctors employed by Broward Health. “Our citizens deserve medical treatment uncorrupted by excessive salaries paid to physicians as a reward for the referral of business rather than the provision of the highest quality healthcare,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida. “This office will be steadfast in continuing to devote all necessary resources to ensure that anyone rendering medical care does so for the sole benefit of the patient and in compliance with the law.”
Elyn Johnson practically wrote her obituary because she wrote so much about her life on yellow legal sheets which were shared by her niece, Jessica Williams on Tuesday. Born on January 20, 1930, Johnson wrote, “ I was christened by Father John Culmer at St. Agnes. My godmother was Mildred Allen and my godfather was Dr. Kelsey L. Pharr. After nurse training I was married to William Johnson in Christ Episcopal Church by Father Theodore Gibson. After living in the Grove, we moved to Liberty City in the late 50’s and in the 60’s I began working in politics as a legislative aide to State
Sylvia Rolle, born Sylvia Reynolds, died at Claridge House on Thursday, Sept. 24. She was 81 years old. The daughter of Margaret and Forrest Reynolds Sr. of Miami, Sylvia attended Dorsey High School, where she was Miss Dorsey in 1950, won repeat oratorical contests, participated in student government and was a pianist for the chorus. She graduated with honors from Dorsey in 1950 and was awarded a scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman College, where she majored in music, was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and was a pianist for the college choir. During her lifetime, among other things, Sylvia was a music consultant and/or teacher in the public school systems of St. Lucie, Philadelphia and Dade counties; was active in the Urban League; owned and operated a national telemarketing firm based in Teaneck, New Jersey; was a founder of the Church of the Open Door; and co-produced and moderated her own daily TV show, “Shades of Black,” on Miami’s Channel 2 (PBS), the first of its kind in the nation.
The best time of year for some of us is the fall. Whether it's the delight of seeing the leaves turn their rainbow of colors or the smell in the air of cooler days, fall is a beloved season. It is also the time of year for football and soccer, two highly watched sports. If you're a fan or someone who follows the news, you’ve heard about the lawsuits and concerns surrounding the highly debated disease of the brain, namely Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a very serious brain injury that occurs due to repetitive blows to the head or actions that can cause shaking of the head. CTE was originally identified in boxers but now is associated with any contact sport such as soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, football — any sport that could cause repetitive blows to the head. It is a diagnosis that can be made only postmortem. It is
Film showcases Julius Rosenwald, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build schools for Black students
A film about Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish man who worked with Booker T. Washington to build schools for Black students, will be screened in South Florida next week. Named “Rosenwald,” the film’s director, Aviva Kempner, will be on hand to answer questions at Booker T. Washington Senior High School Oct. 1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The school is also hosting a special field trip for students on the film’s opening day, Oct. 2, at the AMC Aventura Theater. Other screenings will be held throughout the week. It seems Rosenwald, who was president of the department store, Sears, had a huge imprint on the civil rights movement without realizing it. The Jewish philanthropist born