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Underwater exploration

Co-founder of a Black scuba diving group shows remnants of slave ship

A slave ship at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is brought to the surface metaphorically by Black retired Navy veteran, Ric Powell. Powell, co-founder of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), has visited the Henrietta Marie, an English slave ship that in 1700 sank 35 miles west of the Florida Keys, and shared his findings on April 23, at the African Heritage Cultural Center in Liberty City as part of its Talk Back series. “Ships like the Henrietta Marie carried people from the African Diaspora and dropped them off in different locations throughout the Caribbean. We need to understand the pain our ancestors endured for the freedoms we have today,” said Powell.

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Local Black Democrats push for new candidates to run for office

The Democratic African American Women Caucus offers training for people who are politically motivated

Black Democrats are gearing up for huge political fight for the White House in 2016. Their latest efforts: training locals on how to be political candidates and leaders and bringing in Black elected officials to motivate the base. The Democratic African American Women Caucus (DAAWC), founded by Leslie Wimes, held “Looking Towards the Future” Candidate and Leadership Training event on Saturday at Fort Lauderdale's Bahia Mar Hotel. The day culminated with speeches by Senators Lena Taylor and Nina Turner and Stuart attorney Willie Gary.

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Another American civil war on the horizon

A civil war is defined as a war between groups in the same country. Apply that definition to what is happening between some citizens and law enforcement and it seems the United States is heading for a civil war, if not already in one. As specious reasons for stopping, apprehending and causing the death of Black men in America by law enforcement continue to get exposure, the more reasons appear that eventually the oppressed group will react negatively. The discovery is an indictment on the entire justice system in America, from the federal level down.

Where is the outcry from the community?

It seems that some of our legislators have forgotten how strenuous the testing experience can be on a child. Some of them believe that months of class instruction and homework time must reflect in a single test score. A score that is intended to reflect the child’s aptitude — regardless of the resources available to them. Nevertheless, no matter the circumstance, a test only reflects a snapshot of that student’s capabilities and we do not help capture a student’s true potential by providing an unorganized testing experience. The state’s decision to implement a test that they were not prepared for will ultimately cause our students to suffer.

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Second Black woman in space speaks

NASA Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson interview to air on MDC-TV May 4

NASA Astronaut/Engineer Stephanie Wilson explained in details her role in her three spaceflights, in 2006, 2007 and 2010, during which she has logged more than 42 days in space. In a one-on-one interview for MDC-TV with Haitian American journalist James Pierre, Wilson talked about her responsibility to control the robotic arm and transfer more than 28,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the space station during her 2006 flight. During her second flight, Wilson assisted in the successful repair of the solar array panels and during her most recent trip, she was in charge of the robotics that control and manage spacewalking.

Family income should not determine a child’s future

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That place was a first-floor front studio near Central Park. The block was lovely, but I lived in the worst building on it. Sanitation workers used to wake me up when they threw the

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Hampton House through the years

Get ready for the grand unveiling of the restored Historic Hampton House,  May 8 at 11 a.m. at 4240 N W 27th Ave. Liberty City.  

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The three Cs of life: Choices, chances, changes

You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will not change. Christians serve the God that gives them free choice. They are allowed to take a chance on individuals and opportunities as they see fit to do so. His desire is that men, women and children will eventually come to the realization that he is the only one worth spending eternity with. Therefore, make your choice now. Take a chance guided by the evidence presented in his word. If you choose him, it will change your life, all for the best, for eternity.

Help fight childhood obesity

“Walk a Mile with a Child” in Historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2

Families are encouraged to join the annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk followed by a health fair. Put on by James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society, the walk begins at Gibson Park, located at 401 NW 12th St. The health fair, also held in Gibson Park, consists of numerous activities for all ages as well as free gifts and refreshments. Performing at this year’s event will be Booker T. Washington Marching Band, The Miami Gardens’ Steppers and others.

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Joanem F. Floreal is ‘Pastor Fanfan’ to all

Founder of Shalom Community Church

Joanem Frandy Floreal is known in the community as “Pastor Fanfan.” The church Floreal founded and serves as the senior pastor is called Shalom Community Church, a United Methodist denomination. It is said by many that “Shalom Community Church is one of the fastest-growing congregations in the Haitian community. Many people are attracted by the lively worship and the dynamic and relevant preaching of Pastor Fanfan.”

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Hundreds walk against cancer at Betty T. Ferguson complex

Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life lasted more than 12 hours and raised more than $12,000 in funds

Cancer survivors in Northwest Miami-Dade County celebrated life during the recent Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life event at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. More than 1,000 people last Friday walked to honor loved ones who have succumbed to the disease and to support family and friends currently battling the illness. After more than 13 hours the American Cancer Society collected more than $12,600 to continue its efforts against cancer, according to relay organizer Damien Morgan.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018. St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church will hold spring revival April 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-758-1601.

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Free music in the park

George Tandy Jr. headlines annual jazz and blues concert at the Betty T. Ferguson Complex Amphitheater May 8

The audience will find George Tandy Jr. to be much more than an energetic entertainer when he headlines the Music in the Park Jazz and Blues Concert at the Betty T. Ferguson Complex Amphitheater on May 8. Tandy got some exposure at the event last year when his father, George Tandy Sr., was the headliner. Just by chance, the older Tandy invited his son to join him onstage to play keyboards and sing. That dream-come-true scenario came at a time when Tandy, 33, began experiencing musical success with his hit single, “March.” Written and recorded by the singer, the tune rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 40 List.

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Forty years of nurturing talent

Miami Northwestern's Performing and Visual Arts Center honored the artistic directors in its history

The Miami Northwestern Senior High School's Performing and Visual Arts Center commemorated 40 years of artistic excellence with an evening of creative entertainment at the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti. Four extraordinary individuals who dedicated themselves to the enrichment of students were honored. The Artistic Director Natalie Joy-Baldie said the Performing and Visual Arts program was started in the 1974-75 school year to bring the arts to Liberty City.

Choreographer Johnson teaches youth dancers

Aspiring dancers in Miami Gardens recently received some dance lessons from choreographer Brandon Johnson of Attack Dance Crew. The dance instructor, who in 2011 made it to the semifinals with eight of his friends on the sixth season of "America's Got Talent," held a master class at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., in Miami Gardens for dancers ages 16 to 25. The focus was intense as Johnson led an energetic group of talented dancers through a series of complicated dance steps. The dancers all hoped to make an impression, show off their skills and learn more about hip hop choreography.

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The Social Whirl

A wonderful quote says that “No one is busy in this world. It’s all about priorities.” so on the journey we really should take the time to: have coffee with a friend, read, smell the flowers, surprise someone with a phone call, listen to music, laugh out loud, reach out, write a letter, dance like nobody is watching, stay connected. Most of us experience time as passing too quickly or never having enough hours in the day, enough days in the week, or months. April is ending. What were your priorities in April?

Chatter that Matters

The Bethel Temple Community Development Corporation of South Florida began as the community service arms of Bethel Apostolic Temple. Incorporated in 2005, it exists to facilitate the social and economic empowerment of the South Florida community. Future plans include the development of a charter school service, a senior care service, senior housing and a community center. The mission of the Bethel Temple CDC

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Students learn Miami history at City Year function

The History of Overtown event held recently at Booker T. Washington High School was one of many conducted at 19 Miami-Dade Public Schools serviced by City Year. For students, it was a unique twist of history combined with motivations to wisely use their time and stay in school. Principal William Aristide watched over the group of students in the forum, coordinated by City Year, an educational nonprofit organization of the umbrella of America Corps.

Johnson FMU commencement speaker

Homeland Security Secretary to speak at spring graduation May 2

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will be the commencement speaker at Florida Memorial University's spring graduation ceremony 8:30 a.m. Saturday May 2. Secretary Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013 as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Johnson served as general counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers. He also oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009 and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.

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New Leadership at JMH

Andre Boyd has already started to upgrades services and the facility

Walking through the polished hardwood-covered floors of Jackson North Medical Center, almost everyone greets Andre A. Boyd Sr. by his first name. Boyd has been the senior vice president and CEO at Jackson's north location less than six months but it’s hard to know. “How are you doing?" Boyd hails back to his greeters, adding their first names on most occasions.


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