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Tropical Park boxing gym honors late legend

Facility to be renamed “Muhammad Ali Boxing Center” on July 14

One Miami-Dade County park is paying tribute to Muhammad Ali, the late three-time heavy-weight boxing champion. The Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Dept. and County Commissioner Javier D. Souto will join members of the local boxing community to rename Tropical Park’s Boxing Center to the “Muhammad Ali Boxing Center” at a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at 7900 SW 40th St. Ali, born Cassius Clay, died on June 3 at the age of 74, following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Fun and games at Camp RED

ProPops Foundation holds fifth annual event

Dwyane Wade Sr. recently hosted 500 kids at ProPops Foundation’s Fifth Annual Camp RED at North Miami Senior High School. The camp on June 17-19 allowed local children from underprivileged communities to participate in a co-ed basketball tournament, listen to motivational speeches and attend classes about boxing, music, film, community leadership, financial management and overcoming obstacles.

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'Dissolve Opa-locka'

Concerned residents say they’re desperate for relief

With massive debt, a federal corruption probe that has residents and senior staff on edge and now inquiries by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Opa-locka hopes it can breathe with help from the state-appointed oversight panel. But some residents watching the ongoing horror show are wondering aloud if the county should take over, or worse, should the state dissolve the 90-year-old city.

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Hampton House chairman resigns; says board not skilled for the job

Ron Frazier releases manifesto; treasurer concerned about chairman’s spending

The Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc.’s chairman resigned, saying the board is dysfunctional and non-transformational. But since his resignation June 14, Ron Frazier has released a question-and-answer manifesto that outlines details of the separation as well as a 1999 article that delves into the past business dealings of the treasurer of Hampton House Trust. Now treasurer Randolph Williams is saying Frazier violated basic accounting and organizational rules. Moreover, Frazier is chairman of BAC Funding Corp., a

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Election field set, political campaigns begin

Blacks compete in local, state and federal races

It took until the 11th hour for state Rep. Kionne McGhee to get the news that he will return to Tallahassee in the next legislative session. At noon on Thursday, June 24, he was among the political junkies refreshing the state Department of Elections website to see who qualified to run. The person who signed to run against him did not make the cut. That meant McGhee won a third time in the state House.

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Women’s shelter a step closer to an expansion

Lotus House heads back to Miami Commission on July 6

Lotus House, the Overtown-based facility that provides a haven for women in distress and their children, is a step closer to getting approval of an expansion project thanks to a vote by the Miami City Commission. The city approved two resolutions related to the facility at Thursday’s meeting. Lotus House staff and residents erupted in cheer at City Hall once the unanimous votes were announced.

Eleven candidates make the cut for Miami Gardens elections in August

Eight people in City Council race, some newcomers

Nearly a dozen people have qualified to run for office in this upcoming election in Miami Gardens. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Mayor Oliver Gilbert III faces two people. Eight people have qualified for city council seats including incumbent council members Lillie Odom, David Williams and Rodney Harris.

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Congresswoman Wilson shines light on HIV

Elected officials take part in National HIV Testing Day

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson and other community leaders traveled to several health care locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Monday to encourage the public to know their status and get tested for HIV.

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Getting ready for hurricane season

Hurricane season began June 1 and already there has been some storm activity. A week after the season began, Tropical Storm Colin formed and doused parts of Florida. To help seniors of District 3 prepare for the season, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Communities United's Executive Director Hattie Willis delivered

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Solutions for the city I love

A few weeks ago when I called into WMBM’s Tuesday Talk with Bishop Victor T. Curry after two former Opa-Locka Commissioners appeared on the show, Bishop Curry asked me what did my city really need? One of the reasons why my city is cash-strapped is because of the takers and users but here’s a small dose, but an important part of the remedy, that’s needed for my city. The city needs a plan to address all of the other areas apart from finance. There are problems in Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Human Resources to name a few troubling areas, along with employees making astronomical salaries that just don’t

Protest demands justice for dead inmate

Scalding shower leads to death of Darren Rainey four years ago

It has been four years since Darren Rainey died after he was locked in a 180-degree shower until the skin fell off his body, and members of the community want to know why there hasn’t been any arrests in the case.

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Introducing Guordan Banks

With a No. 1 single, this crooner redefines Indie Artist

Singer and songwriter Guordan Banks (pronounced Jordan),  is an independent artist who has achieved something no other indie artist has achieved. He has a  No.1 single, “Keep You in Mind,” on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, surpassing the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell and fellow Philly native, Jill Scott.

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Omega Power and Praise sponsors prom

Night In the Sky Senior Citizen Prom was a first for many

Many seniors who attended a prom last Friday night never had the opportunity to attend a prom before, because they never finished high school. Some had finished high school but could not afford to purchase outfits to attend their proms but it was on their bucket list. The closest many had come to attending a prom was purchasing outfits for their children to wear to theirs and to see how beautiful they looked when they dressed for their special evening. And now, they were able to dress up for their special occasion and have pictures to remember it.

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Gospel music as a ministry

Workshop helps equip those interested in industry

Have you ever felt depressed and turned to Gospel music for encouragement? Do you believe that there is power in songs by Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and other Gospel artists? The members of the Florida Gospel Announcers Guild can all agree that Gospel music is more than music, but it is a ministry. “Somebody can be contemplating committing suicide and they may play one Gospel song that may help and stop them from committing suicide,” Lynn Brown, the president of the Broward Chapter of The Florida Gospel Announcers Guild, said

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Lyric Live presents Afro-Cuban edition

Performers visiting from Cuba to share in a cultural exchange on stage

The show where local talent gets approval or booed from the audience is adding a twist. The next show, Friday July 1, will be a cultural exchange, with Afro-Cuban performers as well as South Florida artists. The traditional “Lyric Live” showcase is set for the first half, with local performers competing to win the audience’s approval and the $500 prize. The second half of the show, presented in partnership with the Afro-Cuban Forum is dubbed, “Lirica Libre.”

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Williams brings out the best in individuals

As a pastor and a principal, he is dedicated to his church and students

A Miami native and product of Miami-Dade public schools, Reverend Dr. Kevin N. Williams is also a beloved principal at Norwood Elementary School. His experience as a former math teacher at the school has helped him earn the trust and respect of the faculty. Students know him well, and teachers turn to him for advice. At this high-need, minority campus, students are thriving.

A discussion about the ghost of Samuel

For centuries, men have argued, debated and screamed and yelled whether the real ghost of Samuel appeared to King Saul in the Bible. Starting this week, Greg from Miami reasons with Pastor Charles Mitchell of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Miami's West Little River area on the topic: Did the real ghost of the Prophet Samuel appears to King Saul in 1 Samuel, Chapter 28? More commonly known as, The Witch of En Zor story, was it really the ghost of Samuel, or was it something else?

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'Art In The Sky' suspends over bed

The public art installation is created by Haitian Miami artist, Asser Saint-Val

Don’t miss the fourth installation of Art In the Sky project Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. As part of the FIU Haitian Mentorship Program at the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, this new, public art project features three-dimensional air sculptures created by Miami artist, Asser Saint-Val. It includes free art-making workshops for audiences of all ages throughout Miami-Dade County.

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The Social Whirl

The Miami Alumnae Chapter held its culminating event for the Chapter's 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Lyric Theater on June 18, The National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Paulette C. Walker was the special guest.

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A bridge to Harvard

MDC computer programming course leads to internship at Ivy Leagues

When Noe Miniel got to college, he was looking for something more, something that would take his educational experience to the next level. He found it at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, where he enrolled in the CS50x Miami course in computer programming.

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