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Leaders urge voters to reject marijuana on ballot

Dr. Fabian Thurston remembers when his 19-year-old daughter called home from college one day to tell him something. “She said ‘All of my friends smoke weed and I don’t want to be around people who do that,'” Thurston recalled. “That ...

I’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Please forgive my manners since this is my first time entering into your world. Perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Jerry Rushin. Some of the older readers may remember me from “America's Most Wanted,” “The Fugitive,” “The Good ...

Michelle for Charlie Crist

First lady Michelle Obama threw her support behind Charlie Crist's campaign for Florida governor at a rally in Miami Gardens last Friday. “If we want to finish what we started then we need to elect Charlie Crist governor of Florida,” ...

Voters set to give their verdict on courthouse

Black leaders and top legal professionals are speaking out in support of a controversial referendum to replace the crumbling, but historic Dade County Courthouse, with a new multi-million dollar building in downtown Miami. The support comes as county leaders delayed ...

Judgment day for disgraced Northside pastor

For church members, it was Good Friday. For Pastor Mark Gardner, it was judgment day. The defiant pastor who was accused of sinking Northside Church of God with more than $500,000 in debt was finally removed from the pulpit after ...

Black leaders at odds over Amendment 2

Two organizations that Blacks look to for leadership and direction on community issues stand divided on a hot item that is on the ballot Nov. 4: Amendment 2. The amendment asks voters to make medical marijuana legal in Florida.

Opa-locka vice mayor hosts ‘open house’

Recognizing that many City of Opa-locka residents and employees are apprehensive about purchasing their own homes, due to a lack of knowledge regarding the qualification needed to obtain the necessary funds to acquire property and the general understanding of the ...

North Miami mayoral candidates set for intense runoff

North Miami is a difficult place to get elected. Ask Kevin Burns, who is seeking a third term as the city’s mayor. Burns, who is white, lost in a bitter runoff race in 2013, all because of North Miami’s powerful ...

Garcia stumps in Black businesses

It’s just about two weeks before the general election and U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia is visiting his South Dade district. Garcia (D-Miami) sits inside Paramount Dance studios in Homestead watching preteen and teenage girls perform an almost perfect recital. “That’s ...

In fight for city’s future, Miami Gardens candidates square off

It’s a tough choice for voters in Miami Gardens. Andre Williams, a seasoned attorney, is known throughout the city for his tenacity and unpopular views toward Florida’s largest Black city. Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro is an educator and popular community activist ...

Leaders push to boost early voter turnout

With voter apathy still a concern, Black community and religious leaders are stepping up efforts to boost voter turnout as early voting begins Oct. 20 for the midterm elections. At a town hall meeting Oct. 7 at Mt. Calvary Missionary ...

Miami's youngest commissioner making moves for District 5

The speakers that boomed happy music in the middle of Overtown beckoned residents to attend First Friday. Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon catches a beat and starts to move to “Good Kisser” by Usher. In between dance steps, he plants ...

Commission endorses Black museum

The Miami-Dade County commission last week endorsed a plan to erect a Black museum on Miami’s waterfront. In a unanimous decision, commissioners passed Commissioner Dennis Moss’ resolution to instruct Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s staff to put together a plan ...

A park makeover helps transform Opa-locka

A barren half-acre lot in Opa-locka has been transformed into a picturesque community park. Milkweed plants and Gumbo Limbo trees were among the foliage incorporated into the makeover of Magnolia Park North, where about 100 volunteers and residents created an ...

Major redevelopment setback for SEOPW

A local redevelopment agency is trying to get disengaged residents on board with plans to renovate and beautify their dilapidated homes. Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) Director Clarence Woods said he is practically begging half of ...