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Battle of the beats

A short stretch of Ali Baba Avenue pulsated with bass booming from huge speakers. Night had fallen in Opa-locka and cool lights set the scene for the beat-heavy mania that was about to ensue. It was time for six DJs ...

Nite Cap

Miami is like that beautiful Bentley on the lot everyone dreamed of but after a few test drives they bring it back frustrated, opting for the less flamboyant Honda. If you're like me, your heart sank when you got the ...

The Social Whirl

November. This month seems to be flying by. I want to send a welcome to Jerry Rushin, a fellow Miami Times columnist who I’m delighted to share the pages of the paper with. “I’ve been thinking too.” Love the euphemisms, ...

Lifestyle Happenings

Little Haiti Optimist Club will have free health screenings 11 a.m. Fri., November 21 Turkey giveaway starts at 2:30 p.m. at Little Haiti Soccer Park. Call 305-390-0234. Vankara School will have a community Thanksgiving feast and resource fair Sat. Nov. ...

Opa-locka’s popular art event becomes a symbol of the city's revitalization efforts

It started three years ago as a fundraiser on a runway at Opa-locka Airport. The hip hop group En Vogue entertained several hundred guests, including community leaders. The theme of the evening was called “The Art of Transformation,” a term ...

‘Addicted’ event draws strong crowd

A VIP garden party reception and “A Conversation with Zane” drew about 400 to Miramar’s Cultural Center this past Friday. The best-selling author, whose book “Addicted” was made into a film and is now in theaters starring Sharon Leal, Boris ...

McCoy wins Lyric Live championships

It was a golden performance. A packed crowd jammed Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater on Friday night and crowned three-time Lyric Live winner Arsimmer McCoy as the best of the season-ending All Star Championships. Singing Jill Scott’s funky 2004 hit "Golden," ...

The Social Whirl

The month of November resonates with nostalgia. Memories of days of Thanksgiving past and anticipation of Thanksgiving this year, and yes, it begins to look a lot like Christmas. And, it serves as a reminder that we should never be ...

Hey Jerk!

Chef Jimmie Jackson is on a sizzling winning streak. For years, Jackson, the owner of a food seasoning company, had to settle for second place finishes in cooking contests at major jerk festivals in the South. Now, Jackson sits on ...

EroticA novelist holds court

Take one bored housewife in a northeast suburb, add an overactive imagination and you get series of books about sex, sexuality and more sex. The housewife is Zane, whose real name is Kristina Laferne Roberts, and she will come to ...

Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Central’s Class of 1971 will have a planning meeting for their 43rd reunion on Oct. 25 at the Helen L. Miller Center in Opa-locka. Call 305-627-3457. Those interested in going on a trip to Key West for Fantasy Fest ...

Cyclists confront stigmas with ride through Black communities

Bikers ride by a Liberty City bus-stop in a blur. Young men on the block stare blankly at the scene. It’s not every day that outsiders decisively visit some of Miami's most notable Black neighborhoods. But on a recent Saturday ...

Lil Boosie loves Blacks enough

Does Lil Boosie hate Black people? It's the question now raging across #BlackTwitter, ignited by my recent conversation with the Louisiana rap legend whose recent return from prison fueled national headlines. His impassioned rhymes of redemption from street life have ...

Spirit of Togetherness told in a divided world

The uplifting voices of the African continent tell harrowing stories of human suffering and spirituality during the Apartheid era in South Africa, where Blacks lived in harsh and segregated conditions under white rule. Then there is the fury of the ...

Community Fest celebrates Haitian culture

It’s the perfect place for a big party. A colorful mural of Haitian culture serves as a dramatic backdrop to an outdoor stage where artists and musicians can entertain spectators as they mingle in a grand courtyard surrounded by palm ...

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