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No turning back on Liberty Square

The Liberty Square development plan will go on even if Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez loses his job in 2016. That’s what the head of Miami-Dade’s Public Housing and Community Development Department (HUD) Michael Liu said in a recent meeting. “The ...

First Black to head Florida National Guard

Florida’s new head of the National Guard, Michael Calhoun, grew up in Riviera Beach and is a graduate of Florida A & M University where he received the B.S. degree in pharmacy. In civilian life, he was a staff pharmacist ...

Jesse Owens home at Overtown Youth Center

The finished product adorns the westernmost wall of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC). It is a mural of legendary track and field star Jesse Owens, who in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, made history on two fronts. He became the ...

More dead youth in Black community

Spring Break is usually a time for elementary, middle and high school students to unwind and listen to music, play with neighborhood friends and ride their bikes, among other child-like favorites. But last week ended in tragedy for Marlon Eason, ...

Convicted murderer urges students to avoid prison

For 27-and-a-half years, Michael Lee was known as No. 099227. Today, he is gainfully employed at a carpet and tile-cleaning company and is the public speaker known as “Motivational Mike.” “I may have been a number when I was in ...

Mentally ill subject of prosecutors’ conference

When Catherine Daniels called police to help take her mentally ill son Lavall Hall to the hospital she never imagined it would result in him being shot dead. This tragedy has raised concerns nationwide about law enforcement’s ability to interact ...

Kamp Kizzy teaches children

I think every person that walks the face of the earth has a Calling and Passion that they are meant to maximize to make our world a better place. For me, my Passion and Calling comes through acting, but it ...

President in Palm City

President Barack Obama arrived in the Treasure Coast on Saturday, March 28 with Air Force One landing at St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce. He was not on official business, here to take part in a golf weekend at ...

Help on the way for struggling cemetery

Jessica Williams knew she had a challenge on her hands when she assumed the reins of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery from her aunt, Ellen Johnson. In a packed meeting on March 18, Williams and other supporters for the cemetery met ...

Tondreau goes to jail for five years

After an emotional two-hour hearing, a federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to 65 months in prison for her conviction in participating in an $11 million mortgage scheme that abruptly ended her political career.

New Democratic Determination

How to win big in the 2016 general election and to return the democrats to a majority in Florida and the country have taken center-stage on the chicken-dinner circuit. A number of listening sessions with high-ranking democratic officials have taken ...

The plight of gays in paradise

“Boom bye-bye ina batty bwoy head. Rude boy naw promote di nasty man. Dem haffi dead.” The year was 1992. Dancehalls and nightclubs worldwide were packed with men and women winding and grinding to reggae superstar Buju Banton’s homophobic hit ...

Several new housing projects coming to Overtown

Construction of a new affordable housing project is underway in Historic Overtown. On Wednesday, March 18, 2014, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, joined officials and representatives from Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes of Miami to break ground ...

2015 Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday's lineup at Jazz in the Gardens

Programs to receive millions in funding

The Children’s Trust has released its preliminary funding recommendations for after-school and summer programs for 2015. Big winners for agencies that support high Black populations are the Overtown Youth Center, Urgent Inc., Gang Alternative and Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc. ...

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