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Octavia Elizabeth Noble shed several tears as she walked across the stage at the Al Lawson Center at Florida A & M University (FAMU). During the school’s recent commencement ceremony, Noble graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree ...

The Social Whirl

The holiday season doesn’t have to end. Keeping the spirit of peace, love, joy and happiness is a daily way to be gratified, grateful and inspired. Let’s keep it at all times. And for some, the whirl of celebrations are ...

Hell and back: Black chef crowned Hell's Kitchen winner

Chef La Tasha McCutchen performed well throughout Season 13 on Fox Network’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” So when she was selected from four chefs to face emotional chef Bryant Gallaher in the final two, she knew she could win. “Honestly, I was ...

12 songs of Black Christmas

For decades, artists have headlined Christmas with songs about Black life, holiday traditions, lovers and dreams. Whether it's the 1970's "The Temptations Christmas Card" or saxophonist Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album," these records don't get played until this special ...

The Social Whirl

In the spirit of this season of giving, The Miami Alumni Chapter, Tennessee State University provided funding for one hundred dinners for the homeless for the third consecutive year during Thanksgiving. This is a priority project for the chapter. Santa ...

Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015. Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops ...

Sony's next film will star Reverend Al Sharpton

By now most of America has at least heard of the racially charged email exchange between Sony executive Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin. The embarrassing exchange made public by hackers shows Pascal and Rudin mocking President Barack Obama's possible taste ...

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 ...