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These are the stories creating the largest buzz in South Florida's Black communities.

The price to play

With a headset, Donald Young Jr. stood in the hallway of the stadium court waiting as Serena Williams battled her resilient opponent, Caroline Garcia from France. His match was next. So Young began stretching and exercising for his showdown against ...

And then there was darkness . . .

Pastor Mark Gardner left his church members out in the dark. Last Wednesday, he filed an injunction and locked the church’s doors to shut out longtime, outspoken members and board members who ousted the pastor outside under evening skies on ...

Residents demand transparency before voting deadline

“Speak the truth, and shame the Devil,” goes the popular Christian saying, and the policy makers of the City of Miami Gardens are following cue, telling residents, both Black and white, as much as they can when it comes to ...

David Beckham unveils new soccer stadium

The good news is that it’s big, lavish and the perfect fit for downtown’s stunning transformation into a world class metropolis. The bad news is that it may lure away the University of Miami Hurricanes football team from Sun Life ...

Save Miami Gardens from billionaires wanting tax breaks

Stephen Ross is worth $5.4 billion. He is willing to put up $350 million of his own money to renovate his own stadium. In return, he wants a $4 million per year tax break. Over 30 years, the tax break ...

Miami-Dade should disqualify AECOM

Last week, the Miami Times reported on the controversy surrounding the procurement of program managers for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s system rehabilitation and repair program. The Miami-Dade Inspector General is investigating whether AECOM, one of the proposers, misled ...

SEED plants outreach efforts in Black enclaves

By 7 p.m. at least 30 seats remained empty in the community room, where an open house for the new SEED School of Miami, the first and only boarding school in Miami Gardens. At least 20 people including parents, children ...

Opa-locka joins final push for health care enrollments

With five days to go, residents all over Miami are scrambling in a last minute rush to sign up for President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan. The Opa-locka Community Development Corporations will hold a Health and Resource Fair on Saturday to ...

Key Clubhouse offers holistic mental health services

Twenty-five. That’s the amount of individuals it took daily to push the small Key Clubhouse, that included five 1,200 feet oblong tables designated for employment, orientations and other tasks, to its capacity. Once the Clubhouse expanded its membership, it needed ...

New study suggests preschool is a building block to educational disparities

A recent report by the The U.S. Department of Education has shed new light on some dismal statistics about America’s educational disparities and classroom disciplines among Black students.

Pressure builds Miami Gardens makes stadium demands

Pressure is mounting in Miami Gardens over the proposed Sun Stadium deal as Mayor Gilbert issued strong demands to business and county leaders to help keep millions of dollars in revenue in his city. Gilbert is seeking to keep $1 ...

Deliver us from evil

An intense battle to remove a defiant pastor from Northside Church of God in Miami will intensify Wednesday evening when members and church leaders seeking to oust Mark Gardner, will vote to revoke his license from the organization amid numerous ...

Last ditch effort for healthcare enrollments

Dozens of agencies and churches in Liberty City, Overtown and Miami began their final push to sign up thousands of residents who have not enrolled in President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare plan before the deadline at the end of month. From ...

Tackling the Sun Life Stadium proposal

Miami Gardens has blossomed from humble beginnings into a bustling municipality of 111,000. Preliminary attendance numbers suggest larger crowds this year at the 9th annual Jazz in the Gardens than in year’s past. Thousands beamed with pride as they welcomed ...