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Entrepreneur ‘Activating Communities Through Service’

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?,” the late, hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur wrote. Founder of a new and unique virtual start-up business, Gary Smith, Jr. says he is pushing for all of ...

Historic Mt. Zion Church in Overtown holds candlelight service for members

The names were read one by one as candles burned to honor those members who died in the past year. The room was silent as the candle flames flickered while family members stood up to be recognized.

Pastor of the Week

Bruce Payne was born in Miami and grew up in Overtown. He graduated from the historical Booker T. Washington Senior High School and studied at Miami Dade College. Payne retired in 2010 from Miami-Dade County as an Electronic Supervisor. During ...

Universal Truth Center to hold “Evening of Dance”

The Creative Expressions Ministry and youth department at Universal Truth Center for Better Living in Miami Gardens are planning a dance showcase that will delight dance enthusiasts, lovers of the arts and the general public.

Every snowflake is truly unique

Have you ever looked at snow lying on the ground and think how fantastic our God truly is? I know this is a strange question in our Sunshine State. However, I want to point out to you just how great ...

Children, parents cope with learning disabilities

One of the smartest investments that one can make is to invest in early childcare advancements. As the brain develops during childhood, research has shown early detection is critical in diagnosing and understanding learning, behavioral or emotional disabilities. Learning disabilities ...

Students awarded scholarships by Miami Bayside Foundation

Sometimes all it takes is a little teamwork to get the ball rolling. The Miami Bayside Foundation did just that when it created a scholarship endowment last week. The Foundation has partnered with Miami Dade College (MDC), Florida Memorial University ...

Pastor of the Week

LaVanya C. Kelly is the senior pastor of the Outreach of Excitement Church at 1085 NW 62nd St. Their motto is: “A church in the heart of the city with the city in its heart.” Her shepherd and mentor was ...

Give due honor and be blessed

In our society, we tend to honor those we like. If you are outside of one’s the inner circle of friends, you will not be honored, though honor is due to you. It happens even in the church. Christians very ...

Southern Baptists seek softer tone to gay marriage

Some Christian denominations around the U.S. have been slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage. A few have even made an about-face. Not so with the country's largest protestant group, Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention still preaches that ...

Faith Calendar

Metropolitan Baptist Church presents “Lovestuck: encounter the love of God through corporate worship” 6:30 p.m. Sat. May 24 at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Hollywood. Call 954-963-0634. The Hadley Park Homeowners Association, Inc. invites all homeowners and renters in the City-District ...

5000 Role Models Senior High conference

The annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project ‘Finished High School. . . Now What? Senior High School Conference. Held at The Sun Life Stadium on Thursday, May 15. The honorable Frederica Wilson, the White House Initiative on Excellence for ...

Shamis Abdi named FAMU's chief of staff

TALLAHASSEE — Shamis Abdi has been named chief of staff by Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. She began her post on May 1. Abdi comes to FAMU with more than 16 years of experience in management, operations ...

Never too late: 47-year-old has triplets

Not one, not two, but three. What a pleasant surprise it was for Sharon Lewis, 47, when she found out that she was pregnant — with triplets. Already a mother, she has a 25-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son. Lewis ...

Pastor of the Week

In too many instances, when a man or woman reaches the plateau of having a street named after him or her, their story written up in The Miami Times as well as The Wall Street Journal, being asked to speak ...