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Len Bias had much promise

The late Len Bias was the greatest basketball player that I ever saw. Yes, I saw young Michael Jordan at North Carolina and followed with the rest of America as we all wanted to be "Like Mike." Jordan, of course, went on to legendary status and to win multiple NBA championships. He is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time and became a cultural icon. However, I believe had he lived, Len Bias and not Michael Jordan would have been the greatest basketball player of all time. Bias was the total package on the court for Maryland. In his senior year, Bias averaged 23 points and seven rebounds per

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Mayor honors Miami Heat Wheels

Team won the NWBA national championship

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and county commissioners presented a proclamation to the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team on May 20. The team recently won the NWBA Division 3 National Championship. The ceremony, which took place at the Miami-Dade Commission Chambers, was followed by a meet-and-greet and basketball shoot-around with Mayor Gimenez and the Miami Heat Wheels players in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center.

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Dolphins host Special Olympics clinic

More than 80 athletes in grades 6-12 attended the sporting event

Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey and all 22 rookies recently hosted Special Olympic athletes from Miami-Dade and Broward counties at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. The purpose of the clinic was to promote physical fitness in the South Florida community. More than 80 Special Olympics athletes in grades 6-12 played flag football games, ran through obstacle course stations and enjoyed lunch with the rookies.

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FUBU to re-launch

Fashion mogul mingles with South Florida business crowd

“Under the FUBU is a guru, that's untapped Want to be in the rap race but ain't ran one lap. Ran so far from the streets that you can't come back. You tripping with nowhere to unpack, forgot that.” Above are lyrics from the rap artist Common from his song “6th Sense” that was released in 1999. This is one of many examples of how the urban clothing brand FUBU represents more than just items you buy from stores. FUBU, which means For Us By Us, has grown into an international mainstay and is looking to regain footing stateside.

Community resource fair to be held Friday

The Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency will hold a free Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Overtown Shopping Plaza, 1490 NW Third Ave. The public will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from: Transitions Inc., Workforce Development Center, Career Source South Florida, the City of Miami Overtown Neighborhood Enhancement Team Office, U.S. State Attorney’s Office, Jefferson Reeves Sr. Health Center, Community Action and Human Services Department, Miami Dade College Hospitality and Culinary Institute, Suited for Success and the Overtown Business Resource Center. For more information, call the CRA at 305-679-6800.

NAACP mingler to take place Thursday

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold an NAACP mingler at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Gibson Bethel Center, 5800 SW 66th St. President Brad Brown and other locals will be in attendance. RSVP to Courtney Omega at 305-993-8570 or courtneyomega@gmail.com.

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Looking forward to the future in Miami Gardens

Mayor gives third state of the city address for 12-year-old city

Oliver G. Gilbert III was a young professional practicing municipal law when Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003. The Miami born and raised Gilbert, who graduated from Miami Norland High School, Florida A&M University and the University of Miami Law School, is now Miami Gardens Mayor. On May 19, he stepped to the podium as the sun faded in the western skies over waning rush hour traffic moving along Northwest 27th Avenue to speak at the 12th Annual State of the City address. Gilbert was ready to deliver his third.

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Expand Medicaid now, Black legislators say

The more than 800,000 Floridians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to get subsidies under the Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare are caught in a stand off between the federal government and the Florida Legislature. Florida Governor Rick Scott has refused to expand Medicaid, which would provide billions in federal funds to cover the costs of insuring people who are stuck in the health-care donut-hole.

Discussion seeks answers for a renewed Overtown

Overtown Children & Youth Coalition members mobilize change in Overtown

In the 1960s, Overtown was a bustling Black Harlem. Celebrated Black musicians who ranged from Sammy Davis Jr. and Aretha Franklin to Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong (who sang “Yellow Dog Blues”) led all-night jam sessions after performing in Miami Beach resorts where racial policies prevented them from staying there. Fifty-five years later, Overtown is a mute Miami city set in the city’s cleavage between bountiful Brickell and animated Wynwood, the noise of poverty out-crying its melodic history. But the Overtown Children & Youth Coalition (OCYC) hopes to change that.

The issue of school of choice is about our children

I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it also shows up through my nonprofit Kamp Kizzy. Kamp Kizzy gives young people the opportunity to learn, share, explore and expand their horizons through workshops, candid discussions and the opportunity to meet and “pick” the brains of some of the top individuals in their given

Jackson Health moves to build two urgent care centers in county

North Miami and Country Walk slated for new locations if approved

Jackson Health System is moving forward with its plan to build a network of urgent-care centers to communities throughout Miami-Dade County. "Miami-Dade taxpayers are Jackson's owners, and they should all have access to the health system's quality medicine," said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. "Geography is no longer going to be a barrier for county residents to use Jackson for all of their healthcare needs." Jackson wants to lease two sites, one in North Miami and the other in Country Walk that, if approved, could open by summer 2016.

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Haitian heritage celebrated

The City of Miramar and the Haitian Consulate of Miami jointly hosted a reception on Monday, May 18, in recognition of Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage Month.

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Mothers who lost their children to tragedy attend retreat

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin and founder of the Circle of Mothers, hosted the second annual Empowerment and Transformation Retreat Conference for 50 mothers May 22-24 at Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura. The three-day event was created to support mothers whose children suffered tragic deaths. Mothers and other attendees were of different cultures, backgrounds and ages representing the diversity of mothers sharing a common tragedy.

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Son of community activist shot dead

David G. Queen, son of Tangela Sears, was killed last week in Tallahassee

David G. Queen moved away from Miami about eight years ago to escape violence. "He said 'momma this place is too crazy,'" community activist Tangela Sears said of her son. But violence found Queen, 29, last Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee. He died after being shot during an argument with another man, Michael Mason, 28, in the parking lot of a North Tallahassee apartment complex. Mason was taken into custody, denied bond on Saturday and faces second-degree murder charges.

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Miami police honor their fallen brother

Department held a breakfast at the North District Sub Station for Miami Police Sgt. Carl Ronald Patrick

The Miami Police Department held a commemorative breakfast ceremony May 13 at the North District Sub Station for Sgt. Carl Ronald Patrick, who was shot and later died a year ago. District Chaplain Reverend Greg Thompson, pastor of New Harvest M.B. Church, captured the essence of the occasion in the invocation when he said: “This commemorative occasion is not only for his biological family, but his law enforcement family.” Miami Police Sgt. Carl Ronald Patrick’s tribute was etched on a commemorative plaque that was given to his mother, Lucille Patrick, in honor of the service he gave during a 25-year career in law enforcement.

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Marching on!

The Alliance for Musical Arts needs your “gently used” drums to launch a program in Hallandale.

Alliance for Musical Arts (AFMA) and the City of Hallandale Beach Parks & Recreations is launching a “Youth Drum Line.”  The program will take place at the newly renovated Foster Park Community Center, 609 NW Sixth Ave., Hallandale Beach.  “This is a grassroots project, which is why we need your ‘gently used’ drums of any shape or size,” said Jo Ann Harris, executive director and Music Theory instructor. 

Grace In The Park Ministries set to host first 1,000 Man March

Rally aims to stop violence, provide positive resources in the Overtown community

Grace In The Park Ministries Inc. has partnered with the Starks Charitable Foundation to host a 1,000 Man March-Stop The Violence, Saturday, May 30. The day will kick off with a motivational rally from 10-11 a.m. followed by the Overtown Peace-Walk at Gibson Park, 401 NW 12th St., Miami and continue throughout the Overtown community.

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Pastor Tuff teaches that holiness is right

Her mission is to restore and strengthen families

Pastor Dr. Gina Inga Tuff is a third generation Tuff (by marriage) to pastor the Church of Deliverance Through the Blood of Jesus (CDTBJ). Currently, the church has two locations, one in Opa-locka at 13700 NW 19th Ave., Suite 14, and the other in Jasper, Fla. at 7437 SW Country Rd. 143. CDTBJ was founded by Pastor Pearlie Tuff in 1982. Her son, Bishop Freddy L. Tuff Sr. became the pastor until his wife, Gina Inga was ordained to preach the gospel in 1993.

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Child Welfare Professionals Day

Judges and those who watch over children in state care get recognized on the second Monday in May

They gathered to celebrate Child Welfare Professionals Recognition Day. There was no shortage of local officials when Congresswoman Frederica Wilson convened a meeting in the courtyard of the Judge Seymour Gelber and Judge William E. Gladstone Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse. The day marked the hard fought battle to bring to fruition the recognition of child welfare professionals. “Judge Robinson [retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Steven D. Robinson] pointed out to me that there’s not one day to recognize child welfare professionals,” said Wilson. “I was in the Florida State Senate then. So I went to work on it. The Senate passed it and it got stuck in the Florida House.”

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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