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Parades to honor high school football teams

Booker T. Washington and Miami Central High schools will soon hold parades to honor their national champion football teams, which both won big at the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series last month. Booker T. will hold its parade at 1 p.m. Friday at the school, 1200 NW Sixth Ave., in recognition of the Tornadoes football team, which clenched three consecutive Class 4A state titles en route to the BK Bowl. There, Booker T. defeated Utah's Bingham High School 34-28 to extend the football team's winning streak to 41 games.

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Go to school, end up in jail

Barry University convened a panel to discuss cause and effect of the school-to-prison pipeline

If your child shoots a spitball or throws a lollipop into a classroom, it can lead to expulsion. Statewide programs are in place to stop students from interrupting their education because of behavioral issues and misdemeanors committed on school grounds. But the programs don’t always work as statistics sadly report. The result is Black males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males. If this pattern continues, one of every three Black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime compared to one of every six Latino males and one of out of every 17 white males.

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Jackson North dedicates new surgical center

First came the speeches and the accolades. Then, community leaders from across South Florida officially dedicated the Sandy A. Sears Surgical Center at the Jackson North Medical Center Thursday to the retired hospital executive, who for decades steered the facility through segregation and tough times. At a ceremony at the facility in North Miami Beach, Jackson Health executives unveiled plans for a new surgical center that will be built and named after Sandy Sears who served the Jackson system for 39 years. Sears spent the last seven years of her career as senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Jackson North Medical Center, located at 160 NW 170th St.

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Born with a big heart

Sonja Greene-Smith received a life-saving heart transplant last November

Sonja Greene-Smith was born with an enlarged heart, one that had grown to five times the size of a normal heart. From the very onset of her diagnosis Greene-Smith was determined to experience life in the same way she saw others embracing and enjoying their gift of life. It was her grandfather Alfred Taylor Sr. who first planted the seeds of courage and freedom. “He would tell my mother and family, ‘if she’s going to die young, let her die doing something she’s happy doing,’” she recalled. “I decided as a young girl that I was going to do everything everyone else did, and guess what, I did it. I got married, I helped my husband Melvin raise our son, Antoine, I bought a home, and I even played sports.”

Helipad takes flight at Jackson South

Jackson South Community Hospital celebrated the opening of its new helipad with an inaugural helicopter landing Friday, Jan. 23. The new helipad will allow air ambulance transfers between Jackson South and other hospitals. The new helipad also brings Jackson South one step closer to becoming a trauma center. The hospital is currently in the application process of becoming a trauma center, with a decision by the state expected later this year.

Kennedy and King dreamed of a color-blind society

In the spring of 1968, while growing up in Indianapolis, my mother scooped up me and my three younger siblings and told us that she was going to take us to hear the next president of the United States speak. It was a misty, overcast night but I was excited to go — even if I had to stand in the rain. When we arrived at the near northeast park, the mainly African-American crowd was buzzing with expectation. Though just 11 years old, I knew that this was a big deal. Soon, Robert Kennedy and his staff arrived at the park. But they didn’t look

United Teachers of Dade to host second annual education gala

The United Teachers of Dade will host its second annual Education Gala and Masquerade Ball at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail. The gala will honor community leaders dedicated to improving local public schools.

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Developer pulls out to build Walmart in North Miami

Retrosource, the developer who wanted to build a Walmart Neighborhood Market in North Miami, abruptly withdrew its application to build the store in the city’s Griffin Estates neighborhood. The surprise announcement came last Tuesday at North Miami’s city council meeting, where City Manager Aleem A. Ghany read an email sent by Mr. Lee Babitt, principal of Retrosource, which was sent to him just 30 minutes before the meeting began. “My staff has received an email from Mr. Lee Babitt that he’s no longer putting in his application for Walmart and he’s pulling this item for an indefinite date,” Ghany told the council.

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A pastor who “seeks the kingdom of God”

Since a teenager, all of the Curry’s aim has been to empower people

Bishop Victor T. Curry, is a pastor, preacher, author, teacher and social activist who is the epitome of focused leadership,” said numerous members of mega-church New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International at 2300 NW 135th St., Opa-locka. Curry, who was ordained more than 30 years ago, gives daily service. “I am motivated by divinely-prescribed commitments to my faith and invigora

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Happy 101st Birthday, Dorothy Edwards

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Dorothy Edwards began her birthday celebration with the Dorsey High School Alumni at noon at her Brownsville home. Present to celebrate with her on this blessed and joyous occasion were: Thomas Albury, Gloria Green, Alstene McKinney, Baljean Smith,

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Faith Calendar

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. 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

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Chef Chicken

Want to experience how an Ethiopian-Swedish makes the quintessential American staple, fried chicken? Then go and see Marcus Samuelsson, owner of the renowned Red Rooster in Harlem, New York, as he demonstrates his version of fried chicken at this year’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which runs Thursday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 22. Samuelsson will demo 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village. Why should you spend between $100-$225 for a ticket to the grand tasting village? Proceeds from the food fest help fund scholarships for Florida International University’s culinary and hospitality students. Besides, how many $200-a-plate rubber

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40 years of Black art

Exhibition kicks off anniversary of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

Robert McKnight has spent the better part of his 63 years painting, sculpting and doing digital art and photography. He got his start in the performing and visual arts at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. "A lot of my success I owe to this arts center," said McKnight, a Liberty City resident and visual artist whose specialty is traditional and digital media. "Whenever I can, I like to come back to my community where it all started for me and help the youth of today discover artistic talent they might not know they ever had."

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II’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Miami's cops gone wild

I read a recent article in The Miami Times and it got me to thinking. If my father were alive today he would call what’s happening with the City of Miami Police Department a real “head scratcher.” I’m going to assume that most of you have heard or read about Miami Police Maj. Craig McQueen working with some young kids in a youth football program and because of that he’s being treated like a bad cop and the chief of police wants to punish him.

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Chatter That Matters

The African Committee of Dade Heritage Trust will celebrate Black History month by sponsoring the 22nd annual Commemorative Service and Youth Talent on Parade and Essay Competition at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave. Honorees will include Christopher C. Scott, USA American Incorporator of the City of Miami, Leome Scavella Culmer (21 years) and Wilfred McKenzie. The outstanding talent will include Keya, Lausia, and Kaysia Curtis, Jaquan Cannon, Lonnie McCarty, Althea Sample, David Smith, Bradon Goins, Addnnas Jones and Destinee Romain.

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The Social Whirl

The popular saying “Where does the time go, rings true as we recognize that this month is almost gone, and well, February is waiting to make its entrance. Every day is a blessing with hours to fill. On Sunday, State Senator (District 39) Dwight Bullard made a brief, informative presentation to members of the Dade County Chapter, The Links, Inc. at their monthly meeting. The meeting was held on the UM campus in the Hurricane Room/Bank Atlantic Center. All Links in the state are preparing for Florida  Links Day at the Capitol in March. Bullard, who chairs the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is also Chairman, Florida Legislative Black Caucus, and he spoke about the Black Caucus agenda. Knowledge is power for the people as we collectively join and lend our voices.

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Lifestyle Happenings

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. 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.

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Scholars urged to share King’s dream

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett had a message to deliver to the 84 young men of color who sat before her, all sporting bright white shirts and red ties. Yet Hatchett’s message at the 22nd Annual Unity Scholarship Breakfast was far from the stern lecture she’s used to giving from her judge’s dais. Speaking to the 2015 Wilson scholars and a ballroom overflowing with supporters on a day that honored the legacy and the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hatchett’s message was stirring, uplifting and inspirational.

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The Royal treatment

Restaurant owner marks 39th anniversary with celebration

James "Jim" Brimberry needed a plan after he returned to the Brownsville area after serving in the United States Army fighting a war in Germany. His white friends told him Royal Castle had a management training program for returning soldiers and was hiring. It was 1964 and Brimberry had served three years in the army. He enrolled in Royal Castle's training program that was held at the location at 67th Street and Seventh Avenue. Royal Castle's main office was at Ninth Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

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Low income residents find affordable housing elusive among rental developments in Black neighborhoods

People like Carolyn Boyce don’t believe the housing complexes in Miami that say they have affordable units have any that are truly affordable. A volunteer for the Miami-Dade Chapter of the NAACP, Boyce last August searched for housing for some 20 residents trapped in a building in Liberty City deemed a slum by the state. She scouted several different sites in Miami’s Black community where, over time, residential complexes have been built next to dilapidated houses and businesses. During her search, Boyce learned what many families and rental applicants in the Black community have already discovered: many of the affordable housing units are simply too expensive and out of reach.


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