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Racial biases still evident

Survey highlights differences between Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown coverage

The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in Missouri has raised concerns about police brutality to a national platform. Brown’s incident is one of several fatal interactions with cops in the past few weeks that has stirred Blacks to protest in solidarity with oppressed communities around the world.

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Anti-crime campaign comes alive in Brownsville cemetery

The fight against crime is not dead. Amid thousands of above-ground graves and towering evergreens, District 3 Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, joined police officials in one of Miami’s oldest Black cemeteries to appeal to community residents in helping solve dozens of deadly shootings that have plagued Miami’s urban neighborhoods this past year. At an unusual press conference at Evergreen Cemetery in Brownsville, Edmonson along, with pastors and community leaders, pleaded residents to come forward

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Florida New Majority hosts panel discussion

“Living Legends: Civil Rights Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”

The Florida New Majority, a voter participation group, hosted a panel discussion last Wednesday to spark conversation about involvement in various social justice movements. An opening parable narrated by African storyteller Djenaba Gregory-Faal set an underlying theme about youth activism to the discussion. Gregory-Faal engaged the audience in song with the words “Bring on the day when a young spirit will be in charge.”

Gimenez wants cameras on all police

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county police officers as protests continue nationwide over the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

North Miami unveils project to boost its downtown

North Miami city officials have proposed a multi-story garage with retail and office spaces as part of an effort to keep businesses and residents in the downtown area. The proposal was recently made by a newly formed downtown advisory committee, which met with city officials to discuss the plans and the future of the downtown area.

Miami Dade College: Top degree producer

Miami Dade College (MDC) confers the most associate degrees according to Community College Week’s Top 100. This past spring, MDC graduated nearly 15,000 students, most of whom were awarded associate degrees, many of which feed into the College’s baccalaureate degree pathways, which include nursing, elementary education and biological sciences, among others for in demand fields.

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The Lord’s vision helped Rhodes found Word Counselors Ministries

Dr. Napoleon D. Rhodes Sr., is the International Prelate of the Convention of Covenanting Churches. The organization has churches in the U.S., including Miami, Palm Beach and Riviera Beach. It also has churches in several foreign countries, including the Philippines, Africa, Asia, India and Iran. In 1977, Rhodes says he “followed a vision from the Lord and contacted two of his dearest friends and founded Word Counselors Ministries to help the body of Christ.”

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A woman of God who loves God’s people

Pastor Dr. Willie Di James is the daughter of Mother Evang. Rachel Ross and Brother Willie Daniel James Boston, MA. She is also a loving and devoted mother of Brother Elijah L. James and grandmother of two lovely grandsons, Elijah Jr. and Jakorie James.

Get rid of your excess baggage

When an individual decides to change from worldly living to one with biblical principles, he or she become as what Christians describes as a “new creature,” who has received a brand new life. This new life includes different attitudes, desires, ambitions and needs. The transformation may be insidious but there have been cases where all of these characteristics manifest immediately. Some Christians even claim they have experienced a change in appearance after their conversion.

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N.D.R.C. Inc. 8th annual scholarship banquet

The North Dade Reunion Committee, Inc. held their 8th annual scholarship banquet on Sunday, August 10, awarding monetary gifts to 11 graduating high school students heading to college. This year’s recipients are:

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Learn how to save a life during CPR Day Miami

CPR is a simple lifesaving skill that just hasn’t caught on like it should. With 70 percent of Americans lacking the knowledge to perform CPR, Jackson Health System, the University of Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, will

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NSMC hosts baby shower event for the community

North Shore Medical Center pays tribute to mothers during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August by hosting a baby shower and allowing guests to tour the hospital’s Signature Birthplace Suites.

Choir Director 2 hits all the right notes

You just can’t do it. Call it cold feet, bad timing, or whatever – but you just can’t do it. Your feet are dug in. It ain’t happenin’. At least, not now. But, as in the new novel “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” by Carl Weber, you’re allowed to change your mind… Aaron Mackie was about to marry the woman of his dreams.

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Fifth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival in Little Haiti

The thumping sounds of traditional African drums will celebrate ethnic pride and culture during the fifth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival from Sept. 5-7 in Little Haiti. Sponsored by Delou, Africa, Inc. the festival will include myriad music, dance and drum traditions of Africa under the event’s theme, Bridging Cultural Gaps. Adults and children of various cultures will be immersed in workshops and classes that aim to promote diversity and harmony. Organizers said the festival will also showcase the creativity and the cultural resilience of the rich traditions of Africa.

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Chatter That Matters

The Cheeks family reunion orchestrated by Cotious and Connie Arnold, along with the host committee was held in Tampa July 17-20 with the theme “A Gathering of Generations: Remembering Our Past, Living Today, and Embracing Our Future.” Attendees enjoyed excursions, and sightseeing stops. Activities included a welcome and family fun night at the Double Tree Hotel, an evening at Rusty Pelican, family worship service and of course, lots of shopping. As always, the family reunion was a great time to create memories and have fun doing it.

Most new teachers sent to struggling Black schools

Report calls for distribution changes

Miami-Dade County Public schools has done a poor job of distributing veteran teachers equally among its districts, according to a report released last Wednesday by a research organization called the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCQT). The report, titled “Unequal Access, Unequal Results” detailed the findings of a study requested by the local Urban League chapter. The findings were dismal for areas stricken with poverty and heavily populated by Blacks. NCQT reported that 70 percent of the 60 county schools to earn a D or F letter grade for the 2012 academic year were located in Opa-locka, Miami Gardens,

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting, 45 Year Reunion, on Saturday August 30, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hialeah, 10 a.m. Call 305-620-4827.   Miami Northwestern Class of 1965, invites classes 63-1967 to join them in worship at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church’s new location August 31 at 10:45 a.m. Call 305-635-8671.

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The Sports Brothers

Bigger than wins and losses

America fell in love with a group of young African-American men who dazzled the nation and the world in the just concluded Little League World Series. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars are still the darlings of Chicago, even after a disappointing loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game. The Jackie Robinson West team put up an inspiring effort, including a late rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not to be. The magic of Cinderella's glass

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Booker T. Washington Senior High introduces Education Effect

Students present STEM projects to White House advisor

Black students remain an underrepresented group in the astronomy profession. In an effort to increase interest among youth, Booker T. Washington Senior High’s 25-year-old planetarium received a major makeover thanks to the launch of the Education Effect, a university community school partnership between Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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AMIKids: Separating a troubled past from a bright future

An alternative education program for helping adjudicated youth achieve

Fret not! Don't let the metal detectors at the entrance fool you, once inside the youth of AMIkids will make you feel very warm and welcomed as they are taught to take pride in the introduction of themselves. Associate Marine Institute “AMIkids” Miami-Dade North is a nonprofit alternative education program that gives troubled youth second chances. Formerly the Dade Marine Institute (DMI), AMIkids is a unique approach to redirecting the lives of troubled 14 to 18-year-old boys and girls in a marine environment.


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