“Our young people are creative, innovative and talented. Their contributions towards community change can be powerful when the opportunity to participate is accessible ” - Saliha Nelson, Vice President
North Miami Beach officials are asking for forgiveness after mugshots of Black men were used during target practice at a shooting range in Medley
Daniel and Felecia Townsend have never missed the MLK Commemorative Breakfast at Florida International University. In the last 24 years, FlU has hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a month-long series of events honoring the life and legacy of King. The breakfast is the signature event of the celebration.
Remember the movie “Minority Report,” in which Tom Cruise walks by a Gap store and the software scans his eyes and announces that the khaki’s he bought last time were on sale? Wynwood-based Kairos writes software that works similarly but not as intrusively, said Brian Brackeen, the company’s CEO. “Our software would project an image on a digital board in the mall that someone could see, but yes, that type of technology is here,” said Brackeen.
The vitriolic reaction to President Barack Obama’s Jan. 9 announcement that he was seeking ways to provide free community colleges to Americans was disheartening. The quick, negative feedback to the president’s proposal to have the federal government pay for two years of schooling after high school graduation was mean-spirited at best. Some of the naysayers pointed out that students can get a Pell grant to cover most, if not all, of community college tuition. If that is truly the case, then why are there financial barriers to getting a post-high school education?
The last several weeks have reminded all of us that there are different ethnic cultures and religions in this world. We also have been made aware of how our beliefs can lead to disagreements and violence. It can be a challenge to find a common bond to unite of all us when there is disharmony and strife. While we are different in background and cultures, we are all human beings who share the same goals of experiencing happiness and freedom in this life. We also value and respect ideas and behaviors that are different or not familiar to us.
Jennifer Booker discovered her passion for writing when she was in middle school. She wrote an essay about being sheriff for a day for a contest and won the first prize. That passion has not dissipated; “it has gotten deeper,” she says. Her recently self-published book, “Gimme My Shoe” stemmed from her daughters’ fight over a shoe. In her blog about her daughters Jayla, 7 and Joi, 3 (www.jensjoojoobeans.com), she writes stories about being a mom.
Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. Golden Bells cordially invite the community to a musical program on Jan. 24 at New Beginning Baptist Church. Call 786-251-2878. Faith Fulfilling Ministries invite the community to an Inaugural Service at 4 p.m. on January 25 at Miramar High. Call 305-621-2397. JAVA- Jesus Approved Vibin’ Atmosphere will host a Christian poetry and musical event on Saturday, February 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.. Call 305-978-3748 or email |javacafe3
Centenarian, first tenant in Pepper Towers
Christell Porter will turn 100 on Jan. 25. Her daughter, Norma Dunwoody, 80, wants her mother to be remembered “by the few individuals who are still alive and knew her or us.” “My mother was the first tenant to move into the Claude Pepper Towers, a senior citizen residence, more than 30-plus years ago,” Dunwoody said.
Jacqueline Earley hasn't eaten meat in decades — ever since she helped open one of the first yoga centers as a young yoga instructor in the early 1970s Harlem, N.Y. The 75-year-old New Yorker, who now lives in North Bay Village, practices yoga and veganism after spending some time in Montreal, Canada in her 20s. Upon returning to Harlem, Earley said she made it her mission to teach others the benefits of yoga and healthy eating. She was one of many residents who attended a seminar on nutrition last Thursday at North Shore Medical Center in West Little River. The free event was part of an ongoing series the hospital features every month for seniors. During the class, participants learned ways to navigate the supermarket for the most nutritious and affordable foods.
Family and friends this weekend will celebrate the life of Benjamin F. Gardner, the first Black kennel owner in Miami-Dade who died Dec. 7. He was 69. A memorial service will be held for Gardner at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Pratt Memorial Holy Spirit Christian Church in Miami Gardens, located at 1900 NW 183rd St.
Miami Police Maj. Craig McQueen faces tough decision to retire or accept demotion in aftermath of inquiry
For 30 years, Allapattah Homeowners Association president Albena Sumner has worked closely with the City of Miami Police Department to keep her neighborhood and surrounding areas safe from criminal and drug activity. She has worked on several boards and beautification committees and supported Manny Orosa's promotion to police chief because he said he would promote previously overlooked Black officers. So when Sumner heard Orosa was planning to demote 33-year veteran Maj. Craig McQueen for allegedly violating a work policy — writing emails and running a youth football program on the "public dime," according to a Miami Herald article published on Jan. 9 — she was stunned.
Freshly minted Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime took his oath of office Friday, and immediately pledged to use his position to defend the county’s neediest residents — who, by the way, live in his district — with a “Chairman’s Council of Prosperity Initiatives” he said he hopes will bring more people up out of poverty. The first Haitian-American county commissioner and chairman also asked his colleagues to help him bridge an “income inequality gap.” Well, that’s sorta new.
Acceptance helps Haitian filmmaker find success, second chapter in life
When she was young, Miami filmmaker Rachelle Salnave wasn’t proud of being a Haitian American. A native of Harlem, N.Y., Rachelle said her parents told her that her great-great-great grandfather is Sylvain Salnave, a former president of Haiti who ruled Haiti from 1867 to 1869. Not even her heritage was enough for Salnave to be proud of her ethnic identity. Whenever someone asked her about her last name or ethnic background, Salnave fudged the truth.
Zimmerman is the real thing
I’m actually sitting here thinking about the most twisted person on the planet. I don’t want you to guess so I’ll just tell you, it’s George Zimmerman, the jerk I love to hate. As you all know Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin Feb. 2012 and since the shooting I had hoped that he would have crawled under a rock somewhere and just evaporated.
On Dec. 25, 2014 Mr. Roscoe Ross and Mrs. Annie Ross celebrated 50 years of marital bliss with their immediate family. The Reverend Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant performed the ceremony. Those in attendance included Lucille Hioks, Rose Harrell, Johnny Ross, Persheila Cammon, Nebraska Harrell, Michelle King-Kelly and Malcolm Kelly.
Sure hope you enjoyed the Martin Luther King holiday and all of the memorable, historical events. From television documentaries to movies to the 5000 Role Models annual breakfast tribute, it was history. For some, going to see the movie Selma was a priority and as many shared with me, “we must never forget to remember.” I certainly thought of the recent editorial written by National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) columnist Lee Daniels which began: ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” A suggestion for the days of special attention to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Whenever people cite this sentence from his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, ask them if they know the rest of the speech.
Selma is iconic despite snubbing by Oscars
Every year right around this time I get annoyed at what I like to call the Black validation blues. It's an all too familiar script that goes a little something like this: Fans of a Black art form are flabbergasted that the awards committee of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences and Grammys didn't honor their favorite artist.
Dade County Alumna Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites the community to a Masqured Soiree on February 7 at 9 p.m. at Briza on the Bay. Call 305-343-3332. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166. BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance on February 14 at 8 p.m. at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657.
I was having a conversation the other day after someone asked, is there still racism in America? This may sound like an absurd question, but it is still pops up these days. Especially since we have the first Black president in American history. It's as if the election of Barack Obama was supposed to douse the flames of 300+ years of racism in America. Unfortunately it doesn't and won't work that easily. When it came time for me to answer that question, I had a very simple reply.