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Shootings put fear in Liberty Square residents

A spate of shootings in Liberty Square highlights once again the uncertainty as to which agency is responsible for the safety of residents in the run-down housing project. Community activist Eric Thompson, who lives in Liberty Square, on Monday said ...

President Obama moved to tears on gun violence

President Barack Obama was moved to tears in an unusually emotional display during his announcement of new executive actions on guns. The father of a first-grader killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School introduced President Barack Obama's speech on gun regulation. ...

When the queen is exposed

There was a conversation I had with my grandfather several years ago that came back to me recently. In the conversation, my grandfather said to me, “when you sell out grandson them people own you, it’s just like the people ...

North Miami leaders fire MOCA director

Babacar M’Bow was a member of elite group – Black, male art museum directors. But that came to an end Thursday, Dec. 31 when he was unceremoniously booted from his post as museum director of the Museum of Contemporary Art. ...

Jean Monestime for Dade county mayor?

Mayor Jean Monestime? State Democrats say it’s a possibility and they’re targeting the Miami-Dade Commission chairman to seek the county’s top political position this summer. Monestime, chairman for about a year, is being courted heavily by party leaders to jump ...

‘Goodnight Amiere’ Castro

His nickname was “Daddy.” He was an Honor Roll student at Coral Reef Elementary School. He loved dancing and loved to play football for the Palmetto Bay Broncos; he was No. 14. He brought joy and laughter to his loved ...

‘One Bullet Kills the Party’ stresses no gunfire on New Year’s Day

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson once again joined Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado in calling on residents to refrain from celebrating the New Year with gunfire.

Tragedy in Richmond Heights

Two days after Christmas, the residential neighborhood of Richmond Heights was startled by gunfire. According to investigators, at about 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, officers responded to a drive-by shooting at 15120 Jackson St. Inside the house, they discovered 7-year-old ...

Bringing arts to 18th Avenue

An artist, a businessman and several organizations with a vested interest in Liberty City are slowly creating an arts district along 18th Avenue they hope will rival the ones in Wynwood and South Beach. Visual artist Marvin Weeks has spent ...

Tacolcy Center has big plans for the new year

With a past marred with financial struggles, the historic Belafonte TACOLCY Center is standing strong these days under new leadership and with new programs for the community. Chief Executive Officer Horace Roberts said he’s been working hard over the last ...

Honoring the ancestors, looking toward the future

Black families remembered their ancestors, reflected on their past, spoke about the pain of the present and uttered hopes for the future, as South Floridians kicked off the weeklong season of Kwanzaa. Gatherings occurred in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on ...

Youth shooting deaths, Opa-locka financial crisis top 2015 local news

The news cycle in the Greater Miami area and Florida was lively throughout 2015. Locally, the shooting deaths of Black children and teenagers dominated headlines for much of the year. Residents in urban areas dealt with affordable housing woes, especially ...

How historic is the United Teachers of Dade contract?

In last week’s article, I touched on small tidbits of subjects that I wanted to explore and research and get a better understanding of why the race for the United Teachers of Dade is so highly hostile and as competitive ...

Terrorism, mass shootings in 2015 top national, international news

Gun violence, the presidential election and terrorism seemed to dominate the national and international pages and news segments. Peppered in between were reports of police misconduct, especially when dealing with Blacks. Video cameras documented cases after case of police violence, ...

Haiti president defends questioned elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — President Michel Martelly is defending much-criticized elections in divided Haiti and asserts that the opposition has spread unsubstantiated allegations about widespread electoral fraud purely to strengthen its position. During an interview with The Associated Press, Martelly said ...