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All those times Buick LaCrosse made a cameo in film and you kind of gasped

Sponsored by Buick

The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?

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Women in STEM: 10 quotes by GM’s Alicia Boler-Davis

See how she got to the top and why she’s staying there

We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring. Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering; she wasn’t born a VP, you know.

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The perks of owning an American classic car

Sponsored by Buick

Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.

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10 auto-loving quotes from a man who devoted his life to car design

Sponsored by Buick

Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.

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Remember the time Buick retweeted your here’s-my-new-car photo? We do.

Sponsored by Buick

There’s nothing like when somebody you admire retweets your tweet, right? You take a screenshot and tweet that because you want everybody to know important people see, read and retweet your Tweets.

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Sony's next film will star Reverend Al Sharpton

By now most of America has at least heard of the racially charged email exchange between Sony executive Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin. The embarrassing exchange made public by hackers shows Pascal and Rudin mocking President Barack Obama's possible taste in films. Pascal, when jokingly asked by Rudin if he thinks Obama would like to invest in some movies responded: "I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked 'DJANGO?'” After which, a sarcastic Rudin responded: "12 Years." The two didn't end there as Pascal continued: "Or 'The Butler.' Or 'Think like a man?'" Rudin fired back:

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The Social Whirl

With the fast approaching holidays the community whirls with parties, concerts, meetings and get togethers; activities for young and old.  And we are blessed to have such wonderful choices yet are reminded of the reason we celebrate and pause to remember those who are ill or confined with visits, calls, cards and prayers, especially Winston Scavella, Helen McCoy and Priscilla Thompson. Also extending sympathies to: Khambrel Dawkins his adoptive parents Herb and Fredra Rhodes and his extended family in the loss of his grandmother, Albertha Dawkins; Karen Robinson and her family on the death of her husband, Irvin Robinson.

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Chatter That Matters

Residents and business owners were well represented at the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Road 7/US 441/NW 7th Avenue Corridor Study Public Workshop held last Thursday evening at the Joe Celestin Center in North Miami. Each workshop provides the community an opportunity to interact with the FDOT Corridor Team, give their feedback and share their priorities on proposed transportation improvements for the major thoroughfare. Representative Daphne Campbell, Judy Brown, Henry Michel,

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Mayor unveils jobs program

Construction training and placement part of Employ Miami-Dade program

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez noted a phenomenon from the office where he sits: the construction cranes peppering the skies over the county. “Do you see that?” Gimenez said, pointing at the construction activity in downtown Miami outside the window of his hi-rise office. “That’s jobs, and there is no reason why these developers need to import workers when we have workers right here.” Enter Employ Miami-Dade, the mayor’s first job’s initiative, which is supposed to be the go-between for locals to get workplace readiness training and ultimately jobs. Right now, Employ Miami-Dade is targeting the construction industry. But Gimenez understands cronyism.

Robert ‘Bob’ Simms, 87, dies in Alabama

Miami-Dade County just learned it lost a front-runner for Miami’s Blacks who worked to bridge the gaps in understanding between integrating communities. Robert “Bob” Simms died in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Dec. 16. He was 87. Born in Alabama in 1927, Simms moved to Miami in 1953 for a job at George Washington Carver schools. It was there that he met Clyde Stephens Sr. The two instantly hit it off, becoming fishing buddies who planned trips for decades, even after being separated by the integration of schools in the early ‘60s.

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A bad lesson from Tondreau

The short political career of Lucie Tondreau is over. North Miami ’s first Haitian-American female mayor had an opportunity to represent her city and race with pride. But the vices of power and greed became her downfall as she was convicted on five counts of wire fraud on Tuesday before a

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Time to speak up on Alzheimer’s

Thousands of relatives who serve as caregivers make tremendous sacrifices daily to help their loved ones live with this debilitating disease. It steals loved ones minute by minute and day by day. But in addition to suffering stress and financial hardships, caregivers also suffer, too. Many experience isolation and loneliness because of this simple fact: Alzheimer’s disease is a stigma in the Black community. Misconceptions and

“Parent Choice” in education can help many families today

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 cans against my outside windows. In the winter, I heated the place with my open stove. And if anything broke, it took forever to get it fixed.

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Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna, Body control

The circus that is Soleil has set up on the edge of Miami Gardens, next to Sun Life Stadium. Under the blue and yellow big top through Jan. 25 Cirque Du Soleil's "Amaluna," will amaze, startle, surprise and impress show-goers with its 70-percent woman cast, a first in Cirque's history. "Amaluna" has an all-female band and is written and directed by a woman. Performing every night as part of the cast is Melanie Sinclair, a 27-year-old University of Florida graduate and former Orlando resident. On opening night, Dec. 11, Sinclair's older sister Ayanna, and her cousin who is like her brother, looked on. "I was so happy that family got to see me perform; that was an awesome feeling," Sinclair said.

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II’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Death, racism on my mind

Lately my thoughts have been all over the place; here are a few examples. To start with, many people as well as President Barack Obama have suggested that police officers wear body cameras to record their interactions with citizens and I totally agree. What I don’t get is why do some people have a problem with this, especially law enforcement officers. You would think that if you are a good, honest cop you would be in favor of the use of body cams, which could be one of the greatest witnesses ever when dealing with situations, including the madness that took place in Ferguson, Missouri and in other parts of the country.

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Natural Bridge teacher becomes author of book

Times-Dudley penned 'Jasper, the Fetching Cat' under Candace Lynn

Robbin Times-Dudley recently fulfilled her long-time goal of becoming a children’s book author.  “Jasper, the Fetching Cat,” her first book written under the pen name Candace Lynn, was featured during the recent 2014 Miami Book Fair. Jasper has the “purrfect” home and family.  Mr. Ford, while relaxing in his favorite chair, pats Jasper on the head. Mrs. Ford gives him cat treats whenever he begs for them.  Best of all, 8-year-old Timmy is the “purrfect” owner. Then, a new puppy, Toby, arrives and spoils the “purrfection.”  He cries at night, chews things, drools too much, and keeps drinking from Jasper's water dish. Yuck! What's a feline to do? 

Veteran recovers from PTSD, graduates from FIU

Audrey Edmonson, State Sen. Oscar Braynon commencement speakers as Florida International University confers more than 4,200 degrees

U.S. Army veteran and Miami native Rodney Demerritte earned a national defense service medal and an army service ribbon. He was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. In the years that followed he found himself without a permanent home and had trouble making ends meet for his growing family. On Monday, Dec. 15, Demerritte graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. He is the first to graduate from the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCVC) program at Florida International University, where he enrolled to finish college studies he started years ago.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the BTW School cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW Class of 1965 Inc. presents Christmas in the Bahamas Dance Friday Dec. 19, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Historic Elks Lodge. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 6T3 is having their annual Christmas Party Dec. 19. Call 305-793-8131 or 305-634-5657. Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page.

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Zoe Terry CEO of Zoe’s Dolls

Eight-year-old on a mission to give dolls to little Brown girls in need

Zoe Terry knows about the "spirit of giving." Since 3 years old, Zoe was taught to share her Christmas toys. "Give one of your Christmas gifts to a child less fortunate than you are,” Zoe's mother Nakia Bowling said she told Zoe. And that's what she did.

MDEAT recruits more interest in youth committee

With new laws and new members to come

A Miami-Dade County committee responsible for giving youth a second chance is growing in size. The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) will expand its Youth Action Committee (YAC) from nine to 11 members after pulling from a pool of applicants. It’s the first time since the organization was established in 2009 that MDEAT has accepted applications for the committee. The YAC applications, which were due Dec. 8,  represent one of several changes to the agency spawning from recently updated bylaws.

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