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Help on the way for struggling cemetery

Supporters seek assistance to clean up Lincoln Memorial Park

Jessica Williams knew she had a challenge on her hands when she assumed the reins of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery from her aunt, Ellen Johnson. In a packed meeting on March 18, Williams and other supporters for the cemetery met with members of the Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board to request assistance to clean up the private-owned graveyard, which has been unkempt for years.

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Tondreau goes to jail for five years

Former North Miami mayor punished for conviction of $11 million mortgage scheme

After an emotional two-hour hearing, a federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to 65 months in prison for her conviction in participating in an $11 million mortgage scheme that abruptly ended her political career.

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New Democratic Determination

Florida dems looking for ways to the state house and the White House

How to win big in the 2016 general election and to return the democrats to a majority in Florida and the country have taken center-stage on the chicken-dinner circuit. A number of listening sessions with high-ranking democratic officials have taken place in Florida in recent weeks, and Broward County Democratic Party Chair Mitch Ceasar and State Party Chairwoman Allison Tant will be at a meeting on Wednesday, March 25 in Pompano Beach, to discuss where democrats need to go in the future.

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The plight of gays in paradise

Church offers venue to discuss LGBT treatment in the Caribbean

“Boom bye-bye ina batty bwoy head. Rude boy naw promote di nasty man. Dem haffi dead.” The year was 1992. Dancehalls and nightclubs worldwide were packed with men and women winding and grinding to reggae superstar Buju Banton’s homophobic hit that loosely translates to: Shoot the homosexual men. Rude (or Gangster) boys won’t promote their behavior, so homosexual men have to die. Twenty-three years later, Jamaica’s boom bye bye mantra still threatens its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (or LGBT) community.

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Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers and school employees to carry guns on public school campuses. Last week, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed 6-3 legislation that

Churches wants to help in Liberty City

On behalf of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida Inc., we add our voices to those of the residents of Liberty City and Liberty Square. Some of their views and wishes were expressed in an article, “Project tenants make steep demands,” published in the Miami Herald on March 11, 2015. The CEG is an association of churches represented by their pastors and liaisons. We are the fifth chapter of a national organization, originally founded in 1995, in Prince Georges County, Maryland (as the Collective Banking Group Inc.).

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Several new housing projects coming to Overtown

Construction of a new affordable housing project is underway in Historic Overtown. On Wednesday, March 18, 2014, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, joined officials and representatives from Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes of Miami to break ground ceremonially on Island Living Apartments. CRA Board Chairman and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, CRA Vice-Chair Commissioner Wifredo Gort and Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson were in attendance.

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Christal Walker: ‘I am a biblical griot here to help win the lost to God’

Get started with what you are passionate about and your gift will find you

For the sixth year, Bible Out Loud Ministries brings to the community the production, “Love Equals An Empty Tomb.” On April 3rd at 6 p.m. — Good Friday for Christians and the beginning of Passover at sundown for Jews — the multi-sensory production will be staged at Ninety-third Street Community Baptist Church at 2330 NW 93rd St., Miami, where Reverend Carl Johnson is pastor.

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Women History Month

Weaving the designs of our ‘Miss. Virgie’

This week, the spotlight shines upon one of Miami’s most talented seamstresses and designers, Virginia Herout Smith-Haddock, who at the thriving age of 91, is still (secretly) designing her couture outfits, just to keep up with the latest fashions. Her parents, the late Rev. Phillip and Jane Herout, migrated to the United States in 1920 as missionaries from the Brethren Church in Georgetown British Guyana, South America.

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Dr. J. Curtis Eubanks is a pastor’s pastor

Military-man-turned-church-founder recommends a consistent prayer life

The Reverend Dr. James Curtis Eubanks of Fort Lauderdale is a pastor’s pastor. He has personally mentored and prepared four ministers to become pastors. Currently, he is the counseling pastor for the members of Northside Church of God at 2590 NW 103rd St. in Miami where Minister Paul Nicholson is the interim pastor. “Dr. Eubanks is a real example of what a true man of God and a pastor should be. He is truly a man of integrity,” Nicholson said.

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Changing the old face of health for mothers, babies

Literary Jazz Brunch raises funds to help women here and abroad

Late last year, a call came into the Footprints Foundation office from a woman who said she was a midwife in Florida City. She said she was happy that Footprints was working in Africa but that Florida City needed Footprints' attention. "Women and babies are having bad outcome down here and we need your help," she said. Florida City is largely populated by African American, Hispanic and some Caribbean folks, mainly Jamaicans. Most residents are agricultural workers. There  is a quaintness to this city but that quaintness belies the fact  that maternal and infant mortality is quite high here. "There are too many Cesarean section down here, " says Joni McCann, Florida City's lone midwife.

Reducing your risk of colon cancer: Making lifestyle steps

Colon cancer is not a common topic of conversation, but it is a fairly common type of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 102,480 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year. When coupled with rectal cancer, which accounts for about 40,340 new cases annually1a, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women, excluding skin cancers.

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Faith Calendar

New 79th Street World Church Int’l invites you to experience “His Blood, Their Words” on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-778-3213. Women in Transition of South FL will hold it’s eighth annual “Women’s History Month” Spring Tea Party on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m.  Call 786-477-8548. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove hosts Friends and Family Day April 19 at 11 a.m. Call 305-443-8166.

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Another great year at 2015 Jazz in the Gardens

So another Jazz in the Gardens event is in the books. The pride of Miami Gardens held annually at Sun Life Stadium celebrated its 10th anniversary and a record number of concert goers attended. As a matter of fact, Saturday's show was completely sold out. That is a very good sign that Jazz in the Gardens has established itself as a marquee event around the country. It now ranks up there with the annual Essence festival, among others, and can be counted on to draw a huge amount of visitors to

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“Stealing the Game” in the words of a great player

Abdul-Jabbar's book is not just a basketball novel, it’s also a mystery

Oh, how you hate to lose! You hate it so much, in fact, that it’s not really an option: you’ll do anything and work hardest to make sure that you’re not finishing last. It’s all or nothing for you, and in the new book “Stealing the Game” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, it’s about more than how you play the game. Everyone at Orangetree Middle School knew that thirteen-year-old Chris Richards was someone they could trust, a decent-enough student, but kind of quiet. Even Chris himself would admit that, and he was okay with it. He always thought his observation skills were better than anything else he did, except maybe basketball.

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The Social Whirl

And where has this month gone? Hope you‘ve been inspired during this Women‘s History Month and each day hope that you enjoy the music of your spirit on the journey, share more of your stories „ around the table“, seize smiles to help you light and lighten your paths, cling to faith when the roads get rough and let God be your compass so you can dance more.

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Chatter that Matters

One of the great meetings of the Hampton House Trust was held last Tuesday with Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson in her seat as chairperson. Others present were Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder; Edwin T. Demeritee, treasurer; Isabella Rosete, secretary; Hugo Velasquez, project manager; guests, K. Name, A. Butler and J. Johnson; Dr. Edward Robinson, vice president; Dr. Larry Capp, organizational

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No degree necessary: Just a desire to code

LaunchCode teaches writing computer languages, much more

LaunchCode has set up shop in Miami but if you didn't know where it was you could miss it. But tucked in small office on the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, LaunchCode is doing big things. LaunchCode, which teaches people how to write computer languages and then helps with job

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Program helps mentor FMU students

Members of the Miami-Dade County Chapter, The Links, Incorporated Services to Youth Facet hosted a laptop distribution event for Florida Memorial University (FMU) students participating in the chapter’s Lean Forward with Mentoring (LFWM) initiative.

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Barry holds chemistry, physics tourney

More than 200 students from 13 South Florida high schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties competed in Barry’ University’s 14th Annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament on March 13.

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