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Grand jury highly critical of CRAs

On Thursday, a Miami-Dade grand jury took aim at how local CRAs – the agencies created to improve slum and blight conditions – are missing the mark, especially with construction of affordable housing. Days later, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle ...

Hampton House seeks business

When the Hampton House held its grand opening May 2015, it still needed more than $1 million to complete the restoration and makeover that’s been 15 years in the making. Located at 4240 NW 27th Ave., Hampton House was a ...

Retelling the story of a local education pioneer

At a time when Black teachers toiled in substandard structures with second- and third-hand books and meager supplies to educate children in Florida’s public schools, Gilbert L. Porter was their advocate. But teachers today don’t know the works of Porter ...

Phone call, letter lead to ethics probe

A possible violation of the cone of silence on the Liberty Square development has Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho facing an ethics commission probe. Carvalho, in response to media reports about plans for the public housing development, on ...

No charges for officer who shot and killed Lavall Hall

Almost a year to the date when a mentally ill Miami Gardens resident lost his life, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office reports it will not file charges against the cop who shot and killed him. The report, released Thursday, said ...

ZERO system can save lives in case of an emergency

If a gunman breaks past security at Brownsville Middle School, students, faculty and staff now know what to say so police and rescue officials can find them quickly and avert a situation such as the one at Sandy Hook a ...

Street Talk

On December 2014, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the redevelopment that the old Liberty Square will be demolished and replaced with a new version of the community. Developers are proposing what they think the development should look like based ...

Trayvon Martin remembered at dinner

At the dinner in Miami, the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke about the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation and its supporters, and in particular about the work done by Harry Belafonte in the days before the modern progressive movement. On ...

Town Hall discusses the benefits plans for proposed Marriott hotel

Residents and stakeholders of the Overtown community attended a town hall last Wednesday to hear about the benefits plans for the Marriot Marquis Miami Convention & Expo Center. Some were in favor, but many raised concerns about jobs and economic ...

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

The beef between Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho concerning Liberty Square and Lincoln Gardens is really troubling. Now both of these individuals have been shady with the way that they deal with ...

Celebrate around the world with UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus will once again present a multicultural and multinational cast of rock-star performers in 2016, exclusively at Miramar Regional Park, through Monday, Feb. 15. Guests are invited to experience electrifying and entertaining performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending contortionists, fresh-faced ...

Then and Now: Cam Newton and the ongoing plight of the Black quarterback

Cam Newton has been the talk of the NFL this season. As the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, he led his team to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career with his dynamic, electrifying play. Newton is ...

MIA serves up space for two Black-owned restaurants

Even though negotiations with two Black-owned restaurants are under way, Miami-Dade County Commission gave the green light on a resolution that gives favorable treatment to Jackson Soul Food and Chef Creole getting locations at Miami International Airport. Both restaurants have ...

The director says goodbye

Like much of the nation, J.D. Patterson watched coverage of the 1980 McDuffie rebellion on television. The Miami native was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, and felt helpless. He knew he wanted to return to his hometown and to ...

Opa-locka is truly one city with two tales

At a celebratory State of the City address, Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor confidently said the city was “on track” during comments last Friday, Jan. 29, in the Sherbondy Village auditorium. “They said we wouldn’t be anything, but we’re on our ...

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